AIP Chicken Casserole (keto, dairy-free, paleo, 30 minute meal)

AIP Chicken Casserole (keto, dairy-free, paleo, 30 minute meal)
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Cheesy, dairy-free AIP Chicken Casserole, made in the pressure cooker, broiled until brown and bubbly. Seasoned to perfection, made with nutrient-dense spinach, bone broth, and melty AIP cheese, and ready in less than 30 minutes. Topped with grain-free pork panko for a bit of crunch, you can’t go wrong with this easy paleo comfort food.

Cheesy dairy-free AIP Chicken Casserole with spinach, baked and bubbly in a red casserole dish, topped with crunchy pork panko.

Ingredients

  • AIP Cheese: any dairy free cheese will work for this paleo creamy chicken and spinach. I recommend making my melty AIP cheese ahead of time, and sure to follow the AIP modifications if using my recipe. For. those who do not need to eat dairy free, cream cheese works great with the flavors in this recipe.
  • Pork Panko: don’t skip this step, it adds a nice crunch to the top of the casserole! I like to buy Pork Panko but you can also make your own by grinding up pork rinds in a food processor.
  • Chicken: I recommend chicken breast, but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. (More chicken recipes here.)
  • Spinach: a pound of frozen spinach works best, but you can also use fresh! It will wilt quickly in the slow cooker, just throw it all in there.
Ingredients for AIP Chicken Casserole.

Step by Step Instructions

Step by step instructions for AIP Chicken Casserole.

In the bowl of your electric pressure cooker combine the chicken, oil, and seasonings. Add in the spinach, “cheese,” bone broth, and vinegar.

Step by step instructions for AIP Chicken Casserole.

Close the lid and cook on high for 10 minutes. Release the pressure manually. Open the lid and insert your hand mixer and turn it on to begin to shred the chicken. As it shreds add in the arrowroot starch and keep mixing until it’s completely mixed in.

Step by step instructions for AIP Chicken Casserole.

If you want the chicken mix less saucy, turn your pressure cooker on to saute or reduce and let it simmer until desired thickness. Transfer to a casserole dish (9×9) and top with pork panko if using. Broil from the middle rack for 2-3 minutes to brown the topcoat. Serve hot!

Scooping a wooden spoon into cheesy dairy-free AIP Chicken Casserole with spinach, baked and bubbly in a red casserole dish, topped with crunchy pork panko.

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Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Casserole dish: use a casserole dish that’s a little bigger than what I used, ideally a 9×9 pan. You want it deep enough that when you scoop it up it won’t drip all over the side.
  • Serving: this is an easy weeknight meal, no sides needed, but you can stretch it a bit if you serve with baked sweet potatoes or cauliflower rice. This casserole also doubles well as a dip for lunch the next day!
  • Storage: store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: warm leftovers in the oven at 350°F until bubbly.
Cheesy dairy-free AIP Chicken Casserole with spinach, baked and bubbly in a red casserole dish, topped with crunchy pork panko.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen?

In this AIP Chicken Casserole, I used a pound of frozen spinach. You can use fresh spinach, just stuff it into the pressure cooker, it will wilt quickly. 

Can I use any dairy-free cheese or do I have to use your recipe?

As long as it melts, one cup of any dairy-free cheese will work. To keep it AIP, I recommend this recipe, and you can make it ahead to cut down on prep time.

If I can have dairy, what type of cheese should I use?

Cream cheese would work best for this AIP Chicken Casserole. It’ll make the end result super rich and creamy.

Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs?

Yep! Chicken breasts work great, but boneless skinless chicken thighs will also cook up beautifully.

Can I omit the arrowroot?

Arrowroot adds a nice thickness to the casserole. You can omit it, but I recommend you reduce the liquid for 15 minutes and stir in some coconut cream.

Cheesy dairy-free AIP Chicken Casserole with spinach, baked and bubbly in a red casserole dish, topped with crunchy pork panko.

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Scooping a wooden spoon into cheesy dairy-free AIP Chicken Casserole with spinach, baked and bubbly in a red casserole dish, topped with crunchy pork panko.

AIP Chicken Casserole


  • Author: Cristina Curp, FNTP
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Pressure Cook, Broil

Description

Cheesy, dairy-free AIP Chicken Casserole, made in the pressure cooker, broiled until brown and bubbly. Seasoned to perfection, made with nutrient-dense spinach, bone broth, and melty AIP cheese, and ready in less than 30 minutes. Topped with grain-free pork panko for a bit of crunch, you can’t go wrong with this easy paleo comfort food.


Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound frozen spinach
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 1 cup Pork Panko (optional)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your electric pressure cooker combine the chicken, oil, and seasonings. Add in the spinach, “cheese,” bone broth, and vinegar. Close the lid and cook on high for 10 minutes.
  2. Release the pressure manually. Open the lid and insert your hand mixer and turn it on to begin to shred the chicken. As it shreds add in the arrowroot starch and keep mixing until it’s completely mixed in.
  3. If you want the chicken mix less saucy, turn your pressure cooker on to saute or reduce and let it simmer until desired thickness.
  4. Transfer to a casserole dish (9×9) and top with pork panko if using. Broil from the middle rack for 2-3 minutes to brown the topcoat. Serve hot!

Recipe Notes:

  • net carbs per serving: 7g
  • Make the AIP cheese ahead of time, be sure to follow the AIP modifications if using my recipe.
  • I like to buy Pork Panko but you can also make your own by grinding up pork rinds in a food processor
  • This casserole also doubles well as a dip!
  • Use a casserole dish that’s a little bigger than what I used, ideally a 9×9 pan. You want it deep enough that when you scoop it up it won’t drip all over the side.
  • This recipe goes really well with baked sweet potatoes or cauliflower rice!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 381
  • Fat: 20.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.7g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Protein: 40.1g

Keywords: AIP chicken and spinach casserole, Paleo creamy chicken and spinach, Dairy-free chicken and spinach casserole

Cheesy dairy-free AIP Chicken Casserole with spinach, baked and bubbly in a red casserole dish, topped with crunchy pork panko.

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