Whether you're a seasoned home cook, a health-conscious eater, or someone who loves casseroles, this Green Chili Chicken Casserole recipe is perfect for you. Packed with flavor and nutrition, it's a great addition to your meal rotation.

Green Chili Chicken Casserole

Ingredients You’ll Need

Fresh and Healthy Options:

  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped green chilies (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella works best)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (low sodium)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 dozen small corn tortillas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preparation

Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Gather all your ingredients and set them out on the counter. This will make the cooking process smoother and more efficient.

2. Cook the Chicken

If you haven't already cooked the chicken, you can quickly do so by boiling or baking it until it’s fully cooked. Once cooked, shred the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces using two forks.

3. Sauté the Aromatics

In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until they are soft and fragrant (about 5 minutes).

4. Mix the Filling

In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, sautéed onions and garlic, chopped green chilies, sour cream, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, cumin powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed.

Layering and Assembly

5. Prepare the Baking Dish

Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. This helps to prevent sticking and makes cleanup easier.

6. Layer the Ingredients

  • First Layer: Spread a small amount of the chicken mixture on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Second Layer: Place a layer of corn tortillas over the mixture.
  • Third Layer: Spoon a more generous layer of the chicken mixture over the tortillas.
  • Fourth Layer: Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese.

Repeat these layers until all ingredients are used, ending with a final layer of shredded cheese on top.

Baking Instructions

7. Bake the Casserole

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

8. Cool and Serve

Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving. This helps to set the layers and makes it easier to cut and serve.

Serving Suggestions and Side Dishes

This Green Chili Chicken Casserole pairs wonderfully with:

  • A fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette
  • Steamed vegetables like broccoli or green beans
  • Mexican rice or a simple quinoa dish

Garnish with fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream for added flavor.

Health Benefits of Key Ingredients

Chicken Breast

  • High in Protein: Helps build and repair tissues.
  • Low in Fat: A lean source of protein, perfect for healthy eaters.

Green Chilies

  • Rich in Vitamins A and C: Boosts the immune system and promotes healthy skin.
  • Capsaicin: May aid in metabolism and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Low-Fat Dairy

  • Calcium: Supports bone health.
  • Lower Calories: Helps maintain a balanced diet without sacrificing flavor.


We hope you enjoy making and eating this Green Chili Chicken Casserole as much as we do! It’s a nutritious, delicious, and easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for any night of the week.

Did you try the recipe? Have your own twist? Share your experience and variations with us in the comments below!

Happy cooking!

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