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Smothered Chicken Queso Casserole

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 6

This easy, cheesy chicken casserole packed with creamy queso rice, green chiles and taco-seasoned chicken breasts will be an instant hit at the dinner table—even the picky eaters will love it! ...MORE+ LESS-

Madison Mayberry Hofmeyer Madison Mayberry Hofmeyer
April 25, 2017

Ingredients

1
tablespoon oil
3
large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half crosswise
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
1
jar (15 oz) Tostito's™ salsa con queso
3/4
cups half-and-half
1
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
1
medium red or orange bell pepper, seeded, chopped
2 1/2
cups cooked white rice
1
cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (4 oz)
Chopped tomatoes and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish or 2 1/2-quart casserole with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with taco seasoning mix. Cook chicken in oil 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Depending on thickness of chicken, it may not be cooked all the way through at this point but will finish baking in the oven.
  • 3
    In large bowl, stir together salsa con queso, half-and-half and chopped green chiles; stir in bell pepper. Reserve 1 cup of the sauce mixture. Stir rice into remaining sauce mixture.
  • 4
    Place rice mixture in casserole; top with chicken. Top with reserved sauce mixture, then shredded cheese. Cover with foil.
  • 5
    Bake 20 minutes; uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until sauce bubbles and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F).
  • 6
    Cool 10 minutes. Garnish with tomatoes and cilantro.

Expert Tips

  • If you prefer your food on the spicier side, top this dish with Old El Paso™ pickled jalapeños before serving.
  • Use brown rice instead of white rice, if desired.
  • If you prefer dark meat you can swap chicken breasts for boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
180
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
31%
Saturated Fat
9g
46%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
1370mg
57%
Potassium
300mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
36g
12%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
3g
Protein
28g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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