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This low carb keto chicken casserole is spicy, savory, and downright mouthwatering. Jalapeño popper chicken casserole with bacon is about to become a weeknight favorite in your home when you need an easy, one dish keto dinner that the whole family will enjoy. Serve it up all on its own or with your vegetables or fresh salad on the side.
Jalapeño poppers are so yummy. So is bacon. And this keto chicken casserole combines the two for the perfect low carb dinner treat! (Also works as a Trim Healthy Mama S meal.)
The cheesy, savory goodness combined with the salty, smoky bacon and subtle heat from the jalapeños in this keto casserole recipe come together in a way that leaves you feeling incredibly satisfied.
Easy Keto Chicken Casseroles: A Great Dinner
Low carb chicken recipes are popular for those on the keto diet, especially for those with families. Chicken is a frugal meat to include in your meal plan, its flavor lends itself well to a variety of styles, and most people enjoy it.
Chicken casseroles are an easy, delicious, satisfying way to stay on plan and still only make one dinner for the whole family. This keto broccoli chicken casserole is super easy and very popular here at My Montana Kitchen. And this low carb Alfredo chicken casserole? Not only is it a reader favorite, but my family can't get enough of it!
And the best part is how easy it is to make shredded chicken for your meals when you have an Instant Pot. You can, of course, use store-bought chicken or make it another way, but I love just tossing a couple or frozen chicken breasts into the Instant Pot with salt, pepper, and a cup of water and cooking on manual for 30 minutes. They come out ready to shred every single time.
And don't forget to check out these other absolutely amazing and easy keto chicken casseroles!
How To Make Keto Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole
Now, onto your creamy keto chicken casserole recipe...are you ready? It's sooo good.
First you'll get your oven pre-heating while you put your casserole together.
In a large bowl, combine your cooked and shredded chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, part of your jalapeños, and the spices.
Using the paddle attachment on your mixer (or some muscle and a good spoon), mix it all together. Spread it out in a 9x13 pan (no need to grease it).
Once it's evenly distributed in your casserole dish, sprinkle on the shredded cheddar and bacon pieces. You'll bake the casserole for 30-35 minutes and, if you want to brown it a bit more, can broil it at the end. Garnish with the remaining jalapeño slices.
Adjusting The Spiciness Of Your Casserole
Most of the heat in a jalapeño is in the seeds, so to turn the heat down on this dish just remove the seeds when you slice your jalapeño.
If you want more heat, you can add some extra jalapeños or just leave the seeds in. Also, you can add the garnish before broiling to kick it up a notch.
The smoother, greener the pepper is, the less heat it has. If you notice a lot of lines, the pepper plant has undergone stress and your jalapeño will be spicier (source). So check your peppers carefully and choose the one best suited to your preferred tastes!
Serving Your Spicy Chicken Keto Casserole
This casserole is best served right out of the oven for gooey cheesy, creamy texture, and best flavor.
If you want to make it up in advance, it makes a marvelous make ahead meal or even a freezer dinner. Simply cover and store it uncooked, and bake it before serving.
You can keep any leftovers in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container. To reheat simply sprinkle the top with a few drops of water and microwave lightly covered.
If you are looking for more low carb dinner ideas, you may enjoy my Low Carb Dinner Cookbook!
You may also like this Low Carb Bacon Jalapeño Popper Pizza.
And these Buffalo Bacon Jalapeño Poppers or this Jalapeño Popper Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese!
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole with Bacon
This low carb keto chicken casserole is spicy, savory, and downright mouthwatering. Jalapeño popper chicken casserole with bacon is about to become a weeknight favorite in your home when you need an easy, one dish keto dinner that the whole family will enjoy. Serve it up all on its own or with your veggies or fresh salad on the side.
- 3 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken Breast
- ½ Cup (or more, if desired) Chopped Jalapeños
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese, Softened
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
- 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Additional ½ Cup Sliced Jalapeños
- ½ Cup Real Bacon Pieces
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except shredded cheese, bacon and additional sliced jalapeños.
- Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan and top with 1 cup shredded cheese and bacon pieces.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese just starts to brown. (I broiled mine for a couple minutes at the end.)
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Duke's Real Mayonnaise Smooth & Creamy 2-16 fl oz Jars
Frontier Garlic Salt Certified Organic, 16 Ounce Bag
Amazon Brand - Happy Belly Organic Onion Powder, 18-Ounce
Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits, Hickory Smoke, 9 Ounce (Packaging May Vary)
KitchenAid W10672617 Coated Flat Stand Mixer beater
Pyrex Easy Grab Glass Oblong Baking Dish with Red Plastic Lid (2-quart)
Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W
Serving Size1/9 of Recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 370Total Fat 30gTrans Fat 0gCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gProtein 24g
Wait! When do the additional jalapenos come in?
I like to put additional jalapenos on top before baking.
I love all the cheese on top, this is comfort food!!
Is the bacon cooked beforehand and then added?
Yes, I actually use pre-cooked bacon crumbles.
This looks wayyy too delicious! And easy, too... My favorite kind of meal!
This recipe is amazing. I think I like it better than regular jalepeno poppers. I will be making it again. My friends loved it and it allowed me to have delicious food while still on keto. Very impressed! 👍👍👍
Glad you enjoyed it!
This recipe is outstanding! I tried it a year ago and thought it was worth keeping, but then it got buried in a stack of other recipes that I also like. Finally tried it again last night. It's five-star! I like to add one or two cups of small-diced, steamed or microwaved cauliflower to the mix to make it slightly less dense. It won't get buried again!