Savory Gluten-Free Mexican Casserole for Cozy Dinners











Experience the rich flavors of Mexico with this easy-to-make, gluten-free Mexican Casserole! It's a perfect blend of chicken, cheese, and salsa, creating a creamy, indulgent dish that's sure to satisfy your cravings. Ideal for a comforting family dinner!


Step 1: Cook the Chicken and Rice

Begin by bringing a large pot of water to boil. Gently add your chicken breasts to the pot, letting them simmer for about 20 minutes until they're cooked through. Meanwhile, grab a smaller pan to cook your rice as per the directions on the package. Once both the chicken and rice are cooked, let them cool. This is a great time to get your kitchen prepped for the next steps. It’s all about multitasking!
Pro Tip: Adding a bay leaf to the boiling water infuses subtle flavor into the chicken.

Step 2: Preheat Oven and Prepare Chicken

While your chicken and rice are cooling, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once cool, shred your chicken breasts or cut them into bite-sized pieces – whichever you prefer. This step is crucial for ensuring that every bite of your casserole is filled with chicken goodness. Plus, it's oddly satisfying to shred chicken, don't you think?
Pro Tip: Using two forks makes shredding the chicken much easier and quicker.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients

Next, grab a large mixing bowl and stir in the cooked rice, 2 cups of Monterey Jack cheese, and 1 cup of Cheddar cheese. Add both cans of soup, your chopped onion, and salsa into the mix. Stir everything until it's fully combined. The aroma of the cheeses mingling with the spices from the salsa will start to fill your kitchen with mouthwatering smells!
Pro Tip: Layering in the ingredients one at a time ensures an even distribution.

Step 4: Bake the Casserole

Pour your delightful mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish that you've coated with non-stick spray. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese over the top for that golden cheese crust we all adore. Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes. The wait might seem long, but the golden, bubbly crust that awaits is well worth it. The anticipation builds as you imagine scooping into that creamy, cheesy goodness.
Pro Tip: Covering the dish with foil for the first 20 minutes prevents the cheese from burning.

Step 5: Cool Before Serving

After baking, let your casserole cool for a few minutes. This not only prevents mouth burns but also allows the casserole to set, making it easier to serve neat, beautiful portions. Now, gather your loved ones around the table, serve, and watch as they delight in the fruits of your labor. This is the moment when all the chopping, stirring, and waiting comes to fulfillment.
Pro Tip: Cutting into the casserole while slightly warm ensures smoother slices.