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Baked Crack Chicken Casserole

by Christina Cherrier – Updated May 25, 2021
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Baked Crack Chicken Casserole
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Baked Crack Chicken Casserole -  #baked #chicken #casserole #eatwell101 -  This baked chicken casserole recipe with bacon and cream cheese is all you need on a busy weeknight in the most delicious way possible!
Baked Crack Chicken Casserole -  #baked #chicken #casserole #eatwell101 -  This baked chicken casserole recipe with bacon and cream cheese is all you need on a busy weeknight in the most delicious way possible!

Baked Crack Chicken Casserole – This baked chicken casserole with bacon and cream cheese is all you need on a busy weeknight in the most delicious way possible. We’re talking creamy, cheesy, chicken casserole loaded with spices, cream cheese, cheddar, and bacon! Sliced chicken breasts are seasoned then quickly seared in the pan to lock in the moisture, then baked in the oven, smothered with a rich layer of cream cheese, bacon, and cheddar. Hard to believe that the baked chicken breast casserole is also Low Carb and Keto-Friendly. Enjoy!

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Directions

1. To make the baked crack chicken casserole: Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Pound chicken breasts to a 1/4-inch thickness and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.

2. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in diced bacon; cook until crispy. Remove bacon from skillet and set aside. Do not discard the bacon fat, we’ll use it later.

3. Return the skillet to heat and add vegetable oil to the remaining bacon fat. Add chicken breasts to the hot oil – you may have to do this in batches if your skillet isn’t large enough – and cook chicken breasts for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip over the chicken breasts, add butter, and continue to cook for 3 more minutes.

4. Deglaze the skillet with 1/4 cup chicken stock. Remove chicken breasts from skillet and arrange in previously prepared baking dish. Drizzle with the cooking juices and set aside.

5. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning; mix until thoroughly combined. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly. 

6. Top each browned chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. Spread to coat the surface of each chicken breast.

7. Top the cream cheese with half the cooker bacon; then sprinkle shredded cheese over the chicken breasts.

8. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Garnish with remaining bacon, fresh parsley, and scallions. Serve the baked crack chicken casserole immediately. Enjoy!

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Tips for the baked crack chicken casserole recipe

  • You can replace garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning with 1 tablespoon of store-bought ranch seasoning to mix with the cream cheese.
  • You can use any cheese mix for the topping of the baked chicken casserole. We use cheddar, but Italian cheese blend or Mexican blend will work too!

What to serve with the crack chicken bacon casserole

Steamed broccoli, cauliflower rice, roasted, sauteed, or steamed asparagus will make perfect options to keep everything low in carbs. Otherwise, rice or pasta are classics that will have everyone ask for more.

How and how long to keep the baked chicken casserole leftovers?

You can keep the baked chicken breast leftovers for up to 2 days in your refrigerator, stored in an airtight container. Reheat covered in the oven for 12 minutes, or in the microwave. For freezing, transfer cooled chicken to a large freezer bag or airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to serve, remove the baked chicken breasts from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

How to make the baked chicken casserole in advance?

Cook bacon and chicken in the skillet, then assemble everything in the baking dish but don’t bake in the oven. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days. When ready, remove the wrap and bake the crack chicken casserole as directed.

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