Keto pesto chicken casserole with feta cheese and olives

Keto pesto chicken casserole with feta cheese and olives

Mediterranean superstars — feta cheese, olives, and pesto — unite in this creamy, easy-to-make keto chicken dish. Whether using low-carb, store-bought or your own home-made pesto, give it a go. Your taste buds — and your family — will thank you!

Keto pesto chicken casserole with feta cheese and olives

Mediterranean superstars — feta cheese, olives, and pesto — unite in this creamy, easy-to-make keto chicken dish. Whether using low-carb, store-bought or your own home-made pesto, give it a go. Your taste buds — and your family — will thank you!
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs 650 g boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 5 tbsp 5 tbsp red pesto or green pesto
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 3 oz. 75 g pitted olives
  • 5 oz. 150 g feta cheese, diced
  • 1 1 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
For serving
  • 5 oz. 150 g leafy greens
  • 4 tbsp 4 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add butter or oil to a large skillet and fry the chicken pieces in batches on medium-high heat until golden brown.
  4. Using store-bought low-carb red or green pesto, or making your own, mix pesto and heavy cream in a bowl.
  5. Place the fried chicken pieces in a baking dish together with olives, feta cheese and garlic. Add the pesto/cream mixture.
  6. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, until the dish turns bubbly and light brown around the edges.

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Tip!

We have a very quick and easy low-carb green pesto recipe. Try it out!

A number of low-carb store-bought varieties of pesto are available in most North American grocery stores.

Red pesto is typically made with basil leaves, tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts and garlic.

Green pesto is typically made with basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts and garlic.

Look for ones with real olive oil, not soybean oil or canola oil, no sugar, and less than 5 net carbs per serving.

A simple side dish of field greens or crunchy romaine lettuce complements the rich flavors.

Lightly sautéed asparagus or green beans work, too.

If you feel like making this dish even heartier you can pair it with cauliflower rice, roasted cauliflower or fried broccoli.

Meal prep

This dish can be prepared by frying the chicken ahead of time. You can assemble the entire casserole and keep in the fridge for a day before baking it. Just make sure you let it come to room temperature before placing in the oven. It's also good to give it a stir since the pesto can sink to the bottom.

If you have chicken or turkey leftovers, they are perfect for this dish. Just skip the first 3 steps of the instructions and take it from there.

If you're short on time you can also use a rotisserie chicken. Take the meat off the bones and divide it into bite-sized pieces. Follow the instructions from step 3.

Storing and reheating

If you intend to eat the casserole within 2-3 days you can store it in the fridge. Otherwise it's better to place the casserole in the freezer where it will last up to 3 months. Make sure your casserole dish is suitable for freezing.

If freezing, let thaw in the refrigerator the day before you plan on serving it. Don’t place a cold baking dish straight from the fridge into a hot oven as this can cause your dish to crack. Reheat the casserole in the oven at 300°F (150°C) until thoroughly warm.

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411 comments

  1. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    If I can't find chicken due to the coronavirus can I use sausage?

    Yes, this is a pretty flexible recipe and sausage would work well!

  2. Nicole
    Hi, 650g of chicken thighs is around 180g protein so divided by four that's 45g of protein just for the chicken alone, so not sure how the nutritional info is working out at 38g per serve? Really love the Diet Doctor site and the recipes but it would be nice to be able to rely on the nutrition info (which I was doing blindly but wanted to put some recipes in My Fitness Pal to track my macros).
    Think this one needs updating!

    Thanks

    Reply: #403
  3. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Hi, 650g of chicken thighs is around 180g protein so divided by four that's 45g of protein just for the chicken alone, so not sure how the nutritional info is working out at 38g per serve? Really love the Diet Doctor site and the recipes but it would be nice to be able to rely on the nutrition info (which I was doing blindly but wanted to put some recipes in My Fitness Pal to track my macros).
    Think this one needs updating!
    Thanks

    Diet Doctor uses the USDA nutritional database to calculate the nutritional value of our recipes. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/ We encourage you to calculate the nutritional information with the ingredients you use.

  4. charinag
    Hi guys! Could I put the casserole in the freezer after I cook that?
  5. Shuggins
    Anyone make this in the instant pot
    Reply: #406
  6. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Anyone make this in the instant pot

    It has not been tested in an instant pot. If you try it, stir in the heavy cream at the end.

  7. Andreja
    Today on my table!
    Very delicious dish!
  8. microchap2001
    Very good. Very rich. I made green pesto w/ homegrown basil.
    Reply: #409
  9. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Very good. Very rich. I made green pesto w/ homegrown basil.

    I am so glad you enjoyed this one! I know homemade pesto make it extra special.

  10. Courtney Manuel
    I need the calories, I don’t under stand how a serving is 1018 kcal which is equal to 1018 calories, right? What’s the serving size 4 oz?
    Reply: #411
  11. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I need the calories, I don’t under stand how a serving is 1018 kcal which is equal to 1018 calories, right? What’s the serving size 4 oz?

    Yes, kcal is basically the same as calories. The actual serving size may fluctuate depending on how much the total dish reduced across the different cooking steps. The recipe, as written makes 4 servings, so a serving size is 1/4 of the total dish.

  12. Jen
    this one is incredible! Absolutely loved it! Used the recipe to make my own pesto and it was beautiful. I left out olives as I dont eat them but added spinach through the casserole for some extra vitamins. Will definitely be making this one again as we cannot fault the flavour at all!
    Reply: #413
  13. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    this one is incredible! Absolutely loved it! Used the recipe to make my own pesto and it was beautiful. I left out olives as I dont eat them but added spinach through the casserole for some extra vitamins. Will definitely be making this one again as we cannot fault the flavour at all!

    Yay! I am so glad you loved this one and was able to personalize it.

  14. Sophia Moss
    This was surety tase, rich and DELICIOUS! Cooked some rice for the sides for my family so was a winner for all. Thank you!
  15. Chrissy
    I really wanted to like this one, as I enjoy all of the ingredients. However, something about the way the flavors baked together reminded me faintly of regurgitated stomach contents.
    Reply: #416
  16. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I really wanted to like this one, as I enjoy all of the ingredients. However, something about the way the flavors baked together reminded me faintly of regurgitated stomach contents.

    Oh, no! So sorry this recipe didn't work for you!

  17. Cheri
    Oh WoW! This one is so good, my house smelt incredible as it was baking!! This will be in my rotation for sure!
    Reply: #418
  18. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Oh WoW! This one is so good, my house smelt incredible as it was baking!! This will be in my rotation for sure!

    I had the same experience with the smell! I couldn't wait to try it!

  19. Laura
    Excellent and delicious. Didn't do anything different and it was a wonderful meal.
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