Usually made by layering creamy chicken and tortillas (lasagna-style), this classic Tex-Mex chicken casserole gets speedier for an easy weeknight dinner when we mix everything together in a skillet, then pop the whole pan under the broiler to make the cheese topping gooey.

Julia Levy
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019


Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat broiler to high.

  • Heat oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion, bell pepper, poblano and jalapeño; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 7 to 9 minutes. Add garlic and cumin; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, until they are thoroughly coated, about 1 minute.

  • Add broth and bring to a boil, stirring to combine. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, tortilla pieces and salt. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

  • Place the skillet under the broiler and broil until the cheese is melted and browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

332 calories; protein 29.5g; carbohydrates 20.7g; dietary fiber 3.8g; sugars 6.3g; fat 14.4g; saturated fat 5.6g; cholesterol 76.9mg; vitamin a iu 1974.3IU; vitamin c 65.3mg; folate 45.3mcg; calcium 165.2mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 44.4mg; potassium 443.1mg; sodium 376.4mg.

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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious recipe and can be made all in one pot which is a bonus! I made it with ground turkey because my husband can t eat chicken and it was fantastic. Only other change was I tore up 3 tortillas not 2 because I didn t measure my veggies and prob had more peppers in the pan than it called for. The whole jalapeño adds a bit of a kick to the dish but I loved the spice. If you re not into spicy just half the jalapeno or omit. Shared this recipe with lots of friends to add to the one-pot rotation! Thanks Eating Well! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is a great quick alternative to the original dish. Tastes great and easy for a weeknight meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great quick dinner. I liked the bit of kick that the poblano and jalapeno added to the dish. I wanted to cool down the spice a little so i topped it with a bit of sour cream. Delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a very good recipe. My husband and I are on weight watchers diet and this came in at five points a serving! It's very rich and flavorful for a low calorie low-fat meal Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Despite the impressive ingredient list we found this dish to be very bland. And we don t like spicy things. Followed recipe exactly as written. Casserole also needed more texture we ended up eating it as a tortilla chip dip. Will try and tweak the spices to add more flavor next time and perhaps add rice and use as filling for stuffed peppers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious! We added a couple of chopped chipotle chilies in adobe sauce (with a few teaspoons of the adobo sauce) and it added a fantastic smoky dimension to the dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very tasty and surprisingly my husband really liked it...he s not a chicken fan. Haven t had good luck finding poblanos in our small town so I subbed an Anaheim chili for that. Plus I m not a fan of cumin so I used chili pepper instead. All said and done we were very pleased! Will add this to my go to recipes. Read More