Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole is simple to make and is the perfect weeknight dinner fix. The whole family will love it!
When I first started paying attention to all the different varieties of salsa, I noticed this green concoction in a glass jar at the grocery store. I was sure that it was going to taste dreadful.
How wrong I was! However, it took me oh, I don't know...years and years to finally buy some. I'm picky like that.
I made enchiladas several months ago that called for salsa verde so I had to buy it. I was hooked! Where has this stuff been all my life?
Um, on that shelf Joanna, duh! I was just too afraid to try it.
Anyway, those enchiladas were the bomb thanks to that green concoction, and so is this!
Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole Ingredients:
- extra sharp shredded cheese
- tortilla chips
- salsa verde
- cayenne pepper
- chicken broth
- heavy whipping cream
Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice Casserole addition:
Black beans would be perfect to add-in, before you bake this.
Top it with fresh cilantro, additional salsa verde, and/or sour cream. It's delicious with any of those or all three. Kelsie tops hers with sour cream. Zack likes extra salsa verde. We all like the fresh cilantro!
More Mexican favorites:
Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice
Salsa Verde doesn’t get enough time in the spotlight. However, with this Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole it’s the star of the dish!
- 1 ½ cups shredded cooked chicken I used three small chicken breasts
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1 cup extra sharp shredded cheese
- 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
- ¾ cup salsa verde
- 2 tablespoons scallions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¾ cup chicken broth
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large oven proof pan over medium to high heat.
- Melt the butter in the pan. Once melted, saute the garlic and scallions for two to three minutes, until fragrant.
- Whisk in the flour, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper.
- Whisk in the chicken broth and heavy whipping cream. Allow too heat to a simmer. Continue whisking, and cook for about 2 minutes, until it's slightly thickened.
- Stir in the salsa verde, cilantro, rice, and chicken. Top with the crushed tortilla chips and cheese. Cover tightly with foil or an oven safe lid. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil/lid, and bake an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly. Serve hot!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 653mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 41g
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This looks delicious! I do something similar in my crock pot, but I will have to try this way out next time!
I love all kinds of salsa and verde sounds great. This dish is something I would like to try for my kids if it is not too spicy.
You had me at tortilla chips! They really make any meal fun and extra special! This recipe looks super tasty and I'm excited to try it out!
Yum! I love the taste of salsa verde and this sounds like it would be the perfect meal to add to my weekly menu. It looks so delicious...
This looks so good, I love how crispy it looks along the top. I've never had salsa verde but I might need to incorporate it into a recipe x
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This sounds delicious. I sometimes do something similar to this with almost the same ingredients. I just love salsa. It's such a perfect group snack.
I will have to give this a try! I am definitely in need of some new meal ideas and this would suit us! It looks delicious
I have never really tries salsa verde. This looks good and something my whole family would love.
I would love this. I love all the ingredients and I love that it is so easy to put together. Thanks for sharing!
This is my favorite kind of dish, It has everything I need, from the crunch of the chips to the ooey gooeyness of the cheese.
It looks so good and I'd love to keep the recipe, I always make sure that I have enough casserole recipes for the kids to try! It's awesome that you shared this one. Casseroles are easy and perfect for busy nights.
This looks like comfort food to me! I need to save this for dinner next week!
I don't think I've ever tried salsa verde, mostly for the same reasons you mentioned. I just assumed that anything that green would taste funky. I'll definitely give it a try now! The casserole looks so yummy!
Oh yum! I'm on vacation now and I can't wait to come home next week and try this out! It looks super tasty! My kids will love it too!
This looks and sounds delicious! I havent had a good chicken and rice casserole in a long time! I will have to try this out with my family!
I've never heard of this dish before. I know my family will love the Verde Chicken Rice Casserole because they love rice and cheese.
Growing up in Arizona I'm a big fan of these flavors! This looks like a dish my entire family would enjoy and something I definitely could put together without much planning ahead.
This looks so lovely. I had always assumed salsa was red. Salsa verde sounds delicious now. Going to source a jar now
Omg can we say yum?!?! I'm all about Mexican recipes!! I must give this salsa verde a try. Deliciousness
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This is such a palatable recipe! This would be my perfect lunch idea!