Looking for an easy-to-assemble keto chicken casserole that is packed with flavor? Look no further than this super tasty crusted buttery Keto Ritzy Chicken Pork Rind Casserole that contains only ONE gram of net carbs per serving!
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Hi, my name is Jessica and I am addicted to “keto-izing” (keto-fying?) non-keto recipes. I should probably be embarrassed by how much enjoyment I get out of the process, but instead I just take photos and add the recipes to my blog for your enjoyment. 🙂
For this keto dinner recipe, I modified a classic casserole recipe, often called “Chicken Ritz Casserole,” that uses (no surprise here) crushed Ritz crackers at the top and bottom of the casserole to add some crunch to a creamy, buttery filling. I subbed crushed pork rinds for the Ritz crackers, made a keto Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (so easy to do!), and played around with the ingredients just a bit to come up with my own version.
Why You are Going to Absolutely Love This Keto Ritzy Chicken Pork Rind Casserole
- If you cook your chicken breasts ahead of time, you should be able to get this casserole on the table in less than an hour. Even if you don’t cook your chicken breasts ahead of time, you can shave some time off by cooking them while making the condensed chicken soup and gathering the rest of your ingredients.
- It’s great as a main dish or side.
- Even those who aren’t on keto will love it!
- It tastes SO good. And I swear the leftovers are even better!
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Ingredients Needed for Gluten Free Ritzy Chicken Casserole
There is only one “specialty” ingredient required for this casserole, and that’s the xanthan gum used to thicken the keto Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup. I tried to make the soup without it, but using more coconut flour made the soup too coconut-ty, and omitting it made the soup too thin. (Which, in turn, made the already creamy casserole a total mess.) Xanthan gum is a keto kitchen staple because it’s perfect for thickening soups, sauces, and drinks. One bag will last a long time, so it’s worth the (small) investment.
Anthony’s Xanthan Gum
- Coconut flour
- Chicken stock (I use Trader Joe’s Organic Chicken Stock because it has a great flavor and contains 0g carbs)
- Almond milk
- Pork rinds
- Sour cream
- Chicken breast
- Bacon (pork or turkey)
- Salt and pepper
Part 1: How to Make Keto Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
It is “soup-er” easy (hah!).
Step #1: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter.
Step #2: Add coconut flour and mix. Stir mixture quickly until it thickens.
Step #3: Add chicken stock and turn heat up to medium. Whisk to incorporate, then add almond milk and whisk. Finally, add xanthan gum and whisk.
Step #4: Turn up the heat slightly to bring the mixture to a low boil for 2 minutes.
Step #5: Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for at least 5 minutes before using it in your casserole (use this time to do other steps, like crush your pork rinds, dice chicken, etc).
FYI: You can make this condensed soup up to a day ahead of time and store it in the fridge. It will thicken more as it cools.
Part 2: How to Make Easy Ritzy Chicken Casserole
Step #1: Preheat oven to 325 F and grease an 8×8” casserole dish. (I used coconut oil.)
Step #2: Sprinkle half of the crushed pork rinds* on the bottom of the casserole dish, fully covering the bottom. Drizzle 3 tbsp of the melted butter on top. (*The easiest way to crush pork rinds is to stick them in a large Ziploc bag and crush them using a rolling pin.)
Step #3: In a medium-sized bowl, combine keto condensed soup, sour cream, chicken stock, diced cooked chicken breast, and diced cooked bacon. (You can use pork or turkey bacon. I used turkey bacon for these photos because it’s what I had on hand that day, but I’ve made it with pork bacon too. Both taste fantastic!)
Do NOT use raw chicken breast or bacon in this recipe! They MUST be cooked beforehand.
Step #4: Add the mixture to the casserole dish, evenly covering the pork rinds.
Step #5: In a small bowl, combine remaining pork rinds and melted butter.
Step #6: Sprinkle the mixture in the casserole dish, evenly covering the top.
Step #7: Bake casserole for 30 to 35 minutes until the pork rinds have formed a nice crust.
How to Serve Keto Chicken Pork Rind Casserole
- Serve as a main dish or side dish.
- It pairs wonderfully with a side of low carb veggies.
