This quick and easy keto chicken broccoli casserole recipe with cream cheese and broccoli is made completely from scratch without relying on a canned soup base. It’s gluten free, low carb, and absolutely delicious.
Casseroles are super easy dinners that are great for the whole family. However, finding healthy low carb chicken casserole recipes isn’t always simple. Until now…
Many popular casserole recipes use canned soup, white rice, and are topped with breadcrumbs. These are all empty starches, which you obviously want to avoid since you’re eating low carb.
If you’re a casserole person, you’ve probably been hoping to find a chicken dinner casserole that doesn’t use any canned soup. Why? Because they typically contain starches that aren’t appropriate for a lower carb diet.
You certainly don’t need the hidden carbs that come in creamy soups, nor do you want the chemicals in those premade cans anyhow.
And that’s why this keto chicken broccoli casserole recipe is so perfect! It’s inspired from a similar recipe that’s a gem from an old cookbook in my collection, just much healthier.
I also included a secret ingredient in the casserole that’s not the norm in most chicken and broccoli bakes: parmesan cheese. The slightly nutty, wholly rich flavor of parmesan enhances the flavors of the chicken and broccoli in a unique and mouth-watering way!
What Ingredients Are In This Keto Chicken And Broccoli Casserole?
You’ll love that there are no fancy ingredients in this meal. Easy weeknight casserole dinners need to made from readily on hand ingredients, don’t you agree?
And this dinner? It’s a simple low carb broccoli casserole with cream cheese recipe that exactly. You’ll be using food that’s easy to find in any grocery store and quite possibly already in your pantry, fridge, and freezer.
Overall, it’s pretty simple to toss this together in your favorite casserole baking dish. Broccoli, chicken, and mushrooms are the stars of this easy recipe. However, flavorful spices, cheeses, and liquids will make your cream keto cream sauce a tantalizing substitution to replace canned condensed soup.
- Boneless chicken breast
- Olive oil
- Minced onion
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Canned mushrooms
- White cooking wine (or lemon juice)
- Cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Chicken bone broth
- Broccoli florets
- Parmesan cheese
Tips For Making The Best Low Carb Chicken Casserole
While you don’t need to brown the chicken before baking the casserole, it can add some extra flavor to the recipe. Especially when you use the same skillet for making the sauce and cooking the mushrooms!
If you’re really in a rush or just have leftovers handy, however, you could use a rotisserie chicken. You might also use shredded chicken, if you’ve already got some prepped in your fridge, but it won’t be as hearty to bite into.
Fresh or frozen broccoli will work, depending on what’s easiest for you.
If you think you’ll miss the white rice, you can even add cauliflower rice to the creamy sauce, subtle broccoli, and savory chicken. One of the best things about casseroles is you can take an already delicious recipe and make it your own, guaranteed to please your family.
Can You Make This Keto Casserole In the Instant Pot Or Slow Cooker?
Absolutely! While this recipe is written for the oven, it’s actually quite easy to make in the pressure cooker or Crock Pot.
There would just need to be some simple adjustments made to make this low carb chicken broccoli casserole with cream cheese and chicken in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
To slow cook, all you’d have to do is toss all the ingredients into your crock. To make clean up easier, you can use a liner but it’s not essential. Then, let it sit in the crock pot for 6-8 hours on low.
The pressure cooker would be very similar. You’ll want to cook the chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, broth, wine, and spice together first. Then, at the end, add in the cream cheese and sour cream because of the dairy separating when cooked under pressure, though.
Tips For Low Carb Casserole Toppings
Sometimes you want the comfort food experience of a creamy casserole with a crunchy topping.
If you’re eating low carb, though, you have to forego the classic French Onion or crumbled buttery crackers on top. However, there are low carb substitutes that are also quite tasty!
If you have any keto bread in the refrigerator or freezer, it would make a good crumbled topping for this low carb broccoli casserole. Just lightly toast it, crumble, and then stir it in with some melted butter. Pork rinds will also work in a similar way.
If you’d like to add some parmesan to the crumbly topping, that adds a nice flavor that pairs well with the rest of the casserole. So does a dash of parsley sprinkled in.
Serving And Storing Low Carb Broccoli Chicken Casserole With Cream Cheese
This casserole is delicious served piping hot out of the oven! You can make it up ahead of time and just cook before serving. My family loved it and I’ve no doubt yours will, too.
Moms especially get excited about easy keto casseroles; they allow them to eat well and make one meal that everyone can enjoy.
In fact, it’s a great freezer dinner to make up ahead of time and it’s easy to pull out for a busy weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy.
If you have any leftovers, they will keep in the fridge for several days and can be reheated in the oven or microwave. If you microwave them, sprinkle with a few drops of water and heat up lightly covered to keep it from drying out.
Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. And, it goes perfectly with chicken. What’s your favorite casserole dish to make with broccoli and chicken?
Low Carb Chicken Broccoli Casserole with Cream Cheese Recipe
Be sure to check out my other low carb casseroles for more quick and simple dinner ideas the whole family will enjoy. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below:
- Stuffed Pepper Casserole
- Keto Eggplant Lasagna
- Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- Buffalo Chicken Casserole
- Mexican Chicken Casserole
I also find that casseroles are perfect for creating a dish using leftovers that I have on hand.
Keto Chicken Broccoli Casserole with Cream Cheese
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- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
- 6.5 ounces can mushroom sliced
- 1/2 cup white cooking wine or a few tablespoons of lemon juice
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 cup chicken bone broth reduce to 1/2 for less sauce
- 1 lb broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 1 3/4 ounces
- Slice chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Cook chicken with garlic and onion in olive oil and butter until no longer pink.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Cook and stir over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- Pour into 9×13 casserole dish.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
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