Keto chicken casserole

Hello, elegance! This keto chicken recipe will make your entire family swoon. The cream sauce is hearty, cheesy, and loaded with yummy pesto.
Hello, elegance! This keto chicken recipe will make your entire family swoon. The cream sauce is hearty, cheesy, and loaded with yummy pesto.
USMetric
6 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 225 ml heavy whipping cream or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons green pesto
  • ½ ½ lemon, the juice
  • 2 lbs 900 g chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lb 450 g cauliflower
  • 1 1 leekleeks
  • 4 oz. 110 g cherry tomatoes
  • 7 oz. 200 g shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Mix cream (or sour cream) with pesto and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and fry in butter until they turn a nice golden brown.
  4. Place the chicken in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish, and pour in the cream mixture.
  5. Chop the leek and cherry tomatoes. Chop the cauliflower into small florets. Top chicken with leek, tomatoes and cauliflower.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in the middle of the oven for at least 30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. If the casserole is at risk of burning before it's done, cover it with a piece of aluminum foil, lower the heat and let cook for a bit longer.

Tip!

Green it up! A rich dish like this only gets better served with a side of fresh leafy greens. Dress them with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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117 Comments

  1. Susan
    Definitely a five-star recipe for me! I made it with boneless skinless chicken thighs, didn’t think about making it with the skin on? Don’t know if I should try it that way?
    The sauce was a little on the thin side, but so delish! Made it just as the recipe called for, and it’s delicious leftover heated up in the microwave. I’m so glad I found this website!
  2. Sarah
    So good! Loaded up on the lemon juice in the cream sauce and it really added some flavour.
  3. Lisa
    Been sitting on this recipe for a while now and finally tried it last night.
    Substituted cut up chicken breast for thighs as I am not a fan of thighs, did everything else to the letter and man sooo tasty, will most definitely be making again! Thank you so much for this recipe!
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  5. Erin
    OMG MyFitnessPal shows this as having over 1, 100 calories in one serving. That cannot be right?
    Replies: #115, #117
  6. mary
    i LOVE this recipe just the way it is. its posted to my favourites list. I found everything cooked perfect.
  7. John
    absolutely delicious!
  8. Laura
    Thanks so much for your advice on this!
  9. Mary
    I made a sundried tomatoes pesto and added to the cream. Steamed cauliflower, sauteed leeks. Used a rotisserie chicken, shredded. This is not a thick creamy sauce that I think we are expecting, but it still was tasty. Will make again.
  10. Robin C
    I guess I won't be using anymore Diet Doctor recipes unless they update the nutritional values to show cals, fat, protein and net carbs! Love the recipe, but don't have time for the math.
  11. Joanna
    Excellent family meal! I didn’t have any pesto so used a tbsp minced garlic instead. Also poured a bit of olive oil over the top and put on broiler for last 4 min just to give the cauliflower a more roasted look. Very tasty and filling.
  12. Claire
    What an awful recipe. All of the instructions that actually make it work are in the comments like precookinf the leeks and cauliflower, cooking for longer under a lower temperature. It’s a good thing I was using leftover cooked chicken thighs or the meat probably wouldn’t have cooked.
  13. Kim
    Just made this today. LOVE IT! I skinned my chicken thighs. Covered casserole dish and baked 40 min. Came out Excellent!
  14. Jeffrey
    Tried to make the cottage cheese pancakes today- Pretty Bad!! Need help- anyone else try them? Just gross- no flavor- would not stay together.
  15. Yvonne Hughes
    FORGET the calories, my dahrlin... they are NOT RELEVANT.... old brainwashing... low carb high fat is key... calories in calories out need to be thrown OUT the window. Your Fitness Pal, as most of these type of things still think the old way and have LOW FAT on the brain... ignore it...
  16. Marla J Zywicki
    You have recipes but portion amounts are not given. how to determine the amount of food to eat?
    Reply: #122
  17. Shirley
    "FORGET the calories, my dahrlin... they are NOT RELEVANT.... old brainwashing... low carb high fat is key... calories in calories out need to be thrown OUT the window. Your Fitness Pal, as most of these type of things still think the old way and have LOW FAT on the brain... ignore it." .. (Yvonne Hughes)

    Erin, If you are really abiding by the LCHF rules, weight will literally fall off of you. I started on the 1st of January and have lost 35 lbs. I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. I can't wait until my next lab test. I should have another 35 lbs off before then. I use fitness pal's online version. I hate that I have to manipulate what I've eaten in order for it to allow me to complete my entries. I just use it to keep track of my carb intake.

    Forget the calorie count.

  18. Susan
    I have written in before about how much I love this recipe, just as the recipe is written. I make it
    About once a week. Tonight I chopped up a couple chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, and mixed them
    In with the cream sauce and oh my!!!! Awesome!
  19. gibsae02
    This was delish! I have to admit that I was a little doubtful when I tasted the sauce prior to putting it in and baking, but when all the ingredients came together it was wonderful. I took the suggestions from other comments and steamed the cauliflower in the microwave and sautéed the leeks (adding some garlic and a few mushrooms) before putting them over the chicken. I also added the combo of 1/4 c heavy cream, 1c sour cream, 2 tbsp cream cheese and some parmesean cheese the sauce, which helped thicken it a bit. I will absolutely be making this again soon! There seem to be endless ways to customize this recipe in order to keep it exciting. Thanks for sharing!
  20. Annb
    Can something else be instead of leeks and pesto?
  21. Tyler
    Just used this one. Subbed mushrooms for the cauliflower and used mozzarella cheese (I also didn't eat lunch). Also, not a big fan of chicken thighs and so I used breasts instead. It was amazing.
  22. Tyler
    Eat until you are satisfied is what the videos says.
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