Chicken Patties


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Chicken parmesan patties are a canned chicken breast, parmesan cheese, and baby spinach all mixed together and pan fried to perfection! Low in carbs and full of flavor, this quick and delicious recipe is the perfect use for canned chicken! 1 gram net carb per pattie.

When it comes to quick and easy low carb dinners, I’m partial to broccoli beef, chicken tenders, or these chicken parmesan patties.

canned chicken patties

My definition of a quick and easy dinner is one that can be whipped up in under 10 minutestaste good, and leave me feeling satisfied after. This recipe came into play by accident.

I bought a can of what I thought was tuna, which turned out to be canned shredded chicken. I love sardines and love pretty much all tinned seafood, but chicken? Really?

After returning home from university one night, I was craving my curried tuna patties and reached for the can….of chicken.

This clearly wasn’t tuna and that is what I had set my heart on. Not one to ever waste food, I decided to adapt my curried tuna patties recipe and switch a few of the herbs, spices and added some cheese, and voila- what was a skeptical grocery item soon became my weekly staple.

These patties are so easy to make, and the chicken, once recooked, makes you forget it was earlier on, in a can. These patties are loaded with shredded vegetables which add texture and a nutritional punch. The parmesan cheese adds a golden, melted crust on the outside and a salty bite on the inside. The combination of spices is the final touch to make such a simple meal seem that much more.

Not only are these patties so easy to make, but they just happen to be keto, gluten free, and low carb, too!

chicken patties

How do you make chicken patties

The Ingredients

  • Canned chicken breast– Use the plain canned chicken breast, the kind that is in springwater. Using flavored canned chicken will affect the flavor and texture of the chicken patties. Be sure to drain the chicken breast completely. 
  • Parmesan cheese– Gives the patties a delicious punch of flavor, and pairs well with the chicken.
  • Shredded zucchini– Adds a boost of veggies to the recipe, but also helps hold the patties together. Squeeze out all extra moisture. 
  • Baby spinach– Chopped finely, the spinach provides extra nutrients, but also a delicious flavor to the patties. 
  • Egg– Binds the patties together. Do not omit. 
  • Salt and pepper– Only a little bit, as the parmesan cheese provides plenty of saltiness already. 

The Instructions

Start by mixing together all your ingredients, until completely combined. Heat up a frying pan with oil on medium heat. When hot, form 4-5 patties and place on the hot pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes, before carefully flipping the patties and cooking for a further 3 minutes, or until golden brown on either side. Remove from the pan and enjoy.


Can I use shredded chicken breast?

Yes, if the thought of canned chicken breast skeeves you out, you can certainly use shredded chicken breast.

For this recipe, I’d recommend half a pound (250 grams) of cooked chicken. 

Can I make this in the air fryer? 

If you’d like to make air fryer chicken patties, you can do so! 

Simply prepare the patties as normal, but place them in the air fryer rack. Cook at 200C/400F for 12 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through. 

Tips to make the best patties

  • Be sure to remove as much excess liquid as possible, from both the chicken and the zucchini. These patties have no flour or grains to bind it together, instead, relying on the egg. 
  • Do not cook the patties on super high heat, as you risk the patties burning on the outside, but being super soft on the inside.
  • If you’d prefer thicker and sturdier patties, you can add 1/4 cup coconut flour or almond flour. 
  • Chicken patties taste delicious hot or cold! 

Storing and Freezing Patties

  • To store: Leftover chicken patties can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week. 
  • To freeze: Freeze leftovers by placing the patties in a shallow container and storing in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

keto chicken patties

What to serve patties with?  

chicken parmesan patties

Chicken Parmesan Patties

5 from 154 votes
Chicken parmesan patties are canned chicken breast shredded and mixed with parmesan cheese and vegetables, and pan fried until golden brown! The BEST use of canned chicken, that happens to be keto and low carb!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes


  • 2 12.5 oz cans chicken breast
  • 1/2 medium zucchini grated and liquid squeezed out
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg


  • In a large mixing bowl, add the shredded chicken breast, grated zucchini, baby spinach, and parmesan cheese, and mix well. Slowly add in the egg. Form 4-5 patties.
  • Coat a frying pan with oil and heat up on medium. When hot, add your chicken patties and cook for 4-5 minutes, before carefully flipping and cooking for a further 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and serve immediately.


TO STORE: Leftover chicken patties can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week. 
TO FREEZE: Freeze leftovers by placing the patties in a shallow container and storing in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1PattyCalories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSodium: 123mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 517IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Haha I haven’t spotted canned chicken before but I’ll try anything once! I have a serious problem in getting any kind of ‘patty’ I form to stick together. Seriously – even burgers turn to just ground beef scramble in my pan. So canned chicken scramble it is! (This might need a rebrand…)

    1. Dude, you’re one of my favourite adventurous bloggers…you need to get onto it! These actually stick really well, especially for one without bread crumbs!

  2. Bahahahaha. Chicken of the sea? Love that J Simpson reference! In any case, they sound really freaking good! I used to buy canned chicken pretty frequently, but now I started cooking it in the crockpot to shred!

    1. Yes…with shredded chicken from a crockpot it would be amazing and more flavourful! Jessica Simpson wouldn’t approve though.

  3. To be honest, chicken from a can kinda reminds me of a horror movie or something. Like, Edgar Allen Poe stuff. I’ve never tried it though, so I can’t really say much about it. Nevertheless, you have totally won me over with these patties of savory delight!
    My go-to recipe: omelet with veggies and cheese, topped with ketchup + avocado toast on the side. That’s not a recipe is it?……… 😐
    I’m going to be a co-emcee at my school’s talent show tonight and I’ll be saying lots of corny jokes, which will result in either nervous laughs or boos. Or both. (Corny jokes are the tradition for this show, so people are expecting them.)

