This Keto Chicken Cabbage Casserole is an easy and healthy one-pan meal on a busy weeknight or a delicious side dish for a group. It's low carb, primal and GAPS friendly.
Layered cabbage and chicken smothered with an egg, cheese and garlic mixture allows all the flavors to infuse together for an easy weeknight meal. This casserole is great for a one-pan meal for four or as a side dish for up to 9 people.
Cooking Cabbage for Low Carb Option
Cabbage is a great low-carb staple. It's versatile, delicious and easy on the wallet. The most important thing to remember about cabbage is that it will release lots of juice during the cooking process. That's why this casserole dish is best cooked uncovered to allow that extra liquid to evaporate.
After it's thoroughly and completely cooked, there will be a bit of liquid on the bottom of the dish but it won't be excessive.
Related: Have you seen my popular Lazy Cabbage Rolls recipe? So easy and so delicious!
Using Leftover Cooked Chicken
The beauty of this recipe is that you can use roast chicken meat or rotisserie chicken or whatever other cooked chicken you have on hand. This low carb casserole is perfect to save turkey meat from its demise after the holidays as well. Because the flavor is in the egg and cheese mixture, it really doesn't matter the source of the meat. You can even use store-bought grilled chicken and dice it up.
Related: Have more cooked chicken or turkey you need to use up? Check out this Instant Pot Tuscan Kale, Squash and Chicken Stew (Paleo, Low Carb, Whole30)
Helpful Tips for this Keto Chicken Cabbage Casserole
- Use whatever cooked chicken you have on hand. Leftover rotisserie chicken, roast chicken, grilled chicken, etc..
- This cabbage casserole serves 4 people comfortable as main course but can also make a great side dish.
- The addition of cottage cheese makes this more filling (protein!), delicious and nutritious. I prefer the large curds but use what you have available to you.
- Because cabbage releases natural juices, keep the casserole uncovered to allow the liquid to evaporate during cooking.
- This cabbage and chicken casserole can be stored in the refrigerator covered for up to 4 days. Reheat in a covered cast iron skillet on medium high heat for 4 minutes.
Helpful Items for this Keto Chicken Cabbage Casserole
- >Mandolin Slicer - for slicing your cabbage or simply use a sharp chef's knife.
- >Mixing Bowls - I've been using this glass set for years and love it.
- >Square Casserole - this one comes with a lid and is handy for after cooking.
- >Covered Cast Iron Skillet - great at re-heating this casserole for next day's lunch.
Keto Chicken Cabbage Casserole (Low Carb, Primal, GAPS)
Keto Chicken Cabbage Casserole (Low Carb, Primal, GAPS)
- 4 cups shredded green cabbage
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups cooked chicken shredded or diced
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 cup cooked bacon
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, divided chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a square casserole dish, place shredded cabbage. Season with onion powder, garlic powder and salt and spread evenly across the bottom of the dish.
- Spread the shredded or diced chicken across the cabbage.
- In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and most of the parsley (save some for garnish). Whisk to blend well.
- Add cooked bacon to cheese mixture and combine.
- Pour the cheese mixture over the cabbage and chicken, spreading evenly across the pan.
- Top with extra parsley. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove from oven and allow the juices to settle. Serve hot.
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This recipe was originally published November 2, 2018 and has been updated.
Shelby @Fitasamamabear says
This sounds delicious! Any way I can get more cabbage into my families diet is great!
Sue Wahl says
Made this! It was delicious. I tend to prefer my cabbage a little more cooked, so next time I might have it baking away while I'm deboning my cooked chicken or making the top sauce... Otherwise, perfect!
Next time I will cook the cabbage first. It was too crisp for our liking. Otherwise its a delicious dish.
Absolutely delicious! Easy, quick prep. Doesn’t really taste like strong cabbage. Even my husband likes it! Yay!! We are oldies learning Keto and enjoying it!!
joyce L horsch says
recipe was easy and very keto friendly
This recipe is the best. Husband loves, I fix frequently.
This was a delicious, satisfying meal for low-carb day, and so easy to put together. It's going to be a regular on our table from now on!
I made this for my wife, oh yea, it was great! The cabbage was almost all the way cooked, another 10 minutes maybe. Like one review said, I may precook the cabbage partially first. I didn't have any bacon or cottage cheese, so I used a little extra sour cream and a little bit more Shredded cheddar. The topping was divine, could always add more next time!
Loved it!!! Can you freeze leftovers?
Great to hear you loved it. I've not tried freezing leftovers so I'm not sure. However, dairy doesn't freeze all that well without changing the texture.
Could you use ground chicken instead?
Certainly! But you would have to cook it first. 🙂