Chicken Tortilla Casserole

The closer we get to Fall and Winter, the more I crave old-fashioned “comfort foods”! I know, I know, I keep blathering on about comfort foods! Sorry I can’t help it! They’re the BEST! Like casseroles for instance. I love casseroles. Not all casseroles! I wanna be clear about that. There are some questionable duds out there! I’m sure you’ve seen them at a potluck or two! (They’re like the kid who doesn’t get picked for dodge ball!) 

Aside from the rare “dud”, there are a lot of really great, warm, tummy pleasing, budget friendly casseroles. Nothing spreads a dollar, fills a tummy, or say’s “home cooking” like a casserole! I realize there are “non-casserole” loving humans but, I’m pretty sure they have to live on a different planet! (It’s a rule or something right? lol)

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Anywho…back to my love of casseroles! Chicken Tortilla Casserole has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember! This was my Aunt Lani’s mothers recipe. My Aunt Janie, opposite side of the family, also loved any excuse she could come up with to make this casserole. If she didn’t have all the ingredients she would improvise. She even used crunched up corn chips one time in place of the tortilla’s. As you can tell, this isn’t just one of my favorites, it is a favorite of many cooks whose “Nests” reside on my family tree!

To make this casserole start out by cutting white corn tortillas into 1 inch squares. You can use yellow…I’m just not a huge yellow corn tortilla fan. (Sorry yellow tortillas! It’s nothing personal. Well….maybe it is?) I lay mine in one stack, with a large sharp cutting knife, I cut strips in one direction and then in another. Creating one inch squares.

Chicken Tortilla Casserole with cut up tortillas

Before we go any farther, let me share a helpful hint…this casserole assembles very quickly if you have all the ingredients prepared beforehand. You will need one dozen cut up tortilla’s (check), 1 pound grated cheese, a 9 x 13 casserole dish, shredded chicken (Tip: Remember, if you’re a regular of my blog you know that I always tell you that you can boil and debone one huge Costco Chicken and divide it between two meals (my personal choice), you can use a Rotisserie Chicken and shred that, or it’s my understanding that Costco is now selling precooked shredded chicken? Whatever is easiest for you!)

In a separate bowl combine 2 cans cream of chicken soup, 1 small onion chopped finely (Tip: You can use dried chopped onions and not walk around smelling like a Carl’s Jr. Hamburger all week but…maybe you like that? Hmmm? ) 1 pint or 1 cup sour cream, 1 can chopped mild green chili peppers, 1 cup milk. Mix it all together. Now you are ready to begin assembling the casserole.

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Start with a layer of your cut up tortilla’s. Spread them over the bottom of your baking dish.

Chicken Tortilla Casserole the beginning

Next add a nice healthy layer of shredded chicken. (Why am I always blogging when I’m hangry!?) 

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Pour half of your wonderful creamy liquid mixture over the chicken. Hang in there! It’s starting to look like dinner!

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Time to add a nice thick layer of mild cheddar cheese! Sigh! (I love cheese! I think we’ve established that fact!)

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Repeat the process with a layer of tortillas, chicken, sauce and top with a layer of cheese.

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Cover loosely with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. I remove the foil for the last 5-10 minutes of cook time. When the sauce is bubbling around the edges and you have established gooey cheesiness (Did you hear that? Julia Child just rolled over in her grave!), it’s time to remove it from the oven and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes, to cool.

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This casserole can be made up a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator over night. It’s even better when it’s allowed to sit and soak up all the rich flavors of that sauce. Look at all those beautiful layers combining to make one luscious creamy mouth-watering casserole!

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I love to serve mine with a side of Mexican Rice or Corn, and Green Salad. It’s a great week night meal that the entire family will enjoy! So grab your plate and let’s scoop ya up a big hot helping of Chicken Tortilla Casserole tonight!

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The printable recipe is below to help make it easier on you. Remember you can make this up ahead of time. You could even make it on Saturday and store it in the refrigerator for one of those busy weeknight’s coming up. With school back in session life is just bound to get a little bit more crazy! Having dinner checked off the “to do” list is so nice and relieves so much stress off Mom. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

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Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Norine Rogers

A flavorful and easy chicken tortilla casserole that reminds you of rich creamy chicken enchiladas! A great weeknight meal for the entire family and it can be made ahead of time!

