Cheesy Chicken and Rice casserole

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 404.8
  • Total Fat: 14.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 57.9 mg
  • Sodium: 592.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 42.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 23.2 g

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A zesty chicken and rice casserole with an enchilada flavor. Quick and easy, and very filling! Serve with tortillas on the side for a meal. A zesty chicken and rice casserole with an enchilada flavor. Quick and easy, and very filling! Serve with tortillas on the side for a meal.
Number of Servings: 8


    2 cups brown rice (not instant)
    2 cups Mexican 4 cheese blend
    Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce - 2 cans (10 oz each)
    2 smal cans Fire Roasted green chilis
    1 lb chicken breast
    1 green bell pepper, chopped
    5-6 green onions, chopped
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 14.5 oz can Diced Tomatoes (no salt added)
    1 tbsp chili powder
    1 tbsp ground cumin


Boil 2 chicken breast (or about 1 pound) in water 15 minutes or until almost done (still slightly pink in the middle). While the chicken is cooking, finely chop 1 green pepper and onion. I used 5-6 green onions, saving about .25 cup of just the green ends in a separate bowl.

When chicken is finished, shred it using two forks. In a small frying pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over high heat and saute the green pepper and onion for about 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken and continue cooking an additional 2-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not burn the chicken. Remove from heat when thoroughly blended and chicken is done.

In a large casserole pan, put 2 cups brown rice (uncooked), 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes and the juice, 2 cans diced chili peppers, 2 cans enchilada sauce (10 oz each), then 2 10 oz cans of water (use the enchilada sauce cans, this will rinse out the remaining sauce and add liquid for the rice). Add the chicken, pepper, and onion mixture, as well as 1 tbsp of chili powder and 1 tbsp ground cumin. Add 1.5 cups of shredded cheese, and mix well.

Cover with foil and bake at 450 degree oven for 30-60 minutes. Cook until rice is almost done. Remove from oven and stir, then sprinkle the remaining half cup of shredded cheese and the remaining sliced green onions on top. Put back in oven and bake 10-15 more minutes, until rice is done and cheese is melted.

Serve with warm corn tortillas if desired (not included in nutrition information). Makes 8 very large servings. (Nutrition facts will be less with smaller servings).

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KATREENI.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    Very Good
    While it's tasty, I didn't find it very filling! - 1/2/09

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    Very Good
    My entire family enjoyed this!! Even my picky eaters!! Would recommend. Tastes as if it was bad for you! - 7/17/08

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    tried it and it is amazing - 7/10/08