Friday, April 8, 2011

Chicken Dorito Casserole

I'm sure the serious food bloggers just gasped after reading the title of this post. Doritos and casserole are sinful words for some foodies. My theory is more accepting. If it tastes good and my husband likes it then it passes all inspections in our home. 

Don't get me wrong, the corn chip/casserole combination can go terribly wrong. Like the Cheese Whiz Casserole that showed up at Ty's family potluck Christmas. I can bring it up since no one in Ty's family made it. How does hominy mixed with Cheese Whiz and topped with Fritos ever sound good? Heck, when does hominy ever sound good? I took one very small bite and tried to keep it down. Then just scattered the rest around my plate.

No worries. This is not that casserole. This recipe came from my sister-in-law Ashley. She's the Claire Robinson of my life. Her recipes often include few ingredients and lots of pantry staples, but taste great and win Ty over more than some of my meals. There's never been an Ashley recipe he didn't like.

This is very similar to a traditional Mexican casserole but it substitutes chicken for ground beef, which works for me since I prefer chicken. And you probably have most of these ingredients swimming around in your kitchen somewhere!

Chicken Dorito Casserole

2 large chicken breasts or one pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can Rotel
Cheddar Cheese
  • If you're using the two chicken breasts, boil them in seasoned water. I used a rotisserie chicken to save time, and I think it adds a little flavor and keeps your chicken from turning out dry.
  • Whatever chicken you use, shred the meat and mix with the can of Rotel and can of cream of mushroom soup.
  • Grease your casserole dish and layer, starting with Doritos, then the meat mixture and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat until your meat mixture is gone and end with cheese on top (I did two layers).
  • Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
This recipe is delicious and simple ... exactly what I need when I have to make dinner after working all day and my 45-minute commute. And while the picture above is beautiful, I feel the need for full disclosure. I pulled the pic from the Web because my picture looked like this:

It's out of focus and the casserole dish seems to be floating in some strange world of white-background nothingness. I figured it looked less than appetizing and would be a misrepresentation of the recipe. I've got to start working on my photos!


Mandy S said...

sounds easy enough for me to make!! LOVE IT! but i don't think my growing belly needs it!!

Stephanie Jordan said...

Spoken like a true Jordan! :)

Mandy S said...

but i did have doritos today!

Ashley said...

This might show up on the perry dinner table this week. But I have some questions. What flavor doritos work best? Would the addition of either black beans, corn, or cilantro be worth a try? Or would it muck it up too much and make this casserole venture into questionable territory like the other one you were describing.

Laura Bowman said...

Yum! I have this recipe except we use spicy nacho doritos! SO GOOD! You should try that if you want a little extra kick!

Lindsey said...

Yum! I will be making it this week!

Stephanie Jordan said...

Ashley, I think you could always jazz it up a little bit, but I definitely like it the way it is, too! Laura has a good suggestion to use Spicy Doritos! That sounds really good, too!

Erica said...

OMG!...I just made this and it was delicious!..I used the spicy nachos and mild cheddar jack cheese...yuuuumm!..everyone enjoyed it:-)