Keto Casseroles with Chicken
Here are delicious easy keto chicken casserole recipes that are great for the whole family.
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How to Perfectly Measure Your Keto Ritzy Chicken Casserole Macros
This is a moist casserole. Hot out of the oven, it’s a bit tricky to exactly measure servings. If keeping your macros absolutely spot-on is critical to you, here are my suggestions:
- Chill the casserole before cutting into it, then cut each piece. Reheat before serving (or not… it tastes great cold, too!). I used a casserole dish with rounded corners for prettier photos, but a square dish will make this easier.
- Weigh your casserole dish before cooking. After cooking (and cooling off the casserole!), weigh everything again. Subtract the weight of the casserole dish and divide by eight to get the precise weight of each serving.
The good news is this keto chicken casserole is extremely low in carbs (just a hair over 1g per serving), so a slightly mismeasured piece won’t wreak havoc on your carb intake.
Keto Sides to Serve with this Recipe
Check out some of these easy low carb side dishes to make with this Ritzy Casserole!
- Learn how to make keto cauliflower macaroni and cheese by following this easy recipe!
- You can make cobb salad keto-friendly by following this step-by-step guide.
- You can eat green beans on the keto diet and they go great with this casserole!
- Our easy keto radish recipes are delicious, especially this oven roasted recipe.
- Learn how to make cauliflower mashed potatoes keto-friendly by following this recipe. These taste amazing!
- You can eat roasted vegetables on the keto diet by sticking to these vegetables. This dish is a constant remake!
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Keto Ritzy Chicken Pork Rind Casserole
Keto Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup Ingredients
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
Keto Crusted Buttery Chicken Casserole Ingredients
- 6 oz crushed pork rinds plain (unsalted and unflavored)
- 7 tbsp melted salted butter divided
- Keto Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (full recipe)
- 7 oz sour cream
- 1/3 cup chicken stock
- 2 cups cooked chicken breast diced
- 4 slices cooked bacon diced
How to Make Keto Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter.
- Add coconut flour and mix. Stir mixture quickly until it thickens.
- Add chicken stock and turn heat up to medium. Whisk to incorporate, then add almond milk and whisk. Finally, add xanthan gum, salt, and pepper.
- Turn up the heat slightly to bring the mixture to a low boil for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes before using it in your casserole (use this time to do other steps, like crush your pork rinds, dice chicken, etc).
- The condensed soup will thicken further as it cools. Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to a day.
How to Make Keto Buttery Chicken Casserole
- Preheat oven to 325 F and grease an 8×8” casserole dish. (I used coconut oil.)
- Sprinkle half of the crushed pork rinds* on the bottom of the casserole dish, fully covering the bottom. Drizzle 3 tbsp of the melted butter on top. (*The easiest way to crush pork rinds is to stick them in a large Ziploc bag and crush them using a rolling pin.)
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine condensed soup, sour cream, chicken broth, diced cooked chicken breast, and diced cooked bacon.
- Add the mixture to the casserole dish, evenly covering the pork rinds.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining pork rinds and melted butter.
- Sprinkle the mixture in the casserole dish, evenly covering the top.
- Bake ritzy chicken pork rind casserole for 30 to 35 minutes until the pork rinds have formed a nice crust.
- Do NOT use raw chicken breast or bacon in this recipe! They MUST be cooked beforehand.
- You can use pork or turkey bacon. Nutrition facts are calculated using pork bacon.
Adapted from this recipe and this recipe. Viewers of this recipe also checked out this Cauliflower Cheese Casserole, Keto Chicken Fried Rice and Keto Chicken Stir Fry.
Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.
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This looks so good! I’ve never tried xanthan gum as a thickener before – great idea!
Thanks so much, Lauren! Xanthan gum is an awesome thickener and it’s net carb-free, so I’m a huge fan.
Can you sub almond flour for coconut flour?
Hi Beth! I haven’t personally tried it yet so I can’t vouch for the flavor, but you will need to replace the 1 tbsp coconut flour with 4 tbsp almond flour since coconut flour is extremely absorbent. If you give it a go, let me know how you like it!
