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Fiesta Chicken Recipe
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Fiesta Chicken Recipe

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"Chili powder and picante sauce add just the right dash of zip to this hearty main dish," notes Teresa Peterson of Kasson, Minnesota. "It's a snap to assemble since it uses convenience foods."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup picante sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1-inch strips
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 324 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 802 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the soups, tomatoes, picante sauce, green pepper, onion and chili powder. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer half of the tortilla strips, chicken, soup mixture and cheese. Repeat layers.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until bubbly.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
    Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Fiesta Chicken in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p34

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"never fail, a meal that everyone will love."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"Everyone that tried it, really liked it!

i was at first a little scared as its texture was like a pot pie, other than that was pretty good!"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2012

"Made exactly as the recipe calls and it was delicious!! Thank you!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"I was a little scared on how my family would like this one as they tend to be wary of casseroles that they can't tell what's in them, but they all liked it and declared it a keeper. When I find a good deal on chicken breasts, I always dice and cook some to keep on hand in the freezer, so this recipe was really easy for me to put together and it tasted great!!!! The tortilla strips held up great and I think that was everyone's favorite part. Will make again (and again, and again)!"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Oh, this one?s a keeper. You can adapt it to your tastes and it is easy-to-make. Send this recipe to anyone who needs an idea for dinner.

I changed the recipe a bit.
For the chicken:
Instead of buying cooked chicken, I placed a whole chicken in a crock-pot with 2-3 cups of water, 2 celery stalks, 2 carrots and salt & pepper for about 6-7 hours on low. The meat just fell off the bone that way.
For the 2 small tomatoes, chopped:
I used a handful (5 to 6) of grape or cherry tomatoes (chopped) instead. This is what I had in the pantry. I drained the juice from the chopped tomatoes in a colander (to avoid too much moisture in the dish).
For the 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder:
I used one teaspoon each of ground Pasilla, Ancho and New Mexico chile powder (usually found on the spice aisle or the Mexican aisle). But you can use regular chili powder, too, or any type of chile powder. I also added a half teaspoon of ground cumin.
For the cheese:
Instead of Colby, I used a high-quality white sharp cheddar (shredded) for the first layer, and topped the 2nd layer with Sargento sliced cheddar.

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