This Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Casserole recipe is an easy make-ahead meal the whole family will love. You can prep it a day or two before and just pop it in the oven for about half an hour before serving. This is your favorite spinach and artichoke dip turned into a low carb gluten free creamy cheesy chicken casserole recipe so that you can call it dinner.
Spinach and artichoke is one of my favorite flavor combinations.
I have two other spinach and artichoke chicken recipes here at Joy Filled Eats already. Could there be room for a third? I wasn't sure, but my kids prefer this to the other two and if you have precooked chicken already it is the easiest of the three.
My other two similar recipes are: Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breasts and Lazy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Breasts. And if you love this chicken spinach artichoke combo as much as I do? Make sure to try my Keto Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites!
If you tried those let me know your favorite of the three. They are all different enough to hold a special place on my blog and on my dinner menu. I prefer the stuffed chicken breasts for dinner company or home date nights with my hubby. The lazy chicken breasts are the fastest if I'm working with raw chicken. This casserole is the richest and creamiest. It is pure comfort food.
Chicken - You can use any type of cooked chicken. Chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or rotisserie chicken.
Spinach - I used baby spinach but frozen spinach thawed is fine too.
Artichoke Hearts - Canned artichoke hearts, marinated artichoke hearts that have been drained, and frozen artichoke hearts thawed all work.
Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, & Mayo - This creamy combo is my trifecta for a perfect casserole. I use all three in almost every casserole I make.
Provolone Cheese - Slices of provolone cheese cover the top perfectly but you can use the shredded cheese of your choice if you prefer.
Seasoning - I use a combo of onion, garlic, thyme, and salt.
How to Make Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Casserole
First Step: Combine all the ingredients (besides the slices of cheese) in a large mixing bowl and mix them well.
Second Step: Put the chicken and spinach filling into your large casserole dish. Any casserole dish about 9 x 13 will work. Stop with the cheese slices.
Third Step: Bake the chicken spinach artichoke casserole until hot. Enjoy!
Cheese - Feel free to top this casserole with any mild cheese. Mozzarella cheese or grated parmesan cheese works really well too!
Bacon- Add in some cooked chopped bacon crumbles for a boost of flavor.
Spicy - Crushed red pepper adds a nice zing. Black pepper can also add some extra flavor.
Can I use frozen spinach?
Yes. I used fresh spinach in this one so I didn't have to thaw and drain frozen spinach. It worked really well. I was afraid the liquid released from the spinach would add too much liquid to the sauce. But it didn't.
But, if you prefer to use frozen spinach just thaw and drain it first.
What does a chicken casserole taste like?
Chicken casseroles vary a lot based on the other ingredients in them. Most are rich and creamy. My family loves a cheesy chicken casserole any day of the week!
How do I serve a chicken casserole?
Many traditional chicken casseroles call for pasta or rice. To keep this low carb we avoid adding those. I normally serve with a side of green vegetables or a garden salad. You can also serve it on top of cauliflower rice, hearts of palm noodles, or spaghetti squash.
Why is my casserole watery and how can I thicken it?
The best way to fix a watery casserole is to prevent it from happening! This is the reason to use cooked chicken instead of raw when making a casserole. Raw chicken releases liquid as it cooks which makes your casserole thin.
If you end up with a watery casserole anyway you can sprinkle a little xanthan gum or glucomannan into the sauce to thicken it.
What is the best way to reheat a casserole?
Most of the time I just microwave individual portions when reheating a casserole. If you have an entire casserole you want to reheat just bake it covered with aluminum foil.
Last time I made this spinach and artichoke chicken casserole I ate leftovers for breakfast. Seriously. It is that good. When I was going through all my breakfast options this was the most appealing. I was just as good, if not better, as leftovers.
Try this Keto Philly Cheesesteak Chicken Casserole next!
Like what you see? Follow me on Facebook! Love this recipe? Leave a comment & 5-star rating right here! Make sure you don’t miss new recipes by getting email updates!
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayo
- 2 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 pound cooked chicken breast cubed
- 1 cup chopped marinated artichokes drained
- 4 oz fresh spinach (2 big handfuls)
- 10 slices provolone cheese divided (about 7.5 oz) (or use shredded)
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- In a large mixing bowl stir together the cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, and seasonings until smooth. Mix in the chicken, artichokes, and spinach. Cut 4 of the slices of provolone into pieces and stir those in.
- Spread in the bottom of a large 10 x 13 inch casserole dish. Top with the additional 6 slices of cheese.
- Bake for 25 - 35 minutes until golden, hot, and bubbly. Serve with green veggies or a salad.
Originally Published March 4, 2017. Revised and Republished March 23, 2020.
Elizabeth Wehmeier says
I ended up with a very watery sauce in the pan. It was not thick like the picture. I had to add about four handfuls of shredded cheese to thicken it to serve as a sauce for the family over noodles.
It seems like your spinach may have released more liquid than usual. You could saute it first next time.
Ok, this was AMAZING - especially for how EASY it was to put together.
I subbed a Swiss / Gruyère shredded mix & I added water chestnuts (because they are one of my favorite parts of spinach artichoke dip). I even used canned chicken and couldn’t tell it was canned (I don’t like canned chicken but there was so much flavor in this recipe, that it worked!) My 9 year old twins even loved it. Thank you for the great simple recipe for a busy working mom living the keto life.