This cheesy chicken casserole combines our chili seasoning with chicken and cheese for a delicious cheesy chicken treat. Our favorite thing about this recipe is that it is easy to make, doesn't take much time, and only requires a baking dish, a can opener, and a hot oven to get the job done.
Casseroles are a fun and easy way to keep your meal a one pan that you just have to place in the oven and let it cook. This casserole recipe is an easy way to add our chili seasoning to your meal anytime of the week. It is also great to pre make and freeze for another day.
How to Make a Cheesy Chicken Casserole
First you will need to get your oven heating up. You will heat your oven to 375 degrees then spray a 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. This prevents your casserole from getting stuck to the side of your baking dish.
In the baking dish layer 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice, 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed, 2 tsp Chugwater Chili Seasoning (depending on you spice preference if you want to add more heat you can add more chili seasoning if you prefer), 1 cup chicken broth, and 3 chicken breasts.
Next pour 1 can red enchilada sauce over the contents of the pan. If you have a preferred brand of red enchilada sauce feel free to use that. This recipe typically uses a mild red enchilada sauce but if you like a little more heat you can add a medium or hot red enchilada sauce.
Cover the baking dish with foil.
In the oven bake the chicken casserole for 45 to 55 minutes or until rice is tender and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165 degrees). You want to make sure your chicken is cooked enough to were you can shred it and that you do not have any pink left in the chicken.
Remove the chicken from the pan and with two forks shred the chicken.
Put the chicken back in the baking dish and give everything a good stir.
After you have stirred the chicken with the rice and beaks you can sprinkle with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. We recommend you use either cheddar, a fiesta blend, or even pepper jack with this recipe. If you like more cheese than a cup feel free to use more if it is to your preference. You will want to let the casserole stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. If you want to speed up the process you can just put it back in the oven and melt the cheese that way.
How to Serve the Cheesy Chicken Casserole
When you have finished cooking this casserole you can serve it with a variety of toppings. We usually serve it will some lettuce or chopped cilantro and a dollop of prepared Chugwater Chili Dip Mix. If you like you can use other toppings including sour cream, salsa (try our Easy Homemade Salsarecipe), and diced avocado.
We would love to know if you make our recipe! Post your picture on Facebook or Twitter. Our Chugwater Chili Gourmet Blend has a lot of uses! Here are a few other easy and delicious recipes featuring our chili seasoning.
- Seasoned Oven Fries
- Baked Chili Lime Chicken Breasts
- Fiesta Corn Casserole
- Sean Mulligan's Round Steak with Chugwater Chili Gravy