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Chicken Taco Casserole

Makes: 6 servings
Prep 25 mins Bake 350°F 30 mins Stand 5 mins
Chicken Taco Casserole
Ingredients
  •  Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12  ounces  chicken breast strips for stir-frying
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  teaspoon  chili powder
  • 2  teaspoons  canola oil
  • 1  medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3/4  cup  chopped red or green sweet pepper (1 medium)
  • 1 10  ounce package  frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 1/2  cups  purchased salsa
  • 4 6  inches  corn tortillas, coarsely torn
  • 3  ounces  reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2  cup  cherry tomatoes, quartered or chopped (optional)
  • 1/2  of an avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped (optional)
  •  Corn chips, baked tortilla chips, or broken taco shells (optional)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an unheated large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. In a medium bowl toss together chicken, garlic, and chili powder. Add to hot skillet. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside.

2. Add canola oil to skillet. Add onion and sweet pepper. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach.

3. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray. Spread about 1/2 cup of the salsa in the baking dish. Top with half of the tortilla pieces, half of the chicken mixture, and half of the vegetable mixture. Pour half of the remaining salsa over the vegetables and top with half of the cheese. Repeat layers once, except do not top with the remaining cheese.

4. Bake, covered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, and/or corn chips.

Nutrition Facts (Chicken Taco Casserole)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 196,
  • Fat, total (g) 6,
  • chol. (mg) 43,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 15,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 4,
  • sugar (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 20,
  • vit. A (IU) 4567,
  • vit. C (mg) 39,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 6,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 77,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 544,
  • Potassium (mg) 251,
  • calcium (mg) 172,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Vegetables () 1,
  • Starch () 1,
  • Lean Meat () 3,
  • Fat () 1,
  • Carb Choice () 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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