Chicken, bacon, in a creamy cheese sauce? Yes, please!

If you’ve never had Baked Crack Chicken, it’s positively delicious!

Seasoned chicken is baked in a savory cream cheese sauce and then covered in cheddar cheese. Topped with a generous amount of bacon bits and green onions, it makes a hearty casserole dish that’s a keto winner. Make this crack chicken casserole recipe to stay on the low-carb track all week long!

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Baked Crack Chicken

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Crack Chicken Casserole Recipe

  • This keto crack chicken recipe is an easy, cheesy, low-carb dish that can be prepped in advance and served hot or cold.
  • Make ahead and enjoy energizing low-carb dinners all week long. Scoop crack chicken onto a bed of greens or add to a low-carb wrap with some lettuce for an energizing workday lunch. Or serve as a dip with celery sticks or zucchini coins.
  • Calories don’t matter on keto, just healthy fats and lots of flavors, and baked crack chicken delivers! Make the oven pull double duty and serve with some oven roasted radishes or roasted green beans. Add a crisp cucumber feta salad or a shredded Brussel sprout slaw, and dinner is served!

Seasoned chicken with remaining Baked Crack Chicken Ingredients

Crack Chicken Ingredients

CHICKEN: This recipe uses boneless chicken breasts. Keeping the skins in the recipe is totally optional! Air fryer chicken thighs can also work. Or if the chef has any pre-made frozen low carb chicken tenders on hand, then go straight to Step 5.

CHEESY SAUCE: Everything’s better with cheese! Sharp cheddar goes best with the salty taste of bacon, but any tangy blend will do! Swiss, Gruyere, even bleu cheese will add a new flavor component to the dish.

ADD-INS: Add your favorite low-carb veggies like cauliflower or broccoli florets, zucchini, brussels sprouts, or spinach. Remember to increase the cheese base ingredients.

VARIATIONS: Keep any of these multi-purpose DIY seasoning blends on hand and use them in this recipe, too! Keto taco seasoning, Southwest seasoning, or even this bold and spicy dry rub are all great additions.

process of making Baked Crack Chicken

How To Make Baked Crack Chicken

This no muss, no fuss recipe is ready in no time, with just a few simple steps:

  1. Bake seasoned chicken breasts in vinegar.
  2. Top with cream cheese mixture and finish baking chicken (as per the recipe below).
  3. Shred the chicken and add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bake until the cheese is bubbly.

Must Try Tips!

  • A quick way to increase the amount of the cheese sauce is to add some heavy whipping cream.
  • For a spicy kick, add some sliced jalapenos or green chilis!
  • Guarantee juicy chicken breasts every time by using foil to cover them while they bake. The steam keeps the meat extra moist!
  • Make a low-carb crust by sprinkling some crushed pork rinds on top of the cheese before baking. Don’t forget to dress up the top with some colorful sliced black olives or sliced green onions!
  • Keep leftover baked crack chicken covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze in a zippered bag with the date labeled on the outside for up to 8 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator and serve cold or reheated.

Baked Crack Chicken being served

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Baked Crack Chicken
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Baked Crack Chicken

This crack chicken casserole recipe is so easy to make and the result is positively delicious!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Broil 2 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly

Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes
  • 4 slices bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with a small layer of olive oil.
  • Lay the chicken across the bottom of the dish. Set aside.
  • Combine seasonings and sprinkle half on top of the chicken. Reserve the remaining half for later.
  • Add water and vinegar to the baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Stir together the cream cheese and reserved seasoning mix. Remove baking dish from oven and top chicken with cream cheese mixture.
  • Cover the dish with foil again and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and use 2 forks to shred the chicken
  • Top the chicken with bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onion.
  • Broil for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Notes

  • For additional cheese sauce add some heavy whipping cream.
  • For a spicy kick, add some sliced jalapenos or green chilis!
  • Cover chicken breasts with foil while they bake for juicy chicken.  
  • Sprinkle crushed pork rinds on top of the cheese before baking for an extra crispy topping.
  • Refrigerate leftovers covered for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze in a zippered bag with the date labeled on the outside for up to 8 weeks.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven covered with foil.
 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 927IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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