Cheesy Chicken Doritos Casserole

by | May 20, 2013 | Dinner, Meat and Chicken | 54 comments

The thing about food blogging, I’ve realized, is that it may give people the wrong impression about how we live our lives in my house.

This cheesy chicken Doritos casserole comes together fast and easy, and will please even the pickiest of eaters! #recipe #dinner #Mexican

Our meals aren’t plated up fancy when we sit down to eat dinners during weeknights.  Or on the weekends, if you want the real truth.

We’re eating on mismatched plates, with the dinner table covered in kindergarten worksheets, newsletters, crayons, and board games.

And while I love making meals entirely from scratch, our lives just don’t allow it most days.  Instead, our dinners look more like this chicken cheesy Doritos casserole more nights than not.  Quite frankly, this kind of easy meal is what I can entice my kiddo to eat – and I’m all for that.

I got this recipe from a coworker years ago, and while I’ve modified it some to suit the tastes of my family, I’m sure you’ve seen versions of it all over the internet.  That’s because it’s basically the bomb.

If I didn’t live with a 5-year old, I’d totally add a small can of diced jalapeños in.  Or maybe some chipotle peppers in adobo, since the Tall Boy and I really like our foods spicy.  And, if you’re opposed to canned cream of chicken soup, you can always make your own.

Just a side-note: if you’ve never tried substituting greek yogurt for sour cream, you should give it a go in this recipe!  I used Chobani 2% plain Greek yogurt, and my sour cream eating fiend of a husband couldn’t tell the difference.

This cheesy chicken Doritos casserole comes together fast and easy, and will please even the pickiest of eaters! #recipe #dinner #Mexican

I know this isn’t that pretty to look at, but it sure tasted good.

🙂

Cheesy Chicken Doritos Casserole
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag nacho cheese Doritos
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup Chobani 2% plain yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • salsa, diced olives, jalapenos, cilantro, cooked rice and additional Greek yogurt, for serving
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, Rotel, soup, milk, yogurt, taco seasoning, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  3. Crush a couple of handfuls of Doritos (about 2 cups) and sprinkle evenly in the bottom of a greased 8x8 baking dish. Layer with half of the chicken mixture. Repeat layers, and top with the remaining ½ cup of cheese.
  4. Cover with foil, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve with additional toppings and over rice, if desired.


 

54 Comments

    • Ashley

      I think Jordan would like it. It’s definitely a family friendly recipe!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks so much, Kristi!

      Reply
  1. Laura Kennedy

    There is clearly rice in the photo…but no mention of it in the recipe details…?

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    • Ashley

      Hi Laura. Yes, clearly there is rice. 🙂 This is just a boxed Mexican rice mix I served as a side dish.

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      • Laura Kennedy

        Thanks so much for the quick response, I wanted to make this tonight and didn’t want to be lacking anything (: Sorry for my confusion!

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        • Ashley

          I should have made note of it in my instructions! 🙂 I updated them now. I hope you like the casserole-it was so easy and a hit with my picky kid!

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      • H ANNIS

        what is Rotel please

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        • Debi

          Rotel is a type of canned tomatoes with mild (or hot) peppers. You can find it usually in the Mexican section of your grocery store, or with the diced tomatoes

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    • Joanne

      Yes, it mentions rice, read the last line of ingredients, and 4. under cooking instructions.

      Reply
  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I had to laugh at this because nothing we eat looks like our photos either 🙂 And mismatched plates and napkins happen regularly…I like to call it eclectic! Now this casserole…it looks absolutely amazing! I need it in my life for sure!!!
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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Meghan. Oooooh. Now you’ve got me thinking! I think I need to try this with every Dorito flavor possible!

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      • Michelle

        It would probably taste really good with spicy Doritos yummy

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  3. Stephanie

    Can you tell me the size of can you used for the cream of chicken soup? 15ounce or more? Thanks and I can’t wait to try this on my family. I love the adding it to the rice too:)

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    • Ashley

      I used a 15 ounce can–what a great idea to add it to the rice! I will have to try that next time! Yum!

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  4. Tracy

    Just wondering what Rotel is? I’m in Canada so perhaps it’s a name brand of something from the States?

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    • Ashley

      Hi Tracy. Yes, Rotel is a brand-name. It’s basically a can of diced tomatoes and diced green chilies…in the States, it comes in different varieties: mild, hot, with lime and cilantro, etc. If you don’t have something similar in Canada, a small jar of chunky salsa would work also!

