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Low-Carb Chicken & Broccoli Casserole – Cheesy, Creamy and Keto-Dreamy!

Keto Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

yield: 10 SERVINGS

prep time: 35 MINUTES

cook time: 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES

total time: 2 HOURS

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs)
  • 3 medium heads broccoli, cut into 1" to 1 1/2" florets (approx. 9 cups of raw, cut broccoli)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup block cream cheese, (8 oz package) softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (8 oz bag), divided (1 1/2 cups + 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, (8 oz bag) divided, (1 1/2 cups + 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon powder (can substitute with one crushed bouillon cube)
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Directions

1

Place chicken breasts in a large pot and pour in enough water to cover the breasts. Salt the water. Place over medium/high heat, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until no longer pink, about 40 minutes. Allow chicken to cool, then shred it into small pieces. Set aside.

2

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 inch baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

3

Add a few pinches of salt to the broccoli florets and steam until crisp-tender using your favorite method. Once cooked, drain to remove excess moisture, set aside.

4

In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, blend sour cream, softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, egg, and spices (salt through pepper) until thoroughly combined. Dissolve bouillon in 1/2 cup of hot water and beat into the mixture. Now add 1 1/2 cups each cheddar and mozzarella, mix well. Lastly, add the shredded chicken, stir to combine.

5

Spread about 1/4 of the chicken mixture into an even layer on the bottom of your greased baking dish. Make a second layer using the broccoli, followed by the rest of the chicken mixture. Top with remaining cheese.

6

Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 10 servings, Serving Size: approx. 1 1/4 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 558, Total Carbohydrates: 9g, Fiber: 2g, Net Carbohydrates: 7g, Total Fat: 38g, Protein: 46g

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One of the many joys of keto… CHEESE! And, this chicken broccoli casserole is full of it.

Oh, this casserole! It’s on my MVP list of keto dinner ideas that the entire family loves, particularly on cold winter evenings. For anyone who adores the marriage of chicken and cheese, it’s a match made in heaven, with tiny broccoli florets to help balance the rich, creaminess of the dish.

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keto chicken broccoli cheese casserole – in the baking dish, ready to cook

I love casseroles because they’re easy to make ahead of time.

Dinner time is a bit chaotic in my house, so make-ahead meals are a real time-saver. This chicken and cheese keto casserole is super easy to prepare and can be refrigerated until you’re ready to pop it in the oven. The leftovers reheat wonderfully, so I can serve it two nights in a row. And wouldn’t you know it — nobody ever complains!

bowl of shredded chicken mixture and broccoli with casserole dish

spreading cheese and shredded chicken mixture in casserole dish

close up of keto chicken casserole with melted cheese on top

Low Carb Cheesy Chicken Casserole - a large serving of chicken casserole being scooped from a pan


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Keto Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

yield: 10 SERVINGS

prep time: 35 MINUTES

cook time: 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES

total time: 2 HOURS

For anyone who adores the marriage of chicken and cheese, it’s a match made in heaven, with tiny broccoli florets to help balance the rich and creaminess of the dish.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs)
  • 3 medium heads broccoli, cut into 1" to 1 1/2" florets (approx. 9 cups of raw, cut broccoli)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup block cream cheese, (8 oz package) softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (8 oz bag), divided (1 1/2 cups + 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, (8 oz bag) divided, (1 1/2 cups + 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon powder (can substitute with one crushed bouillon cube)
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Directions

1

Place chicken breasts in a large pot and pour in enough water to cover the breasts. Salt the water. Place over medium/high heat, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until no longer pink, about 40 minutes. Allow chicken to cool, then shred it into small pieces. Set aside.

2

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 inch baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

3

Add a few pinches of salt to the broccoli florets and steam until crisp-tender using your favorite method. Once cooked, drain to remove excess moisture, set aside.

4

In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, blend sour cream, softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, egg, and spices (salt through pepper) until thoroughly combined. Dissolve bouillon in 1/2 cup of hot water and beat into the mixture. Now add 1 1/2 cups each cheddar and mozzarella, mix well. Lastly, add the shredded chicken, stir to combine.

