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This easy chicken casserole with green chiles is perfect for those times you need an easy dinner recipe and are craving some comfort food, too. This low carb chicken casserole will be a hit with the whole family, and it is also a Trim Healthy Mama S Fuel!
One of my favorite dinner memories is mom putting together comfort in casserole form: creamy chicken casserole topped with Stovetop stuffing! It was always one of dad's favorites (and mine) and our family still enjoys easy homemade chicken casseroles frequently.
With a few simple tweaks to that family favorite classic dinner, we will enjoy this creamy low carb Mexican-style chicken casserole regularly now, too...and I bet your family will, too!
Easy Chicken Casserole With Green Chiles
One of the reasons that chicken casseroles are a classic family staple is because they are easy to make and delicious to eat. That's a win/win right there!
You make them in one dish, they satisfy everyone in the family because of how rich and savory they are, and you don't need to slave over them. Leftovers will reheat well (if there are any!), too.
And this new twist on the classic favorite takes the flavor up to a whole new level. We love Mexican flair in our home, so some cumin and green chiles were an obvious choice.
You get that south of the border flavor in a hot, bubbly casserole that comes together in minutes! What's not to love about this easy chicken casserole with green chiles?
This low carb Mexican-style chicken casserole becomes even easier if you've got your ingredients ready to go. One of my favorite time-saving tips is to have shredded chicken already made and ready to use.
How To Make Shredded Chicken
It's super easy to make shredded chicken. Consider making up a big batch and portioning it out into freezer bags for future use.
I like to have some in my fridge and freezer at all times to make easy dinners (like this one!) even easier.
If you have an Instant Pot, just cook your chicken breasts in it. If not, boiling on the stove is very easy, too.
When your chicken is cooked, put it in your stand mixer and use the paddle attachment to shred it quickly.
But if you don't have a stand mixer, don't despair! You can always use a hand mixer or forks to pull it apart. Your chicken will be so tender that it just falls apart.
Prepping shredded chicken ahead of time makes dinner time much easier. You can use it to make chicken bundles, chicken casseroles, healthy chicken salad, and even chicken pizzas with it. It's a kitchen staple around here!
How To Make Low Carb Mexican Chicken Casserole
This healthy chicken casserole with green chiles is a low carb Mexican-style casserole that comes together with just a few simple ingredients...and three steps. We're talking mere minutes here, folks. Mere minutes. How exciting is that?
Ingredients In This Healthy Chicken Casserole
To make this easy chicken casserole you'll need:
- Shredded chicken (see above!)
- Cream cheese (softened)
- Sour cream
- Diced green chiles (from a can)
- Shredded cheese (you can buy it already shredded if you prefer!)
You can choose whichever kind of cheese you have on hand or whichever sounds the yummiest to you. A bag of shredded Mexican blend cheese would work well here, as would Monterrey jack, or even mozzarella. You can use cheddar, too.
If you use a soft white cheese it will have more of a creamy flavor and texture, whereas the cheddar or cheddar blends will make the cheese flavor more sharp and the texture more gooey. (My favorite!)
How To Make Low Carb Mexican Chicken Casserole
You're not going to believe how easy this casserole is to make!
Put all your ingredients together in a bowl and stir. Then put them into an 8x8 casserole dish, sprinkle with a little extra cheese, and bake until the cheese is golden and your casserole is bubbly. It's literally as simple as 1-2-3!
That's it. Crazy easy. And sooooo delicious...
How To Store Chicken Casserole With Green Chiles
One fabulous thing about low carb chicken casseroles is that you can make them up ahead of time and the leftovers store well.
This makes them fantastic for those times when you need an easy family dinner or just don't feel like slaving over the stove to eat something utterly delicious.
Make Ahead Easy Chicken Casserole With Green Chiles
To make up your casserole ahead of time, just assemble all the ingredients in your favorite casserole pan or even disposable foil pans. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil.
You can store the assembled casserole in the fridge until you're ready to cook it (it will keep for several days).
You can also assemble your easy chicken casserole and freeze it for an unknown night when life gets too crazy to make dinner, and you need to grab something delicious and simple.
This is a great meal to bring to a busy family or a family with a new baby.
Stop by with a healthy chicken casserole and a tossed salad for an easy dinner for them, as well as one that was easy for you to put together.
It's also nice to have in the freezer for when your life is busy and you just need a ready-to-go dinner.
It's a great idea to make one to eat and one to freeze, just because it's so simple and you will enjoy it so much!
