Mexican Chicken Casserole is an easy weeknight meal that everyone loves. Layers of tender chicken, rice, and beans topped with two kinds of cheese!
Mexican Chicken Casserole
This Mexican Chicken Casserole is the answer to that age old question, “Mom, what’s for dinner?” When I am flat out of ideas, I know I can always come back to this warm, hearty, and delicious recipe. Even our pickiest eaters gobble it up! The chicken simmers all afternoon in the slow cooker, then the rest of the ingredients come together in a snap! Serve with a side salad, chips and guacamole or some fruit and you have a meal that everyone loves!
Suggestions for this Easy Chicken Casserole
- Cook the chicken breasts in the Crock pot in the enchilada sauce, green chiles, cumin and pepper. The chicken will be so flavorful by the time you add it with the rest of the ingredients.
- I like to use calrose rice for this dish, because the medium grains cook up a bit more sticky and can be pressed into layers better. But if you only have long grain white rice on hand, it’ll work great too!
- Black beans are delicious in this recipe but you can easily swap them out for pinto or kidney beans.
- Top this yummy casserole with tomatoes, sour cream, green onions, even crushed Doritos or corn chips.
More Mexican Meals
- Cheesy Grilled Mexican Chicken and Rice
- Mexican Chili in a Tostada Bowl
- Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef
- Mexican Lasagna
- Grilled Mexican Street Corn
- Easy Restaurant Style Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Chicken Casserole
Mexican Chicken Casserole
- 9x13 inch pan
- 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
- 1 c. red enchilada sauce (mild or medium)
- 7 oz diced green chiles
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 2 c. rice uncooked (calrose rice works great if you want to have layers that are more intact-- you can pat the layers down and it stays together better-- but long grain white rice works great too)
- 1 Tbsp. cilantro chopped
- 1 Tbsp. lime juice
- 2 cans cream of chicken soup undiluted
- 1 c. sour cream
- 1 1/2 c. salsa (mild or medium)
- 1 1/2 c. cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 1/2 c. pepper jack cheese shredded
- 1 can corn drained
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- optional garnish: green onion, tomatoes, sour cream, crushed corn chips, or anything else you like!
- In crock pot combine chicken breasts, enchilada sauce, green chiles, cumin and pepper. Cook on high for 4 hours. Take chicken breasts out of sauce and shred.
- Prepare rice according to package directions with cilantro and lime juice. In bowl, combine soups, sour cream and salsa.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom of 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Spread ½ c. of soup mixture in bottom of pan.
- Layer in the following order: ½ of the rice (press down firmly in pan), 1 ½ c. cheddar cheese, ½ of shredded chicken mixture, ½ can corn, ½ can black beans, ½ of soup mixture, remaining rice (press down firmly in pan), remaining shredded chicken, remaining corn, remaining black beans, remaining soup mixture.
- Top with 1 ½ c. pepper jack cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes until heated through. Garnish as desired.