5

Spread about 1/4 of the chicken mixture into an even layer on the bottom of your greased baking dish. Make a second layer using the broccoli, followed by the rest of the chicken mixture. Top with remaining cheese.

6

Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 10 servings, Serving Size: approx. 1 1/4 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 558, Total Carbohydrates: 9g, Fiber: 2g, Net Carbohydrates: 7g, Total Fat: 38g, Protein: 46g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

Hip Recipe Tips:

1.) You can prepare this dish ahead of time! Just cover it in a sheet of plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking.

2.) Pressed for time? Skip stove-top steaming and use this top-rated, BPA-free microwave veggie steamer.

3.) If you’re away from home for most of the day, use this easy slow cooker method for cooking the chicken: Arrange chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour water (or broth) over the chicken. Add a touch of salt. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 


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Comments 101

  1. Michelle. (Super Sidekick)

    I made this this week and it was AMAZING! I used a rotisserie chicken that I had on hand. We loved it as leftovers the next day and the whole family loved it!

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Yipee!! So happy to hear that it was a hit!

  2. Kelly

    What do you make for Keto side or do you not have one

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hi Kelly! Often I’ll serve it as a stand-alone one dish meal but my go-to side is a leafy green salad with an olive oil vinaigrette. Yum!

    • Laura Verrill

      I made this today! I would say it doesnt need any sides since its very filling and satisfying.

      • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

        Hi Laura! So glad to hear that you enjoyed it as much as we do🤗

    • LeAnn

      It’s an all in one since the broccoli is in there, too!

  3. Olgraygirl

    Yum-love the rotisserie chicken idea. We are a smaller household so I would divide into 2 casseroles: eat one, freeze one. Thanks for great recipe!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Great idea! You are SO welcome! Hope you love it as much as we have!

    • Cindy

      Do you cook the dish then freeze it

  4. Juanita Crake

    Sodium content?

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hey there, Juanita! The sodium content per serving is 298 mg.

  5. Dave

    Wow Great tasting casserole

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! SO glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Patsy Brookover

    Prepared this recipe yesterday and it was delicious. Just served it with a tossed salad. Thanks!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are very welcome! Super happy you enjoyed it!

  7. Carolyn

    Has anyone successfully cooked this after freezing?

  8. Jaycee

    AWESOME recipe! Whole family LOVED it! Will definitely be making again!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Woohoo! Happy to hear what a hit it was, Jaycee! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  9. Jo Ellen Washburn

    My husband and I just went low-carb, and I made this last night. It was so good! Thanks for helping us on our low-carb journey!

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hi Jo Ellen! Thank you so much for letting me know. 🤗 This is one of my personal faves! I also REALLY like the spaghetti squash “lasagna” if you decide to try another hearty casserole. https://hip2keto.com/recipes/italian-sausage-spaghetti-squash-casserole/

      Best of luck with your new low-carb lifestyle! 🎉 Following Hip2Keto is a great way to start!

      • Amber

        That is my personal favorite too!

  10. Crystal

    Can you freeze this before you cook it? Has anyone tried to?!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You could try that or refrigerate until you are ready to make dinner! Hope that helps!

  11. Dawn

    Could you use frozen broccoli for this recipe?

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hi Dawn. Yes, I think that would work fine. Let me know if you give it a shot!

    • Sara

      I made this today with frozen broccoli that I steamed in the microwave and poured in a bowl and added so salt to….I will let you know how it is.

    • Angel

      I did! It was just as good!

  12. Sheila

    Thank you so much for this recipe – it was SOOO GOOOD!! I used a whole rotisserie chicken, as another commenter suggested. My husband and I both ate way too much because we couldn’t stop eating it. It’s definitely going to be part of our regular rotation now. But, I’m sorry, I have to say it made me so sad that you recommended using disposable plastic bags for steaming food. It really breaks my heart to think about how much plastic we already throw away every day, let alone adding to that just for convenience, when there are plenty of other options which really aren’t that inconvenient.

