Southwest Chicken & Rice Casserole

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

A hearty comfort-food dinner with a little zing. If you like more heat in yours, use pepper-jack cheese instead of regular monterey jack cheese. Cuts into nice square servings. Serve with a green salad and dinner's complete!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Grease 2 quart or 8x8 casserole dish.
  2. Prepare rice as directed to make 2 cups of cooked rice.
  3. Saute 2 chicken breasts in a shallow pan using olive oil, salt and pepper until done. Chop chicken breasts into bite size pieces.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into greased (or sprayed) casserole dish.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.


Most Helpful

This is such a delicious and different casserole! I loved how it wasn't like any other casserole I have ever had. It comes out spicy, creamy, and cheesy! We ate it all up fast. Thanks!

jnpj July 21, 2010

This was so much better than I had expected. I'm so used to casseroles containing rice to either be dry or have that "canned soup" texture and taste. This was creamy, light and moist.I did make a couple changes based on what I had on hand. I used leftover bbq shredded chicken, sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup of milk with 2T of Greek yogurt added, 4 large green onions, and added some chili powder and oregano. I loved everything about it and look forward to making it again with other add-ins. Thanks for posting the recipe and sharing this technique for making a great rice casserole.

Lucky in Bayview February 27, 2013

Good and I used the leftovers in quesidillas.

jane49423 February 05, 2011

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