Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole is not only Low Carb and also Keto friendly- but its insanely delicious! Its filled with shredded chicken, stuffed Jalapeño peppers with cream cheese, seasonings then topped with bacon!
Make a low-carb dish with a kick with this Jalapeno Popper Casserole. The flavorful dish contains tasty favorites, such as crispy bacon, jalapeno peppers, and cheese.
Jalapeno Poppers in a Casserole?!
Are jalapeno poppers one of your favorite appetizers? If you enjoy them, you can make a meal out of them with this Jalapeno Popper Casserole. The dish is low-carb and perfect for those following the keto diet. It combines the creamy taste of cream cheese with shredded chicken, smoky chunks of bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and spicy jalapenos. It is a unique and flavorful dish that you can make in 45 minutes or less and even save for later if you need to do so.
Do I have to use heavy cream?
You do not have to use heavy cream. Instead, you can use traditional cow’s milk. If you would like to use heavy cream, but you do not have any at home, you can make it. You would simply need to combine whole milk with butter to create an alternative version of heavy cream that goes great in this Jalapeno Popper Casserole.
Which type of bacon should I use?
You can use any bacon that you would normally prepare for breakfast. I always use thick cut! You will need to cook it until slightly crispy before chopping it into pieces and using it to prepare this Jalapeno Popper Casserole. If you do not eat pork bacon, you can use turkey bacon or duck bacon. If you want to save time, you can always use bacon bits. The bacon bits will still add that smoky taste to your casserole.
Which type of cheese should I use?
When preparing the Low Carb Jalapeno Popper Casserole, use shredded sharp cheddar cheese. If you do not like the taste of sharp cheddar, you can use mild cheddar cheese or a fiesta blend consisting of several different types of cheese.
Can I use chicken thighs?
While you can use chicken thighs, it is best to stick with boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. You can also use a rotisserie chicken that you would need to shred into pieces before adding it to your casserole dish.
How to shred chicken with ease
Because this recipe calls for shredded chicken, you might wonder how you can shred your cooked chicken into pieces in minutes. While you can use two forks, this process is time-consuming. Save time by putting your chicken into the bowl of a stand mixer and shred it down using your mixer. It will take less than a minute for you to shred your chicken down.
How long does it need to bake?
You will need to let the Chicken Jalapeno Popper Casserole bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. It will only take you a few minutes to assemble all your ingredients into the baking dish before you put your casserole in the oven to bake.
What do I serve with the Jalapeno Popper Casserole?
You can serve the Jalapeno Popper Casserole with a side of cauliflower rice. You might want to use white cauliflower rice or fried cauliflower rice. Besides serving it with cauliflower rice, you can also enjoy this meal with a side salad consisting of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, chopped red onion, and shredded cheddar cheese with a homemade vinaigrette.
Can I make it in advance?
You can assemble this dish in advance and then cover it with aluminum foil before baking. Leave it in the fridge for up to three days or put it in the freezer and save it for up to three months before putting it in the oven and baking it for about 20 minutes. It is the perfect meal to make for dinner with the family or special events with loved ones.
Chop your jalapenos into small pieces if you want. You can cut them lengthwise, but some people like to dice them and add them to the casserole like that.
You can make batches of the Jalapeno Popper Casserole, freeze them, and then serve them at different functions. The casserole is an impressive dish that people will enjoy, even if they are not following a low-carb diet.
If you want to skip the bacon, you can always crush your favorite brand of pork rinds and spread them over your casserole.
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Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole (Low Carb Keto friendly)
- 1 Large cooked rotisserie chicken -shredded OR 5 boneless/skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
- 8 strips of thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 oz full fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 pound jalapeño peppers -cleaned out from seeds
- 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Place your shredded cooked chicken in the bottom of a casserole dish evenly.
- In a bowl whisk together heavy cream, cream cheese, onion and garlic powder, salt, chicken stock.
- Spread this mixture evenly over shredded chicken.
- Wash the jalapeño peppers and cut the tops off and remove all seeds- the more you leave the spicier it will be!
- Cut the peppers into strips and lay them on top of the mixture
- Sprinkle the cheese on top.
- Bake for 20 minutes
- Remove from the oven about 5 minutes before its done cooking to sprinkle on the bacon
- then place back in the oven for the final 5 minutes