Creamy Cheesy Chicken Casserole blends all your favorite Mexican flavors in a comforting casserole dish covered in cheese, all for under 400 calories!
I think we have discussed my love of casseroles. But these types of important topics can’t be left to uncertainty, so, I LOVE CASSEROLES.
We grew up on them, they are cozy, they involve cheese 99% ?of the time, they are assembled in lovely layers in one big dish and they wrap all my favorite flavors into one easy bite x20. I have so many memories watching my mom mix ingredients, open a many a can of Cream of this and that, and layer it all in our one 9×13 dish. My sister and I, being the delightful children we were, made fun of her excessive amount of casserole recipes, but we secretly loved them. And this girl craves them the most.
Although you would be pressed to find ‘cream of’ cans in our kitchen, I totally jump at the chance to experiment with new casserole combos of my favorites from childhood. As if it is any surprise, the Mexican versions were always my favorite, so I make those most often.
Creamy Cheesy Chicken Casserole is one of those latest creations that I felt the need to make multiple times, because I take my Mexican recipes very seriously. It isn’t like you can really screw up Mexican…the first round that was pretty much a pile of cheesy mush, was deliciously wonderful but you guys would have judged me on awful looks, and I wouldn’t have blamed you. After all, this is a casserole…and needs to be able to stand as a little cute square. The first round required a bowl ?
After some adjustments, this last version holds its own and had me resisting my hardest for seconds; and Steven resisting fourths.
I kept this casserole pretty simple with corn, beans, chicken and sauce in between corn tortilla layers to make a quick filling meal for our busy week nights. We definitely made up for its simplicity by adding loads of toppings. Just can’t help it, guys.
Let’s talk about salsa.?❤
Do you guys have any favorites?
Although homemade salsas will always be my favorite, I have found a canned option for recipes that gives quite the kick and great texture…especially to our casseroles. Warning though, the kick is REAL. So you non-spice lovers will need to calm it down a bit with a mild or medium option. Just please don’t use JUST tomatoes. You simply aren’t allowed…BORING.?
Remember, I know casseroles guys…don’t be afraid of flavaaa! Feel free to get creative by adding more vegetables to pack in between those layers or subbing the chicken for ground beef or steak. Better yet, let those veggies stand alone and try meatless!
And that lovely cheesy blanket was compiled from cheddar and mozzarella to achieve levels of cheesy glory that shouldn’t be accessed for a less than 400 calorie meal, but I bring you that miracle friends.
Who said you cant have comfort, cheese AND healthy. It is possible. It is this dish.
Cozy comfort on a Monday? Yeeeaaaaassssss.
*Nutritional Information is for 1 casserole square (8 servings total)*
- 1 cup cooked chicken (shredded)
- 9 corn tortillas
- ½ cup reduced fat sour cream
- ½ cup fat free plain yogurt
- 1 cup salsa
- 2 tbsp. homemade taco seasoning (or other taco seasoning)
- 1 onion
- 2 oz. ⅓ less fat cream cheese
- 1 15.5 oz. can black beans (drained)
- 1 cup corn
- 1½ cup cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Add cream cheese, taco seasoning, onion, salsa, sour cream and yogurt to food processer, blend on high until smooth and set aside.
- Add 3 corn tortillas to a nonstick 9X13 dish (or coat lightly with olive oil spray). Spread 1 cup of mixture to cover tortillas. Layer half of beans and corn and then add half the shredded chicken. Repeat the layer.
- Complete with final three tortillas, remaining sauce and top with shredded cheese.
- Cover and cook for 25 minutes and then uncover for the final 10 minutes.
- Allow to set for 5-10 minutes and serve.
-I used a mix of mozzarella and extra sharp cheddar for the cheese
-Try meatless, by adding more veggies instead of chicken!
-Topping options: Cilantro, green onion, tomato or more salsa, avocado etc.