Looking for an easy-to-assemble keto chicken casserole that is packed with flavor? Look no further than this super tasty Crusted Buttery Chicken 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 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 Chicken 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 Buttery Keto 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.
- 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 Crusted Buttery 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 Crusted Buttery Chicken Casserole
- Serve as a main dish or side dish.
- It pairs wonderfully with a side of low carb veggies.
How to Perfectly Measure Your Keto 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.
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Keto Crusted Buttery Chicken Casserole
Keto Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup Ingredients
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 8x8” 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 casserole for 30 to 35 minutes until the pork rinds have formed a nice crust.
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.