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Keto spinach dip recipe: Low Carb Recipe with Chicken

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 The first thing I want to dive into today is my love for dips. You know, the creamy goodness you can't resist at a party? And the most quintessential party dip? Spinach dip! But being on a ketogenic diet, I knew I had to revamp my favorite appetizer. So, I came up with this amazing keto spinach dip recipe. And let me tell you, it’s a crowd pleaser! But wait, there’s a twist – I've added chicken to give it a rich, hearty feel. Ready to dig in?

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The Keto Spinach Chicken Dip: A Game Day Must-Have!

Ingredients:

  • 24 Ounces Cooked Chicken, shredded
  • 2 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except for the spinach and half of the mozzarella cheese. Make sure everything is mixed well.

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Now, fold in the fresh baby spinach.

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Place this delicious mixture in a greased 2-2.5-quart casserole dish and spread it out evenly. For that extra touch of cheesy goodness, sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until you see the cheese turning a lovely golden brown and bubbling with anticipation!

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How to Make keto spinach dip recipe

  1. Prep - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a small casserole dish.
  2. Make the dip - In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, except the spinach and half of the cheese, and mix well. Fold in the spinach.
  3. Bake - Spread the mixture evenly in the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Serve - Serve immediately and enjoy!
A piece of food, with Spinach and Chicken

The Perfect Keto Spinach Dip Recipe:

  • Excess Water is a No-No: After washing your fresh spinach, pat it dry with a paper towel. We don’t want any excess water in our dip. Too much moisture will make it runny!
  • Cream Cheese Mixture: Ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature. This makes mixing easier and ensures a creamy texture.
  • Golden Brown Perfection: If you want a crispy top, broil for 2-3 minutes after baking.
  • Dippers: While tortilla chips are a no-go for keto, celery sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper, and pork rinds make great dippers!
  • Store It Right: After indulging, store any leftovers in an airtight container. This keto dip remains fresh for 3-5 days in the fridge.

Tips and Variations

  • Storage - Store this keto spinach dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I do not suggest freezing this dip as it doesn’t come out with a very good texture afterwards. Do not leave this dip out for extended periods of time. Chicken is bad about gaining bacteria quickly when left out.
  • Reheating - Reheat in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish. If the mixture is a little dry, try placing a moist paper towel over the top when heating.
  • Make it spicy - If you would like your dip spicy, you can top with a drizzle of hot sauce. You can also add 2 teaspoons of crushed red peppers or some pickled/fresh jalapenos to the mixture before baking. I wouldn’t add more than ¼ a cup to the mixture of jalapenos. 
  • Use room temp cream cheese - Using chilled cream cheese will make it impossible to mix the ingredients together thoroughly. You’ll end up smashing a lot of the ingredients more than mixing them, which won’t result in a very nice dip.
  • Use leftover chicken - As with a lot of my recipes, this spinach dip is great for using leftover chicken such as rotisserie or baked chicken.
  • Add artichoke - As mentioned, you can add half a can of artichokes if desired. Just be sure to drain them before adding. You don’t want them making the dip watery. 
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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I use frozen spinach instead of fresh?

Absolutely! Just ensure you thaw and drain it to remove excess moisture. Using a paper towel can help squeeze out any remaining water.

3. How can I spice up the flavor profile?

Red pepper flakes or Worcestershire sauce can add a zesty kick. However, be cautious with Worcestershire sauce as it may add to the carb count.

4. Can I make this into an artichoke spinach dip?

Of course! Just add in some chopped artichoke hearts. This makes it resemble the classic artichoke spinach dip we all adore.

5. Can I prepare this dip in a slow cooker or crock pot?

Yes, this easy recipe can be adapted for a slow cooker. Just combine the ingredients and cook on low for 2-3 hours.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Versatility is Key: This keto spinach dip recipe can be adapted in different ways, from adding artichoke hearts to spicing it up with red pepper flakes.
  • Watch the Water: Ensure your spinach (especially if frozen) doesn’t bring excess water into the mix.
  • Dip Smart: Opt for keto-friendly dippers like pork rinds, keto crackers, or fresh veggies.
  • It's Not Just a Dip: This recipe can double as a filling for a stuffed bell pepper or chicken breast. Talk about a keto-friendly appetizer!
  • Stay Golden: That bubbly, golden-brown cheese on top is the best part. So, don't skip the final broil if you want a crispy finish.
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More Keto Appetizers You Might Like:

A piece of food, with Spinach and Chicken

Keto Spinach Dip

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

If you need a good appetizer that fits into your new lifestyle, whip up this Keto Spinach Dip! It’s super easy, uses few ingredients, and you’ll never guess it’s good for you. Chock full of flavorful and juicy chicken, cream cheese, and gooey mozzarella.

Ingredients

  • 24 Ounces Cooked Chicken, shredded
  • 2 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine all ingredients, except spinach and half of the cheese, in a large bowl and mix well.
    3. Add the spinach to the bowl and fold it in.
    4. Place the mixture in a greased 2-2.5-quart casserole dish, and spread evenly.
    5. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and bubbling.

Notes

Storage - Store this keto spinach dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I do not suggest freezing this dip as it doesn’t come out with a very good texture afterwards. Do not leave this dip out for extended periods of time. Chicken is bad about gaining bacteria quickly when left out.
Reheating - Reheat in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish. If the mixture is a little dry, try placing a moist paper towel over the top when heating.
Make it spicy - If you would like your dip spicy, you can top with a drizzle of hot sauce. You can also add 2 teaspoons of crushed red peppers or some pickled/fresh jalapenos to the mixture before baking. I wouldn’t add more than ¼ a cup to the mixture of jalapenos.
Use room temp cream cheese - Using chilled cream cheese will make it impossible to mix the ingredients together thoroughly. You’ll end up smashing a lot of the ingredients more than mixing them, which won’t result in a very nice dip.
Use leftover chicken - As with a lot of my recipes, this spinach dip is great for using leftover chicken such as rotisserie or baked chicken.
Add artichoke - As mentioned, you can add half a can of artichokes if desired. Just be sure to drain them before adding. You don’t want them making the dip watery.

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Conclusion: keto spinach dip recipe

So, there you have it, my dear readers – the best spinach dip recipe that’s not only keto but also packed with flavor and cheesy goodness. Perfect for game day, Super Bowl parties, or just a midweek treat, this keto-friendly dip will surely be a family favorite. And remember, while on a ketogenic or low-carb diet, it’s all about the right ingredients and the love you pour into the recipe. Enjoy this delicious, easy keto spinach dip and let the dipping begin!

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