Cumin is one of my absolute favorite spices. There’s just something so comforting about the warm, earthy scent and the flavor that it contributes to a dish. So, as the weather starts to cool down and we start thinking about more comforting foods, I couldn’t help but bring you this Mexican Chicken Casserole. It’s a quick and easy dish to put together, and it’s packed with flavor.
If you’ve been looking for something that the whole family will love, this casserole really does have something for everyone. It’s hearty without being heavy, and the flavor combination is a home run. If you don’t want the extra spice, you can skip the canned chiles, but we really enjoy the flavor that they contribute to the dish.
There are two other recommendations I’ll make for you when it comes to this dish. First, when you cook the chicken, season it with taco seasoning or something similar. That way, it contributes more flavor to the dish when you stir it in. When it comes to the rice, the brown rice adds a nice texture in the dish. Just make sure you cook it in chicken broth or well-seasoned water, because that’s your only real opportunity to add flavor to it.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1½ cups chicken broth
- ½ cup milk
- 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 lb cooked chicken breast, shredded
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 small can diced chiles, drained
- ¼ cup sliced black olives
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet, then saute the diced onion until slightly translucent.
- Melt the butter into the skillet.
- Whisk the flour into the butter to form a roux. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat.
- Pour in chicken broth all at once. Whisk vigorously to dissolve all of the flour and butter mixture.
- Stir in the milk, then bring the mixture to a boil so it starts to thicken.
- Add the taco seasoning and mix until it’s thoroughly incorporated.
- Combine all of the other ingredients in a large bowl, then pour the cream sauce over the top.
- Spread the mixture into a pan, then sprinkle with cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Serve with salad, salsa and sour cream.