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Mexican Chicken Casserole

Mexican Chicken Casserole - With lean chicken, healthy veggies, and perfectly balanced zesty flavor… this one pan meal will definitely be making a regular dinner time appearance!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 420 kcal
Author Holly Sander

Ingredients

For The Taco Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne (optional)

For The Casserole:

  • 14.5 ounces black beans drained & rinsed
  • 14.5 ounces Mild or Original Rotel, juices strained and discarded (canned tomatoes & chilies - see Note below)
  • 1.5 pounds chicken tenders
  • 2 sweet peppers (yellow, orange or red), thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend, shredded
  • Garnish with your favorite toppings: cilantro leaves, avocado, guacamole, green onions, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa or salsa verde

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for homemade taco seasoning then set aside. 

  3. Spray cooking spray in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
  4. Add black beans, cover with a can of Rotel, then layer the chicken tenders on top, spaced evenly.

  5. Sprinkle on half of the taco seasoning, followed by the peppers and onions, and then sprinkle on the rest of the taco seasoning.  Cover evenly with shredded cheese.

  6. Bake covered for 35-40 minutes, until the veggies are still a little al dente and the chicken temp reads 165F or higher.  Garnish and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Rotel can be found near the canned tomatoes or in the international aisle of the grocery store.  I used the mild version of Rotel for this recipe, for a spicier dish use the original Rotel.