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Chicken Tortilla Casserole

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Layers of cut up tortillas, chicken, cheese, and a creamy sour cream sauce combine to create this delicious family favorite... Chicken Tortilla Casserole!

Serving of Chicken Tortilla Casserole on plate

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!

One of my favorite comfort foods? Casseroles. 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 dodgeball!) 

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)

Chicken Tortilla Casserole on a serving plate

Anywho…back to my love of casseroles! Chicken Tortilla Casserole has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember!

How To Make Chicken Tortilla 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

TIP: 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 also use a Rotisserie Chicken and shred it.

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.

This casserole can be made up a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator overnight. 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!

Chicken Tortilla Casserole with salad and rice

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 weeknights coming up.

Favorite Chicken Casserole Recipes

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!

Happy Nesting!

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Yield: 8-10 servings

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Serving of Chicken Tortilla Casserole on plate

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!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 823mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 31g

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Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hello Norine!!! Can hardly wait to try your chicken tortilla casserole recipe!!! Think I will try it with the flour tortillias!!! It's cool and cloudy today in sunny Southern California!!!! This recipe will be wonderful for my family's dinner this evening!!!! Thank you!!!! Denise

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Monday 24th of February 2020

Hi Denise! Thank you so much for stopping by and for letting me know you were making this casserole. It's one of my very favorites! I have to admit I'm craving it now that I've read this post. How did you like it with the flour tortillas? I love the corn tortillas, but the flour would be so good too. Hope everyone enjoyed it. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by! Happy Nesting! ~Norine


Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Hi can you use flour tortillas? Which will taste better I remember my aunt making something like this when I was a kid and it was soooo yummy but I think she used flour tortillas but it’s vern so long I don’t really remember

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Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Hi! Yes you can use flour tortillas in this recipe! I did this the other day and it was delicious! I think you'll really enjoy it! Let me know if you do make it and how you like it. Happy Holidays! ~Norine


Tuesday 25th of June 2019

I just found this meal on Pinterest. It looks amazing! I saw in the comments above that you were going to try a can of Fiesta Cheese soup. How did that work out? Did you just substitute it for one of the Cream of Chickens or add a third can of soup?

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Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Hi Sherry! I have not tried that yet. I get so busy in the kitchen creating new recipes that I forget the other things I want to do. I think it would be amazing. This is one of my favorite casseroles...and I'm craving it now. lol I would just substitute it for one of the can of cream of chicken soups. Hope that helps and if you try it...please let me know. Hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Happy Nesting! ~Norine


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

We make a meal to take to our local Mission once a month. Came upon this recipe and it will work wonderfully!! My queation is-- Do you think I can make this a week ahead of time and put in freezer? If so, would I partially bake it first?? Or should I just make it the night before and refrigerate. Thanks so much for the recipe and for your help!! Jeanie

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Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Hi Jeanie! You can make this ahead of time and freeze it. You do not need to partially cook it. It will cook up beautifully. That's so nice that you take a meal to your local Mission once a month. What wonderful service you give. Thank you so much for stopping by my site and I hope everyone loves this casserole as much as we do. Have a wonderful week! Happy Nesting! ~Norine

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