Southwestern Chicken Casserole

With salsa, chili powder, bell peppers and tortillas, this Southwestern Chicken Casserole is a fiesta on your plate! And a healthy one at that! Don’t be surprised if you want to break out the sombreros!

Serves: 8

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cooking Time: 40 min

What You’ll Need:
  1. 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into strips
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  4. 2 teaspoons canola oil
  5. 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  6. 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
  7. 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  8. 1/2 cup salsa
  9. 4 (6-inch) no-added-salt corn tortillas, torn
  10. 3/4 cup reduced-fat, shredded Jack cheese
  11. 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  12. 1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  13. cilantro leave

    s, for garnish

What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large, nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, garlic and chili powder. Add to skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 4-6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, stirring frequently. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside.
  3. Add oil to hot skillet. Add onion and pepper; cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach.
  4. Coat a 2-qt. baking dish with cooking spray. Spread about 1/2 cup salsa in bottom of dish. Top with half the tortilla pieces, half of chicken mixture, and half of vegetable mixture. Pour half of remaining salsa over vegetables and top with half the cheese. Repeat layers once, except cheese.
  5. Bake, covered, for 30-35 minutes, or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, and fresh cilantro.


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