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firecracker chicken casserole with lime queso

Recipe by
raymond spencer
st bernard, LA

You're gonna love this recipe! I created a new chicken casserole called firecracker. It combines penne pasta and queso with a pinch of lime. It's perfect for cinco de mayo.

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For firecracker chicken casserole with lime queso

  • 1 c
    sliced jalapenos
  • 1 c
    crushed nacho flavored tortilla chips
  • 8 oz
    uncooked penne pasta
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 6
    boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 3/4 c
    dark brown sugar
  • 1 c
    creamy wing sauce
  • 3/4 c
    honey mustard
  • 3/4 c
    chili sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 c
    shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 c
    heavy cream
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can
    diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 3 tsp
    lime juice

How To Make firecracker chicken casserole with lime queso

  • 1
    Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Add sliced jalapenos and crushed tortilla chips; mix well.
  • 2
    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, and drain.
  • 3
    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken strips in the skillet and saute 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • 4
    In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, wing sauce, honey mustard, chili sauce and hot pepper flakes; whisk together. Pour into a large ziplock bag.
  • 5
    Add chicken strips into the bag, mix well and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • 6
    To make the lime queso, combine heavy cream, cream cheese, and diced tomatoes and green chiles in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Remove from heat.
  • 7
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • 8
    Transfer chicken strips to a large bowl. Mix in with cooked penne pasta. Pour into a prepared baking dish.
  • 9
    Spread lime queso over chicken-pasta mixture. Sprinkle with shredded Mexican cheese blend.
  • 10
    Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned.