Low-Carb King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Low-Carb King Ranch Chicken Casserole

If you’re looking for a delicious low-carb meal that will please the whole family look no further. This quick and easy Low-Carb King Ranch Chicken Casserole is delicious comfort food in everyway. Loaded with chicken, veggies, and lots of cheese. A fantastic meal in under an hour!

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Why You’ll Love This King Ranch Chicken Casserole:

  • A fast and easy meal perfect for busy nights.
  • Delicious and always a hit with the family.
  • Great for the low-carber in your life.
  • Total comfort food.

My husband has been eating lower carb foods for several months now. This is not a short term diet plan but rather a lifestyle change and just being more mindful about what and how many carbs he eats in a day. Naturally this has changed the way I cook, however, I am not low-carb, so I will continue to have a variety of recipes on my website, so no matter where you are in your health journey there is something to choose from.

I have actually had a lot of fun trying out new low-carb recipes on my family and this King Ranch Chicken Casserole was a major hit. Traditionally king ranch casserole does not actually have “ranch dressing” as an ingredient. “King Ranch chicken is a Tex-Mex casserole. Its name comes from King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the United States”, google says, but I’m such a rebel! I broke the rules and added just a touch of ranch seasoning mix and guys, I’ve made it with and without it and the “with” is where it’s at! You don’t need a lot but it really adds depth of flavor and makes it even better in my opinion.

This recipe is also great if you have a rotisserie or leftover chicken from another meal. It’s so fast and easy to put together and it really needs nothing more than fresh avocado and a side salad. Your family, friends, or even if it’s just you enjoying this meal, will love it!



Ingredients For Low-Carb King Ranch Chicken Casserole:

  • Avocado or olive oil
  • Onion
  • Red bell pepper (or any color)
  • Almond flour (blanched)
  • Chicken stock
  • Ranch seasoning mix (homemade or store-bought)
  • Sour cream (light or full-fat)
  • Salsa (mild or medium)
  • Shredded chicken
  • Colby Jack cheese (or other favorite cheese blend)
  • Low-carb tortillas (5-inch)

What is the almond flour used for?

Almond flour is used in place of all-purpose flour to help thicken the chicken stock. Almond flour also adds a subtle nutty taste that gives this Low-Carb King Ranch Chicken Casserole extra flavor.



Step by Step Instructions:

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and prepare a 1.5 qt baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onions and peppers and cook until onions are golden brown. Stir in almond flour and cook 2-3 minutes stirring often. Add chicken broth and allow liquid to thicken and reduce about 4-5 minutes.

Step 3. Once broth has thickened a bit turn off the heat and stir in ranch mix, salsa, and sour cream. Add chicken, cheese, and tortilla pieces. Stir to combine.

Step 4. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and smooth out in an even layer. Top with additional cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25-minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15-minutes. Allow to rest for 5-minutes before serving.

What to serve with King Ranch Casserole:

This needs nothing more than maybe a side salad or steam your favorite veggies. We love to serve avocado slices over the top and sometimes hot sauce.

Make-ahead and freeze:

This is a great meal to make-ahead and freeze for another dinner. I use a disposable 9-inch square pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to store and freeze the casserole. These are nice to have on hand for make-ahead meals like this.

When ready to bake, place in preheated oven at 350 and bake covered for 1-hour, then remove the cover and bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Casserole will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.



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Low-Carb King Ranch Chicken Casserole

The Menu Maid
If you're looking for a delicious low-carb meal that will please the whole family look no further. This quick and easy Low-Carb King Ranch Chicken Casserole is delicious comfort food in everyway. Loaded with chicken, veggies, and lots of cheese. A fantastic meal in under an hour!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 634 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper or any color bell pepper
  • 3 tbsp blanched almond flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp ranch seasoning mix homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup sour cream light or full-fat will work
  • 1 cup mild or medium salsa your favorite brand or homemade
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided
  • 5 5-inch low-carb tortillas, cut in small 1-inch pieces or about 2 cups of low-carb tortilla pieces

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and prepare a 1.5 qt baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onions and peppers and cook until onions are golden brown. Stir in almond flour and cook 2-3 minutes stirring often. Add chicken broth and allow liquid to thicken and reduce about 4-5 minutes.
  • Once broth has thickened a bit turn off the heat and stir in ranch mix, salsa, and sour cream. Add chicken, 1 cup of cheese, and tortilla pieces. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and smooth out in an even layer. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25-minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15-minutes. Allow to rest for 5-minutes before serving.

Notes

Tips:
This is a great meal to make-ahead and freeze for another dinner. I use a disposable 9-inch square pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to store and freeze the casserole. These are nice to have on hand for make-ahead meals like this.
When ready to bake, place in preheated oven at 350 and bake covered for 1-hour, then remove the cover and bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Casserole will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving  
Calories 634
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.2g 36%
Saturated Fat 9.4g 47%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 4006mg 174%
Total Carbohydrate 41.6g 15%
Dietary Fiber 23.1g 83%
Total Sugars 1.8g  
Protein 39.3g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 235mg 18%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 414mg 9%
Keyword Almond flour, Cheese, Chicken, Chicken casserole, Kind ranch casserole, Low carb dinner, Low carb tortillas, Salsa, Sour cream

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