Level-up your Taco Tuesday with this creamy, cheesy crunchy Doritos Chicken Casserole Recipe! Layers of crushed Doritos and creamy chicken topped with even more Doritos and cheddar cheese. The whole family will love this satisfying casserole recipe and it's so much fun with the crunched up Doritos! The kids are going to love it!
Once you've tried this chicken casserole you're going to want to try my Doritos chicken tenders. perfectly crispy, coated with crunched up Doritos and baked in the oven. Yum-my!
Our whole family loves this Mexican chicken casserole with Doritos. Comfort food at its best! This creamy chicken casserole is mild in flavor but you can certainly spice it up by using the spicy Doritos!
This easy casserole recipe is perfectly balance with the texture of the crunchy Doritos and the creamy chicken. Easy dinners are ideal for busy weeknights when family members are coming in and out the door for extracurriculur events.
If you love this recipe, next time try my walking taco casserole recipe! You can enjoy it as-is, scooped up with nacho chips or over a bed of rice. Also, perfect rolling up in a tortilla. It's delicious!
- What I love about this recipe
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- Ingredients for cheesy chicken Dorito casserole
- How to make cheesy Dorito chicken casserole
- Storage instructions
- Can i substitute Fritos in this recipe?
- What to serve with Mexican chicken casserole
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- Dorito Chicken Casserole Recipe
What I love about this recipe
- I love easy dinners, especially on busy weeknights and this creamy chicken casserole can be put together in ten minutes. I am all about easy dinners and easy recipes!
- This recipe uses simple ingredients and requires no fancy equipment.
- It has Doritos and that makes it a kid-pleaser! On a busy schoolnight, this recipe is always an easy favorite.
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Ingredients for cheesy chicken Dorito casserole
This recipe uses simple ingredients. I'm guessing you likely have some of these at home in your fridge or pantry already!
- Doritos - we like Nacho cheese Doritos flavor but you can use different Doritos flavors to suit your taste, especially if you want to spice it up! You can also use regular tortilla chips. This would make the flavor more mild but with the same crunchy texture.
- Cooked chicken - you can use baked, poached chicken breasts, leftover cooked or rotisserie chicken.
- Sour cream - we used full fat sour cream in this recipe
- Cream of chicken soup- you can also substitute cream of mushroom soup.
- Canned Corn
- Diced Tomatoes -we used plain diced tomatoes or you can susbstitute rotel tomatoes for the regular diced tomatoes.
- Chopped green chiles
- Ground cumin
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Sharp cheddar cheese - I prefer to shred my own cheese or you can use the pre-shredded package cheese. Other varieties of cheese that work well in this recipe include Mexican fiesta blend, mild or medium cheddar, Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack cheese.
- Substitute 1 package of taco seasoning for the ground cumin, chili powder and garlic powder. You can also use 2 tabelspoons of homemade taco seasoning.
How to make cheesy Dorito chicken casserole
I've included some visual photos and notes below to help you along the way with the recipe card. The full printable recipe card with ingredients and step by step instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
Open the Doritos bag to release the air from the bag and, closing the top of the bag, squeeze to crush the Doritos into small bite-sized pieces.
If you like, you can set aside a few whole Doritos for garnishing each plate.
Spread half of the crushed Doritos into the bottom of prepared baking dish.
Set the remaining Doritos aside. You will need them after you mix the filling.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked chicken, sour cream, drained canned corn, 1 and ½ cups of the shredded cheddar cheese, drained tomatoes, green chiles, cream of chicken soup, ground cumin, garlic powder and chili powder. Stir until combined.
Next, you're going to spread the chicken mixture on top of the crushed Doritos. I find that the easiest way to do this is to scoop it out place one dollop in each corner and two in the middle.
Then, spread it out with a spoon. Otherwise, it's tricky to get the Dorotis to stay in place!
Sprinkle remaining Doritos on top, followed by the remaining cheese. Now, you're ready to pop this creamy chicken casserole in the oven.
Bake in 350°F oven for 25 minutes. Cheese will be melted and the Doritos on top wil be nice and crunchy when it's done. It should also be bubbling at the edges.
Storage - Store cooled casserole then wrap the casserole dish with plastic wrap or carefully transfer to an airtight container. You can store this leftover casserole in the refrigerator for three to four days.
Freezing - I do not recommend freezing this casserole. The creamy sauce does not lend itself well to freezing.
Reheating Doritos Casserole - Cover the Dorito casserole loosely with foil and bake in a 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until heated through. You can reheat individual servings in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
Cover the Dorito casserole loosely with foil and bake in a 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until heated through. You can reheat individual servings in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in one can of drained black beans with the chicken mixture.
Sprinkle the top of the cooked casserole with sliced green onions.
Can i substitute Fritos in this recipe?
Heck ya! They spice it up a little more than Doritos and if you love Fritos, try my Fritos taco casserole. It's another quick and easy kid-pleasing recipe.
What to serve with Mexican chicken casserole
Paula Deen's Corn Casserole would be a tasty side dish. You could also serve it with salsa, guacamole, sour cream, refried beans. This delicious casserole could also be serve with Mexican rice. My stuffed cheesy garlic bread is always a crowd-pleaser and is quick and easy to make as well.