I would say this is just good. I prefer eating great tasting food over food that will simply fill me. A couple of upgrades I can’t wait to try: bake the bottom layer of pork rinds before adding the filling, use salt and pepper in the pork rind topping, add broccoli, top with a sharp cheddar cheese.
Thank you for your feedback, Megan! Those sound like great modifications. I admit that I (and my taste testers) thought it tasted great (otherwise I never would have posted it!), but I know we all have different taste buds. Let me know how your modifications go!
This was crazy good! Even hubby (not on keto) ate some.
Thanks, Jenny! I’m so happy to hear you and your hubby liked it!
Was an amazing recipe! Will be in the rotation now!
An amazing recipe! Will be making again! Five stars!
Thanks so much, MB!
Very good! Added a dash of Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic to the mixture and it was very similar to my go-to poppy seed chicken recipe (not low carb!). So this was the perfect substitute! Glad I came across this. Thanks!
Hi Careece, I’m so happy to hear you liked it! Your modifications sound great — I’ll have to give those a try.
I wonder if cauliflower rice would work? I always added rice to my poppyseed chicken
This sounds awesome. Do you think I could sub heavy whipping cream for the almond milk? Thx!
Hi Melia, Definitely! Enjoy! 🙂
Would cheese be okay to use cheese to thicken the sauce instead of xanthan gum? I really just don’t like to use it.
Hi Nancy, That would definitely work! Enjoy!
Great recipe! Just curious, how do you get the video on top to minimize or go away? I really just want to see the full recipe at one time.
Hi E! I’m so sorry you’re having trouble. The video *should* be on the sidebar, but I’m having issues with it showing up on the top for some people like yourself. I’m working on a solution. Until then, the best place to view my site is on mobile (the video will go away as soon as you scroll past). I apologize for the inconvenience!
Has anyone substituted something for the pork rinds? I’m just not a fan of those. Thanks!
I’ll definitely try this recipe! This looks so good! Love it so much!
Thanks for sharing this recipe! Id like to pair this with my keto-friendly Chinese food as side dish. You did mention its also great as a side dish, will do that then!
Hi! Like Linda, I can’t eat the pork rinds. Any suggestions??
Hi Tamara! I haven’t tried it, but grated parmesan cheese may work. It will give it a different flavor and a bit of a different texture, but it would be worth trying… it’s hard to go wrong with cheese. 🙂
Hey, just wondering is it okay to use the canned cream of chicken soup or will it taste different.
Hi Renee! You can do that. It will boost the carbs by about 22g for the entire dish (2.75g per serving), but since it’s already such a low-carb dish, it will still be keto-friendly. Enjoy!
I can’t wait to try this, this is one recipe I’ve missed being on Keto is Chicken Casserole!
Thanks for working this up.
Hi Karen, My pleasure! Enjoy! 🙂
Where can I find unsalted porkrinds?????
This sounds so good, can’t wait to try it!
Hi Kat! 🙂 Look for a brand called Utz. I buy it at Walmart, but you can also buy it on Amazon and probably other local grocery stores. Here is the Walmart link: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Utz-Pork-Rinds-Regular-18-oz-Barrel/17177194
Can you freeze half of this before baking and bake at a later date?
Hi Amber! You can, but there will likely be a bit of a texture change because of the dairy (which can get a little grainy when frozen and thawed). I wouldn’t freeze it longer than a month.
Is there anything I can replace the pork rinds with?
Hi Michelle! I haven’t tried it, but grated parmesan cheese may work. It will give it a different flavor and a bit of a different texture, but it would be worth trying.
I have made this recipe twice now; once the original way, which was tasty and liked by most of my family, but also with some modifications the second time. After making the condensed soup, I added 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar and melted it in the mix. I also steamed a bag of California blend veggies, added those to the chicken mixture, omitted the sour cream and bacon, then blended the soup/cheese mix with it. I must say I like the casserole better with the cheese and veggies. It boosts the flavor and the nutritional value. Thanks, Jessica, for a great basic recipe that is so conducive to personal additions!
