A family-friendly and easy chicken bacon ranch casserole (no pasta and no rice) that comes together in 10 minutes and bakes in 20. You'll love this quick gluten-free, low carb, and keto chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe with broccoli. It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Bacon Chicken Ranch Casserole
Casseroles are seriously one of the best meals you can put together for a busy weeknight or for meal prep. If you're looking for keto chicken casserole recipes, this is the ultimate low carb meal with everything you need all in one dish, plus it comes together quickly!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Keto-Friendly: This recipe is perfect for our readers following a ketogenic diet, with high protein and healthy fats while being low in carbs.
- No Pasta or Rice: With no pasta or rice, this recipe is great for those looking to avoid high-carb foods.
- Easy to Make: This recipe is simple and quick, perfect for those busy weekdays or for people looking for easy keto meals for beginners.
- Creamy and Delicious: The cream cheese gives this casserole a rich, creamy texture making it irresistibly delicious. This is a chicken bacon ranch casserole no alfredo sauce recipe.
- Nutrient-Rich Broccoli: By adding broccoli, our recipe ensures you're getting a good dose of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidants- plus broccoli makes a fantastic low carb veggie too.
Chicken bacon ranch casserole is one of our favorite keto chicken breast recipes. We love to meal prep the chicken for the freezer and always have it on hand to create a spontaneous casserole, but you of course can use other types of chicken too like chicken tenders or even pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.
- cooked chicken
- cooked bacon
- frozen broccoli florets
- Ranch seasoning mix
- Colby Jack cheese
- almond milk
- cream cheese
- Add Different Vegetables: While our recipe uses frozen broccoli, you could substitute steamed fresh broccoli or add other keto-friendly vegetables like cauliflower, bell peppers, or zucchini.
- Swap Out the Cheese: Instead of cheddar cheese, you can use other varieties such as mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or a spicy pepper jack for a different flavor profile.
- Spice It Up: Add some heat to the casserole with a dash of hot sauce, red pepper flakes, or some chopped jalapenos.
- Use Different Protein: Although chicken and bacon are great sources of protein, you could substitute them with turkey, ham, or even a plant-based protein like tofu.
- Add Some Crunch: A topping of crushed pork rinds or almond flour mixed with parmesan can give a nice crunchy texture to your casserole.
- Change the sauce: While we haven't tested this ourselves, you could swap the cream cheese for Alfredo sauce or our homemade condensed cream of chicken soup.
How to make Chicken and Broccoli Casserole (No Rice)
Our keto chicken bacon ranch casserole starts with precooked chicken and bacon, both of which are great to meal prep and freeze in bulk for recipes like this, or you can buy them pre-cooked. We recommend either boiling chicken breast or boiling chicken tenders, plus baking the bacon.
With the basics already in hand, it's a matter of sautéing the onion, adding the sauce ingredients, combining it all with precooked chicken, and microwave broccoli. Then you bake!
- Preheat oven to 375F. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil.
- Sauté the onion until soft, which takes about 5-6 minutes. Meanwhile, defrost the frozen broccoli in the microwave.
Assemble the Casserole
- Turn the stovetop temperature down to medium-low and the almond milk in the pan. Once heated, stir in the room-temperature cream cheese and combine until melted.
- Add the Ranch seasoning packet and combine.
- Add chicken and bacon, and combine all ingredients.
- Put the chicken ranch casserole ingredients in a 9x9 baking dish and top with the cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. If your chicken was cold, it could add an extra 5 mins or so to the cooking time. Enjoy!
- This recipe calls for pre-cooked chicken and pre-cooked bacon, we love to boil chicken on the stovetop in batches, cube or shred it, and then freeze it for recipes. Cooking bacon in the oven is also a great way to cook a large amount of bacon to freeze for later use in recipes.
- Shredded chicken can be substituted for cubed. A store-bought rotisserie chicken should also work but could make the dish saltier.
- Simply Organic makes an organic Ranch seasoning mix with all-natural ingredients, it has 1 net carb per serving. Hidden Valley includes some artificial ingredients but has 0 net carbs.
FAQ's for Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Keto
While this casserole can stand alone as a meal, it also pairs well with a light, fresh salad, some steamed vegetables, or a serving of cauliflower rice for those maintaining a keto diet.
This chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe should keep for up to 4 days in the fridge. Make sure to store it in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
To freeze the casserole, let it cool completely before covering it tightly and placing it in the freezer. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, let it thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the oven until heated through OR bake it from frozen and add more time in the oven (I'd keep it wrapped in foil until the last 15 minutes of cooking time so the top doesn't overcook).
Yes, our keto chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe is gluten-free since it doesn't contain any pasta, rice, or other sources of gluten. However, always check the labels of your ingredients, especially the ranch seasoning packet to make sure it doesn't sneak in gluten. You can also swap a store-bought package for homemade ranch seasoning mix.
More Keto Chicken Casserole Recipes
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