I ask you – is there anything more versatile than a casserole? There are casseroles that are main dishes, side dishes, salads, and even desserts. I really can’t think of many ingredients you can’t put in a casserole. I’ve probably made more casseroles in my kitchen than anything else. Ever. I’ve made them from scratch and from leftovers. From chicken, beef, fish, vegetables, fruit….heck, even cobblers are a kind of casserole if you think about it.
The best thing about main dish casseroles is that they’re pretty much a complete meal right by themselves. You might serve some bread on the side or a salad, but most of the time that’s not even necessary.
This Southwest Chicken Casserole is a favorite of ours. I make it easy by using a purchased rotisserie chicken, but you can cook your own if you prefer. I layer the chicken with a mixture of tomatoes, chilies, onions, soups, cheese, and tortilla chips. The lime flavored chips add a lot of extra flavor to this casserole and I recommend you use them.
You can assemble this recipe in a few minutes and let it cook while you do other things. Serve with a simple salad and dinner is all done!
Remove the skin and bones from the rotisserie chicken. Shred the meat and discard the skin and bones.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender. Add the bell pepper and garlic and sauté an additional 3-4 minutes.
Combine the sauteed veggies with the broth, soups, tomatoes, chilies, oregano, and chili powder.
If you can get Hatch chilis for this, or any other recipe, I highly recommend using them. They just have some undefinable quality that makes them so superior in taste to other chilis. Luckily, I can get them in my grocery store in these very convenient little cans. Hopefully you can find some, too.
Lightly grease a 13×9 baking dish. Layer half the shredded chicken and half the soup mixture. Top with half the tortilla chips and half of the cheese. Repeat layer.
Cover lightly with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour, or until bubbly. Remove foil during the last 10 minute of cooking.
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
More chicken casserole recipes you might enjoy:
- Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole from Cookies and Cups
- One Pot Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole from Recipe Tin Eats
- Salsa Chicken Casserole from Budget Bytes
- Chicken Enchilada Casserole from Gimme Some Oven
- Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole from Iowa Girl Eats