This keto chicken casserole recipe is low carb comfort food made in one dish! Hearty, cheesy, and minimal prep required, it’s something the whole family would love!
The Best Keto Chicken Casserole Recipe
Cozy comfort food minus the carbs? This keto chicken casserole is your answer.
Casseroles are a cross between a stew and a baked dish, and this one is based around chicken breasts or thighs. You can use whichever low carb vegetables you like, including butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and onions.
Topped with cheese and baked until golden and bubbling, this casserole is kid friendly and requires little prep.
We baked everything in one dish and the cleanup is almost non-existent. Seriously, you’ll laugh at how hands-off this dish is.
Ready in just 20 minutes, this makes for a fabulous keto dinner that you’ll add to your list of favorites.
Oh, and each serving has just 3 grams of carbs! Mop up the juices with some keto rolls or toasted keto bread and STILL have the carbs down!
You’ll love the simple and easy ingredient list needed to make this recipe. You probably have everything in your kitchen right now and if not, they can be easily found at any grocery store. Here is what you’ll need:
- Chicken breasts. Skinless and boneless fillets chopped into bite-sized pieces (around an inch in thickness).
- Salt and pepper. To taste.
- Olive oil. Any oil works.
- Vegetables. We used onions, garlic, Brussels sprouts, and butternut squash (or try honeynut squash for a fun twist).
- Spices. Cozy and warming spices like cumin and smoked paprika.
- Chicken broth. Also known as chicken stock. Try to choose a good quality broth for the best flavor.
- Cheese. Any good cheese that melts well, like mozzarella or gruyere.
How to make a keto chicken casserole
Simple is an understatement for this recipe. The casserole dish does all of the hard work, and you simply follow a 3-step process to set everything up. Ready to whip it up?
Step 1-Par-bake the vegetables
Start by adding the vegetables, spices, and olive oil into a baking dish (casserole dish), cover, and bake until the vegetables are fork tender.
Step 2- Sear the chicken
Next, season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook in a skillet for several minutes until no longer pink and almost cooked through.
Step 3- Bake everything together
Now, remove the baking dish from the oven and stir through the chicken. Cover with cheese and bake until it’s bubbling and nicely melted.
Can you cook raw chicken in a casserole dish?
Unless all the vegetables are of the chunkier variety (think cauliflower, pumpkin, carrots, or rutabagas), it’s not recommended as you risk the chicken being undercooked.
Also, the chicken releases juices into the casserole, which will become watery and lack flavor.
What to serve with low carb chicken casserole
Growing up, we enjoyed our casseroles with French bread or dinner rolls. As these aren’t keto friendly, we have some go-to sides we’ve been enjoying that work just as well, if not better:
- With a salad like spinach salad, broccoli salad, coleslaw, or cauliflower potato salad.
- Over a bed of keto mashed potatoes, cauliflower mashed potatoes, or keto pasta.
- With low carb breads, like rolls, buns, tortillas, or even toasted keto bread.
Wondering what’s the best way to store leftovers? Here are best practices for casserole storage:
- To store: Leftover casserole can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.
- To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled casserole in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to six months. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
- Reheating: Microwave portions for 30-40 seconds, or until hot.
More keto casseroles to try
- Pizza casserole
- Taco casserole
- Broccoli cheese casserole
- Cheeseburger casserole
- Green bean casserole
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use skinless chicken thigh fillets or skin-on drumsticks or chicken legs.
Use different vegetables depending on the season and/or availability. Some ideas to try include zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower. These all have very few carbs, too.
This recipe has just 3 grams of carbs per serving.
Keto Chicken Casserole | The BEST Keto Casserole Recipe
- 2 cups butternut squash diced
- 1 lb Brussels sprouts trimmed
- 1 large onion sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 2 lbs chicken breast chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
- Add the butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, onion, garlic, and smoked paprika to the dish, drizzle with olive oil, and mix well. Add the chicken broth.
- Cover the baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are fork tender.
- While the vegetables are baking, prepare the chicken.
- Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sear until golden brown on the sides, and almost cooked through.
- Remove the dish from the oven and stir through the chicken. Sprinkle with cheese over the top.
- Bake everything for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese has completely melted.
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Im going to try this as it looks great. The photos show something like raisins or cranberries that kind of look like they could have been baked in???? Or did you just sprinkle for color in the pics. I do not see anything like that listed in ingredients. Could you comment pls
Just decoration, but you can add some cranberries if you like a hint of tartness 🙂
Family won’t eat brussell sprouts —can I sub another vegetable. ??
Yes! Try broccoli or summer squash.
I made this into a vege casserole added 1tsp of dried sage. This was a lovely easy dish.
Hubby and I like Brussels Sprouts, but the grandkids don’t. But if I shred them into very thin ribbon-strips and quickly sauté them with some bacon, I can put them in almost anything and the kids will eat them gladly – I think they think it’s sautéed cabbage, and I’m not telling them otherwise unless they ask.
I don’t see why that method wouldn’t work here, as a bed under the rest of the ingredients perhaps. I wouldn’t saute them more than a *very* quick ‘Jamie Oliver’ type of “let-it-hit-the-pan-for-30-seconds” sort of saute, because the baking time will overcook them otherwise. Overcooked Brussels Sprouts have a very strong flavor and is the usual reason people don’t like them…
Great recipe. We’ll definitely be making this again! Even better than a pot of chili on a cold day!
For once, I am delighted that Facebook promoted an account to me. I made your green bean casserole for thanksgiving and it was just so good. Found out today you are from aus which thrills me because we used to live there. Will definitely be making this casserole.