Keto Jalapeno Popper Baked Chicken Spaghetti
Keto jalapeno popper baked chicken spaghetti is a delicious meal for anyone! The combination of cheese, chicken, bacon, and jalapeno make it irresistible!
WHAT IS JALAPENO POPPER BAKED CHICKEN SPAGHETTI?
Keto jalapeno popper baked chicken spaghetti is a delicious dish that combines the spice of jalapenos with the deliciousness of chicken and cheese. This dish makes a wonderful meal for any time of the year and is sure to please everyone.
KETO JALAPENO POPPER BAKED CHICKEN SPAGHETTI INGREDIENTS
This delicious, cheesy dish is easy to make and calls for simple ingredients to make it. Most of the ingredients needed are (generally) keto kitchen staples, so hopefully, you will hopefully have most of it on hand.
Do take note of the multiple kinds of cheese needed… They make this dish super cheesy and absolutely delicious!
- Shredded chicken
- Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Heavy cream
- Cream cheese
- Jalapeno peppers
- Garlic, minced
- Shirataki noodles (or noodle substitute of choice; see below)
- Fresh ground black pepper
Grab whichever of these ingredients you don’t have from the store and you’re ready to go!
WHAT KIND OF SHREDDED CHICKEN SHOULD BE USED?
Any kind of cooked chicken that has been (or can be) shredded is usable in this dish. Here are a few ideas for you if deciding what kind of chicken you should use.
If you are looking for the easiest, most delicious kind of chicken to buy for this, grab a small, fresh rotisserie chicken from your grocery store deli. These chickens are, of course, pre-cooked, which means you can have juicy, delicious chicken without having to cook it yourself.
Rotisserie chickens usually also provide for some chicken to be left over, which is easy to refrigerate and use again in another recipe!
If you don’t have rotisserie chicken on hand or can’t get one at the store, canned chicken is an alternative. It certainly won’t taste as fresh or be as juicy and yummy, but will still work in a pinch.
There are multiple brands of canned chicken that range in price, quality, and taste. If you don’t have a brand you know and love, it would be a good idea to buy a few small cans and find the one you like the best first.
COOKING A CHICKEN AT HOME
The most time intensive option is to cook a chicken at home. Depending on your local stores, you can find these fresh, refrigerated, or frozen. The methods you use to cook the chicken are up to you.
If you choose this method, you are probably well-versed in cooking a chicken yourself and have a method that you prefer the most.
HOW TO MAKE JALAPENO POPPER CHICKEN SPAGHETTI
While it might seem like a pretty complicated dish to make, making this keto jalapeno popper chicken spaghetti is pretty easy and straightforward.
Grab the ingredients from above and follow these instructions to make this delicious meal!
Begin by preheating the oven to 350˚F. Fry the bacon until crispy and set aside on paper towels to drain and crisp further.
Add minced garlic, diced jalapenos (seeds in for more spice or seeds out for a milder spice), and butter along with the bacon grease. Fry garlic and jalapenos until fragrant.
This doesn’t take too long, so be careful not to burn it!
Add cream cheese, heavy cream, fresh ground black pepper, chicken, and half of each of the other cheeses to the skillet. Stir ingredients together to mix and remove from heat.
Drain and rinse the shirataki noodles and add to the skillet mixture. If you are wanting to use a different noodle for this dish, read on below for some ideas!
Transfer to a baking dish (unless you have been using a cast iron skillet up until now) and top with the rest of the cheeses. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Remove from oven, serve, and enjoy!
WHAT ARE GOOD SIDES FOR THIS DISH?
There are several great side ideas that would go great with this. Below are some ideas to help you out!
- Super Easy Keto Cauliflower White Rice
- Cheesy Keto Mac and Cheese
- No-Compromise Low-Carb Fries
- Keto Garlic Butter Brussel Sprouts
- Easy Keto Southern-Style Cornbread
- Low-Carb Spicy Roasted Broccoli
WHAT NOODLES CAN BE USED?
We recommend using shirataki noodles. If you aren’t familiar with them, these noodles are made from the root of konjac yam. The word shirataki itself means white waterfall, which is a very accurate description of the appearance of the noodles.
In the United States, these noodles are normally found packaged in water. They are great for those on keto/low-carb diets because they are made up of water and glucomannan, which is a soluble fiber. They are very, very low in digestible carbohydrates.
As a note of caution, be wary of shirataki noodles that contain all kinds of added ingredients. Some of the newer brands contain several non-keto ingredients as fillers instead of just the main shirataki ingredients.
ZUCCHINI NOODLES (ZOODLES)
If you prefer to not use shirataki noodles, using zucchini noodles (also known as zoodles) is the next best option. These noodles can easily be made using a spiralizer with a zucchini. There are, however, some other harder methods to make zoodles.
One piece of advice is to salt the zoodles lightly. Let sit for about three minutes, then pat dry. Depending on how much water content the zucchini has, this can help draw out some of the moisture and make the noodles hold up better, especially when cooked.
You can find lots of information over at Living Well Mom on some different methods of making zoodles.
“LOW-CARB” OR “KETO” PASTAS
This is the worst type of noodle you should consider using and should be used as a “last ditch” alternative. There is an increasing number of pasta brands that tout themselves as “keto” or “low-carb.” While some can deliver on some of their promises, most use sketchy science to lower their carbohydrate content.
As a general rule, you should steer clear of these types of products as they are full of false promises. If nothing else, they are also full of questionable fillers and other ingredients.
Having said that, if there is a brand of this pasta that you use and it works for you on your keto/low-carb journey, then, by all means, use it. We are all different and our bodies can tolerate different things and still lose weight.
However, if you have never tried these types of pastas before, it is best to not start.
- 1 cup shredded chicken
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 3 jalapeno peppers, diced and seeds removed
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp garlic, minced
- 3 packages of shirataki noodles, drained and rinsed
- fresh ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350˚F
- Fry the bacon until crispy; set aside on paper towels to drain
- Add minced garlic, diced jalapenos, and butter (along with the bacon grease)
- Fry garlic and jalapenos until fragrant
- Add cream cheese, heavy cream, bacon, fresh ground black pepper, chicken, and half of each cheese to the skillet
- Stir ingredients and remove from heat
- Drain and rinse the shiritaki noodles and add to the skillet mixture
- Transfer to a baking dish (unless you have been using a cast iron skillet up until now) and top with the rest of the cheese
- Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown
- Remove from oven, serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 664 Total Fat: 53g Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 41g