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Green Chile Chicken Casserole

Green Chile Chicken Casserole is just what you need to start a new school semester off right! Cheesy and tangy, this casserole is made with juicy shredded chicken in a creamy tomatillo sauce over fluffy white rice. Easily made in under an hour, it’s the perfect hearty meal after a hectic workday or busy school night!

Scoop of green chile chicken casserole.

Green Chile Chicken Casserole

Enchiladas can be a lot of work. Skip the stress and make an easy weeknight casserole version instead! All the great flavor you crave, none of the extra steps.

Green Chile Chicken Casserole is flavorful, creamy, and cheesy. A filling dish of comfort ready to enjoy in under an hour. This recipe is also easy to double if you need to fill a crowd, perfect for a quick potluck recipe!

How to Make Green Chile Chicken Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with any cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir the room temperature cream cheese until smooth then whisk in the milk. Add the cream of chicken soup and sour cream, and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Now add your jar of green salsa. Stir once more to combine.
  4. Pour half of the mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it out in an even layer.
  5. Layer in the cooked rice, shredded chicken, sliced olives, and half of the shredded cheese. Pour the remaining sauce mixture over the top.
  6. Gently stir to combine but don’t overmix or the rice will get gummy.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top. Bake the casserole for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted and starts to bubble around the edges.
  8. Serve hot with sliced green onions, additional sliced olives, and sour cream if desired. Enjoy!
Collage showing how to make green chile cream sauce.
Collage showing how to assemble a green chile chicken casserole.

Tips and Variations

  • Add some diced jalapenos or chili powder for spice.
  • Change up the cheese and use a Mexican blend or a sharp cheddar.
  • After baking, drizzle green chile enchilada sauce over top with a dollop of guacamole and pico for serving. 
  • Crushed tortilla chips over top will add crunch and texture.
  • Swap out the shredded chicken for a rotisserie chicken to save time and prep work.
Close up view of a bowl of green chile chicken casserole.

Storage and Reheating

Storage: Store any leftover Green Chile Chicken Casserole in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheating: You can reheat leftovers in the oven at 375°F or microwave until warmed through.

Make Ahead: This casserole can be prepared the day ahead, and bake the following day. Assemble and cover in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Then, refrigerate until ready to bake.

Freeze: Assemble the green chile chicken casserole in an aluminum pan or a freezer-safe, oven-safe dish. Cover it in plastic wrap, followed by a layer of aluminum foil. The casserole should stay good in the freezer for about 2 months. Allow the casserole to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.

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Yield: About 10-12 Cups

Green Chile Chicken Casserole

White serving dish filled with green chile chicken casserole.

Green Chile Chicken Casserole is just what you need to start a new school semester off right! Cheesy and tangy, this casserole is made with juicy shredded chicken in a creamy tomatillo sauce over fluffy white rice.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (16.7 ounce) jar green salsa
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (about 2 chicken breasts cooked then shredded)
  • 1 (2.5 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 8 ounces Colby jack cheese, freshly shredded and divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F, grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir the cream cheese until smooth then whisk in the milk. Add the cream of chicken soup and sour cream, and whisk until combined.
  3. Stir the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Last, add the green salsa.
  4. Pour half of the mixture into the prepared baking pan, and spread it out in an even layer.
  5. Layer in the rice, shredded chicken, olives, and half of the cheese. Pour the remaining sauce mixture over the top.
  6. Gently stir to combine but don’t overmix or the rice will get gummy.
  7. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese. Then, bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted and starts to bubble around the edges.
  8. Serve hot with sliced green onions, sliced olives and sour cream if desired.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 cup of green chile chicken casserole. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 21g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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