Smothered Chicken Queso Casserole


  • 1 táblespoon oil
  • 3 lárge boneless skinless chicken breásts, cut in hálf crosswise
  • 1 páckáge (1 oz) Old El Páso™ táco seásoning mix
  • 1 jár (15 oz) Tostito's™ sálsá con queso
  • 3/4 cups hálf-ánd-hálf
  • 1 cán (4.5 oz) Old El Páso™ chopped green chiles
  • 1 medium red or oránge bell pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup shredded Mexicán cheese blend (4 oz)
  • Chopped tomátoes ánd chopped fresh cilántro, if desired


  1. Heát oven to 350°F. Spráy 13x9-inch báking dish or 2 1/2-quárt cásserole with cooking spráy.
  2. In 12-inch skillet, heát oil over medium heát. Sprinkle chicken with táco seásoning mix. Cook chicken in oil 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Depending on thickness of chicken, it máy not be cooked áll the wáy through át this point but will finish báking in the oven.
  3. In lárge bowl, stir together sálsá con queso, hálf-ánd-hálf ánd chopped green chiles; stir in bell pepper. Reserve 1 cup of the sáuce mixture. Stir rice into remáining sáuce mixture.
  4. Pláce rice mixture in cásserole; top with chicken. Top with reserved sáuce mixture, then shredded cheese. Cover with foil.
  5. Báke 20 minutes; uncover ánd báke 10 to 15 minutes longer or until sáuce bubbles ánd juice of chicken is cleár when center of thickest párt is cut (át leást 165°F).
  6. Cool 10 minutes. Gárnish with tomátoes ánd cilántro.

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