Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This casserole comes from the "Los Barrios Family Cookbook" and although it is tasty with just plain chicken, it is elevated to sublime using Canary Girl's Chicken Verde. Just make sure you drain any excess liquid off the chicken. Assemble the dish right before baking -- if you do it in advance, the sauce may make the tortilla strips soggy. You can buy green tomatillo sauce in cans, but I have also posted Los Barrios recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the fried tortilla strips, slice corn tortillas into thin strips.
  3. Fry in a large skillet of hot oil until light golden brown and crisp, watching carefully so they do not burn.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  5. To assemble the casserole, spread the corn strips on the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish.
  6. Place the chicken on top and cover with the sauce, then top with cheese.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.
  8. Spread the sour cream over the top of the casserole and serve.
Most Helpful

Moxie, incredible recipe! Incredible! My husband and I LOVED it! He actually said that it was "the single best thing I've ever made." Can you believe it? I've been cooking for him for 14 years, lol! I had to put it away to stop him from eating the whole pan. I did as you suggested and elevated it to sublime using canarygirl's chicken verde, Chicken Verde. This os so esay to make, but the flavor is outstanding. Next time, (and there will be many, many more times making this) he was thinking I should try 2 layers. I guess he wants more of a good thing, lol! Thanks Mox, for sharing this recipe!

ciao August 12, 2003

My family loved this, Moxie! We really enjoy these types of casseroles, very comforting and this one has a nice spice from the tomatillo sauce and creaminess from the sour cream. I used a whole roasted chicken that I purchased at the local grocer and I really liked the roasted flavor it added and the ease of prep. Another keeper, thank you!

Denise! August 04, 2003

We loved this dish for our Mexican night with refried beans and rice... My BF loves Mexican food b/c it's his excuse to use LOTS of sour cream so I figured he would love this recipe... I was getting tired of beef soft tacos ( his fave) but really wanted something with lots of spice. I also used Chicken Verde for the chicken. It really made the casserole outstanding. I could not find any green tomatillo sauce in cans so I made up a batch of my own tomatillo chile salsa instead. I also had to substitute some oaxaca and monterrey jack for the chihuahua cheese since my store was out. Since I was cooking for only 2, I used a square 9x9" baking dish and just cut down on all the ingredients slightly. Flavors were bright and spicy...not too heavy at all...and so easy to put together. Thanks for sharing!

atlfitgirl August 04, 2007