Italian Grilled Chicken with Yellow Squash

Net Carbs
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Style: Italian
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Phase: Phase 1









How are Net Carbs Calculated?


  • 24 oz boneless (yield after cooking) Chicken Breast
  • 0.75 tsp Salt
  • 0.75 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 medium Yellow Summer Squash
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Unsweetened Ketchup
  • 0.25 tsp ground Thyme (Dried)
  • 1 serving Italian Dressing


The Atkins recipe for Italian Dressing is an ingredient in this recipe or use any bottled Italian dressing with no added sugar.

Heat grill to medium, or heat broiler. 

  1. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon salad dressing over each chicken breast, and coat thoroughly. Sprinkle them with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Let stand until grill is ready.

  2. In a medium bowl, toss squash slices with oil until coated on all sides. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the thyme; toss again to combine.

  3. Arrange chicken breasts and squash slices in a single layer on grill. Cook squash until tender. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

  4. Continue to cook chicken until juices run clear when pierced with a fork and an instant-read meat thermometer registers 170° F when inserted into the thickest part of the breast, 8 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and keep warm. 

  5. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon salad dressing and the ketchup. Set aside.

  6. Place chicken on a warmed plate, spoon 1/2 tablespoon of the ketchup mixture over each portion. Place 4 to 5 slices of squash on the side. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

How to Calculate Net Carbs

In order to calculate Net Carbs of any whole food item, it's a simple calculation based on the Nutrition Facts panel:

Total Carbohydrates - (Minus) Dietary Fiber = (Equals) Net Carbs

For low carb products sweetened with sugar alcohols (ie: glycerin, maltitol, etc), refer to the Nutrition Facts panel of the product:

Total Carbohydrates - (Minus) Dietary Fiber - (Minus) Sugar alcohol = Net carbs

This reflects the fact that Dietary Fiber doesn't impact blood sugar levels. Sugar alcohols also have a negligible impact on blood sugar, they too are subtracted from total carbs to yield the Net Carb count.