Mexican Chicken Casserole (or: this recipe doesn’t have a lick of sugar in it)

I believe that most of the recipes I have posted on this blog are some sort of sweet concoction. Even my side dishes. It’s no secret that I love sugar.

Today, I shall show the world that I do eat things other than chocolate, sugar, ice cream and sugar-covered chocolate ice cream.

This recipe is one of my favorites and it’s from Cooking Light, one of my long time favorite magazines.

Now, if I could just stop cooking so many casseroles…

Mexican Chicken Casserole


1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, divided
1 3/4 pounds skinned, boned chicken breasts
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup evaporated skim milk
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup (2 ounces) tub-style light cream cheese
1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Cooking spray
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 ounce tortilla chips, crushed (about 6 chips)


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. Remove chicken from cooking liquid, reserving cooking liquid; cool chicken. Shred meat with two forks, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 can of chiles and onion; saute 3 minutes or until soft. Add reserved cooking liquid, milk, Monterey Jack, cream cheese, and enchilada sauce; stir well. Stir in shredded chicken; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

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. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and chips. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


  1. Sounds delicious! I love anything with green chilis in it!

  2. I’m a huge casserole fan…huge! I will have to try this one.

  3. That DOES sound really good and I’m bookmarking it, but mostly I’m thinking about that sugar-covered chocolate ice cream. Stupid diet.

  4. Keara @ Now I Know... says

    Sounds YUMMY! I am going to have to try this one!

  5. I am among the “cooking challenged,” but I am going to try to make this :)

  6. Again I am behind on reading your blog. I am catching up this afternoon.

    Thanks for the recipe – I am always needing new casseroles for our church small group meetings.

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