Southwestern Chicken Casserole

southwestern chicken rice casserole
Since we made this we have been making pretty healthy fare around here, and I must admit it looks pretty delicious right about now :-)! Creamy, cheesy, a bit spicy. It was perfect on a cold night! The recipe is from Favorite Family Recipes blog. Next time I will leave out the cream of chicken soup and just add a bit more enchilada sauce.

*I halved the recipe and cooked in an 8x8 dish*
◦4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 1 can chicken since I halved it)
◦1 c. mild or medium red enchilada sauce
◦1 (7oz.) can diced green chiles
◦2 tsp. cumin
◦1 tsp. pepper
◦2 c. rice, uncooked
◦1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro and
◦1 Tbsp. lime juice
◦2 cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted (used 98% FF)
◦1 c. sour cream (used FF)
◦1 1/2 c. mild or medium salsa
◦1 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
◦1 1/2 c. pepper jack cheese, shredded
◦1 can corn, drained
◦1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
◦optional garnish: green onion, tomatoes, sour cream, crushed corn chips, or anything else you like!

◦In crock pot combine chicken breasts, enchilada sauce, green chiles, cumin and pepper. Cook on high for 4 hours. Take chicken breasts out of sauce and shred.
◦Prepare rice according to package directions with cilantro and lime juice. In bowl, combine soups, sour cream and salsa.
◦Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom of 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 c. of soup mixture in bottom of pan
◦Layer in the following order: 1/2 of the rice (press down firmly in pan), 1 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, 1/2 of shredded chicken mixture, 1/2 can corn, 1/2 can black beans, 1/2 of soup mixture, remaining rice (press down firmly in pan), remaining shredded chicken, remaining corn, remaining black beans, remaining soup mixture.
◦Top with 1 1/2 c. pepper jack cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes until heated through. Garnish as desired.