How To Keep Leftover Chicken Casserole
And if you have leftovers? No problem! This easy chicken casserole with green chiles will re-heat in the microwave or oven beautifully. Just store your leftovers in the fridge (or freezer) in an air-tight container. They'll keep for several days that way and will make a great lunch or dinner one day soon.
Check out these other easy to make low carb chicken casserole recipes for the family:
- Buffalo Chicken Casserole
- Cheesy Chicken & Veggie Casserole
- Alfredo Chicken Casserole
- Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
Easy Chicken Casserole with Green Chiles
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
- ¾ Cup Sour Cream
- 1 7 Ounce Can Diced Green Chiles
- ½ Teaspoon Cumin
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 3 Cups Diced or Shredded Chicken
- 1 ¼ Cups Shredded Cheese of choice, Divided
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together, reserving ¼ cup shredded cheese.
- Spread mixture into an 8x8 glass dish.
- Sprinkle reserved ¼ cup of cheese over top of casserole.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cheese is golden, and casserole is bubbly.
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Is the nutritional facts based on full fat cream cheese or 1/3 fat cream cheese? Thanks for any information.
The nutritional facts are based on full fat cream cheese.
This was outrageously delicious
Tried this today and it was delicious! So easy too! And I never knew that I could shred chicken with my stand mixer!
Thanks for the recipe!
This was a meal we looked forward to eating while growing up. My mom would use the leftover turkey during the holidays for it as well.
Just made this and my mouth is currently full of this rich chickeny goodness! I couldn't even wait to finish dinner before commenting. The only difference is I didn't have green chillies so I used chopped jalapenos and I added in a package of frozen cauliflower rice to get some veggies in. IT. IS. AMAZING.
This sounds absolutely amazing do you think I could make this in the crockpot?
Do you think it would be ok to add some frozen broccoli? Still a THM S? I will need to double the recipe and I thought adding chopped frozen broccoli would help stretch the recipe.
Yes, that would be great (and still an S fuel).
I added a bag of frozen riced cauliflower to this recipe to stretch it further..and it was wonderful!
I add about 5 to 8 ripped up stone ground tortillas and a green verde sauce and it’s ohh so good. I also put most of my cheese on top!! So good if u wanna cheat a bit on the diet!
My husband is doing the keto diet and this was a great recipe and so easy to make. I had 2 of my girls over for dinner and they had no idea it was keto. My husband even had seconds!!
That is wonderful! I am so glad it was a hit with your family!
I have made this easy& delicious recipe many times . I have always received many compliments . Thank You
This looks wonderful and easy, thanks! We like our foods so spicy so think I will add a can of RoTel tomatoes with green chiles, well drained, instead of just the green chilis. Love your recipes. 😌
That sounds delicious!
I made this last night and it was a hit with both me and my husband!! I cut it in 8 portions; we both had 2 servings...probably shouldn't have. I place star stickers on recipes that we like and this is definitely a star!! I fried "non-breaded" okra in a skillet with coconut oil to serve with mine. I love your recipes!
I layered in some low carb tortillas and whole family raved over it. Changed nutrition information slightly but not so much as to make a big difference.
That sounds delicious!
Could I use Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream?
Yes, you can replace the sour cream with Greek Yogurt!
This was yummy and easy to make. I did add some chopped black olives to the recipe because I like them. I will definitely make this again.
Absolutely delicious! I make this all the time! ❤️
Salinn B Ranney
I made this today and it was amazing! Yum!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Made this tonight with 1/3 less fat cream cheese. The 4 of us ate the whole dish, it was sooo delicious. It tasted like the carb heavy chicken enchiladas I used to make. It’s not spicy at all but has a great flavor.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Is it best to use cooked chicken in this recipe? TY
Hi, you cook the chicken first, right?
Yes, the chicken is pre-cooked for this recipe.
The hubby says its one I can make again, lol. That is high praise. I usually get a "meh" from him and the girls but they eat what I make or forage for themselves. This was very easy and very tasty. He of course used some blue corn tortillas with his. Thank you for all your recipes and ideas. They help us struggling moms who can't figure out how to change up our favorites and we get to find some new favorites.
I'm so glad your family enjoyed it!
If I freeze the whole recipe, how should it be reheated?
I would let it thaw overnight, and then bake it as directed.
I just made this for dinner and it was a hit, even with my picky eaters! I thought it came out delicious, even though I used a rotisserie chicken that I picked yesterday that was super dry and subpar. This recipe woke that chicken right up!
Very good! Will definitely make again!
Such an easy recipe for when you have a bunch of shredded chicken needing to be used up! This is very much like a white chicken enchilada recipe I used to make in my carb-eating days. Thanks for re-creating that for me so I can enjoy it in a healthier way now!