This low carb chicken broccoli casserole is always on major rotation in my house. The creamy goodness comforts me to my very bones. And, this is one of those casseroles that is ridiculously easy to prepare and provides yummy leftovers for days after. Here’s the recipe:
I found this low carb chicken broccoli casserole recipe on http://lowcarbfamily.com.
4-5 cups cut up cooked chicken
2 cups broccoli florets
1 medium onion, diced
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fried onions (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Spray a 9 X 13 pan with non-stick spray. Place chicken and broccoli in a large mixing bowl. You can use fresh raw broccoli if you want it to be crunchy, or you can steam it or microwave 2-3 minutes to soften. I used frozen broccoli so I cooked it 3 minutes in the microwave first.
Sauté onion in olive oil with salt and pepper. When onion is soft and slightly brown (about 3-5 minutes), add cream cheese to sauté pan. When cream cheese is melted, whisk in chicken broth until the mixture is smooth. Allow to simmer for about a minute, or until sauce thickens slightly.
Add cream cheese and onion mixture to chicken and broccoli. Mix well. Add 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese and mix again. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Spread evenly in baking pan. Add remaining 3/4 cup cheese and optional fried onions on top.
Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbling.
Serves 8: NET carbs 3 per serving.
Tip #1: Add a splash of the chicken stock to the pan along with the cream cheese. This will help the melting process and keep the cheese from scorching.
Tip #2: I add the juice of a half of a lemon to the cheese, chicken, and broccoli mixture. The citrus tanginess gives this casserole a delightful, fresh flavor and compliments the chicken and broccoli nicely.
Tip #3: Use rotisserie chicken in this recipe for extra easy-peasy preparation.
Tip #4: To stretch your food dollar further, add a couple of cans of sliced mushrooms. The flavors blend well and the added mushrooms will add a couple of servings to this dish.
Happy eating, my friends!