Southwest Chicken & Rice Casserole

Southwest Chicken & Rice Casserole created by Pam-I-Am

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!

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F Grease 2 quart or 8x8 casserole dish.
  • Prepare rice as directed to make 2 cups of cooked rice.
  • Saute 2 chicken breasts in a shallow pan using olive oil, salt and pepper until done. Chop chicken breasts into bite size pieces.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into greased (or sprayed) casserole dish.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
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"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!"
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  1. Lucky in Bayview
    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.
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  2. jane49423
    Good and I used the leftovers in quesidillas.
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  3. jnpj7468
    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!
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  4. nemokitty
    Boy, was this good! I had to use the dried cilantro, canned diced jalapenos and added pinto beans and it was delicious. I also used brown rice to make it a little healthier. It makes alot for 2 people so we'll be eating the leftovers this weekend and freezing some. I'm gonna add salsa to the top like Amanda's Pantry! review suggested.
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  5. Amandas Pantry
    I halved the recipe and saved a serving to take to work. It was yummy with just enough zing to make it interesting! I topped it with some salsa and we were good to go!
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