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hi Sheila! I’m SO glad you liked it! And thanks for your feedback on the bags. Honestly, I rarely use them… you’ve inspired me to update the post first thing tomorrow. No need to encourage wastefulness! ❤️😘

  13. Pam C

    Can you use frozen broccoli?

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hi Pam. I haven’t tried frozen broccoli, however, I think that it will work okay. I’d steam the frozen broccoli for 3-5 minutes. Then drain well and pat dry before adding to the casserole. Let me know how it goes! 😄

  14. Maria

    Amazing recipe. I used thyme instead of garlic, allergic, 3/4 c. Of sour cream because that’s all I had and used pepper jack cheese instead of mozzarella. OMG. Great.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! SO glad you loved it, Maria! Thanks so much for the feedback!

  15. Kristian

    Am I reading it correctly. 7g net carbs?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes, you are reading that right, Kristian!

  16. Millie Bradley

    This was delicious,I cut recipe In 1/2,made in 4×4 pan,had with a small salad! Family loved it!

    • Cassandra (Hip Sidekick)

      We’re so happy you and your family enjoyed this recipe! Thanks so much for taking time to share your feedback!

  17. Jennifer Johns

    Could you tell me about the sugar content in this Please ?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! It looks like this will work out to 3g of sugar. 0 sugar alcohols. Hope that helps!

      • SANDRA JACKSON-LETT

        What’s the saturated fat count

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Hi Sandra! We calculate the total fat above. You can find the saturated fat content by plugging these ingredients into an app such as My Fitness Pal. Hoping that might help!

  18. Heather

    I made this tonight and it was fantastic. I halved the recipe and made it a glass 8×8 casserole dish because my boys would not eat it. My daughter and I loved it and I will make the full recipe next time.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing with us how much you and your daughter loved this, Heather!

      • Christie

        Looks good

  19. maggie

    just wondering why adding water is a good idea? makes me think it would take away from the flavor

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Maggie! Are you asking about the 1/2 cup of hot water? That is to dissolve the bouillon powder. It may be too thick without it. Hope this helps!

  20. Jennifer

    I didn’t have enough broccoli, so used 2/3 broccoli and 1/3 cauliflower. I used fresh cauliflower, but frozen broccoli; steamed and allowed to dry. It was the perfect “go-to” at the end of a long day, also great leftovers! We LOVED it so much!
    I’ll be making it again!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Woohoo! Thanks for letting us know how well liked it was, Jennifer! We’re so happy everyone loved it!

  21. Shauna

    Can you use chicken broth instead of bouillon?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! You can do that! 🙂

      • IF&Keto

        if using chicken broth would you use 1/2 cup? or can you just eliminate the broth/bouillon/water and use poultry season or nothing in its place?

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Hi there! Yes! You can use 1/2 cup chicken broth in place of the 1/2 cup hot water + 1 teaspoon of bouillon powder. Enjoy!

  22. Kelly

    Recipe says 4 chicken breasts, then says “about 3 lbs”. Is this correct or is it supposed to be 3 cups? I don’t think I’ve ever had 4 breasts that weighed 3 lbs. thanks! Looking forward to making!

    • Cassandra (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Kelly! It is correct as written. Marley may have used larger chicken breasts. As long as you have about 3 pounds of chicken, you should be good to go. Hope that helps!

  23. April

    I am really excited to try this recipe! Is there something I could use in place of the mayo? My family doesn’t care for mayo. Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi April! You could maybe try a 1/2 cup more of sour cream or plain greek yogurt. Hoping that helps!

    • Crystal

      Or IV used cream of mushroom or cream of chicken. It’s was still pretty good.

  24. Susan Rice

    I made it tonight and everyone loved it,I didn’t have the bouillon so I just used some chicken stock from boiling the chicken ❤️

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Oh awesome! Thanks a bunch for commenting, Susan! We’re so happy to hear how yummy it turned out!

