Friday, 21 September 2012

Dorito Chicken Casserole

Sooooo - Pinterest is totally ruining my life.

Except it's totally making it better.

But it can easily suck up, like, 27 hours out of every day. 

Yes, I'm aware that there are only 24 hours in a day, but - in all seriousness - check it out.  You'll understand.

While I was perusing Pinterest one day, I saw this casserole from Ali at Jam Hands.... 

After reading the recipe, I thought it would be either completely terrible or totally awesome.  I had no idea.

But I wanted to try it anyway.

And it's super-easy too.

But I'm warning you - if you're on a health kick, you may want to look away now.  This is not healthy in any way possible.  The only green stuff in the whole meal is from the chiles.

I also forgot to get a salad - so this meal was junk, junk, junk, food.

Chicken, cheese, sour cream, milk, taco seasoning, cream of chicken soup, tomatoes with chiles, Dorito Nacho Cheese Chips.  Seriously.
I considered poaching chicken breasts to use in here - but I didn't have enough time....  So a rotisserie chicken it would have to be.

First, shred 2 cups of the rotisserie chicken.

Yes, it's all white meat.  There might be a piece or two of dark in there - but I detest dark meat.
Then shred up 1 cup of cheddar cheese.  Or a different kind if you so choose.  I happen to be a cheddar enthusiast.  And a mozza enthusiast.  And a pretty much every kind of cheese enthusiast.

I love cheese.

Yes, you.  I love you.
Then, in a large bowl, mix together the following:

Cream of chicken soup, one can.

And I kinda heart you too.  Okay, I do.
Then the cheddar.

Then the tomatoes with chiles.  The recipe actually calls for tomatoes with jalapenos - I couldn't find any.

Then the sour cream.

Is it wrong if I love sour cream too?
Then the milk.  I actually thought this was kind of weird - but I rolled with it.

Then 1/2 a packet of taco seasoning.

I wish I could tell you that I totally eye-balled half a package of taco seasoning and then carried on, but my obsessive compulsive, anal retentive nature wouldn't let me.  I weighed the taco seasoning in a small bowl on the scale and then removed half.

Because I'm C.R.A.Z.Y. 

Send help.

Ahem.  Then mix everything together into this big ole' mess!

Grease up a 2-quart casserole dish.

Crush up some Dorito Nacho Cheese chips.  Don't mill them until they're dust - but you want them so-so crushed.  Put two cups of the so-so crushed chips into the bottom of the casserole dish.

Like this.

Then put half of the chicken mixture on top of those chips.  Which I will NOT show you because I'm a goofball and forgot to take that pictures.

Just imagine it in your mind.  Got it?

Excellent!  Gold star for you!

Then top that chicken mixture with another layer of chips and then top those chips with another layer of the chicken mixture.

Then top all of that with more shredded cheese - as much as you'd like.

Then bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 - 35 minutes, until bubbling around the edges.

And.  Dig.  In.

Cause, yum.

This was reaaaally good!  I didn't expect it to be so good!  And it's perfect on top of rice.

Interestingly enough - the chips stayed pretty crispy throughout baking.

I would definitely make it again - although I'm sure the nutritional value is in the negative.  Null.

Oh - and PS?  The leftovers the next day were JUST as awesome!  (although the chips had lost their crispiness)

This is the Cane girl - signing off.

Dorito Chicken Casserole

2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can tomatoes with chiles (or tomatoes with jalapenos, mild - if you can find them)
1/2 packet taco seasoning
Additional shredded cheddar cheese
Bag of Dorito chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cheese, soup, milk, sour cream, tomatoes, and taco seasoning.  Mix well.
  3. Lightly crush Dorito chips - not to small, only so-so crushed.  This is easiest to do when they are still in the bag.
  4. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
  5. Spread 2 cups of Doritos in the bottom of the casserole dish.  Top with half the chicken mixture.
  6. Top the chicken mixture with another 2 cups of Doritos.  Top with remaining chicken mixture.
  7. Top the chicken mixture with additional shredded cheese.
  8. Bake in the oven, covered, for 30 - 35 minutes, until bubbling around the edges.
Source:  Jam Hands


  1. OK - you're right - not exactly a low cal meal but I think I will have to make it. HOWEVER, OCD daughter, I swear I Will NOT weigh out the taco seasoning!

  2. Your rice looks good too.