8 Ağustos 2022
Chicken Casserole

A simple one-dish meal, this healthy keto chicken casserole is easy to assemble and practically bakes itself. It’s the ultimate weeknight dinner!

Chicken Casserole

This keto chicken casserole is healthy, filling, and so easy to make. If you have precooked chicken, it’s ready in just a few minutes! But even if you need to cook the chicken first, this chicken casserole is very easy to make.

Casseroles are the perfect weeknight dinner!

I love casseroles because they make my life easy. You throw a few ingredients into the casserole dish, bake, and voila – dinner is ready! Plus they are tasty, and everyone loves them, kids and adults.

How do you make homemade chicken casserole?

This chicken casserole is the ultimate weeknight dinner – healthy, easy, quick and filling. It also has the added advantage of turning boring chicken breasts into something a bit more exciting.

Scroll down for the full recipe. But basically, you bake the chicken, then cube it. Mix the chicken cubes with a creamy homemade sauce. Top with cheese and bake, then sprinkle scallions and bacon bits on top for extra flavor and a gorgeous presentation.

Is this chicken casserole healthy?

I think it is! Chicken, the main ingredient in this casserole, is very nutritious. Sour cream and cheese are fine – current research says that full-fat dairy is healthy. And the bacon, while not ideal nutritionally (but also not terrible), is used here in a small amount, as a condiment, so I think it’s fine.

Is this a creamy chicken casserole?

It’s just creamy enough for my taste, and my family likes it this way too. But if you’d like it to be extra creamy, I suggest you increase the mayonnaise and sour cream to 1/3 cup each.

What to serve with this chicken casserole?

I usually serve this chicken casserole with a green vegetable, such as steamed broccoli or spicy green beans, to round out the meal. If you’d like, you can very lightly steam small broccoli florets and mix them into the casserole before the final stage of baking, making it a complete meal. If you do, I suggest you increase the mayonnaise and sour cream to 1/3 cup each.

More chicken recipes you might enjoy

There are other ways, of course, to make chicken breast interesting. A few of my favorite ones include bacon wrapped chicken breast, easy chicken fajitas, and blackened chicken.

What about leftovers?

If you have any leftovers of this chicken casserole, you can keep them in the fridge for about 3 days, in a sealed container. Gently reheat them, covered, in the microwave on 50% power, to avoid drying out the chicken.

Chicken Casserole

A simple one-dish meal, this healthy chicken casserole is easy to assemble and practically bakes itself. It’s the ultimate weeknight dinner!

Chicken:

  • 4 (8 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Avocado oil spray
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Sauce:

  • ¼ cup avocado oil mayonnaise ((1/3 cup for a creamier casserole))
  • ¼ cup sour cream ((1/3 cup for a creamier casserole))
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar, (divided)

Topping:

  • ¼ cup sliced scallions ((green parts))
  • ¼ cup bacon bits, (room temperature)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Arrange the chicken breasts in the prepared pan. Spray with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, grease a 2-quart casserole dish. In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, pepper, dried thyme, paprika, cayenne and ½ cup of the shredded cheddar.
  3. When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven but keep the oven on. Allow the chicken to slightly cool, until it’s easier to handle. Cut it into cubes, or shred it. Add the chicken cubes to the bowl with the mayonnaise-sour cream mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of shredded cheddar. Bake until the cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes. If your casserole dish is broiler-safe, you can broil it instead, 6 inches below the broiler element (not directly below), for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Sprinkle the casserole with sliced scallions and bacon bits. Serve immediately.

Chicken Casserole

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