Smothered chicken topped with a ranch cream cheese mixture, cheddar, crispy fried bacon, and green onions. It doesn’t get tastier than this cheesy chicken recipe!
Have you guys noticed a trend when it comes to chicken recipes here?
They basically all involve cheese and many involve bacon.
The truth is that I’ve not always been the biggest fan of chicken, but lately I’m just obsessed with it. We eat some version of low carb chicken multiple nights a week these days and it’s almost always a hit with everyone in my family.
This keto chicken recipe is pretty fantastic – super low in carbs, extra fat from the cheese and bacon, and enough protein to keep you full.
Oh, and don’t worry – I didn’t just sprinkle some cheddar on a chicken breast here. I added ranch seasoning to cream cheese, smeared that on some chicken, and THEN added the cheddar.
This is keto. We need fat and flavor. 😉
How to make ranch chicken smothered in cheese:
To start, we’re going to season up some chicken breasts. I used paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder, but you can use any seasoning blend you think sounds good.
Just remember not to add too much salt as the cheesy topping is a bit salty on it’s own, plus we’re adding bacon down the road.
Once your chicken breasts are covered in seasoning, heat up a skillet and swirl in some avocado oil.
Add your chicken breasts and let them brown on each side. This dish will be finished in the oven, so no need to fully cook the chicken. Just get a nice browned outside.
While the chicken is browning, stir together some room temperature cream cheese and ranch seasoning mix. The ranch seasoning mix isn’t strictly keto as it contains a few questionable ingredients. If you’re strict keto, use the dry seasonings/herbs from my recipe for ranch dressing, mix them together, and measure out 1 tablespoon for use in this recipe. Store the rest for use in my low carb crackers!
Smear the ranch cream cheese mixture evenly over the tops of the chicken breasts and then pile on some freshly shredded cheddar cheese.
It seriously looks so good at this stage, right?
Pop all this in a hot oven and let it finish cooking. This should take about 10 minutes, but you’ll want to use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. This is the one I use and recommend. That’s an affiliate link which means that I’ll earn a small commission if you use that link to purchase a thermometer.
When the chicken is cooked through, the cheese will be perfectly melted and you’ll be ready to top your cheese smothered chicken with some freshly fried bacon and chopped green onions.
This dish has such a pretty presentation, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to dive right in to that cheesy chicken??
What to serve with this cheese smothered chicken:
Fried Radishes: Believe it or not, when you cook radishes they lose their bite and soften up like a potato!
Keto Coleslaw: Everyone’s favorite coleslaw recipe!
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon: Bacon makes everything better – especially sprouts.
Oven Roasted Veggies: The simplest way to prepare vegetables!
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Cheddar Bacon & Ranch Smothered Chicken
The cheesiest smothered chicken ever! Top it off with bacon for extra goodness.
Per chicken breast: 617 calories, 42g fat, 57g protein, 4g carbs, 0g fiber = 4 net carbs
- 4 chicken breasts about 6 ounces each
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 6 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning powder
- 1 cup grated cheddar
- 10 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika and sprinkle evenly over chicken. Rub to coat chicken in seasoning blend.
Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed, oven safe skillet over medium heat.
Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for 4 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.
As chicken is cooking, stir together the cream cheese and ranch seasoning in a small bowl until well combined.
Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over each piece of chicken.
Top with the shredded cheese.
Place pan in the oven and bake until chicken is fully cooked, about 10 minutes.
Top with the crumbled bacon and green onions just before serving.