Keto King Ranch Chicken

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I loved my old King Ranch Chicken recipe and have been trying to convert it to keto ever since I’ve been on this way of eating. I knew when I came up with a good tortilla recipe the rest would fall into place. Now that I have that tortilla recipe, I am happy to say I now have the keto version of King Ranch Chicken! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

King Ranch Chicken

Makes 12 servings of Keto King Ranch Chicken

The Preparation

  • 3 cups chicken, cut up in bite sized pieces*
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chile
  • 6 ounces tomato salsa
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 16 ounces grated jack cheese
  • 6-7 homemade tortillas

*You can use raw chicken or already cooked chicken

The Execution

1.Cut up chicken into bite sized pieces if using raw. Dice onion and bell pepper.

King Ranch Chicken

2.Remove from pan and set aside. Melt additional 1 Tbs of butter or coconut oil and cook bell pepper and onion on medium low until soft, about 5 minutes.

King Ranch Chicken

3. Add spices to pan.  Mix them well with onions and peppers and cook for approximately 3 minutes, stirring constantly. You want to release the fragrance of the spices and have people wander into the kitchen and ask what smells so delicious. Be careful not to burn them.

King Ranch Chicken

 

4. Add the cup of broth (I used homemade turkey) and stir it until you’ve loosened up all the pieces of spice on the bottom of the pan.

King Ranch Chicken

5. Add cream, chile, and salsa, mixing well.

Mix them well with onions and peppers and cook for approximately 3 minutes, stirring constantly. You want to release the fragrance of the spices and have people wander into the kitchen and ask what smells so delicious. Be careful not to burn them.

6. Cover and cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. At the end of 15 minutes, very carefully remove 1 1/2 cups of the hot mixture and put into an emulsion beaker or blender. (PLEASE use caution here!)

Keto King Ranch Chicken

7. Using caution, blend mixture until thickened. If using stick blender, keep blender in the bottom of the beaker to avoid being burned. Carefully pour blended mixture back into pan.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

8. Stir well and then add sour cream.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

9. After mixing the sour cream in well, add meat. Here I am actually using some chicken I cooked and some leftover turkey.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

10. Mix meat into sauce and gather sauce, tortillas, and cheese. Preheat oven to 350o.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

11. In a 9×13 baking dish, begin by layering sauce/meat mixture. Just put enough to wet the bottom of the pan.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

12. Place whole tortillas in bottom (do not overlap), then tear another tortilla and fit it in around the empty spots.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

13. Ladle half the sauce/meat mixture on top of the tortillas.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

14. Evenly spread 1/2 of the cheese over the sauce/meat mixture.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

15. Repeat for second layer, layering tortillas, then sauce, and ending with remaining cheese mixture. It’s ready for the oven!

Keto King Ranch Chicken

16. Bake at 350o for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

17. Serve and enjoy! May be topped with additional sour cream.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

This makes 12 servings and each serving has: 356.01 Calories, 26.48g Fat,  4.84g Net Carbs, 22.17g Protein

Keto King Ranch ChickenCaloriesFats(g)Carbs(g)Fiber(g)Net Carbs(g)Protein(g)
3 cups cooked chicken69314.99000130.28
1 cup chicken broth150.521.101.11.59
2 tablespoons butter20423.040.0200.020.24
½ small (35 g) onion140.043.270.62.670.39
1 medium (119 g) red bell pepper370.367.182.54.681.18
1 tablespoon red chili powder231.143.982.81.181.08
1 teaspoon cumin80.470.930.20.730.37
1 teaspoon garlic salt50.011.150.11.050.26
4 ounce can chopped green chile2004040
6 ounces tomato salsa800180180
½ cup heavy cream40542.943.2603.263.38
1/3 cup sour cream15014.693.5103.511.85
16 ounces grated jack cheese1692137.353.0803.08111.04
7 “Best Low Carb” tortillas926.182.1858.5943.8914.714.42
Totals4272.1317.73108.0750.0957.98266.08
Per Serving(/12)356.0126.489.014.174.8422.17

Recipe Notes

This dish is a little high on the carb side, but one serving is very filling.
I only used 6 1/2 tortillas, so actual macros are slightly lower.
If you are using pre-cooked chicken, you can deduct the additional 1 Tbs butter from macros.

Keto King Ranch Chicken

This makes 12 servings and each serving has: 356.01 Calories, 26.48g Fat, 4.84g Net Carbs, 22.17g Protein

This dish is a little high on the carb side, but one serving is very filling. I only used 6 1/2 tortillas, so actual macros are slightly lower. If you are using pre-cooked chicken, you can deduct the additional 1 Tbs butter from macros.

The Preparation

  • 3 cups chicken, cut up in bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chile
  • 6 ounces tomato salsa
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 16 ounces grated jack cheese
  • 6-7 homemade tortillas

The Execution

  1. Cut up chicken into bite sized pieces if using raw. Dice onion and bell pepper.
  2. If you are using raw chicken, melt 1 Tbs of the butter or coconut oil in a pan and cook the chicken until done.
  3. Remove from pan and set aside. Melt additional 1 Tbs of butter or coconut oil and cook bell pepper and onion on medium low until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add spices to pan. Mix them well with onions and peppers and cook for approximately 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the cup of broth and stir it until you've loosened up all the pieces of spice on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add cream, chile, and salsa, mixing well.
  7. Cover and cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. At the end of 15 minutes, very carefully remove 1 1/2 cups of the hot mixture and put into an emulsion beaker or blender. (PLEASE use caution here!)
  9. Blend mixture until thickened. If using stick blender, keep blender in the bottom of the beaker to avoid being burned.
  10. Carefully pour blended mixture back into pan.
  11. Stir well and then add yogurt. After it’s all combined, add meat.
  12. Mix meat into sauce and gather sauce, tortillas, and cheese. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  13. In a 9x13 baking dish, begin by layering sauce/meat mixture. Just put enough to wet the bottom of the pan.
  14. Place whole tortillas in bottom (do not overlap), then tear another tortilla and fit it in around the empty spots.
  15. Ladle half the sauce/meat mixture on top of the tortillas.
  16. Evenly spread 1/2 of the cheese over the sauce/meat mixture.
  17. Repeat for second layer, layering tortillas, then sauce, and ending with remaining cheese mixture. It's ready for the oven!
  18. Bake at 350o for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  19. Serve and enjoy! May be topped with additional sour cream.
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