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Frito Chicken Casserole

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Full of flavor, Frito chicken casserole is a super simple throwback recipe from when you were a kid.

Also known as Frito Pie or Frito bake, this chicken version is a perfectly cheesy and comforting family favorite weeknight dinner. 

easy chicken casserole on a plate.

Why you will love making Frito Pie!

Full of robust flavors – With ingredients you often see in taco or burrito casseroles, the black beans, chillis, and corn combines for some of the best family-friendly flavors ever.

An old-fashioned childhood classic, traditional recipes still make the grade even in 2023.

Easy to switch up – Original Frito pie recipes contain beef and crunchy Fritos.

This chicken casserole version needs no side dishes to complete and is a perfectly tasty twist ready in 30 minutes. 

frito casserole recipe.

Simple Ingredients:

  • butter
  • chicken breast
  • diced onion
  • canned items – black beans, whole kernel corn, cream of chicken soup, and diced green chilies.
  • Cheeses required – cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican Cheese Blend.
  • Frito corn chips
  • chopped fresh cilantro.

Optional seasonings for the chicken – salt, black pepper, chili powder, and minced garlic. 

How to make Frito Chicken Casserole.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add butter, uncooked chicken, and diced onion to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until onions are translucent and the chicken is no longer pink. 
  3. Stir in rinsed black beans, corn, cream of chicken soup, chilies, and cream cheese.
  4. Cook over medium-low heat until the cream cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.
skillet heating chicken frito pie.
  1. Place 1/3 of the crunchy corn chips onto the bottom of the baking dish.
  2. Top with half of the chicken mixture and 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Repeat, ending with Fritos corn chips and cheese on top.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  4. When cooking is complete, serve Frito chicken casserole with chopped fresh cilantro or one of your favorite toppings listed below.
chicken frito casserole in a baking dish ready to go into the oven.

Recipe Variations

This can be mixed up with shredded chicken or a ground beef mixture

Change up the casserole ingredients with jalapenos or canned tomatoes

Add favorite toppings – While this busy weeknights dish needs no side dish recipe (it’s a pretty filling complete meal), serve it with guac, sour cream, hot sauce, chopped green onion, salsa, and black olives for toppings. 

chicken casserole in a baking dish.

Need a side?  – All Mexican Inspired meals like this go great with refried beans, chips, and salsa. 

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Love a million-dollar recipe? Try Million dollar chicken casserole to take that favorite dip and turn it into dinner. 

Cream of soups makes excellent casserole bases! Our favorite is this cream of chicken tater tot casserole we found all kids love.

One of our household favorites is this simple but excellent chicken rice casserole recipe

Lastly, vegetarians are not left out with this highly-rated 5-star layered zucchini tomato casserole

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Frito Chicken Casserole


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Frito Chicken Casserole with loads of cheese, chicken and Fritos – family friendly quick dish for dinner.

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 casserole baking dish
  • non-stick cooking spray

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups uncooked chicken breast cubed 1/2 inch
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 15.5 oz. black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15.25 corn drained
  • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
  • 4 oz. diced green chilies
  • 4 oz. cream cheese cubed for easier melting
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 oz. Fritos corn chips
  • chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Add butter, uncooked chicken pieces, and diced onion to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until the onions are translucent and the chicken is no longer pink.
  • Stir in rinsed black beans, drained whole-kernel corn, cream of chicken soup, chilies, and pieces of cream cheese.
  • Cook chicken mixture over medium-low heat until the cream cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. 
  • Place 1/3 of the Frito corn chips onto the bottom of the prepared casserole pan.
  • Top chips with half of the chicken mixture and 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  • Repeat the layering, ending with chips and cheese on top. 
  • Bake Frito Casserole for 30 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, serve with chopped fresh cilantro and toppings listed in the notes. 

Notes

Add favorite toppings – While this busy weeknights dish needs no side dish recipe (it’s a pretty filling complete meal), serve it with guac, sour cream, hot sauce, chopped green onion, salsa, and black olives for toppings. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 499IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 2mg

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