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Fiesta Chicken

Chili powder and picante sauce add just the right dash to this hearty main dish. It's a snap to assemble since it uses convenience foods. —Teresa Peterson, Kasson, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    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 shredded Colby cheese


  • 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.
  • Cover and bake at 350° until bubbly, 40-50 minutes.
    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°.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 324 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 802mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • Cassie
    Dec 11, 2019

    I am sad :( this recipe sounded wonderful but I think the two condensed cans of soup really take away from any “fiesta” flavors. This recipe has potential, however. I would suggest to add taco seasoning, and much more salsa than the recipe calls for (maybe replace the cream of mushroom). I would also replace the cream of chicken with tomato paste and add jalapeños. Also, lime flavoring could help too. Nonetheless I appreciate the filling it provides and loved how convenient it was to order the ingredients using instacart. I will try again another time!

  • Debglass11
    Feb 9, 2019

    We loved this! Tastes like enchiladas but so much easier to put together! I used one can of cream of mushroom soup and one cream of celery. And I used medium restaurant style salsa instead of the picante. I did add more cheese than called for because we're cheese lovers in this family. Will definitely make this again!

  • Beverly
    Mar 26, 2018

    I made this for my company that was visiting. They all liked it and even asked for the recipe. Easy casserole for someone, like me, who isn't the best cook. Very tasty. Will be making it again.

  • ellimaye1
    Feb 17, 2017

    Quick to put together. I was nervous to make it as the tortillas might get soggy which my husband doesn't like. The first night, the tortillas were fine, but I think there were too many. I would use less next time. By the time the leftovers were eaten, the tortillas were soggy so I won't be making this again.

  • jrlyons
    Apr 12, 2014

    never fail, a meal that everyone will love.

  • AiramA
    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!

  • KKandRyansMom
    Oct 26, 2012

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

  • shecooksalot
    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)!

  • trancebaby
    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.Enjoy!

  • Beckster19
    Aug 1, 2010

    Delicious and very easy to make. The tortillas hold up well and you get a good mix of textures and flavors in each bite. We only used 3/4 tsp of chili powder and mild picante sauce, and that made it lively enough to let us know we were alive, but not enough to overwhelm our taste buds.