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      • Tracy

        Thanks Ashley! I think this will be on the menu for tomorrow 🙂

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    • Sheryle

      Hi Tracy, I’m not Ashley, but perhaps I can help?? Ro-tel is indeed a “brand name” here in the states. Basically, it is a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies. Here, it is generally sold in the same section as the other canned tomatoes, however it may also be in an ethnic, or Mexican section in your stores. It usually comes in various “heats” from mild to hot to “Mexican” to “Chili Fixins”. Go to http://www.ro-tel.com/ for a store locator or to get a better idea of what it is. You may have a similar product in Canada that you can substitute. It also makes a great dip! Melt a large Velveeta cheese bar over low heat and stir in a can or two of Ro-tel, to your taste and in your preferred flavor. You can also add some cooked ground sausage or beef (or both) to the dip, plus additional green chiles, lightly cooked white onion or chopped green onion (really whatever you like!). Keep the dip warm in a small crock pot and serve with tortilla chips or veggies. YUM!

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      • Tracy

        Thanks Sheryle! Great info and a fantastic idea for a dip 🙂

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  5. Sheryle

    Thanks Ashley! This sounds wonderful! It’s going into the rotation!

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    • Ashley

      I hope you like it, Sheryle!

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      • Sheryle

        I know you addressed this earlier and said it was a box rice mixture, but was the boxed rice mixture “Mexican” or Spanish” rice? I’m pretty sure I have both available to me here, or was it one of the hundreds of others? LOL? (Rice-a-Roni, Zaterans etc.?) I don’t care for store bought Rotisserie chicken, so I will buy some bone in chicken breasts and poach with celery, onions, fresh herbs and flavorings. It kills (pardon the pun), two birds with one stone! Great moist chicken AND homemade chicken broth for the freezer! Just remember to strain the broth in a fine strainer, and press the solids to get the most flavor. Cool and then freeze for that next really yummy soup stock or vegetable/potato broth!
        PS. I’m saving mine for my first, fresh shucked Lima beans this year! I’ve been trying to grow Lima’s for a while now, and FINALLY I have plants!!!

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        • Ashley

          Hi Sheryle! I don’t remember exactly what brand I used, although I’m fairly certain I used a Spanish-style rice. I need to get a homemade version posted sometime. 🙂 I do love poaching chicken – you are right, it is so moist that way, and it’s a great way to get homemade stock. Congrats on the beans – I’m the worst gardener ever, so I’m always impressed with other people’s success. 😉

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  6. Jennifer

    Can you tell me the nurtritional information?

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    • Ashley

      Hi Jennifer. Click the icon (the little guy with the chef’s hat) right above the recipe box that says, “Click here for recipe nutrition.” This redirects you to another recipe sharing site called My Recipe Magic. The folks at My Recipe Magic have calculated the nutritional information for this recipe and you should be able to view it there!

      Reply
  7. Debi

    Looks like there is rice in the picture???? I don’t see it in the recipe.

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  8. Debi

    Is there Rice supposed to be in the recipe… looks like rice in the photo.

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    • Ashley

      Hi Debi – the rice is not part of the casserole. I did serve ours over cooked rice (a Spanish-style), but it was a box mix. 🙂

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  9. Brandon

    Man, this is soooo delicious. I usually make it at least twice a month since it is so easy and cheap to prepare. Last time I made it, i substituted Chili Cheese Fritos for the Doritos and it was heavenly.

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    • Ashley

      What a great idea! We’ll have to try that next time!

      Reply
  10. Jackie Hammond

    This really sounds good and easy to make. I think even my honey would eat this. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by, Jackie. I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
  11. gabby

    It says repeat layers? So doritos chicken mix doritos chicken mix?

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    • Ashley

      Yep! That’s it!

      Reply
  12. Jenna

    I didn’t have Rotel so I just used some salsa I had on hand. My kids loved it.

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  13. Donna D.

    Can this be made ahead of time and frozen to be baked later? I’m thinking maybe the Doritos would lose their crunch. Has anyone tried this?

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  14. Nicole

    It looks beautiful! If you just need more color add some red onions & green peppers!

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  15. James Bailey

    why add salsa, jalapenos, cilantro when you use Ro tel tomatoes? instead of using ro tel tomatoes just use medium salsa

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    • James Bailey

      ro tel tomatoes has it all just like the salsa.

      Reply
  16. Christine

    Can you tell me what a can of Rotel is?

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  17. Jenna

    How many ounces is the Rotel?

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  18. Conniw

    How many ounces for rotel tomatoes?

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    • Ashley

      10 ounces.

      Reply
  19. Melissa B

    Here i am sitting in school drooling I hope my studyhall students don’t hear my stomach rumbling! and it is only 8:40 in the morning!

    Reply
  20. Carli

    Found on Pinterest! I know this is called Cheesy CHICKEN Doritos casserole, and it sounds divine (I will be making this tonight for my husband and myself- He LOVES his Doritos!), but I wonder, have you ever made this with ground beef instead of chicken? I am all about using rotisserie chickens (it’s so easy!), but for the days when I just don’t feel like leaving the house to buy one (because I hate poaching chicken)… I always have ground beef in the freezer, so I wonder if it would taste good that way. I am sure this one will be a hit and I was just wondering about the beef for the future. Thanks 🙂

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