Mexican Chicken Casserole

13
Kimberly Biegacki

By
@pistachyoo

This is a very comforting Mexican casserole and is filling too. It is zesty, creamy and loaded with chicken in every bite. Yumm!! It has a nice heat to it but not overpowering and this recipe comes from the "Cooking Light Magazine Dec. 1998" and has some lighter ingredients to it.

It is a very easy dish to make and great to serve for family and friends.

Hope you enjoy.

Rating:

★★★★★ 4 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 c
    fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 can(s)
    (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles, divided
  • 1 3/4 lb
    skinned, chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
    chopped onion
  • 1 c
    evaporated skim milk
  • 1 c
    (4 ounces) shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/4 c
    (2 ounces) tub-style light cream cheese
  • 1 can(s)
    (10 ounce) enchilada sauce
  • 12
    (6 inch) corn tortillas
  • ·
    cooking spray
  • 1/2 c
    (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • TOPPING

  • 1 oz
    tortilla chips, crushed (about 6 -10 chips)
  • 1 small
    can of salsa (drain and spread on top)
  • 4 oz
    habanero cheese grated on top (optional)

How to Make Mexican Chicken Casserole

Step-by-Step

  1. Combine broth and 1 can of chiles in a large skillet; bring to a boil. Add chicken; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until chicken is done, turning chicken once.
  2. Remove chicken from cooking liquid, reserving cooking liquid; cool chicken. Shred meat with two forks, and set aside.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté your onions for 5 to 7 minutes and then add your green chilies to heat thru.
  4. Add reserved cooking liquid, milk, Monterey Jack, cream cheese, and enchilada sauce; stir well. Stir in shredded chicken; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Place 4 tortillas in the bottom of a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Spoon 2 cups chicken mixture over tortillas. Repeat layers twice, ending with chicken mixture.
    (I added one more layer of corn tortillas to the top.)
  6. Sprinkle with chunky salsa, a few more green chilies and freshly grated habanero cheese or your favorite spicy cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  7. This is a pic of the salsa in a can that I used and you can find in most local grocery stores.
  8. Let stand 10 minutes before serving and then cut into squares for easy plating.
  9. 10/24/13---Made this for dinner today and added addt'l green chiles, drained chunky salsa to the top before adding a little more cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

    Calories 369 (28% from fat); fat 11.4g (sat 5g, mono 3.8g poly 1.4g); iron 2.4mg; cholesterol 79 mg; calcium 360 mg; carbohydrate 31.3 g; sodium 479 mg; protein 35.6 g; fiber 3g.

Printable Recipe Card

About Mexican Chicken Casserole

Course/Dish: Chicken Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican



Show 11 Comments & Reviews

20 Recipes You Can Make With Lime Juice

20 Recipes You Can Make With Lime Juice


Yes, limes are fantastic in a dessert. You can’t make a key lime pie without them. There’s something about the sweet and tangy combination our taste buds love. But, limes can also be used in dinner recipes. A little squeeze of this citrus will brighten up the flavors in the dish. Sweet and savory, we’ve […]

8 Fun & Flavorful Margarita Recipes

8 Fun & Flavorful Margarita Recipes


Guacamole and chips just taste a little better with a margarita. Sitting on the back patio on a warm day is a tad more relaxing sipping on a frozen margarita. They are traditionally made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. One reason we love margaritas, though, is you can adjust ingredients to suit your […]

19 Shrimp Recipes to Try

19 Shrimp Recipes to Try


How can a food so yummy be so good for you? An excellent source of vitamins and minerals, shrimp is also linked to promoting heart and brain health. Looks like it’s time to up your shrimp intake, and we have the 19 recipes to help you do it. Full of flavor, healthy, and easy to […]