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Keto Eggplant Moussaka

Easy Keto Eggplant Moussaka with Chicken Low Carb Recipe

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Ah, Moussaka! A dish that evokes memories of Mediterranean feasts, brimming with rich flavors and textures. But as delectable as the traditional version is, it’s often laden with carbs that might make you think twice.

My Keto Eggplant Moussaka with Chicken is tailored for the keto-conscious and doesn’t skimp on the authentic taste.

If you never heard of moussaka, think of it as meat version of cheesecake, since the preparation and the amount of whipped fat dairy products used will surprise you with a pleasant result if you ready to spend some time in the kitchen.

A lot of ketogenic recipes are taken from Greek and Balkanian traditional cuisines, since the beginning of time people that lived in highlands knew the importance of fat on their tables.

This keto chicken moussaka combines the main and side dish in one, multi-layered, lasagna-like cake. It can be baked in your usual pan or in one of those fancy brownie pans with multiple separators.

Eggplant Chicken Moussaka

Either way, you’ll have a crispy edge, strong base layer and fluffy cloud of cheese on top.

If you already tried other multi-layered keto recipes, you can skip this part, if not – the main rule is that heavy ingredients are layering first.

Eggplant or zucchini cut in slices are going in first creating a base, you can play with it by interlacing them in chequer pattern.

Then the mix of precooked meat with tomatoes and seasonings, later you will understand why everything should be already precooked before going into the oven. And the last layer is the cloud of heavy cream and cheeses that are whipped and melted to the unbelievable state of marshmallows.

Now since everything is already cooked and melted the 20 minutes in the oven will just glue the layers together and let them merge into one another, also creating a crispy, golden dome on top of your moussaka that will be fun to crack with a fork.

Keto Chicken Eggplant Moussaka

How to Make Low Carb Chicken Moussaka with Eggplant

Preheat oven to 400F.

Cut eggplant into thin slices and place them in a baking tray baking tray. Brush eggplant with olive oil then broil for 5 minutes or until golden. Remove and set aside.

broil eggplant slices

In the meantime, we prepare the chicken. In a frying pan over medium-high heat, ad olive oil in. Add garlic and onion and cook until soft. After that, add ground chicken and herbs and saute until cooked.

saute ground chicken onion garlic

Add tomato sauce (keto-friendly marinara sauce) and simmer for an additional 3 minutes. Set aside.

add marinara sauce to chicken mixture

Next, we prepare the sauce. In a saucepan over low heat, combine heavy cream, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic, and salt. Stir until the cheese is melted and sauce becomes thick and homogeneous.

melt cheddar heavy cream cheese

Finally, let’s assemble everything ready for baking. In a baking dish, place the roasted eggplant slices in the bottom as the first layer. Add chicken mixture as the second layer then spread the cheese sauce on the chicken and finally top with the remaining cheese.

layer eggplant chicken cheese

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated 400F oven. Once the cheese is golden, remove and let it cool for 5 minutes before serving. This can be served alone or with some leafy greens or a low carb salad.

bake moussaka

If you want a different variation of this recipe, try my keto zucchini moussaka.

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Keto Eggplant Moussaka
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Keto Eggplant Moussaka with Chicken

Keto classic Greek moussaka is very simple and delicious. It'll become your favorite low-carb dish.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword chicken moussaka, greek moussaka, keto greek moussaka
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 404kcal
Author Tanya K.


For the fillings:

For the sauce:

  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 oz cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • salt to taste


  • Line a baking tray with foil. Slice the eggplant, transfer to the baking tray and brush with olive oil. Broil the eggplant for 5 minutes or until golden.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add chopped onion, minced garlic and fry until soft. Add ground chicken and seasonings and fry until meat is cooked. Add keto tomato sauce, stir and cook for additional 3 minutes.
  • Combine half of shredded cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream, garlic and salt in a saucepan and heat on low until cheese melts and the sauce become thick and homogeneous.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Place slices of broiled eggplant in the bottom of a baking dish then top with chicken mixture, pour over the sauce, sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving. Can be served with green salad or some leafy greens.



Nutrition Facts
Keto Eggplant Moussaka with Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 282mg12%
Potassium 371mg11%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 970IU19%
Vitamin C 4.7mg6%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Cooking Tips and FAQ

Do you need to salt eggplant for moussaka?

Salting eggplant for moussaka helps draw out moisture and reduce bitterness, but it’s not mandatory and can be skipped based on personal preference.

Why is my moussaka watery?

Moussaka can become watery due to the moisture content in the eggplant and other vegetables. Not pre-cooking or salting the eggplant to draw out excess moisture, or using a sauce that’s too thin, can contribute to a watery moussaka.

Do I need to peel eggplant for moussaka?

No, you don’t need to peel the eggplant for moussaka; the skin softens during cooking and adds texture. However, some people prefer to peel it for a smoother consistency.

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