Easy and Cheesy- Green Chile, Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Easy and Cheesy- Green Chile, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Did you know September was National Family Meal Month?  To celebrate and give you one more easy and yummy meal option, I’m sharing this Cheesy Green Chile, Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe with you!  This spicy and hearty casserole will definitely keep you warm and full in the upcoming winter months.  (Thank you to Hormel for partnering with me to bring you this post-all opinions are mine!)

This spicy, hearty and Cheesy Green Chile, Chicken and Rice Casserole will definitely keep you warm and full in the upcoming winter months!

My family loves just about anything made using green chiles as an ingredient. (I have several recipes featuring green chiles, you can check them out here ==>> green chile recipes.) I personally prefer them over jalapenos.  I think the flavor is better and they are a bit less spicy.  (I don’t care for foods with too much heat and neither do the kids, lol!)

Green Chili chicken and rice casserole

 

I make a similar casserole (with just the rice) as a side dish to go with taco or enchiladas; but for this dish, I decided to double the recipe and add in a generous serving of diced chicken and make it into a dinner casserole.  Diced Rotisserie chicken is delicious in this recipe, but if you don’t have any Rotisserie chicken on hand, canned chicken will work in a pinch and I always keep a can of the Hormel® Premium Chicken in my pantry for last minute recipes just like this one

cheesy rice casserole bake with green chiles and chicken

This dish is really easy to make. One of these recipes where you just toss everything together and put it in the oven to bake.  I like recipes like this – once I put it in the oven that 3o minute baking time is perfect to round up the kids and have “cleaning time, lol!

The best part is, this dish covers all the bases: protein, carbs, fat and dairy.  Just add a side salad and it’s a perfect well-rounded dinner.  It’s even better the next day as leftovers.

Green Chili Chicken adn Rice Casserole

Cheesy Green Chile, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Serves 6 (printable recipe at bottom of post)

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 4 oz cans diced green chiles, drained well
  • 10 oz diced chicken (Double this if you like more protein in your casseroles.)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combo of white cheddar and pepper jack, but Monterey Jack is really good too.)
  • 4 cups cooked rice (when cooking the rice, I suggest cooking the shortest recommended amount of time, to keep rice from becoming mushy in the oven.)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. rub olive oil on the sides and bottom of a large casserole dish.
  2. In a large pan over medium-high heat, saute onions and bell peppers with olive oil until they begin to brown. Set aside.
  3. Combine the rice, chicken, cheese, sour cream, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper and onion mixture to the casserole dish and combine well. (Give the mixture a taste to make sure you have enough salt, pepper and cayenne.)
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and egg.  Add milk and egg to the rice mixture
  5. Top the casserole with remaining shredded cheese and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Serve with an extra dollop of sour cream and enjoy!

Green Chili chicken and rice casserole

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Easy and Cheesy- Green Chile, Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • Author:Jamie
  • Prep Time:10
  • Cook Time:35
  • Total Time:45 minutes
  • Yield:6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 4 oz cans diced green chiles, drained well
  • 10 oz diced chicken
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combo of white cheddar and pepper jack, but Monterey Jack is really good too.)
  • 4 cups cooked rice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. rub olive oil on the sides and bottom of a large casserole dish.
  2. In a large pan over medium-high heat, saute onions and bell peppers with olive oil until they begin to brown. Set aside.
  3. Combine the rice, chicken, cheese, sour cream, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper and onion mixture to the casserole dish and combine well. (Give the mixture a taste to make sure you have enough salt, pepper and cayenne.)
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and egg.  Add milk and egg to the rice mixture
  5. Top the casserole with remaining shredded cheese and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Serve with an extra dollop of sour cream and enjoy!

Notes

Double the chicken for extra protein

When pre-cooking the rice, I suggest cooking the shortest recommended amount of time, to help keep rice from becoming mushy.

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This spicy, hearty and Cheesy Green Chile, Chicken and Rice Casserole will definitely keep you warm and full in the upcoming winter months!

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