Monday, January 9, 2017

Smothered Chicken Queso Casserole

I'm always looking for something different to make for my boys. We have a lot of recipes that are similar, and I tend to be afraid to jump out of my box (very far, at least) for dinner. However, this combines things that Nate & the boys all like-- chicken, taco seasoning, salsa, rice... Salsa in a main dish, however, is why this is out of my box. I am not a big salsa fan, but the boys loved this!

(However, this does make a lot-- too much for my boys, they tired of it quickly. I will definitely only make a 1/2 batch next time!)

The picture is questionable, but it is much tastier than it looks! I'm just not much of a photographer. ;)

Remember, comments are loved! What's your favorite out-of-the-box dish?

Smothered Chicken Queso Casserole


  • 1 tablespoon oil 
  • 1-2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise 
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning, divided
  • 15 ounces salsa 
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 medium red/orange/green bell pepper, seeded, chopped 
  • 2 ½ cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend 
  • Chopped tomatoes and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13”x9” baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Sprinkle ½ tablespoon taco seasoning over chicken, then cook for 6-8 minutes. Turn once, cooking til golden brown on both sides.
  3. In large bowl, stir together salsa, whipping cream, milk, and pepper. Reserve approximately ¾ cup of the sauce mixture; set aside. Stir rice into remaining sauce mixture.
  4. Place rice mixture in casserole; top with chicken. Top with reserved sauce mixture, then shredded cheese. 
  5. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes; uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until sauce bubbles and juice of chicken is clear when cut.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes, then garnish as desired.
6 servings
1 hour
Nutrition Facts *I calculate nutrition facts for reference only, this is not done scientifically
323-371, depending on amount of chicken

Source (for original): Betty Crocker

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