One Pan Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Chicken Thighs

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Chicken Thighs and Spinach is an one-pan dish made in 30 minutes, perfect as a keto, low carb, and gluten-free family meal.  It's creamy, comforting, and can be enjoyed all year round!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower mac and cheese, keto mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 983 kcal


  • 2 1/2 lbs chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on) (about 6 thighs)
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 16 oz frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar
  • 1 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Pat dry chicken thighs with paper towel and season them with 2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and paprika on both sides.    

  2. Heat oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and sear chicken thighs skin side down for 3-4 minutes or until browned. Third, flip thighs and bake for about 18-20 minutes.

  3. Transfer to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. If needed, place a cup of water into the pan and scrub bottom with a wooden spoon to remove excess bits while heating on the stove top. Pour water out and dry inside with paper towel.

  4. Meanwhile, while thighs are baking, place cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl with 2-3 tbsp of water, cover with a plate, and cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until tender yet firm. Or, follow instructions on the frozen package.

  5. Drain and set aside. Using the same pan, melt butter over medium heat and whisk in heavy cream, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, cream cheese, and cheese until sauce is smooth, about 2 minutes.

  6. Add spinach and let cook for 1 minute. Arrange thighs on top, sprinkle chives, and serve cauliflower n' cheese with chicken.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
One Pan Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 983 Calories from Fat 792
% Daily Value*
Fat 88g135%
Saturated Fat 45g225%
Cholesterol 352mg117%
Sodium 1715mg71%
Potassium 731mg21%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 2820IU56%
Vitamin C 38.6mg47%
Calcium 395mg40%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.