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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Is there anything better than a casserole on a busy weeknight?  In my world I am all about a super easy casserole any time, but especially on those busy nights.  Even better when it is an enchilada casserole!

All in one…

One of the best things about a casserole is the fact that everything is all packed into on dish.  There are typically fewer pans to clean up, it serves a lot of people and there is something just so comforting about a casserole.  This enchilada version is all that and more.

There is chicken, beans, rice, cheese and a little heat in each bite, just like your favorite enchiladas.  I went with brown rice but you can use white rice if you prefer.  You could also replace the chicken with cooked ground beef or shredded beef if you prefer.  You could also add in jalapeƱos, corn or green chilies ifs desired.

Being that I was using rice I did not use any tortillas but you could if you wanted, although I don’t think you will miss them.

Don’t forget the cheese

Like any good enchilada there is a lot of cheese in this casserole.  There is some in the chicken mixture and then more on top.  

I used a mexican blend cheese blend, but any combo of cheeses you want to use you can.  A nice pepper jack and white cheddar blend would be great.  You could also use some cojita or queso fresco as well for a more authentic mexican taste.

It is casserole time

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

A quick and easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

20 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

2 cups brown rice
3 cups water
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (about 1 small chicken or 1/2 of a large one)
4 cups enchilada sauce (you can use canned to this homemade sauce) )
3 cups shredded mexican blend cheese (or whatever blend you prefer), divided
15 oz refined black beans
15 oz black beans, rinsed and drained
2-3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
Optional Toppings
Fresh Chopped Cilantro
Sour Cream
Salsa
Chopped Green Chilies
JalapeƱos

Directions

Preheat oven to 350
Spray a large casserole dish with nonstick spray, set aside
In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil
Once boiling stir in rice and recuse heat to a simmer, cover and let cook until water is absorbed and rice is tender
In a large bowl stir together shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, 2 cups shredded cheese, refried beans, black beans and seasoning
Once rice is cooked add to chicken mixture nada stir to combine
Pour rice mixture into prepared casserole dish
Top with remaining cheese
Place into oven and cook for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is browning and sauce is bubbling
Remove and let cool for 15 minutes before serving
Serve with any optional toppings you prefer
ENJOY!!

Notes

You can replace chicken with 1-2 pounds cooked ground beef if you prefer

Nutrition

Calories

2228 cal

Fat

111 g

Carbs

243 g

Protein

121 g
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It may not be the prettiest, but….

IT IS SO GOOD!  I baked this is a very deep casserole dish, if you baked it in a more rectangle dish it would set up more, but even though it was not firm it was SO GOOD!

It doesn’t have to be super pretty to be super yummy!

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