Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

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My friend (and amazing helper!) Shannon has been telling me forever about this Tex Mex Chicken Casserole recipe, and finally I took her advice and actually made it! I looked through my fridge, freezer and pantry and had everything ready right there in the kitchen, so I was thrilled to make dinner without an extra trip to the grocery store.

It was so simple to put together, and definitely a hit. Because it was more than we really needed I split it into two smaller dishes and shared half with a friend – her family served it with chips ~ we had ours as a main dish with a salad ~ and we all had dinner done! Here’s what you’ll need to get started . . .


Tex Mex Chicken Casserole


  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (I used their Healthy Request brand)
  • 4 oz sour cream (I used light)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened (also used light) :)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • black beans (optional - I left these out but think they would be delicious!)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Mix together cooked rice, chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, softened cream cheese, Rotel, chili powder, red onion, black beans (optional) and 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese.
  2. Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish or two smaller dishes.
  3. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle additional 3/4 cups cheddar cheese over casserole.
  5. Bake another 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
  6. Cool 10 minutes - Enjoy!

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  • Breakstone’s Sour Cream BOGO $2.69 at Publix
  • Uncle Ben’s Rice 5 lb. BOGO $7.59, use $1/3 printable or $1/4 from the 4/6 Red Plum insert
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese $3 at Publix
  • Rotel BOGO $1.35 at Publix or $1 at Winn Dixie
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.69/lb.
  • Market Pantry Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $5.99, use $1 off Market Pantry Frozen Chicken when you text RECIPE to 827438
  • Use $.50/1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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  1. Amber Tubbs LaRussa says:

    I have a recipe very similar to this one called Mexcian Chicken Casserole-it's a "staple" in my recipe rotation and I usually make it for all of my "potluck" invites. I will email it to you!

  2. This sounds so yummy and looks delicious!

  3. Patsy Forester says:

    Tried this tonight and really liked it. Next time I will cut back on the chili powder a little bit. It was just a little too spicy.

  4. This is very delicious…I just made it tonight! :D Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I’m wondering if instead of Rotel if I could use salsa? Think that would work?

    • Hi Angela! I would think you could (especially if it’s a thicker salsa?) I think it’s got enough sour cream and cream cheese to thicken up just about anything, so it should work great. Let me know if you try it! :)

  6. I think this looks fabulous! I might add crushed Doritos to the top mixed with cheese!

  7. What is Rotel?

  8. Palma Tahmizian- Garcia says:

    I gained three pounds just reading the ingredients!

  9. Terra Welch says:

    Rotel is diced tomatoes with green chiles.

  10. Thanks

  11. Palma Tahmizian- Garcia Its "light and healthy" LOL


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