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This Everything Bagel chicken with scallion cream cheese sauce is pure NYC bagel heaven! Chicken breasts are coated in Everything But the Bagel seasoning and baked to perfection then smothered in a delicious scallion cream cheese sauce. Keto and low carb with paleo and dairy-free options.

Chicken with everything bagel seasoning topped with scallion cream cheese sauce

Everything You Love About This Bagel, But on Chicken!

True or false: the Everything bagel is the perfect bagel.

True, duh. Well, maybe. If I’m in the mood for sweet, it’s cinnamon raisin all the way. But savory? Everything bagel is king.

And Everything But the Bagel seasoning? She might be the queen. With a classic garlicky, oniony flavor and tons of crunch from the sesame and poppy seeds, I want to coat just about everything in Everything Bagel seasoning.

Including, or maybe especially, this Everything Bagel Chicken with Scallion Cream Cheese Sauce. Yep – this recipe takes the very best parts of a classic Everything bagel and scallion cream cheese (Except maybe the squishy carbs and post-bagel bloat…) and turns it into a keto and low carb dinner that’s super easy to throw together.

Why This Keto Recipe Is So Good

  • It’s really easy to make! Prep only takes about 5 minutes for both the chicken and the sauce.
  • The Everything Bagel seasoning creates a super flavorful and crunchy crust.
  • The scallion cream cheese sauce is crazy easy and absolutely delicious. I’d eat it on everything.
  • This recipe is keto and low carb with only 2g net carbs per serving.

Where Can I Find Everything But the Bagel Seasoning?

Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning started as a Trader Joe’s concoction but quickly spread in popularity. I personally ordered this giant container from Amazon and love how generous I can be with it.

If you don’t have any on hand and want to make this recipe tonight, you can always make your own Everything Bagel seasoning. You’d be a-OK to swap the white poppy seeds for black and vice versa.

Everything Bagel seasoned chicken breasts with a spoon putting cream cheese sauce on

Tips & Variations

  • Make sure you soften your cream cheese before trying to stir in the scallions, butter, and seasoning. If you forget to take your cream cheese out to soften, microwave it in a medium bowl at 50% power in 20-second intervals until softened.
  • Use an internal thermometer for the best chicken ever. I use this internal thermometer with a probe when baking meat and poultry in the oven; it sounds an alarm when the desired temperature is reached. Set your temperature to 160º F for moist chicken; it will rise to 165º upon resting.
  • If you’re paleo, use ghee instead of butter, non-dairy cream cheese like Kite Hill, and your favorite plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk like macadamia or almond milk.
  • If you’re dairy-free, use avocado oil or vegan butter in place of butter and follow the remaining swaps in the tip above.
Close up of chicken breasts coated in everything bagel seasoning with cream cheese sauce

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.97 from 53 votes

Everything Bagel Chicken with Scallion Cream Cheese Sauce

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 40 minutes
An easy dinner inspired by New York City “Everything” bagels and classic scallion cream cheese spread. Chicken breasts coated in Everything But the Bagel seasoning and baked then topped with a quick and easy creamy, tangy scallion cream cheese sauce. Low carb, keto, paleo option.


Everything Bagel Chicken

Scallion Cream Cheese Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon Everything But the Bagel seasoning
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened, see Note
  • 6 tablespoons chopped green onions 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup half-and-half or milk see Note



  • Preheat oven to 400º F. Place chicken breasts top-down in a baking dish. 9×9" or larger. Using a pastry brush, brush surface of chicken with butter then sprinkle with salt. Don't use as much salt as you normally would, since most Everything But the Bagel seasonings have salt in them.
  • Sprinkle surface of chicken with half the Everything But the Bagel seasoning. Use tongs and carefully flip chicken breasts. Brush tops with the remaining butter, sprinkle with the salt and coat with the remaining Everything but the Bagel seasoning.
  • Bake at 400º F for 25-35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160º F. See Note.
  • Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium bowl. Whisk in remaining sauce ingredients until very smooth. Taste and add salt to taste.
  • When chicken is baked, remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Serve with plenty of scallion cream cheese sauce.
    Everything Bagel seasoned chicken breasts with a spoon putting cream cheese sauce on


  • Make it Paleo: use ghee instead of butter, non-dairy cream cheese like Kite Hill, and your favorite plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk like macadamia or almond milk.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use vegan butter or a neutral oil, dairy free cream cheese, and unsweetened, plain, non-dairy milk of choice.
  • Cooking Times: Note that cook time will vary by size of chicken breast.
    – Small chicken breasts: approximately 25 minutes
    – Medium chicken breasts: approximately 30 minutes
    – Large chicken breasts: approximately 35 minutes

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 452calProtein: 50gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 435mgPotassium: 919mgTotal Carbs: 2gSugar: 1gNet Carbs: 2gVitamin A: 855IUVitamin C: 4.4mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1.1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. Enjoyed. Keeper! Thank you…5 stars

    1. Molly | 40 Aprons Team Molly | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad it’s a keeper, Marg! Thanks so much for the review!

  2. Avatar Christina says:

    This was excellent. My picky 8 year old who hates meat (but loves bagels/cream cheese) said this is her favorite. I forgot to get scallions at the store so we did without but it was still amazing!5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Oh, I love to hear that! Thank you so much for sharing, Christina – I’m so happy your whole family could enjoy this one together!

  3. We love this recipe! I’ve used spray oil and just sprinkled the seasoning on top because ours was too salty. It’s SO good with the cream sauce5 stars

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!5 stars

  4. Absolutely love this recipe, even my daughter now request that I make it. I would give it 10 stars if I could ❤️5 stars

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Thrilled to hear this! Thanks for sharing. 🙂5 stars

  5. The cream sauce is cold not cooked?

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      It’s not cooked, that’s correct. You can chill it and serve it cold, but as written it should be cool or roughly room temperature.

  6. Hi – can i skip the cream cheese part all together? We don’t mix milk and meat and all I have is non-dairy sour cream that happens to be frozen! so i don’t know if it’ll taste great.

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      It will likely be runnier in texture, but it’s worth a shot! Hope it turns out well for you!5 stars

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