Friday, January 29, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

We're out of everything in the house. This was not what I planned for dinner but grocery shopping just didn't get done this week so I had to make due. This was loosely based on a recipe I had but just subbed ingredients that I had on hand. I didn't have any green or red peppers so I used a jalapeno. Same thing, right? Maybe not but it worked. It was delicious. I kept the green pepper in the recipe below because I would totally add it when I make this again. I almost always have some kind of pepper in the house. I also didn't have fresh tomato so the can of diced tomato worked fine as well. I added the beans at the end too because it just looked like it needed beans. This was seriously good though. A lot of basic ingredients came together to make a not so pretty but hearty and filling meal.

The chicken I had in the frig already shredded and cooked. When chickens are on sale, I often will make several and bag them up so they are ready to go. Cooked shredded chicken I package in 10 oz. or 2 cup portions, it seems to work good for our family. Very handy on an occasion like this where I needed something quick without a lot of planning.

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

1 can cream of chicken soup, healthy request
1 can green chiles, 4 oz.
1 container (8 oz) light sour cream
1/2 cup milk, 1 %
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (10 oz)
6 tortillas, 8 in. 100 calories, torn into bite size pieces
1 green pepper, chopped
1 large jalapeno, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced fat
Cilanto for garnish

Heat oven to 350, spray 13 x 9 in glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix soup, chilies, sour cream, milk, chili powder and cumin until blended. Stir in chicken, tortillas, onion and pepper. Stir in tomatoe and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Spoon and spread mixture in baking dish. Cover with foil, bake 40 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, bake uncovered 5 - 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and it is all bubbly. Garnish with cilantro.

Total calories = 2475
6 huge servings = 412 calories per serving

1 serving Chicken Tortilla Casserole +steamed broccoli = 442 calorie dinner

Calories calculated from, some numbers are rounded and approximate.


  1. This sounds really good, especially for cold weather like this.

  2. I have made something similar to this before and really loved it. Then again, Tex-Mex is kind of one of the best things ever.

  3. do you cook your chicken and then freeze it in the 10oz portions for future use? do you use freezer plastic bags?