Photo: Howard L. Puckett
Hands-on Time
38 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 50 Mins
6 servings (serving size: 1 (3 1/2-inch) square)

One of those “wow” dishes. It’s comforting, full of flavor, different than any other casserole you’ve had, and it’s really easy. Could it get any better? When corn is in season, by all means, cut off fresh kernels to use instead of frozen.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken and onion; cook 6 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring to crumble. Combine chicken mixture, cumin, and next 5 ingredients (through refried beans) in a bowl.

Step 2

Arrange half of green chile strips in bottom of an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with half of cheese. Spoon mounds of bean mixture onto cheese, and spread gently, leaving a 1/4-inch border around edge of dish; top with corn. Arrange remaining chile strips over corn; top with remaining cheese.

Step 3

Combine flour and salt in a bowl; gradually add milk and hot sauce, stirring with a whisk until blended. Stir in eggs and egg whites; pour milk mixture over chile strips. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until set; let stand 5 minutes.

Chef's Notes

This recipe was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

Ratings & Reviews

Very good but...

April 05, 2018
This is a tasty casserole but... I'll make this short and sweet. Here are my notes: 1) Corn is a waste of calories and practically disappears in the dish. I suggest adding it only if you want color or if you're willing to roast/bbq it first. 2) The chiles get swallowed up in the other flavors. I used two 10oz cans and will probably use a third next time. 3) Double up on the seasonings and add them to the meat once it's almost cooked through. CL is notoriously light on seasonings. 4) I didn't like the ideas of mixing the beans with the meat so I layered it. All that said I'd make it again, it's worth it.

April 05, 2018
I did NOT give this recipe a 3.9 so Idk why it says that. Dumb. I gave a 3 star rating.

searobin's Review

July 20, 2012
this recipe doesn't say when to add chicken mixture- what's up?

MotorcycleCook's Review

September 08, 2013
This is a surprisingly tasty dish, I will definetly make again. I too doubled the hot sauce. Next time I will probably use a third can of chili's. The chili's all but disappeared in the dish with just 2 cans. I sprinkled chopped green onion on top for a bit of color & served it with light sour cream & salsa. My husband liked it too.

liz581's Review

February 01, 2010
I love this! Didn't have problems with it being soggy. We used dark meat chicken from a rotisserie bird purchased for something else, and it was a good use of that meat (also strong in flavor, which helps with the means). I seeded the green chiles because left whole the meal can be a little too spicy for us (not because its too hot, because it overwhelms the dish). I thought this was very easy and it sticks with you.

Branch's Review

February 15, 2009
I have made this 3 times thus far making two substitutions - using ground turkey or ground beef in place of the ground chicken and always using freshly roasted poblano peppers in place of the chilies. When there have been leftovers, they reheat well and are flavorful.

Barbawana's Review

October 21, 2013
I have been making this since it first came out years ago! I vary it depending on what I have on hand. Simple, hardy, and I almost always have what I need to make!!

K9andCat's Review

January 21, 2013
I can't really decide if I like it or not. I had to add tabasco to my dish to get more heat, and the eggs on top were sort of a strange texture with the chicken and bean mixture. But I kinda liked it. I liked it more than my husband did, but we both agreed we would try it again. I would maybe increase the spices. It did reheat well for leftovers.

sigmaration's Review

December 31, 2008
This one was a loser. I made it exactly as written. The texture of the chicken and beans was like mushy cat food. It didn't have enough seasoning, so it was really more like bland, mushy, cat food. I also dirtied a bunch of dishes while making it, and the 1 hour cook time seems like a lot, considering that everything but the topping is already cooked. This one is not worth changing the recipe to make it work for us. I deleted it from my recipe file.

Pixiestix425's Review

November 05, 2012