Perfect for a big family dinner, this cheesy chicken and rice enchilada casserole recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
I come from a big family – a family of 6, so dinnertime and family dinners have always held a special place in my heart. Even though I am only cooking for my hubby and I now, I still like to make one or two family-style dishes and then portion them off for us for dinners/lunches throughout the week, and that is exactly what I did with this cheesy chicken and rice enchilada casserole.
This past weekend I harvested my garden- lots of tomatoes and peppers-and when I was thinking of what to do with them, homemade enchilada sauce came to mind. So I made a batch – the colors were so gorgeous! As I was finishing up the sauce – literally – as it was sitting on the counter to cool, we got our Saturday mail, and in it was an advance copy of my friend Mary’s new cookbook. The cookbook officially releases August 16th, but you can pre-order a copy here (it’s on sale for HALF the price).
If you follow me on SnapChat (username: SweetPhi) you saw me paging through the cookook saying how pretty it was and making the enchilada sauce this weekend. I actually ‘met’ Mary on Snapchat, and love that we now interact and can cheer each-other on as we release our cookbooks (my cookbook came out a month ago and she shared the recipe for cheesy bacon tater tots on her blog). As I was paging through her cookbook, the recipe for Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Skillet caught my eye, and since I had all the ingredients on hand, I made it right away.
Yum for days to come, because this makes a big pot full!
If you’re cooking for a smaller household, you can definitely half the recipe. And, if you’re really short on time, you could use 90 second microwaveable rice (I’ve even seen 90 second Mexican or Spanish rice that would work really well in this dish).
Next time you’re in need of a family style meal, I’d definitely recommend making this cheesy chicken and rice enchilada casserole. To reduce the prep time, you could use par-boiled white rice or 90 second microwaveable rice.
This dish definitely is a big family portion, you could easily halve the recipe.
Depending on the saltiness of the chicken broth and taco seasoning you use, you may want to add 1/2 teaspoon or so of salt, after tasting the final recipe, before adding the cheese.
Recipe slightly adapted from The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook
To reduce the prep time, you could use par-boiled white rice or 90 second microwaveable rice.