Leftover Chicken Southwest-Style Casserole


Leftover Chicken Southwest Style Casserole

Spice up that leftover chicken with this recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


  • 2-3 cups leftover chicken, chopped
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese divided
  • 1/2 onion, chopped sauteed
  • 1 can Rotel, tomatoes and chilies
  • 1 can chilies
  • 2 tps Cholula hot sauce, to taste
  • 2 inch Ritz crackers, crumbled
  • 1 cup rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Spray 9 x 9 casserole dish with non-stick spray.

  3. Prepare pasta as per package directions, till al dente. Rinse and hold.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, add chicken, cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of cheese, onion, Rotel tomatoes and chilies, chilies, hot sauce, crumbled ritz crackers and pasta. Mix gently but thoroughly.

  5. Transfer to casserole dish.

    Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese.

  6. Put into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned.

  7. Remove from oven. Let sit for 5 minutes. Dinner is served!

  8. Serving suggestion: Asparagus with butter and a side lettuce salad.

I post recipes that our family actually eats! Why? Because no matter how good a homeschooling day you have, you (usually) still have to make something for dinner! I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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