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Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole

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This Doritos cheesy chicken casserole is packed with a creamy and cheesy chicken filling between two crunchy layers of Doritos and will no doubt become a new family favorite.
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  1. Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Warm, cheesy, and comforting, this Doritos cheesy chicken casserole is perfect for a family dinner; it’s easy to make, and it’s sure to please everyone. The crunch of the chips really complements the creamy chicken and melted cheese in this delicious weeknight meal.

Two more easy recipes with a surprise crunch include our Dorito casserole and Frito pie.

Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast 
  • 1 (9.25-ounce) bag nacho cheese Doritos chips, crushed (reserve 1½ cups for topping) 
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream 
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) can southwest corn, drained
  • 1 cup mild chunky salsa
  • 4 cups fiesta blend shredded cheese (divided 3 cups and 1 cup)

PRO TIP:

For shredding a lot of cooked chicken at once, put the cooked chicken breasts in your stand mixer, and with the regular mixing paddle, start slow and then gradually increase speed to about medium, and it will shred the chicken for you.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CORN: You can substitute the southwest corn for Mexicorn if you have it on hand.

SALSA: You can substitute the salsa for canned diced tomatoes with green chiles or Rotel tomatoes if you prefer. You can also use homemade salsa if you prefer. Check out our salsa recipe for a tasty option.

DORITOS: You can substitute the nacho cheese Dorito chips for any flavor of Doritos. What about Cool Ranch Doritos for an exciting flavor twist?

CHICKEN: If you don’t have time to make cooked chicken specifically for this Doritos chicken casserole, you can pick up a cooked chicken at the grocery store and use the rotisserie chicken meat instead.

CHEESE: The best choice for this cheesy chicken Dorito casserole is a Fiesta or Mexican cheese blend, but you could also opt for cheddar cheese.

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How To Make This Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole Recipe

PRO TIP:

This is a great freezer meal. Double your recipe and make a second casserole dish of this delicious meal for later. Hold off on adding the top Doritos and cheese so that you have a fresh crunchy topping when you thaw and bake.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.

STEP TWO: Crush the bag of Doritos, and pour all but 1½ cups of the crushed Doritos into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

PRO TIP:

A rolling pin is a great tool to crush the Doritos in the bag.

STEP THREE: Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, and sour cream until smooth.

STEP FOUR: In a large mixing bowl, combine the drained corn, salsa, shredded chicken breast, and 3 cups of shredded cheese. Add the soup and sour cream mixture and stir until well combined.

STEP FIVE: Evenly spread the creamy chicken mixture over the top of the crushed chips.

STEP SIX: Evenly spread the reserved 1½ cups of chips over the layer of the chicken mixture.

STEP SEVEN: Evenly sprinkle the reserved 1 cup of cheese over the crushed chips layer.

STEP EIGHT: Bake for 25 minutes. Serve while hot.

How To Serve

This cheesy casserole is an excellent option for easy dinners. Switch up your taco Tuesday with the Mexican-inspired flavors of this dish. Serve alone, with a salad or with our Spanish rice on the side for a complete and scrumptious meal.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this Dorito chicken casserole recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: This casserole can be frozen for up to 3 months. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

MAKE-AHEAD: This is a great make-ahead recipe. Prepare everything up to step five, cover and freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight, add the extra cheese and crunchy chip topping and bake for 25 minutes when you are ready to serve.

Cheesy Dorito chicken casserole will be a winner with the whole family. Everything comes together in a flash so you can whip this up the next time you are short on time. A layer of Doritos is topped with a creamy and cheesy filling before adding even more Dorito crunch on top.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best chicken to use in this cheesy chicken and Doritos casserole recipe?

This cheesy chicken Doritos casserole works well with leftover rotisserie chicken, baked chicken breasts or thighs, or even leftover turkey.

Can I use a different flavor of chips for this recipe?

There are so many flavors of Doritos available that you could change up the kind you use each time you make this tasty cheesy chicken casserole with Doritos dish.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This Doritos chicken cheese casserole dish is a great freezer meal. Just make the recipe up to the step where you add the chicken mixture to the pan but wait to add the extra cheese and crunchy chip topping and bake. Cover and freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight, add your cheese and chips and bake.

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Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole

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This Doritos cheesy chicken casserole is packed with a creamy and cheesy chicken filling between two crunchy layers of Doritos and will no doubt become a new family favorite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 9.25 ounces nacho cheese-flavored Doritos chips, crushed (reserve 1½ cups for topping)
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 10.5 ounces cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 15.25 ounces southwest corn, drained
  • 1 cup mild chunky salsa
  • 4 cups fiesta blend shredded cheese, divided 3 cups and 1 cup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
  • Crush the bag of Doritos, and pour all but 1½ cups into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, and sour cream until smooth.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the drained corn, salsa, shredded chicken breast, and 3 cups of shredded cheese. Add the soup and sour cream mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Evenly spread the cheesy chicken mixture over the top of the crushed chips.
  • Evenly spread the reserved 1½ cups of chips over the top of the chicken mixture.
  • Evenly sprinkle the reserved 1 cup of shredded cheese over the crushed chips layer.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Serve while hot.

Notes

Note: For shredding a lot of cooked chicken at once, put the cooked chicken breasts in your stand mixer, and with the regular mixing paddle, start slow and then gradually increase speed to about medium, and it will shred the chicken for you.
 
Note: This is a great freezer meal. Double your recipe and make a second casserole dish of this delicious meal for later. Hold off on adding the top Doritos and cheese so that you have a fresh crunchy topping when you thaw and bake.
 
Note: A rolling pin is a great tool to crush the Doritos in the bag.

Nutrition

Calories: 838kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1877mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1244IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 631mg | Iron: 3mg
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