The Aioli is included because it is a companion to the souvlaki. The aioli enhances and complements the chicken seasoning and increases the fat to protein + carbohydrate macronutrient ratio which is important if you are adhering to a keto lifestyle. If you want an alternative, my keto Tzatziki is also an option. But variety is the spice of life so this garlic aioli is a great way to change things up.
So what is aioli?
The word is a compound of the words meaning "garlic" and "oil."
Classic aioli is made with nothing but garlic and olive oil pounded in a mortar and pestle until an emulsion is made. In some areas of Provence, France, other emulsifiers such as egg are also added as ingredients. This version is a quick modification to the original concept using premade mayonnaise which some purists would then argue is not an aioli, but to me it is a really close alternative.
For a full dinner, serve the chicken souvlaki with either tzatziki, or garlic aioli as suggested in this recipe. It is important to include dark green vegetables to ensure that you are having a well balanced meal that meets many of the nutritional requirements for a healthy life, not just the target fat ratio. As a side dish, I would recommend a salad of your choice or the Spinach, Feta and Bacon Salad.
Serving sizes are under your control and you should eat to feel satiated, not to the point of "I could not eat another bite." Remember that for some people it takes at least half an hour for leptin response to signal that you are full. From personal experience with my family and friends, I also know that some people do not have a good leptin response and will keep eating until they are "stuffed." So, as with everything, know your limit in how much you need to feel full and meet your caloric and carbohydrate amounts for the meal. There is a common misconception that on the Keto diet you can eat all you want and not worry about calories. This is true, but also false. More on this to come.
The following are serving sizes. Choose the portion that fits your dietary needs.
- 85 g = 3 oz (recipe makes 17 servings at this weight)
- 113 g = 4 oz (13 servings)
- 142 g = 5 oz (10 servings)
- 170 g = 6 oz (8 servings)
Plan-ahead meal preparation ideas
After marinating, extra chicken cubes should be separated into individual/single serving freezer bags, each containing enough cubes for one or two souvlaki skewers. By bagging into individual servings, you can make prep ahead meals. It is easy to prepare extra meat and marinate for freezing, just add a few more chicken breasts. We, as a society, live such busy lives that having short cuts whenever possible is not only a good idea but a very worthwhile skill for living your life to the fullest.