Southwestern Chicken Casserole

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 8 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 12 ingredients

This Southwestern Chicken Casserole is a perfect choice to take to someone who’s not up to cooking. It’s a one-dish chili that’s not only a quick, tasty dinner to satisfy the pickiest chemo plate,...


  • 2 cups long grain white rice (See Ann’s Tips)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 (6 ounce) chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • Olive oil as needed
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans chopped tomato
  • 2 cups canned black beans
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Nutrition Facts


320 cals


18 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

8 g


19 g


5 g


7 g


23 g


913 mg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil a 9x13 casserole dish.
  2. In a medium saucepan bring the rice and water to a boil. Cover then reduce to a simmer. Cook until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
  3. Place the sliced chicken breasts in a bowl and season with the salt and spices, mixing and rubbing it in with your fingers.
  4. In a large sauté pan, heat enough oil to coat the pan. Brown the chicken then add in the peppers and onions. Cook until the vegetables are tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add the tomato and black beans. Heat through.
  5. Layer the casserole dish with half the rice.  Add the meat and vegetable mixture, followed by the remaining rice. Top with shredded cheese and bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.

Chef Tips

If you make it with brown rice, double the cooking time or use our Basic Brown Rice recipe.

This dish is a great way to use up leftover or frozen cooked rice.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our Registered Dietitian Kate Ueland, MS, RD, CSO, a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the  Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed.,  published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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