Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

If you are looking for simple, quick and delicious comfort food, casseroles are definitely the way to go.  They are such a versatile dish, with so many fantastic flavor combinations.  This particular one is a southwestern inspired casserole, and I promise your entire family will love it!  As long as they aren’t as picky as my kids who wouldn’t even try it that is lol…..

There is a lot of flavor in this casserole, but not a lot of heat which makes it even more family friendly.  It is nice and creamy from the yogurt and sour cream, but  has lots of texture from the beans, corn, chicken, and rice.  The cilantro adds a nice freshness to the whole thing, and the the cheese…. well you know how I feel about cheese lol.  As with most casseroles, this heats up beautifully the next day and could be a great thing to make ahead for quick lunches throughout the week.

I used brown rice like it calls for, but if you prefer white go ahead and use that. I did change things a little though and used a  Mexican blend cheese.  And, you can probably guess, I used rotisserie chicken.

As for low FODMAP or not…. you’ll have to be the judge.  I can handle some sour cream and yogurt so it was no problem for me, but it depends on your triggers.  Generally though this is pretty low FODMAP friendly.

Perhaps the one downside to casseroles, from a photographer’s standpoint anyway, is that it kind of just looks like a blob of stuff.  It’s pretty hard to get creative with the photographs for them, so bear with me if pretty much all my casserole images look the same lol.  I promise they all taste wonderful in their own unique ways!  And the smell…. you may want to have someone “conveniently” stop by for a minute so they can get a whiff and sing praises to your culinary skills.

 

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

Serves : 6-8

Ingredients :

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4oz) can chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or canned is ok
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped + more for garnish
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I used lite)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar + more for topping

Directions :

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir well to combine, and pour the chicken mixture into your prepared dish.
  3. Top with about a 1/2 cup of extra shredded cheddar cheese.  Place in oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until nice and hot.
  4. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro.

Recipe from Little B Cooks

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