This hearty casserole features favorite Mexican flavors like chiles, cumin, coriander, and of course–lots of cheese! Serve with refried beans or Spanish rice for a complete meal.
1 1/4 pounds skinned, boned chicken breast
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup beer
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 (2 1/4-ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, drained
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten or 6 tablespoons egg substitute
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
6 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut in half
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup salsa
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat until hot. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from skillet; let cool. Shred chicken with 2 forks; set aside.
Recoat skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add shredded chicken, beer, red pepper, and tomatoes; cook 10 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Remove from heat. Reserve 1 tablespoon green onions and 1 tablespoon olives for garnish. Stir remaining green onions, remaining olives, and chiles into chicken mixture; set aside.
Combine flour, salt, cumin, and coriander in a medium saucepan. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Place over medium heat; cook 7 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Gradually add hot milk mixture to egg whites, stirring constantly with whisk. Set aside.
Place cheeses in a bowl; toss well. Set aside.
Spread 1/2 cup white sauce in bottom of a 2 1/2-quart round casserole or soufflé dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 tortilla halves over sauce; top with 2 cups chicken mixture, 1/2 cup white sauce, and 1/2 cup cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice, ending with sauce. Set remaining 1/2 cup cheese mixture aside.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese mixture, reserved green onions, and reserved olives; bake an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
NOTE: You can assemble the casserole ahead of time; cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight, then bake at 350º for 1 hours or until bubbly. Or freeze casserole, thaw in refrigerator 24 hours, then bake for 1 hour or until thoroughly heated.
I've made this a number of times from a Cooking Light recipe book, liking it very well (as have others to whom I've served it). Reading the other reviews, I'd have to agree that preparing it took a bit longer than we'd all like and kids are not as appreciative of it as are the grownups. Still, it's really good, so I will make it again and again. Just might need to remember it's better suited to when I have more prep. time available.
based on previous reviews, I changed the recipe some....used red chili sauce instead of the white sauce (and added the spices to the chicken mixture), used 1 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of the breast meat, canned, diced tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese only (and probably a bit more than what the recipe called for), and a dozen thick corn tortillas. Drank the beer. My husband and I both loved this recipe!!!! served with a simple salad.....this is definitely a do over
I have made it over the years and did need to add more flavor to the chicken: cumin, coriander and paprika. Can see subbing the tomatoes for a good fire roasted salsa. A great recipe for a light "bechamel sauce" (add nutmeg)
I've made this a few times and it always goes over pretty well. Though sometimes i think the chicken can be a little bland. I seem to always end up adding way more salt than I feel comfortable adding and it still comes out a little bland tasting. HOWEVER, everyone says they like it a lot. I do feel like it's expensive to make and kind of labor intensive, more of a Sunday afternoon type meal because it's always good to give it time to rest. I made it after work one evening and it was finally done around 8:45 p.m. and everyone was so hungry they ate it super hot and it didn't seem to go over as well. On a weeknight, I find it easier to buy everything the day before or have it ready to go right when I get home. This is one of those recipes, too, that is better the next day.
Not sure how anyone could say it didn't have flavor --- it was terrific!!! i cooked the tomato mixture a little longer than the recipe called for, as it had alot of liquid. i also used more tortillas, because i used a 9 x 13 pan. it IS time consuming - next time i will probably make two since i'm going through the trouble, and freeze one.
we really loved it!
I have been making this recipe since it was first published in 2006. It is an awesome dish. A bit time consuming to make but overall well worth the time. Usually a weekend meal with leftovers for the week.
I made this for my grandkids, and they didn't like it. The adults did, but it did come out a little bit runny. I would make again, but use maybe 10 or 12 tortillas and cook the sauce a bit longer. The tomato sauce did look a little runny, but I thought it would bake off. It's a bit on the bland side, so for the adults we just added hot salsa. I also used frozen chicken strips which I baked before and seasoned with Mrs. Dash spicy seasoning, so that saved some time.
I did not like this recipe at all, but my boyfriend asked for seconds! This reminds me of slop my mom used to make. To me it tastes like a Mexican casserole from the 1950s. Nothing interesting. It took WAY too long to make. If you don't like casseroles than don't try this recipe.
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