Mexican Chicken Casserole

Do you ever just want to make something for dinner that is completely bad for you,
but tastes so good.
One of those dishes that is a total guilty pleasure.
Even using lower-fat ingredients doesn't minimize the guilt in this dish.

But, oh well, we only live once and
Mexican Chicken Casserole
is one of those meals that you must eat over and over to make sure that life doesn't suck.

(There are probably a million different recipes out there for this dish,
but this one is a remake of the one that my Mom always made, 
and I absolutely love it--I hope that you will too.)

Mexican Chicken Casserole

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning (I used Tony's)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I used 98% fat-free)
1 can cream of chicken soup (I used 98% fat-free)
1 can Rotel
1 bag tortilla chips, crushed
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 jalapeƱo, sliced
Sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sized pan, heat the olive oil and saute' the onion and garlic until translucent and soft.  Set aside.  Place the chicken tenderloins in a large pot and cover with water.  Season with the cajun seasoning.  Cook until done (about 15 minutes).  Remove from the water and allow to cool.  Once the chicken is cooled, shred.

In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, onions, garlic, soups, and rotel tomatoes.  Mix well.

In a prepared casserole pan, spread a thin layer of tortilla chips across the bottom.  Next, spread the chicken-soup mixture (about 1 1/2 cups) over the chips, top with 3/4 cup cheese.  Repeat the layers again.  Top with another thin layer of chips and cover with more cheese.  Top with the sliced jalapeƱos.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and casserole is warmed through.

Serve with sour cream.


1 comment :

  1. I'm so friggin' hungry right now and this looks and sounds amaaaaazing. We're having grilled chicken wraps with tons of veggies in them and now all I want is this cheesy chicken pie. lol


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