Hi Rae Ann, Thank you so much for your review! Your additions and changes sound delicious. I’ve been working on some variations too and plan to update the post with those when they are complete. I agree that veggies and cheese are a tasty addition! 🙂
I’m fairly new to keto I ‘ve lost 34 lbs in 3 mo. I was looking for some ways to shake up my meals. After searching I luckily found your site and now I have awesome meals
Thank you your amazing.
Thanks, Ruth! Congrats on the 34-lb loss!! 🙂
What could I use instead of pork rinds please I don’t like them 🙁
Hi Barbara! I haven’t tried it, but grated parmesan cheese may work. It will give it a different flavor and a bit of a different texture, but it would be worth trying… it’s hard to go wrong with cheese. 🙂
OMG this is so awesome! It’s very addictive. Thanks for the great recipe! Made it the other day and I know I’ll be making it for years to come. ❤️
Hi Kim, Thank you so much for the review! I’m thrilled that you love it! 🙂
I’ve made this chicken casserole three times already, so clearly I like it a lot. I just keep coming back to it. Many thanks!
Yay! Glad to hear it, Wendy! Thank you for the review.
Can this be made ahead, refrigerated then baked the next day??
Hi Jennifer, Yes! You definitely could do that. You’ll likely need to bake closer to 40 minutes though because the butter will have solidified again.
This was disgusting! I’m sorry. I followed the recipe to the tee, and it turned out soupy and flavorless. The sour cream taste overpowered the dish as well. I’m not sure if the recipe needs more Xanthan Powder, less sour cream, maybe add cheese or what. All I can tell you is it didn’t turn out right. 3oz of pork rinds weren’t enough to cover the bottom either.
Hi Andre, I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you! Thank you for leaving your feedback.
Thank you, Cindy! 🙂
So delicious! I followed the recipe to a tee and it was perfect with just the right amount of crunch. Being on quarantine with my family I have to find something the whole family will like and this was a hit!
I can’t wait to make this again! I never thought to use pork rinds in a recipe! 😍
Hi Cindy, Thank you so much for the awesome review! I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it! 🙂
This was absolutely amazing. I wish there were not so many steps in getting it to the oven, but it is well worth the effort. As a single mom of 4, I doubled the recipe and used glucomannan instead of xantham gum to thicken the sauce. My kids could not get enough! A huge win for us. I think I will make the filling again tonight and put it in the freezer. Then I will definitely get it on the table in less than an hour! A huge win at our house!
Hi Julie, Thank you so much for the kind words and review! I’m so glad you and your kids enjoyed it.
If you’re interested, I have a second version of this casserole here – https://forgetsugarfriday.com/keto-buttered-chicken-casserole/ – that’s made a little differently and also includes broccoli. 🙂
I see I’m not the only one that does not like pork rinds. I am thinking to put bacon crumbled up and maybe some cheese mixed in it, to cover the bottom and then not use bacon in the later part of the recipe. I think it would be win/win as you’d have more bacon in every bite.
Hi Tracey, That sounds like a great idea! If you have a chance, let me know what you think. I’ll definitely put it on my to-make list too 🙂
My partner and I both agree with Andre. Just not much taste and sour cream overpowered the entire dish. We spent the dinner thinking of ways to add ingredients to make it more tasteful. It’s not off the menu however.
Can this be frozen and reheated?
Hi Ellyn! Yes, you can freeze and reheat. There will be a slight texture change because of the dairy (which can get a little grainy when frozen and thawed). I wouldn’t freeze it longer than a month.
I liked it. But mine came out really greasy. Has anyone else had that problem? What did I do wrong?
I am new to Keto but if I can eat meals like this Keto Ritzy Chicken Pork Rind Casserole, I am sure going to love this diet. My husband and I thought this casserole was fantastic – wonderful taste and very filling, It was easy to make this recipe and I will be making it again.
Hi! This sounds delicious! I’m just curious why this cannot be made with raw chicken breasts? The cook time is long enough to cook to a safe temp. Does it change the overall recipe? Make it too soupy? Simply curious 🙂
Hi Jessica! My apologies for the delayed response – I completely missed your comment. You are correct – cooking with raw chicken breasts releases too much moisture and makes it a little soupy. But if you’re in a hurry, you can do it that way and cut down on the chicken stock.