Sunday, March 13, 2011

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

"Waste not, want not" I think is how the saying goes and although it's cliche, some really great meals have come out of trying not to waste food.  Hence, this particular enchilada dish.  Leftover rotisserie chicken, leftover taco shells and leftover onion dip mixed with the new Philly Cooking Creme (savory cream cheese sauce ready to be mixed into quick meals) I scored for free with coupons.  It's not very highbrow, but it was met with raves from the family and the urgent insistence from my husband that I record the recipe.

As for the new Philly Cooking Creme, I am pretty impressed and think that it's something to keep on hand for throwing together quick meals and I am excited to use some of the other flavors in different dishes (and, I was not prompted to say that by any means...although I would be happy to say nice things for some means--just in case anyone from Kraft is reading... : ). 

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
12 Hard taco shells, broken in halves (or use broken tortilla chips)
2 cups cooked shredded chicken (great time to use leftover rotisserie chicken)
1 can black beans, drained
1 12 oz. jar salsa verde, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 container Philly Cooking Creme (plain or Santa Fe flavor) (or one 8 oz package cream cheese, softened)
1 cup French onion sour cream dip (or 1 cup sour cream)
1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese, divided
Shredded lettuce, diced tomato, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, sour cream etc. for garnish (optional)

Lightly grease an 8x8 baking dish.  Layer half of broken taco shells in bottom of baking dish.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, combine chicken, black beans, half of salsa verde, cumin, garlic powder and chili powder.  Stir to combine and pour into baking dish on top of taco shells.  In same bowl, mix together Cooking Creme, sour cream dip, remaining salsa verde and half of shredded cheese.  Pour half of Creme mixture over top of chicken mixture, and spread evenly.  Top with remaining taco shells.  Spread remaining Creme mixture over taco shells and top with remaining shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and browned on top.  Or, if you're in a big hurry (not me, I ALWAYS plan ahead!), microwave on high until casserole is heated through (about 10 minutes) and then brown in 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes. 


  1. I think this is getting added to my "must try" list -- sounds yummy! My family will be glad Jay forced you to record the recipe!

  2. Thanks, Meg. Hope it turns out well for you! If you have time, we'd love to play again before you pack up!