Chicken Tortilla Casserole

chicken tortilla casserole

This recipe was something I looked forward to when I was younger because it did not make an appearance at the dinner table very often. Chicken and cheese were pricey ingredients for my family back then and chicken tortilla casserole was not served unless it was a birthday or another special occasion.

I am a third generation preparer of this dish. The hospital cafeteria where Maw-maw worked made this and she adapted it for home use. I’ve cut a few corners from the original recipe. Instead of cutting corn tortillas into wedges and frying them I use tortilla chips. The original calls for everything to be layered in the casserole dish but I just mix it all up in a bowl.

I look at it this way the less time I spend in the kitchen the more time I have to spend with my niece and nephew.



Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Micha M


  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter or margarine
  • 1 10.25 ounce can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
  • 1 large onion , chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of your choice
  • 2 small cans diced green chiles
  • 1 bag corn tortilla chips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Season chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Melt margarine in skillet, add chicken and cook until no longer pink. Remove and cool slightly then shred or cube.
  2. Chop onion and cook in margarine until translucent. Add undrained chilies and soup then heat through.
  3. Put chicken in a large bowl. Pour skillet mixture over then top with chips. Mix to combine. Add milk if mixture is too thick. I’d estimate about half a soup can full. You want the chicken and chilies to coat every chip fairly well.
  4. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish. Top with cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is starting to brown. Serve and enjoy!


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