White Chicken Lasagna with Zucchini Noodles (Recipe)

Happy Monday everyone! This recipe is one I made a few weeks ago and posted on my personal social media. I had lots of people wanting to know how I made it so here’s my recipe. I did take some inspiration from this recipe over at Fifteen Spatulas. Click here to see that recipe. It is really great and I didn’t change it because there was anything wrong with it at all. I just wanted to use what ingredients I had on hand and maybe save a little time as well.

For the chicken, I chose to slow-cook mine all day with a blend of seasonings (garlic, basil, salt and pepper), butter and cream cheese. Then, I took my chicken up with a slotted spoon and shredded it with my hand mixer. I added back to that about one half cup of the cooking juices and the other ingredients listed below.

After slicing my zucchini thin, for noodles, I microwaved them in a large glass bowl to soften them some. And that’s it! That’s basically all of the prep for this recipe. Just assemble the lasagna, throw it in the oven for a while (while you do more fun things) and dinner is ready! Here’s my full recipe.

White Chicken Lasagna with Zucchini Noodles

Servings 8

Ingredients

8 oz (approx.) Boneless Chicken breast
Seasonings (Granulated garlic, Basil, Salt & Pepper)
4 Tbsp Butter
1 Block Cream Cheese
4 1/2 cups Sliced Zucchini
1 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
2 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 Large Egg
2 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced

Instructions


Coat the chicken with the seasonings and place in slow cooker, top with pads of butter and the whole block of cream cheese. Cook on low 6-7 hours or on high for 4 hours. Once done, remove chicken and cream cheese with a slotted spoon. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Shred the chicken, mixing in the cream cheese and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add back about ½ cup of the cooking liquids. Place sliced zucchini in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for about 4 minutes. Drain the liquid from the zucchini. Set aside. Add to the chicken, the ricotta cheese, shredded cheese and the egg. Mix well. Add in the heavy whipping cream if needed, to thin the mixture out some for spreading. Stir. Grease a casserole dish. Begin by layering the lasagna first with a layer of the sliced zucchini, then the chicken mixture, repeating until all ingredients are used, ending with a layer of the chicken mixture. Top with the fresh mozzarella – no measurements here, add as much as you like!  Bake for 45 minutes then broil for a minute or two, or until the cheese is brown. I recommend serving this with a side salad. Our family hopes you enjoy this recipe!

This recipe is approximately 367 calories per serving, 8.6g total carbs, 29.6g fat, and 17.1g protein. 

**The nutritional facts mentioned in this article are approximate, and were based on the most accurate information I could find online and may vary. Always double-check your own ingredients.

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KETO No-Peek Chicken and “Rice” Casserole (Recipe)

I recently converted another one of my favorite comfort food recipes to a Keto-friendly version! There are more than a few different recipes for No-Peek Chicken and Rice in the oven, that have been floating around social media (and our Grandmother’s recipe books) for quite some time. Most of these call for rice and cans of cream of something soups. I do have to admit that I used to love a good chicken casserole, but any of these options would be a No-Go on Keto.

I knew I would make this recipe with some version of cauliflower rice. I also decided to pulse some broccoli in my food processor as well, to add color (mimicking the wild rice) and another depth of flavor.

Being totally honest, this recipe does require just a little more work than the carb-laden versions – we’re not going to be dumping cans of anything into a pan, here. But we are going to seriously shave off some carbs. One serving of my recipe has only 6 grams Carbohydrates, TOTAL, whereas one of the recipes I found online using wild rice had almost 70 grams of carbs per serving! Keto or not, that just doesn’t sound like a good idea to me anymore, for myself or my family members. And while this one does require a little more prep, it’s definitely not a hard recipe to make and it is totally worth it. I wouldn’t have made it myself, otherwise. I did decide to sear my chicken in my cast iron pan before adding it to the casserole, but I really believe this step was completely necessary, for juicy, flavorful chicken. For this reason, I’m going to call this one a weekend meal.

I chose to use chicken thighs for this recipe because of the higher fat content. However, any cut of chicken you prefer will work, but may require more cooking time.

Another little note before I get into the recipe: I am not including in-depth instructions on how to make cauliflower rice or broccoli rice. That’s been done, many times and you may also choose to just purchase ready-made cauliflower and broccoli rice in the freezer section of your grocery store. If you would like to make your own, the short of it is, you’re basically going to run some roughly chopped cauliflower through your food processor, with the shred blade on. If you don’t have a food processor, you can get one by clicking here: Hamilton Beach Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper

Of course, you can also just grate your vegetables by hand with any grater. This method does require the most work. It’s important to understand that these types of rice are nothing more than finely chopped vegetables. You do want to chop or shred your “rice” a little more coarsely for this recipe, so that they will hold up during the cooking time and not turn to mush. I also squeeze as much liquid as I can out of mine, using a paper towel, before incorporating it into recipes. My ingredient amounts below are listed in grams because it takes the guesswork out of the Carb content. I really believe in using a food scale on the Ketogenic diet to get your measurements exact. If you don’t have a food scale, you can get a good one here: Digital Food Scale Digital Weight, Grams and Ounces by Greater Goods

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KETO No-Peek Chicken and “Rice” Casserole

Servings: 8

Ingredients

8 Chicken Thighs, I use bone-in, skin-ON
350 g Cauliflower, Riced
350 g Broccoli florets, Riced
2 slices Bacon, chopped
25 g Onion, finely chopped
¾ cup Mushrooms, sliced
1 cup Chicken Broth
2 tsp Minced Garlic, you know I like Spice World, ORGANIC GARLIC
2 tbsp Salted Butter
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
½ cup Shredded Cheddar cheese
Seasoned Salt
Salt and Pepper

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a casserole dish with butter or spray with Olive Oil cooking spray. Mix both types of veggie rice together, season with salt and pepper and add to the greased casserole dish. In a cast iron skillet, or your favorite pan, cook the bacon until crispy and then remove with a slotted spoon. Set bacon aside. Season chicken breasts with the Seasoned salt and pepper, then place as many as you can, in the pan, without overcrowding. Cook the chicken in the bacon fat for 3-4 minutes per side, or until browned. Remove chicken and set aside. Pour off most of the grease that is in the pan at this point. Add the 2 tbsp of butter to the pan, turn heat to low-medium. Add the onions and mushrooms to the pan and cook until the onions are just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan, still on low-medium. Cook for 1 minute. De-glaze the pan by adding the chicken broth and scraping any bits from the bottom. Add in the heavy whipping cream, stir. Cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, add in the cheese and stir to melt and combine. Pour half of this sauce over the veggie rice, and stir a little to coat the “rice.” Arrange the chicken thighs over the rice and pour the rest of the sauce over the whole dish. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Remember, NO Peeking! (Or at least not before it has cooked at least 45 minutes) Sprinkle the cooked bacon pieces over the chicken, just before serving.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and your family loves it as much as mine!


This recipe is approximately 524 calories per serving, 6.2g carbs, 41g fat, and 29.6g protein. 

**The nutritional facts mentioned in this article are approximate, and were based on the most accurate information I could find online and may vary. Always double-check your own ingredients.