Chicken Tortilla Casserole California-Style

"A family favorite! I often make it to freeze in portions for my family to take to work (reheats easily in a microwave). I generally make this as low-fat as possible using skim milk, low-fat cheeses, tortillas & soups."
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  • Microwave (or otherwise cook) chicken until tender.
  • Bone and lay in chunks in a greased large shallow baking dish.
  • Break up 1 dozen flour tortillas and lay them on top of the chicken.
  • Mix together the soups, onion, chili, milk and salsa.
  • Spread this mixture evenly over the top of the chicken and tortillas.
  • Sprinkle both cheeses on top of the casserole.
  • You can freeze the casserole at this point if you wish.
  • Bake the thawed casserole at 350F for 45 minutes.
  • This also freezes well after it has been cooked.

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  1. Loved the flavor! I used mild diced green chilis rather than the salsa and added sliced olives too. The only thing I would do different next time is to just mix all the ingredients except the cheese for the topping rather than layering. Thanks for a keeper Stewie.
  2. Yummy! I use regular chili with beans. Big raves from my family!
  3. I made this tonight for my hungry marine husband. He loved it! To make it a little easier to prepare, I used canned cooked tyson breast meat chicken. I wasn't sure it was going to taste the same, but it did, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference! Super easy to prepare, a must try!
  4. My family loves, loves, loves this dish. Next time I will triple this recipe and make 6 8" x 8" freezer meals. I may even try to alter the preparation, use large tortillas and make up as burritoes, then freeze.
  5. This is a great and easy casserole. I was skeptical when I served it out of the dish because it really didn't present well, but the taste is great. My husband loved it. This is a keeper.


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