Keto Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli Bake
3 tbsp butter, divided
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp chicken broth
12 oz steam bag of frozen broccoli
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
2/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup pepper jack cheese, grated
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 tsp basil
- Melt 1 tbsp butter in a 10.25 oven-safe skillet. (I use a cast-iron skillet)
Season sliced chicken with salt & pepper before placing the chicken in the skillet. Sear on both sides.
Cover the skillet with a lid and simmer on low until the chicken is no longer pink.
Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.
Deglaze the pan by pouring 2 tbsp chicken broth into the hot skillet then scraping the bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Leave the bits in the pan as they are extra flavorful.
Pop the broccoli in the microwave and follow package directions to steam. Or, if you prefer, you can steam in boiling water on the stove.
While the broccoli is cooking, add 2 tbsp butter to the skillet along with the minced garlic. Saute for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
Add softened cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, and Italian seasoning to the minced garlic, then stir continuously with a whisk on medium heat until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Reduce to medium/low heat and allow the sauce to simmer gently boiling until the heavy whipping cream has reduced and thickened. Keep whisking so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. It will take a few minutes for the sauce to reduce and thicken.
Once it has thickened, add the parmesan and pepper jack cheese, then continue to stir until the cheeses melt and the sauce is smooth.
Drain steamed broccoli.
Add the chicken and broccoli to keto alfredo sauce and stir until thoroughly combined.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on the low-carb chicken alfredo broccoli mixture, then sprinkle basil on top.
Pop the skillet in the oven on the top rack under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the mozzarella cheese begins to bubble. While you could leave it on the stove to melt, I found that baking the cheese from the top in the oven produced the best results for this dish.
The nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 6 servings. I divide it evenly.
Make sure to drain the broccoli after steaming. Any retained moisture can thin the alfredo sauce.
If the sauce gets too thick, simply add a bit more heavy whipping cream.
If the sauce is too thin, continue boiling on low heat with the lid off, and it will reduce. Make sure to whisk continuously.