When I was in college one of my roommates girlfriends made a dish that she called “Chicken Chili without the Chili”, I’ve been making it her way for years, without beans and no heat, and it occurred to me the other day that I like heat and I like beans so I modified the original recipe and will never make it the old way again! This is a nice filling casserole that I liken to a Mexican Lasagna, using tortillas like you would noodles. It is extremely easy to put together and is great as left overs.
Chicken Chili Tortilla Casserole: Serves 4-6
4 Burrito Sized Tortillas
16oz Jar of Salsa (I like medium)
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup (I use 98% FF)
15oz Canned Black Beans
2oz Cheddar/Monteray Jack Mix
1/2tsp Chili Powder
1/4tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2lbs Chicken Breast
1tsp Olive Oil
In a large bowl mix the salsa, cream of chicken, chili powder & cayenne pepper together. Drain and rinse the black beans until the water runs clear, then add to the salsa mix and set to the side. Cut the chicken into small bite size pieces, sprinkle with a pinch of chili powder, salt & pepper and toss it together. Set a saute pan over medium high heat with the olive oil and let it warm up. Add the chicken and cook in a single layer flipping once until cooked through. As the chicken pieces are small they should cook in a few minutes. Once completely cooked through add to the salsa mixture. Turn your oven on to 400° and get ready to assemble the casserole.
Stack your tortillas on top of one another on a cutting board and cut into approximately 9 pieces (3 rows in either direction). Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray, then place one layer of tortillas on the bottom and scoop approximately 1/4 of the salsa/chicken mix into the dish and spread evenly over. Add another layer of tortillas and repeat until you end with a layer of tortilla’s on the top. Cover with the cheese, add a layer of tin foil, and place in the oven for 15 min. After 15 minutes remove the foil and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes then slice, serve and enjoy!
WW: 8 Points Plus / serving @ 6 servings
11 Points Plus / serving @ 4 servings