Are you looking for a mouthwatering family meal that combines the smoky flavors of barbecue with the comforting goodness of a casserole? Look no further! This barbecue chicken casserole is a hit among home cooks and lovers. Perfect for busy weeknights or weekend gatherings, this dish will surely become a family favorite.

barbecue chicken casserole

Ingredients List

Before you start, gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (we recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional for garnish)

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Marinate the Chicken
  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
  • Combine the chicken pieces in a bowl with 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  1. Preheat the Oven
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  1. Cook the Chicken
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the marinated chicken pieces and cook until they are no longer pink about 5-7 minutes.
  1. Prepare the Casserole Dish
  • Lightly grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.
  • Spread the cooked rice evenly on the bottom of the dish.
  1. Layer the Ingredients
  • Spread the cooked chicken evenly over the rice.
  • Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, corn, red onion, and bell pepper on top of the chicken.
  • Sprinkle the garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper evenly over the layered ingredients.
  • Drizzle the remaining 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce over the top.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese evenly over the casserole.
  1. Bake the Casserole
  • Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Barbecue Flavor

  • Marinate Longer: If time allows, marinate the chicken overnight for a more intense barbecue flavor.
  • Cheese Blend: Use a combination of cheddar and mozzarella for a creamy and gooey texture.
  • Barbecue Sauce: Choose a high-quality barbecue sauce that you love, as it will greatly impact the flavor of the dish.
  • Spice It Up: Add a dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce if you like a bit of heat.

Serving Suggestions

This barbecue chicken casserole pairs wonderfully with:

  • A fresh green salad with ranch or vinaigrette dressing
  • Garlic bread or a warm loaf of crusty bread
  • Roasted or steamed vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, or green beans

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 450
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugars: 12g


Ready to enjoy a delicious barbecue chicken casserole that your whole family will love? Give this recipe a try and make sure to share your experience in the comments below! We’d love to hear how it turned out and any personal twists you added.

Bon appétit!

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