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Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole. This comforting rice casserole is loaded with hearty bits of chicken, green enchilada sauce, cheese and tender bits of mexican rice. 

This chicken enchilada rice casserole is bursting with classic mexican flavors.

Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole in a baking dish.


How Do I Make A Chicken Rice Casserole?

This casserole comes together fairly easily. Since we’re using Mexican Rice, the rice is cooked ahead of time. You can either follow the recipe I have for making homemade mexican rice or use a store bought rice. Whichever method works out best for you.

We’ll also use some shredded chicken. If you plan out your meals in advance you can cook and shred the chicken ahead of time and have it on hand for the recipe. Or you can use a rotisserie chicken if needed to speed things up on a busy night. Instructions on how to cook and shred chicken are included in the recipe below.

To make the casserole we will be combining all of the ingredients together in a casserole dish. Pouring enchilada sauce over the top and baking.

This dish is made to feed a large family or a crowd! It’s very filling and perfect for bringing to potlucks or making for when you are planning on having guests for dinner.

Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole in the dish topped with tomatoes and avocado.

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Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Author: Serene
Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole. This comforting rice casserole is loaded with hearty bits of chicken, green enchilada sauce, cheese and tender bits of mexican rice.
Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole in a baking dish.


  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 5 cups mexican rice cooked
  • 1 4 ounce can olives
  • ½ cup green onion chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce can) black beans
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup green chile enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • In medium pan cook the chicken with the water and taco seasoning over medium heat until heated through.
  • Prepare the mexican rice.
  • Combine the chicken, rice, green onion, cilantro, beans, and 1 cup of cheese into a casserole dish (I used a 9x11). Stir until mixed.
  • Pour the green chile enchilada sauce over the top and cover with foil.
  • Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy with some tomato, avocado, and sour cream.


If cooking chicken to shred heat a medium size pan over medium heat. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Add the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes then turn to cook the other side. Pour about 2-3 cups of water into the pan, cover with a lid and allow to cook for about 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Remove and chicken will easily shred.
Recipe can be halved and baked in an 8x8 baking dish.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. This was so good and easy. It gave me a used for leftover rotisseri chicken. I made as it except I added some corn. YUM!

  2. I just made this and it was delicious. The only difference for us was that I had to bake it for an additional 40 minutes not the 10 minutes as it was not even warm. I baked for 20 with foil then removed for 40 minutes.

    1. Hi Georgiana! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe. I’m sorry the baking time was off, I typically am starting baking with already hot ingredients so the baking is typically to melt the cheese on top. Thanks so much for adding the comment with the bake times that worked for you! xo

  3. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I’m definitely making this! thanks for sharing! A healthier option for a family favorite.

      1. We all loved it. My mom and dad had it with us, and they requested the recipe before they headed back home. 😉

  4. Do I ever have the urge to put my face in a plate of Mexican food? Yes, frequently! I love how this dish makes the whole process even easier. It’s so efficient. Why slowly nibble and savor? More like 🙂 Looks delicious, can’t wait to try it! Pinning!