Hearty Chicken Casserole Recipe
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Hearty Chicken Casserole Recipe

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Bring the flavors of the Southwest to the table with this delectable high-fiber dish from Jenny Ebert of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The cheesy topping and creamy consistency are sure to win ’em over!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 346 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 9g fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute celery and onion in oil until tender. Stir in chicken, beans, chili powder and cumin; heat through.
  2. Transfer to a shallow 2-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine tomatoes and soup; pour over chicken mixture.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake according to directions.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Chicken Casserole in Light & Tasty February/March 2008, p44

Sweet White Wine

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

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lorischlecht User ID: 1226455 227458
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2015

"I used fire roasted diced tomatoes, and it had an impressive flavor that seemed to get better with every bite. Filling and satisfying."

jwasson User ID: 4886362 149497
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"This was good!"

risej User ID: 6433350 63720
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Very easy to make, but lacks flavor when following the recipe. I added wild rice, extra chili powder, garlic, pepper to taste. With the added flavor the cassarole is great! I strongly recommend tasting before putting the cassarole in the oven to check for flavor."

ladybug810 User ID: 791745 57608
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"I absolutely love the recipe! I'm a vegetarian, so I use tofu instead of chicken, then serve it over a bed of rice. Just delicious!!"

Dawn Humphreys User ID: 5175289 149494
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"Just made this last night and my family loved it. Didn't have kidney beans, so I doubled up on the black beans. Will be making this again and again!"

daisyshae99 User ID: 1005356 66164
Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"I made this for dinner tonight for my husband and I and we both really liked it! I only made a couple of changes- I only had one chicken breast out, so I add a few strips of bacon to the pan as I cooked the onion and celery and omitted the oil. I also didn't have kidney beans, so I used great northern beans instead. Very easy, quick and delicious!"

red hat gal User ID: 1111130 154752
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"Made this tonight for dinner and it is delicious! I added a small can of mushrooms and cut the chili powder back a little (we aren't real crazy about very spicy foods) and it is really delicious! Hope you try it and like it as much as we did. Recipe is a keeper!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 150514
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"This is an incredibly simple meal to make and is definitely a keeper. My family absolutely loves it."

carrolcofer User ID: 1614468 64876
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"This was great. I had to substitute pinto beans for the black beans but will make it again."

pickles10az User ID: 3581171 64874
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"Hubby and I loved this Dish. Since we are both low-carbing I left out the kidney and black beans and added a small bag of frozen cauliflower, it was delish."

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