Chicken Tortilla Casserole

This quick microwave casserole is based on Mexican chilaquiles, which uses broken tortilla chips for added texture.


  • 1   poblano pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb (750 g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Southwestern Seasoning Mix
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1 can (15 oz/540 g) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) thick and chunky salsa
  • 4 cups (1 L) broken tortilla chips
  • 1 cup (4 oz/125 g) shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend
  •  Snipped fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Remove stem and seeds from poblano pepper using Utility Knife; slice into thin strips. Arrange poblano strips evenly over bottom of Deep Dish Baker. Thinly slice chicken using Utility Knife. Combine chicken, seasoning mix and salt in Classic Batter Bowl. Arrange chicken over poblano strips. Cover baker with 15-in. square of Parchment Paper, tucking corners of paper under baker. Microwave on HIGH 4 minutes; stir using Mix ‘N Scraper® to separate chicken strips. Cover; microwave an additional 4-6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  2. Drain and rinse black beans using small Stainless Mesh Colander. Stir beans and salsa into chicken mixture. Gently stir in tortilla chips with Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Grate cheese over baker using Rotary Grater. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, snip cilantro using Professional Shears; sprinkle over casserole.


  • 6  servings

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. Nutrients per serving: Calories 360, Total Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 115 mg, Carbohydrate 26 g, Protein 31 g, Sodium 1120 mg, Fiber 6 g

Cook's Tips:

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be substituted for the chicken thighs, if desired.

Poblano peppers are dark green chiles with a rich flavor that varies from mild to slightly spicy. Poblanos are about 2 1/2 in. wide and 4-5 in. long, forming a triangular shape.

If desired, 1 small onion, cut into thin wedges, can be substituted for the poblano pepper.

Taco seasoning mix can be substituted for the Southwestern Seasoning Mix, if desired. Omit salt.

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