This Buffalo Chicken Casserole recipe is everything you love about saucy buffalo wings! By incorporating riced cauliflower, this version is keto-friendly, low in carbs, and full of cheesy goodness!
How to make buffalo chicken casserole keto-friendly
Cheesy buffalo dip is a popular appetizer everyone seems to love, so why not turn that into a delicious keto casserole we can enjoy any weeknight? This recipe is made with a mixture of shredded chicken, riced cauliflower, and a mixture of cheeses, making it high in fat, full of fiber, and most importantly, low in carbs!
The good thing about this buffalo chicken casserole is that you can control the heat! If someone doesn’t like spicy food, you can dial it down by choosing the right sauce and not using too much of it! A win-win for all! Read more about that below.
If you LOVE buffalo wings, make sure to check out my keto wing recipe!
Buffalo Chicken Casserole Ingredients:
- Shredded chicken breasts- This is the protein base of your casserole and is best shredded. You can purchase a rotisserie chicken or shred it yourself.
- Butter & buffalo sauce- This delicious combination is what makes wing sauce so yummy. You can add more or less sauce depending on how spicy you like it. Here is a homemade keto version you can try.
- Green onions, red bell peppers, celery, cauliflower- Low carb veggies add lots of freshness and an added bite to your casserole. The cauliflower is riced and helps stretch the casserole much further while adding lots of fiber!
- Ranch dressing– You can’t have wings without dressing. If you prefer to make your own keto version, you’ll want to try this homemade low carb ranch dressing recipe. Swap out the ranch with blue cheese dressing if you prefer!
- Chicken broth– This adds moisture and flavor to your dish.
- Cream cheese, cheddar, Monterey jack, & mozzarella cheeses- This combination of cheeses create a super creamy and delicious casserole!
Step 1: Prepare your shredded chicken first and set aside.
Step 2: Sauté one stalk of chopped celery, red pepper, the white part of green onions, and steamed riced cauliflower in butter, in a skillet, over medium heat.
Step 3: Add the softened cream cheese and stir until thoroughly melted.
Step 4: Add buffalo sauce, ranch salad dressing, chicken broth, garlic powder, pepper, half of the cheddar cheese and half of the Monterey Jack cheese to the cream cheese mixture and stir until melted and thoroughly combined.
Step 5: Add in your shredded chicken and stir again.
Step 6: Pour your buffalo chicken mixture into a greased 9″ x 13″ casserole dish. Top with remaining cheeses and bake at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes, or until the top gets nice and bubbly.
Step 7: Garnish with parsley and more scallions. Serve hot with ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, OR blue cheese crumbles over the top!
How to make your shredded chicken
If you have time on your hands, I shredded chicken is so easy to make! I like to add boneless chicken thighs or breasts to my crockpot and boil it for a few hours. You can also cook it in a saucepan. Check out exactly how I make shredded chicken using my slow cooker. You can make a large batch at once, shred it all up and portion it out for future keto casseroles!
If you DON’T have much time on your hands, pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store and remove the legs, thighs, and breasts. Take out the bones and shred using two forks. You can also use a knife to chop up the chicken if it’s too tough to shred properly.
How to make your buffalo sauce more/less spicy
I have a go-to brand of buffalo sauce I like to use, so choose whichever sauce you like BEST. Some hot sauces may still be a bit too spicy for you, so to dial down the heat, simply use less buffalo sauce. I recommend replacing the amount of sauce you removed with more melted butter.
If you LOVE spicy foods, you can always add more buffalo sauce. (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup more). With that said, too much sauce may make your casserole runny. So another option is to use a spicier sauce from the get-go.
Why use riced cauliflower?
Riced cauliflower in this recipe adds nutrients, fiber and is what separates buffalo chicken DIP from buffalo chicken CASSEROLE. It turns it into a hearty meal, so I don’t recommend leaving it out. Without it, your casserole would be flat, dense, and not very “casserole-like.”
Tips for cooking and ricing cauliflower:
Cauliflower can be purchased frozen or fresh.
If you purchase a whole head of cauliflower, all you need to do is cut it down into small florets. Then you have the option to boil it or steam it.
If you boil your florets, whether on the stove or in your microwave, it is important to make sure you let your cauliflower FULLY COOL before adding it to the buffalo sauce. You don’t want a watery sauce.
The best way to cool your cauliflower is to lay the boiled cauliflower out on a sheet pan. Then allow the steam to evaporate fully. Once it’s cooled and the steam is gone, you can continue with the recipe.
I love how almost every grocery store these days has pre-riced cauliflower pre-packaged in bags. You can find them in the frozen foods aisle where the veggies are. If your store has it, get the steam-able bags that allow you to steam cauliflower straight in the microwave, in the bag, in no time without making a mess!
How many net carbs per serving?
This recipe is just 3g net carbs per serving, making it ideal for keto dieters!
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Keto Buffalo Chicken Casserole Recipe:
Keto Buffalo Chicken Casserole (w/ Cauliflower)
- 2 lbs shredded chicken breasts
- 2 TB butter
- ½ cup green onions, chopped
- ¼ cup green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 10 oz bag of frozen riced cauliflower
- 1 cup buffalo sauce
- ¼ cup ranch salad dressing
- 2 TB chicken broth
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 4 oz cheddar cheese shredded
- 6 oz Monterey jack cheese shredded
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- Parsley for garnish
- Green onions-save the green ends for garnish
- Cook 2 lbs of chicken breasts in the slow cooker. *If you prefer to boil the chicken on the stove there is instructions in the notes at the bottom of this recipe card.
- Cover chicken breast with water or chicken broth and salt and pepper.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high 2-3 hours.
- When the chicken is done done, remove from the slow cooker and shred into pieces (not too small).
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9 X 13 casserole dish.
- Steam the cauliflower rice in the microwave. Sauté 1 stalk celery chopped, green pepper, and white part of green onions, in 2 Tb butter, in a skillet for 4 min on medium heat while cauliflower rice is steaming in the microwave.
- Once the cauliflower rice is done, add it to the skillet and sauté for 3 min with the onions and celery.
- Add the softened cream cheese and stir until melted.
- Add buffalo sauce, ranch salad dressing, chicken broth, garlic powder, pepper, half of the cheddar cheese and half of the Monterey Jack Cheese.If you prefer to make homemade ranch salad dressing here is a keto ranch dressing recipe.
- Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined then cook all of the ingredients for 1-2 minutes so that the mixture is nice and hot.
- Add the shredded chicken and stir again.
- Pour everything into a greased 9 X 13 casserole dish and top with the remaining cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, then top with Mozzarella cheese.
- Bake at 400°F for 15-18 min, then move to the top shelf and bake another 3 minutes.
- If needed, turn the oven to broil for a minute so that the cheese gets nice and bubbly.
- Garnish with parsley and the green chopped ends of the green onion