Lazy Girl’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 pounds cooked chicken: Rotisserie chicken (shredded) or cooked and shredded chicken breasts work perfectly.
  • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce: Choose your preferred spice level (mild, medium, hot).
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa: Pick your favorite brand and heat level.
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained (or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 10-12 corn tortillas: White or yellow corn tortillas both work.
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (or a mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack)

Equipment:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 9×13 inch baking dish
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Prepare chicken: If you haven’t already, cook the chicken and shred it.
  • Mix the sauce: In the large mixing bowl, combine the enchilada sauce, sour cream, and salsa. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • Add chicken and veggies: Stir in the cooked chicken, corn, and diced green chiles.
  • Layer the tortillas: Lightly grease the 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Tear or cut the corn tortillas into bite-sized pieces and add them to the bowl, gently mixing them into the sauce.
  • Assemble the casserole: Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.
  • Top with cheese: Sprinkle generously with the shredded cheese.
  • Bake: Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and the casserole is heated through.
  • Let it rest: Allow the casserole to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. This helps it firm up a bit.

Optional Toppings:

  • Sliced black olives
  • Chopped green onions
  • Diced avocado
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Extra dollop of sour cream

Tips:

  • Gluten-free: Check that your enchilada sauce and tortillas are gluten-free, if needed.
  • Make a bigger batch: Easily double the recipe and use a larger baking dish if you’re feeding a crowd.
  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or some chopped jalapenos to the sauce mixture for an extra kick.

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