Southwestern Chicken Casserole

What’s awesome about this recipe, is that it reminds me of one GIANT Chipotle burrito bowl. 

I am a GIANT Chipotle fan :) I get the same thing every time- can you guess what it is? A GIANT chicken burrito bowl :) 

It’s been a while since I posted a one pot meal, but it is Sunday….so why not! 

Southwest Chicken Casserole #glutenfree #fitfluential

 This recipe calls for extremely simple ingredients and doesn’t take much work to make. Best part…it’s full of flavor!

Southwest Chicken Casserole #glutenfree #fitfluential

I topped mine with freshly sliced tomatoes, avocado, and more cilantro! Blake was really excited I used instant white rice instead of brown (wahhhhhhh), but that’s all we had. Next time- I would FOR SURE use brown rice…the only issue with that, is you would have to cook it before hand so that it’s fully cooked when the casserole is done. 

Southwest Chicken Casserole #glutenfree #fitfluential

You could add other yummy things into this casserole such as bell pepper and garbanzo beans. I kept mine simple…because that’s what I had on hand at the time.

We’ve been running our food stock down to the ground because Blake and I will both be traveling over the next couple of weeks. He actually left for Brazil yesterday for 2 weeks as part of his MBA program. I AM SO JEALOUS. LIKE SO BEYOND JEALOUS. Spouses were not invited and going down a week before or after wasn’t really an option because flights are 2 grand. 

Soooooooooo I go to Cleveland to visit the parents. Cleveland..Brazil….same thing.

NOT.

But- later in the week I will be headed to Ohio to stay with my parents for a week. I’ll be working mostly- but also feeding their bellies! That’s the cool thing about what I do- I can pretty much be anywhere, as long as people are hungry :)

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Southwestern Chicken Casserole

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Southwestern Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups quick cooking rice (white or brown will work)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 15 oz can corn, rinsed
  • 1 15 once can black beans, rinsed
  • 2 large chicken breasts evenly sliced about an inch thick (uncooked)
  • 1.5 cup salsa (mild, medium, or hot- your choice!)
  • -1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • -1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • -1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • -1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • -1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • -Optional- 1/2 cup Colby Jack Cheese
  • -Toppings: Shredded Colby Jack Cheese, fresh tomato, avocado, cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together everything but the chicken (you can add 1/2 cup of cheese if you are a cheese person, I did not do this step).
  3. Then, slice chicken breasts into about inch thick pieces. Place strips of chicken (uncooked) on the bottom of baking dish and top with rice mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
  4. Uncover and top with shredded cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
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Southwest Chicken Casserole #glutenfree #fitfluential

Blake and I ate this for almost 3 days…he said it got better as time went on….my kinda guy! This would be really taste inside of a tortilla or even with an egg. 

Southwest Chicken Casserole #glutenfree #fitfluential  

Are you doing any traveling soon?

One pot meals- should I continue this series?! 

Comments

  1. says

    I’m going to Mexico with my parents and brother in March. So I’ve got to get some good meal plans going now so I look my best down there!

  2. Nicole says

    I looooove Chipotle so I can’t wait to try this!! No, not traveling soon but one pot meals would be fantastic!!! I am a single mom who works a full time job so anything that requires less time at the sink doing dishes and more time attempting to work out would be great. :-)

  3. says

    This looks awesome!!! I have everything on hand except fresh cilantro so I think I will hit up the store in the morning and have some this week!!

  4. says

    In the recipe, there are two separate ingredient lines specifying 1.5 cups of salsa. Is hat a duplication or are you meant to use 3 cups of salsa?

  5. Amanda says

    This is SO good!! My whole family LOVES it which is amazing especially with a 1 and 3 yr old!!! Having it again tonight!

  6. Cortnie says

    I am nursing and can’t eat anything with onions or peppers. What would you reccomend I use in place of the salsa so that it’s not too dry?

  7. Ellen S says

    I have had this recipe pinned since January and finally made it last night! It is so yummy and I completely agree that it tastes even better the next day. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • says

      Woohoo! Thanks for the great review. I was just thinking about this recipe and that I need more one-pot dinners just like this one- protein + veg + grain. On my list!

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