This was just ok. Other reviewers said it needed more heat, so I added a habanero to the salsa, and another to the chicken mixture along with hot chili powder, but it could still use a little more flavor. This was my first cooking light recipe, and I wasn't too impressed. The chilaquiles casserole recipe from eating well is similar, easier, and tastier! Oh, I also used a vegetarian chicken substitute as I'm a vegetarian.
Mexican Chicken Casserole with Charred Tomato Salsa
Instead of the usual jarred salsa often called for in Mexican casserole, this recipe features a homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes that are mixed with cilantro and fresh lime juice. Charring the tomatoes gives a rich flavor to the salsa, which is a good match for this chicken-and-veggie-packed dish.
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1 Hour, 10 Minutes
- Calories: 331
- Fat: 12.3g
- Saturated fat: 6.1g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
- Protein: 26.1g
- Carbohydrate: 30.8g
- Fiber: 4.2g
- Cholesterol: 74mg
- Iron: 1.6mg
- Sodium: 535mg
- Calcium: 242mg
- 8 plum tomatoes, halved and seeded
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 seeded jalapeño pepper, quartered
- Cooking spray
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
- 1 cup diced zucchini
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 (10-ounce) can green chile enchilada sauce
- 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
- 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
- 1. Preheat broiler.
- 2. To prepare salsa, combine first 4 ingredients on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 20 minutes or until charred, stirring once. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Place tomato mixture in a food processor; add cilantro, lime juice, and pepper. Process until smooth. Set aside.
- 3. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 4. To prepare casserole, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion, corn, zucchini, and bell pepper; sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Add chicken and next 5 ingredients (through green chiles); sauté 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat.
- 5. Spread 1/2 cup salsa over the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half of tortillas over salsa. Spoon 2 cups chicken mixture evenly over tortillas. Top with 3/4 cup salsa. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of each cheese. Repeat layers, starting with remaining tortillas and ending with remaining cheeses. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes until bubbly.
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