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Creamy Baked Fajita Chicken Casserole

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Dec 4, 2020
Creamy Baked Fajita Chicken Casserole
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Creamy Baked Fajita Chicken Casserole – Chicken, onions, and peppers baked in a creamy fajita cheese sauce? We just know y’all are going to love it. This creamy chicken fajita casserole is nourishing and packs a punch of flavor. It is perfect with a dollop of sour cream and avocado on top and paired with a fresh green salad, or if you are extra hungry you can enjoy the chicken fajita casserole on top of cauliflower rice, steamed veggies, or zucchini noodles. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Creamy Baked Fajita Chicken Casserole

  • 2  large chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, cut into cubes
  • bell peppers, red, green, yellow, seeded and cut into strips
  • medium onion, minced
  • 8oz (225g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce of your choice (marinara sauce, canned crushed tomatoes…)
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock (or 1/4 cup water plays a teaspoon of instant chicken bouillon)
  • 1 packet of Fajita seasoning (or make you own fajita mix, see the notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella (or your favorite cheese, Pepperjack, Monterrey Jack, Cheddar…)
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, or parsley, for garnish

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Directions

1. To make the creamy fajita chicken casserole recipe: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and lightly oil a baking dish.

2. In a bowl beat cream cheese with tomato sauce, chicken stock, half the fajita mix, salt, and pepper.

3. Arrange chicken bites into the prepared baking dish with the remaining of the fajita seasoning mix and toss to coat well. Spread the spicy cream cheese mixture on top and mix well to combine. Then cover the chicken bites with the bell peppers and onion, then sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

4. Bake the fajita chicken casserole for 15 – 25 minutes (depending on your oven); until chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). You can broil your fajita chicken casserole for 2 minutes at the end to crisp up the top if you like. Serve the creamy baked fajita chicken casserole immediately over cauliflower rice, steamed vegetable, zucchini noodles, or as is… enjoy!

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Tips for the creamy fajita chicken casserole

Even though we love fajitas, sometimes there isn’t time to make the traditional version. That is why we love making this creamy chicken fajita casserole recipe on busy nights, everyone loves it! We use the same ingredients as for traditional chicken fajitas: chicken, peppers, onions, spices, and cheese. The main difference is that we combine all of those ingredients in a baking dish and bake them instead of cooking them separately. Here are a few tips to make the baked chicken fajita casserole easier and even more delicious:

  • You can bake the chicken fajita casserole without the shredded cheese, and add it at the end before broiling if you prefer.
  • The chicken can be cooked ahead (browned in a skillet on the stovetop for instance), then you can assemble the chicken casserole at the last minute, right before baking.
  • If you like a meatier casserole, add sliced spicy sausage when baking the Fajita chicken casserole.
  • Freeze individual portions of the creamy fajita chicken casserole so you have a comforting dinner for evenings when you don’t feel like cooking from scratch.
  • If you use a bag of frozen veggies, it is best to thaw them first otherwise the recipe can end up watery.

Can I make my own fajita spice mix?

Yes, of course! Just use these ingredients and proportions:

How and how long to keep the creamy chicken fajita casserole leftovers?

You can keep the leftovers for up to 2 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Freeze individual portions of the chicken fajita casserole in ziplock bags for up to 1 month.

Can we reheat the chicken fajita casserole?

Sure, the fajita chicken casserole is easy to reheat the day after. Simply cover with foil and put in the oven at 370ºF (190ºC) for 10 – 15 minutes until heated through.

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