    1. How rude…what did the chicken in the can ever do to you?

      That most definitely counts as a recipe…I always get avo-envy when I see your avocado toasts! Hope your talent show MC hammer-ing went well!

      1. I guess I shouldn’t discriminate since I’ve many things from a can before…
        MC hammering totally went well! That makes me wish I actually did the MC hammer dance across the stage.

  4. Wow, chicken in a can, yep definitely never seen that one! Although you can get a full English cooked breakfast in a tin here in the UK, urgh it’s nasty! Would take chicken in a tin any day!
    Recipe looks good! Will definitely try it out. Would be a good cook up item to grab and go for during the week – veggie and protein winner, perfect for a snack! Have you tried it topped with almond butter???

    1. WHAT?! Please tell me that’s a joke, Jenn…I wonder how long the ingredient list is on that!

      YES- They work really well for grab and go- I’ve made a batch before during prep! Never tried it with almond butter though…Intrigued!

  5. My chicken. In a can. Really?? Ok. So since I eat tuna in a can, chicken can’t be that bad either – and the combo of these patties sound so good, I mean cheeeeeeese!! These would make a perfect appearance in my ugly tupperwares – they would definitely make them look good.
    My strongest consistency in my staples are eggs. And chicken. This is getting out of hand. 🙂
    Happy Weekend Dearest!!

    1. YES- Lucie, they work really well during food prep, and are perfect for grab and go- also eaten cold!

      I’ve eaten so many eggs lately…I think I need a crackin’ break!

  6. Not gonna lie, chicken in a can kind of skeeves me out. But made with shredded chicken, these look awesome! You can never go wrong with chicken and parmesan.

    I started blogging 4 years ago, so my eating has changed a LOT since then! More snacking, more butter, a lot more dessert, more eating out, and more almond butter. All good changes, I’d say!

    1. Corn syrup skeeves me out so we’re even.

      More butter? You are amazing. Continue to inspire, Chelsea. Try not to perspire.

  7. Chicken in a can eh? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that. Or maybe I have and I’ve just never paid attention. ANYWAY, these look super easy, which I love. My go-to ummmm eggs, recently it’s been overnight oats for breakfast and sometimes dinner too heh or pasta.

    1. So easy and so good- perfect for grab and go!

      Not kidding but you’ve made me crave eggs and chicken sausage..although Australia’s chicken sausage contains like 2% meat.

      1. So, the YouTube community freaked me out n I bought waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much canned chicken, like waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much. Prepper pantry nightmare post Convid. But I’ve wanted to make zucchini fritters this week anyway, so I’m using your recipe as adding spinach sounds delish. I may add Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1-1 flour as well as I need to use that up. I think these would be great with the addition of some Herbamare (it is an all organic herbed veggie salt and is also AIP), but it seems you thought the parmesan would add enough saltiness. I’ll make them your way and add Herbamare if needed! K, thanks for the inspiration!

      2. Oh, and Wild Planet makes a canned organic rotisserie chicken that is a great way to get people poppin’ that canned chichen can!

  8. I remember I used to use chicken in a can for chicken salad once in a while…it’s definitely been a few years though. And since my first days of blogging, there have definitely been differences in my eating – more snacks, more sugar/desserts, more but butters, more food in general. All good changes 😉

    1. I’ve made it for a chicken salad too, but it came out a taaad too salty.

      But Butters? Did Davida create those :p

  9. These actually look pretty tasty. I keep some canned chicken on hand- it’s handy for quick chicken salad, but that’s all I’ve ever used it for. You had me at step 5 with these- sriracha and a side of potatoes. Sold!

    1. Sriracha and potatoes are the standard sides on this neck of the woods 😉

      Although compared to Chef Riley’s creations….I’m not sure. :p

  10. Ummmmmm not sure about the canned chicken. I’m still trying to get on board with mince. Just kidding I like ground beef when I’m not the one making it.

  11. Love these Arman! They look so tasty! I actually just started using shredded chicken from a can. I was opposed to it for so long because I thought it’d be gross, but then my co-worker informed me she found this brand at a local wholesaler and it wasn’t gross at all. So, I bought it and now I’m hooked!

    1. That’s so good to hear, Holly- Some of them can be hit and miss….we have one brand here which is like slime! So gross!

  12. OK, I have to admit that I buy chicken in a can too! It sounds SO gross and I was scared to try it, but it’s good! Smells a little funky, but other than that – such a cheap and convenient option! You know I’ll be making these soon!

    1. This was for you- the canned stuff- you just need to find the right brand! We have one here which is so gross and slimy!

  13. I’ve never had chicken canned! I have tuna on hand though… I may re-tuna this recipe for dinner!

    1. Canned chicken is so flipping good! I have an obsession of mixing that with tomato paste!!!

  14. Go to recipe? Stir fry. Always stir fry. I would have said oatmeal or cereal, buuuuuuut you just had to toss in the savoury bit, didn’t you? 😛

    Not gonna lie… chicken in a can kind of skeeves me out. But then again, so does tuna. These do sound fabulous, though. Parmesan makes anything win.

    And I’m pretty sure I was a veggie when I first started blogging, so yeah… I’d say my eating habits have definitely changed over time.

    1. Stir Fry? No wonder you suggested it to me when I asked for a mince recipe! lol!

      Next time you have a leftover chicken boob, shred it and you’ll be good as gold!