Southwestern Chicken Casserole: The Secret Recipe Club

    Once again it is time for The Secret Recipe Club’s reveal date.  This month I was excited to see that the blog I received is one that I already follow and enjoy!  A Southern Fairytale is a wonderful blog that Rachel keeps up to blog about her family, crafts, and food.  Rachel enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her children.  I first came across her blog when I found a recipe linked to her Mouthwatering Mondays.  Every Monday cooks around the blogosphere link up with some delicious recipes so why not join in this week?

     There were so many recipes to choose from in Rachel’s blog but the one calling my name was a southwestern chicken casserole that was basically a one dish meal.  I loved that the rice and beans were already Incorporated into the dish so the only thing I had to make on the side were some cheddar cornbread muffins.

    This chicken dish is quick to throw together on a busy night and is filled with tons of flavor.  The rice bakes up with the salsa, corn, chilies, and beans.  The chicken strips lay on top and are covered in cheddar cheese.  The top got crisp and golden brown as it baked.  Served with a few tortilla chips and a cornbread muffin, it was a filling and delicious meal.

Southwestern Chicken Casserole (adapted from A Southern Fairytale)
1 pound boneless chicken tenders
1 c. chicken broth
1 c. milk
1/2 c. water
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. uncooked white rice
1 1/2 c. salsa
4 oz. can green chilies
2 t. cumin
1/2 t. red pepper
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. paprika
1 c. cheddar cheese
1 lime, sliced

1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray.

2.  In the baking pan combine the chicken broth, milk, water, corn, black beans, rice, salsa, green chilies, cumin, and red pepper. Mix well.
3.  On top of the rice mixture lay the chicken tenders.  Sprinkle paprika, salt, and pepper over the chicken.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

4.  After 30 minutes remove from oven, sprinkle with the cheese, and return to the oven without the foil.  Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and brown.

5.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with juice from 3 of the lime wedges.  Serve on a plate with additional lime wedges and cornbread muffins.


  1. This looks great! I’ve made similar and it’s quite tasty! Thanks!

  2. The casserole looks great, a complete meal in itself. I’d love to try it out sometime!

  3. This casserole looks great!

  4. I love one dish meals like this one. We are missing the southwest since our move this summer from AZ to FL and this would be a perfect way to taste some favorite flavors.

  5. HI! YAy ;-) :-) :-)

    This is one of my favorites! My family and I love love love this recipe! I haven’t made it in ages and now you have me itching to do so! I definitely need it to get cooler here so I can snuggle up with a bowl of this by the fire!

    Happy SRC day! ;-)

  6. I love a one pot meal – this sounds good!!

  7. Stopping by from group B. So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with

    you. Great Post! This casserole look delish and like it’d be a hit with my family!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to drop by my blog and check out my SRC recipe this month: Avocado Omelet

  8. Looks excellent!

    I love one-dish meals that go together so easily, yet offer so much flavour.

  9. Oh how I love the casserole. Mmmm. And this one looks delicious. Well done Heather Lynne! Just doing a little Secret Recipe Club surfing. So glad it brought me to your great little piece of cyber space!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

  10. Great SRC choice! Looks yummy!

  11. The flavors in this casserole sound wonderful and oh so easy, love it!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  12. Yummo – this is a keeper recipe for sure. I love when I can throw it all together and walk away.

    This is my first time joining the SRC. I hope you’ll stop by and visit.


  13. What a wonderful weeknight supper! Love the flavors in this one!!!

  14. Sounds delcious, andi

  15. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a casserole and what a fun riff on it. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love Rachel’s blog and this was an excellent pick! It looks so easy and delicious.
    Happy we’re all in SRC together.

  17. Yum! Another fabulous looking weeknight meal to add to my ‘to make’ list. Looks great — I’m loving SRC, so many new recipes to try!

  18. I love her blog too… great recipe!

    Thanks for being part of Group B of the SRC with me! My SRC recipe this month was: Pioneer Woman Chicken Pot Pie.

  19. A cup of cheese…now you’re speaking my language!

    I’d love it if you’d stop by my SRC post for Turkey Sloppy Joes!

  20. Mhmm, I love one dish meals. This one is a must try!

  21. Stopping by from SRC. Your recipe looks delicious!

  22. mmmmm great looking dish!! Great Dinner idea!!

  23. I love Rachels blog! This is a wonderful choice :)
    Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.Please join our link up for *Project LunchBox* You have wonderful recipes that can inspire others to make healthy meals at home

  24. Great recipe that is fast, simple and delicious. My niece ate eleven years four doses of this dish. This recipe is one that people could easily make a young, successful (8-12) years of age cooks.

  25. I just made this and it was awesome, thanks!!

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