Chicken Bacon Casserole

My love for chicken knows no bounds. I honestly think I could eat some form of chicken every day, whether it’s baked or grilled or pan-seared. I also love chicken in casseroles or one-pot meals or served simply with roasted vegetables. There are so many ways to eat chicken that its versatility is unmatched by any other protein, in my opinion. Eating chicken with bacon, spinach, and cheese is a winning combination, which makes this dish a total standout. If you are not a fan of using your oven in the warmer months, keep this bookmarked until the fall or winter time – it is so comforting and stick-to-your-ribs delicious.

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I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F.

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Next I cubed the raw chicken into roughly one-inch, or bite-sized, pieces.

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While I melted butter in a pan over medium heat, I seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  I cooked the chicken all the way through, browning slightly, before adding my spinach (and a little more salt and pepper) and cooking until the leaves wilted.

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I cooked the bacon in the microwave for 5 minutes until crispy and let them cool slightly.  In a large mixing bowl I softened the cream cheese for 30 seconds in the microwave.  To that I added the sour cream, mayo, chicken + spinach, and crumbled bacon pieces.

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I stirred everything together until fully combined and poured it in an 8×8 glass baking dish.  I topped with shredded mozzarella and baked for 25 minutes before turning the broiler on for 3 minutes until the top was golden brown.  Although this is perfectly tasty on its own, I love serving this over cauliflower rice for a low carb “chicken and rice” type meal.  Simply use a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower florets are a rice-like consistency.  You can either eat them raw or cook them for a few minutes in butter or oil over medium heat until soft and tender.  This would also be fantastic over a bed of zoodles (zucchini noodles) or spaghetti squash.  It’s the ultimate high carb comfort food in low carb form!

Chicken Bacon Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1

Chicken Bacon Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1.5lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1tblsp butter
  • 3c spinach
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1/2c sour cream
  • 1/2c mayo
  • 4 strips thick cut bacon
  • 1c shredded mozzarella
  • To Taste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. While melting the butter over medium heat, cube the chicken into one-inch pieces.
  3. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and cook through until slightly golden outside.
  4. Add the spinach and cook until the leaves are wilted.
  5. Cook the bacon in the microwave until crispy, about 5 minutes.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, soften the cream cheese in the microwave about 30 seconds.
  7. Add the mayo, sour cream, chicken + spinach, and crumbled bacon to the cream cheese; stir until fully combined.
  8. Pour mixture into 8x8 glass baking dish.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, broil for 3 minutes until golden brown.

Nutrtional Information

Per serving: 845 calories, 5g total carbs, 4g net carbs, 59g fat, 67g protein (Note: Please remember these numbers are based on the brands I used and may vary slightly with other brands.)

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10 Comments

    • You could omit the spinach completely, if you’d like. I enjoy eating veggies with every meal and love the taste of spinach. Try it with a few bell pepper slices or onions instead.

  1. Rachael

    This is a great recipe! I made this today, but I didn’t have spinach on hand. I used frozen whole green beans instead. That was the only change I made and I gotta say… this was fantastic. I’ve been on a low carb (almost no carb) diet for the last six weeks. Although my diet has been very successful, it is very boring. (I miss starch so much lol!!). It’s nice to be able to eat something different from fish or eggs. Thanks for sharing this solid recipe.

    • Thanks Rachel! I’m glad you enjoyed this and were able to substitute what you had on-hand. There are a lot of different ways to eat low carb, and they don’t all include fish and eggs. Send me an e-mail if you want me to send you a list of my favorite low carb blogs or recipes. There are a ton of resources out there!

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