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Keto pesto chicken casserole with feta cheese and olives

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Keto pesto chicken casserole with feta cheese and olives

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Mediterranean superstars — feta cheese, olives, and pesto — unite in this creamy, easy-to-make keto chicken dish. Whether using low-carb, store-bought or your own home-made pesto, give it a go. Your taste buds — and your family — will thank you!

Keto Chicken Pesto Casserole with Feta Cheese and Olives - To Better Health

 

Ingredients

SERVINGS: 4

  • 1½ lbs boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 13 cup (2¾ oz.) red pesto or green pesto
  • 1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 oz. (23 cup) pitted olives
  • 5 oz. feta cheese, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

For serving

  • 5 oz. (2½ cups) leafy greens

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add butter or oil to a large skillet and fry the chicken pieces in batches on medium-high heat until golden brown.
  4. Using store-bought low-carb red or green pesto, or making your own, mix pesto and heavy cream in a bowl.
  5. Place the fried chicken pieces in a baking dish together with olives, feta cheese and garlic. Add the pesto/cream mixture.
  6. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, until the dish turns bubbly and light brown around the edges..

Meal prep

This dish can be prepared by frying the chicken ahead of time. You can assemble the entire casserole and keep in the fridge for a day before baking it. Just make sure you let it come to room temperature before placing in the oven. It’s also good to give it a stir since the pesto can sink to the bottom.

If you have chicken or turkey leftovers, they are perfect for this dish. Just skip the first 3 steps of the instructions and take it from there.

If you’re short on time you can also use a rotisserie chicken. Take the meat off the bones and divide it into bite-sized pieces. Follow the instructions from step 3.

Storing and reheating

If you intend to eat the casserole within 2-3 days you can store it in the fridge. Otherwise it’s better to place the casserole in the freezer where it will last up to 3 months. Make sure your casserole dish is suitable for freezing.

If freezing, let thaw in the refrigerator the day before you plan on serving it. Don’t place a cold baking dish straight from the fridge into a hot oven as this can cause your dish to crack. Reheat the casserole in the oven at 300°F (150°C) until thoroughly warm.

Nutrition

Per serving

Net carbs: 3 % (6 g)

Fiber: 2 g
Fat: 80 % (81 g)
Protein: 17 % (38 g)
kcal: 907

Tip!

We have a very quick and easy low-carb green pesto recipe. Try it out!

Green Pesto

Why buy ready-made pesto when you can make your own in basically 30 seconds at a fraction of the store prices? And the taste… it beats any pre-made options!

Ingredients

  • 23 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup (2¾ oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 oz. fresh basil
  • 2 oz. pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the pesto with a few tablespoons of the olive oil. Use a food processor or a blender.
  2. Add the rest of the oil and mix a bit more.

Recommended special equipment

  • Blender or food processor

Tip!

You can store the pesto in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks. You can also freeze it.

This pesto is amazing in sauces, soups and stews. Not to mention salads and spreads… Yum!

Nutrition

Per serving
Net carbs: 2 % (2 g)
Fiber: 1 g
Fat: 90 % (50 g)
Protein: 8 % (10 g)
kcal: 490
We don’t recommend counting calories. Here’s why.
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