  25. Debra Wilson

    The flavors are fabulous! My sauce wasn’t creamy after baking, it separated. I did make the change of adding diced fresh onion because I was out of onion powder. Do you think that caused it? It is so delicious that I want to make it again and see if I get it right!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes, that may have been the issue since the fresh onion would have added moisture to the dish. Hoping you love it even more if you use the powder next time!

  26. Whitney Shelton

    This is a large dish for just me and my hubby. Can I half all the ingredients to yield 5 servings or what do you suggest?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! That should work! You may need to lessen the cooking time as well.

  27. Natalie Coates

    Looks great!! I will be trying this recipe real soon!!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hope you love it, Natalie! Let us know how it turns out for you!

  28. Lee Sherrill

    I don’t like broccoli or cauliflower. What other vegetable could I use?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! You could try spinach or kale. Those would be yummy too!

  29. Jeannie

    I made this tonight. I have never posted a comment on a recipe but I had to. It’s AMAZING!!! I couldn’t keep my boyfriend out of it (who’s not keto). Love love love!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow! Thanks so much for coming back and telling us how much you loved it, Jeannie!

  30. Tracy

    My husband likes chicken, but nit a huge fan. Loves beef and broccoli, so I am going to try it with beef instead, should be interesting and will let ya know.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’d love to hear how it turns out, Tracy!

  31. Mendy

    Wonder if you could sub turkey (left over from Thanksgiving) for the chicken??

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! Great idea, Mendy! We have tried it with Turkey too and it is SO good! 😊

  32. Shelley James

    I added bacon! It was delish!! Thanx for the recipe it will be a staple in my house 😋

    • Cassandra (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Shelley! We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  33. Jan Harvey

    Has anybody used green beans instead of broccoli?

  34. gloriamcmillian

    Why not use frozen veggies? I hate cutting up veggies and broccoli is easy to find frozen. Saves time.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That could work too! A few readers above shared how that worked out for them! Let us know how you like it!

  35. Amanda

    If I were to use chicken broth instead of bouillon, how much should I use??

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      If you want to use broth instead of bouillon, you can just add 1/2 cup broth and don’t add the water. Hope this helps, Amanda!

  36. thomas

    It may be keto free but it’s a heart attack on a plate! The cholesterol count on this dish must go through the roof

  37. Cindi

    Are we supposed to cover the casserole with foil while baking? I’m getting ready to put it in the oven right now, and I will just put it in uncovered and watch it closely. I just wondered if there’s a preferred way to bake it. It looks delicious!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You do not need to cover it, Cindi. If you like your cheese less brown, you could cover it and remove the foil for the last 5 – 10 minutes of cooking.

  38. Donna Benford

    We, “my family” just calls this meat potatoe pie. Lol

  39. Krissi

    Just made this because I love chicken and broccoli and cheese . It is delicious . I will be living on this .

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Krissi! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to let us know❤

  40. Andrea

    Made this tonight. Substituted shredded Muenster cheese (no carbs) chicken bone broth. It was amazing. Totally will make this again. Very rich. So a little on your plate goes along way.

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Andrea. What a great idea! Sounds delicious. Thank you for taking the time to share your helpful tips. We are so glad you enjoyed this recipe❤

  41. Pam

    I’m dairy, wheat, corn and soy free. Any substitutions for the cream cheese, sour cream that I can use?

  42. Kathy

    I made this yesterday. It didn’t last long. Everyone loved it! Very good recipe. I’m

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Kathy! This is fantastic. So glad that your family loved it! Thank you for the feedback.

  43. Rhonda

    is the serving size 1/4 cup or 1 1/4 cup/ 1/4 cup is a very small portion.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Rhonda! This makes 10 servings, about 1 1/4 cups per serving. Hope that helps!

      • Rhonda

        Thanks. I thought that was the serving size. I made it last night it is delicious

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Yay! You’re so welcome! Glad to hear how yummy it turned out!

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