  • 1 whole chicken cooked and deboned
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small onion chopped finely, or 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 pound grated mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 can mild green chili peppers
  • 1 package (12 count) corn tortillas cut in 1 inch squares
  • 1 cup milk

  1. In a large bowl combine the soup, chopped onion, sour cream, green chili peppers and milk. Mix till well blended and creamy.
  2. In a 9 x 13 casserole dish layer tortillas, chicken, cheese and liquid mixture. Do a second layering but ending with cheese on top.
  3. Cover loosely with foil, bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Remove foil for the last 5-10 minutes of cooking to lightly brown cheese.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour ; Yield: 8-10 servings


  1. Tracy | 30th Aug 16

    I already can tell these will be a family favorite!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • | 30th Aug 16

      You are so welcome Tracy! Thanks for stopping by and checking out today posts! 🙂

  2. debi Pruett | 30th Aug 16

    Norine ,what size can of green chilies did you us? Also do you think it would freeze well ?

  3. Patti | 30th Aug 16

    Looks delicious Norine.
    Adding sliced olives Is a nice twist if you like them.

    • | 31st Aug 16

      What a GREAT idea Patti! I’m going to give that a try next time. Thanks for the tip and for stopping by my Nest! 🙂

  4. Melissa | 31st Aug 16

    I made these last night! They were a hit!

    • | 31st Aug 16

      I am so glad! Thanks for sharing! It always makes my day when I know a recipe was a hit! 🙂

  5. Chelcie | 21st Sep 16

    Yes! This looks soo gooey and yummy!

  6. Linda | 18th Mar 17

    Any suggestion for something other than sour cream? Not a fan of the taste. This looks great though.

    • | 19th Mar 17

      Hi Linda. Let’s get creative! I’m thinking you could use plain non-fat yogurt. (I’m not a huge “plain” yogurt fan, but it could be substituted) Another thought I have is to add another soup…what about Campbell’s Fiesta Nacho Cheese or Cheddar Cheese? I have to admit I’m kind of excited about the thought of the Fiesta Nacho Cheese! I would just add a bit more milk to thin it out. Hope this helps you out! Let me know if you try one of those options and how they work. I think I’m going to try it myself with the Fiesta Nacho Cheese just for fun! 😉 Thanks for visiting my Nest! Have a GREAT day!

  7. The Better Baker | 26th Jun 17

    Beautiful! Love all your step by step photos….just makes me want to dive in. I love a shorter ingredient list too. MMMMMMM!

    • | 26th Jun 17

      Hi Marsha!
      Thank so much sweet friend! Your comments always brighten my day and make me feel like I’m doing something right! 😉 You’re the best!

  8. Janet Phillips | 16th Oct 17

    Can this recipe be frozen. Our church does a program where we keep frozen casserole dishes on hand for the sick, home bound, different needs. It sounds wonderful.

    • | 16th Oct 17

      Hi Janet!
      Yes you can make this casserole up ahead of time and freeze it. I love that your church has such a wonderful program to help those in need. Truly a fantastic idea and one that I have no doubt is appreciated. Have a wonderful week. Thanks so much for visiting.

  9. Destiny | 5th Dec 17

    One question do you have to use a whole chicken or can i use chicken breast

    • | 6th Dec 17

      Hi Destiny!
      Great question. You can use chicken breast. I do it all the time. It works great. Hope that helps and thanks so much for visiting. Have a Great day.
      Happy Nesting~

  10. Toya | 21st Jan 18

    So I can prepare this dish and store in the refrigerator up to a day.

    • | 23rd Jan 18

      Hi Toya!
      Yes! You sure can. I don’t recommend freezing it as the tortilla’s can get really soggy…but you can make it and place it in the refrigerator for a couple of days before baking it.
      This is a GREAT dinner dish! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this family favorite as much as we do.
      Happy Nesting!

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