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Keto Caramel Sauce For Savory Dishes

If I had a choice between food that is caramelized versus the non-caramelized version, 100% of the time, I would choose the gorgeous golden brown version. What exactly is caramelization? It is the process of turning sugar into caramel when it’s exposed to heat. Think of the burnt sugar on top of creme brulee or the sweet caramelized onions on a burger. The Spruce Eats has a great blog post on the science of caramelization and how it all works. For me, all I know is that it taste good and looks beautiful. 

Perfect caramelization with allulose sweetener.

Sweeteners can be a tricky thing to navigate as you transition from the sweet sugar life to the sugar-free life. There are so many sugar substitutes out there and you can easily get confused by all the choices. Keto Connect did an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of all the available sugar alternatives on the market today. They classified them into 3 categories – Artificial, Natural, and Sugar Alcohols. I recommend reading their post to understand the complexities among all the sweeteners so that you can make an informed decision. 

I’ve tried a few brands and below are my favorite sweeteners. I like them because they don’t have a weird aftertaste and taste like sugar. 

Monkfruit sweetener that taste like brown sugar.
Lakanto monkfruit sweetener taste like brown sugar.
Swerve is great for cooking and has no aftertaste.
Granular allulose by Anthony's brand
Allulose is perfect for caramelization.

Allulose is the only sweetener that caramelizes like sugar without crystallizing or getting lumpy. The caramelization process is the same as using sugar. In fact, it’s easier and only takes about 5 minutes from start to finish. Allulose.org will answer all the questions that you may have about allulose.

Allulose

It is surprisingly easy to make caramel sauce with allulose. The whole process takes about 5 minutes. Just be careful that you don’t burn the sauce because it will be bitter and you’ll have to start over. 

Now that you’ve mastered making caramel sauce, make my Keto Caramelized Ginger Chicken. 

Allulose starts out as a solid in white granular form
After few minutes, it liquifies & changes color
Within 5 minutes, it turns a perfect golden brown color

Keto Caramel Sauce w/Allulose Sweetener

Turn your savory dishes into something spectacular with this low carb sugar-free caramel sauce.
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: allulose, caramel sauce
Author: MaiTai

Equipment

  • skillet

Ingredients

  • ¼-½ cup allulose

Instructions

Cooking Direction

  • Heat skillet on medium high heat until hot.
  • Add in allulose and wait for it to turn into liquid form.
  • Swirl the sauce around in the skillet.
  • The sauce will gradually turn from white to a golden brown color in about 5 minutes.
  • Please watch it carefully and remove from heat when it reaches the desired caramel color.

Storage

  • Store in a glass container.
  • It will turn into a solid at room temperature after it cools down. In order to turn it back into a sauce, just microwave for about 50 seconds.
  • It can be kept on the counter in a air tight container for a few weeks.

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Keto Caramelized Ginger Chicken

Are you looking to jazz up your basic chicken recipe?

Well look no further, I have the perfect recipe for you. Braised ginger chicken or “gà kho gưng” is a popular comfort food for many Vietnamese families. It’s usually served with white rice and simple blanched vegetable like water spinach or sliced cucumbers.

For the chicken, it’s best to use dark meat like thighs or drumstick for maximum flavor. You can use boneless or bone-in with or without skin. Personally, I like it with bones and skin. Just make sure to cut it into bite size pieces. I was able to find drumsticks that was already chopped, so it definitely cut back on the prep time. 

Chicken drumsticks that are precut saves on prep time.
Seven ingredients goes into making caramelized ginger chicken.

After making the caramel sauce, the rest is pretty easy. This dish can be prepared in about 30 minutes from start to finish. 

One skillet to make the caramel sauce and cook the chicken
Serve with keto rice and stir fry veggies
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5 from 1 vote

Keto Caramelized Ginger Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cuisine: Vietnamese

Ingredients

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/4 cup allulose sweetener

Ginger Chicken

  • 1-2 pounds chicken thighs cut into small chunks
  • 1-2 tsp caramel sauce
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 1/2 ginger sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 tbsp mushroom seasoning
  • 1-2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4-1/2 can of coconut sparkling water
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Keto Caramel Sauce:
    Preheat skillet on medium high heat. Add in allulose when pan is hot. Allow the sugar to dissolve and swirl it around the pan. The color should gradually change from white to a nice golden brown color. This should take approximately 5 minutes. Remove from pan into a glass container.
  • Heat up a skillet and add in fat of choice. Once hot, add in the chicken.
  • Saute for a few minutes until all visible pink is gone.
  • Add in caramel sauce and mix with chicken.
  • Push chicken to one side, add in shallots and ginger. Saute for a minute.
  • Flavor the chicken with mushroom seasoning & fish sauce.
  • Add in sparkling water. More caramel sauce if it's looking too pale.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning (more fish sauce or more sparkling water).
  • Turn heat to low and allow chicken to simmer with the lid on.
  • Flavor should be infused and ready to be eaten in about 15-20 minutes of cooking.

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Notes

Caramel sauce will become hard and solid once it's cold. Just pop it in the microwave for 30-50 seconds to turn it back into liquid.
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