Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook: 15 Minutes
Bake: 0 Minutes


2 (3.5-oz.) bags boil-in-bag rice
2 ripe avocados
3/4 cup salsa verde
1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
1 (10 3/4-oz.) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
1 cup light sour cream
1 cup (4 oz.) grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Topping: chopped tomatoes


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare rice according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, cut avocados in half. Scoop avocado pulp into a medium bowl, and mash with salsa verde, chopped green chiles, and lime juice. Stir in hot cooked rice.

3. Stir together chicken, soup, and sour cream in a small saucepan over low heat; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until blended and slightly heated.

4. Spoon rice mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; spoon chicken mixture over rice. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese.

5. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Top with chopped tomatoes.

Ginny Raska, Brazoria, Texas,

Southern Living

February 2009
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