Our keto chicken parmesan casserole, made with cauliflower rice and diced chicken, is the easiest, one-pan dinner! Bursting with flavor, this healthy baked chicken parmesan casserole without pasta takes less than 30-minutes to make. It's a is a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Easy Chicken Parmesan Casserole
With cauliflower rice instead of pasta, shredded chicken, 3 types of cheese, and a marinara sauce, this keto chicken parmesan casserole is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
Why you'll love this Chicken Parmesan Bake
- With no breading or pasta anywhere in this dish, keto chicken parmesan casserole is perfect for those who follow a low-carb lifestyle.
- Using pre-cooked, diced chicken saves you a ton of time and helps keep this low carb chicken parmesan casserole recipe a dinner you can make in under 30-minutes!
- With Italian seasoning and your favorite marinara sauce, you will get all of the flavors you know and love from traditional chicken parmesan without the extras you don't.
- Keto chicken parmesan casserole is also gluten-free and low-carb!
Keto casseroles are a great way to enjoy low-carb chicken dishes any night of the week! If you love low-carb chicken casseroles as much as we do be sure to check out our Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole our Fajita Chicken Bake, or our Easy Chicken Green Chili Casserole.
And definitely check out this low-carb chicken parmesan bake using whole pieces of chicken breast and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese!
Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipe ingredients
- Olive oil
- Cooked chicken - Either cooked diced or shredded chicken will work, rotisserie chicken works too but it could make the dish a little saltier.
- Marinara sauce - use a sugar-free brand like Rao's to keep it low carb.
- Cauliflower rice- fresh or frozen will work just fine.
- Mozzarella cheese - Shredding your own cheese is always recommended, pre-shredded cheese costs more and adds starch as a filler (which increases the carbs)
- Shredded Parmesan
- Cream cheese- use full-fat cream cheese to help keep the carbs down. Check the labels of various brands also.
- Seasoning- Garlic salt, ground black pepper, Italian seasoning
Chicken Parm Casserole variations
Use broccoli rice instead of cauliflower rice.
Swap veggie rice for white rice if you are not following a low-carb lifestyle.
How to make Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Now that you know what we are cooking and what is going into it, let's get to cooking this amazing keto chicken parmesan casserole!
1. Prep Ingredients
If your chicken is fresh or frozen, be sure to boil, cool, and cube it before starting to prepare you dish.
In a large oven-safe skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.
Add cauliflower rice to the pan and saute until cooked through.
Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add 4 oz of cream cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Stir until melted.
Stir in 1 ½ cups marinara sauce and 4 cups cooked chicken. Simmer until the entire casserole is heated through.
Top with 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella and the ½ cup shredded parmesan.
Broil 1-2 minutes in the oven to melt and lightly brown your cheese.
Garnish (optional) pork rinds, shredded fresh basil, parmesan cheese, or crushed cheese crisps. The baked chicken parmesan casserole without pasta is also delish dolloped with extra marinara sauce on top. Enjoy!
Keto Chicken Parmesan Casserole tips
- This recipe is based on using pre-cooked chicken. We love to cook it in batches and then defrost it to make quick weeknight dinners. Rotisserie chicken should also work, it could be a little bit saltier so maybe cut back on added salt to the dish
- We used fresh cauliflower rice in the recipe, if you're using frozen you'll just need to cook it a couple minutes longer.
- Be sure your marinara sauce is low-carb, our favorite brand is Rao's since it doesn't add sugar like most grocery store brands (plus it tastes like homemade sauce).
- Use fresh mozzarella to keep the carb count as low as possible.
- If you love garlic, feel free to saute the cauliflower rice in minced garlic.
- Top with additional marinara sauce if you like your keto chicken parmesan casserole saucier.
- You can easily double this recipe and cook it in a 9x13 pan for a larger family or to have leftovers to use throughout the week.
What to serve with this Chicken Parmesan Bake
Keto chicken parmesan casserole is a one-pan dinner, but if you prefer to serve something with it a side salad or roasted vegetables would be ideal to stay low-carb. Potatoes also make a good side if you are serving guests who do not follow a low-carb lifestyle.
How to store Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an air-tight container and eat within 4-5 days.
Can Chicken Parm Casserole be frozen?
Yes, this low carb chicken parmesan casserole can be frozen for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen at 350F for up to one hour, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. Covering with foil for the first 30-45 minutes will help prevent the cheese from burning.
Chicken Parmesan Casserole FAQs
Whether your making a chicken parm casserole or baked chicken parmesan, if your chicken turned out tough it was probably overcooked.
To prevent this:
1. Pound the Chicken: Before cooking, pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness so that the chicken cooks evenly. This would just be for chicken parmesan and not chicken parm casserole.
2. Monitor Cooking Time: Avoid cooking the chicken for too long. Just cook it to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), or even a few degrees earlier since it continues cooking once pulled off the stove or from the oven.
3. Let it Rest: After cooking, let the chicken rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and juicy texture.
4. Use an oven thermometer: Ovens can vary in temperature by up to 25 degrees! We highly recommend using an oven thermometer that hangs from one of the racks to know if your temp is accurate.
1. Name Origin: Chicken Parmesan, often referred to as 'Chicken Parm', is the American version of the Italian Chicken Parmigiana. The latter is derived from the Italian word 'parmigiana,' which refers to dishes cooked with Parmesan cheese and tomato sauce.
2. Cheese Type: In a traditional Chicken Parmigiana, Parmesan is the key cheese used, whereas Chicken Parmesan dishes in the U.S. often use both Parmesan and mozzarella.
3. Serving Style: Chicken Parmigiana is typically a standalone dish in Italy, often served more simply, focusing on high-quality ingredients. In contrast, Chicken Parmesan in the U.S. is frequently served over pasta or in a sub sandwich.
4. Regional Variation: Chicken Parmigiana is a classic dish in Italian cuisine, with roots tied to the regions of Campania and Sicily. Chicken Parmesan, on the other hand, is a popular dish in the United States and other countries.
More Keto Chicken Casseroles
- Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- Fajita Chicken Bake
- Easy Chicken Green Chili Casserole
- Creamy Green Chili Chicken Bake
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