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Chicken Taco Rice Casserole (Freezer Meal!)

Chicken Taco Rice Casserole is an easy and delicious weeknight meal that the whole family will love! Best yet, it can be made into a freezer meal for an even easier dinner!

Chicken Taco Rice Casserole

Every year my sister in law and I take an afternoon to prep a whole bunch of freezer meals. I absolutely love freezer meals because they make busy weeknights so much easier. Typically we make the freezer meals that you put all of the ingredients in a freezer bag and then dump it all in a slow cooker. This year, however, I decided to try some freezer casseroles – starting with this Chicken Taco Rice Bake!

Ingredients in Chicken Taco Rice Casserole

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Zatarain’s Spanish Rice

Taco Seasoning

Salsa

Black Beans

Corn

Shredded Mexican Cheese

How to Make Taco Chicken Rice Casserole

This Chicken Taco Rice Casserole comes together very easily.

  1. Cook the chicken. The chicken is cut into small bite-sized pieces, and then sauteed in olive oil until cooked through.
  2. Next, you’ll add the taco seasoning, black beans, corn, and salsa, followed by the Zatarain’s rice and shredded cheese.
  3. The mixture gets transferred to a baking dish, topped with more cheese, and baked until the cheese is gooey and golden.
  4. As mentioned, this rice casserole can be be made into a freezer meal. To do this, you simply prepare the entire thing up until baking it, and instead popping it in the freezer.
  5. You can bake the casserole frozen or thawed. Obviously, baking it from frozen will take longer, about 60-70 minutes.

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Chicken Taco Rice Casserole

Chicken Taco Rice Casserole

An easy and delicious weeknight meal that can also be made into a freezer meal!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: rice, freezer meal, chicken, poultry, dinner, main dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 543kcal
Author: Taylor

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 7.4 ounce package Zatarain's Spanish Rice prepared according to package
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • diced avocado, diced green onions, salsa, sour cream for topping

Instructions

  • Grease 9x9" baking dish. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken pieces and cook until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the taco seasoning, black beans, corn, and salsa, and stir well to combine.
  • Add in cooked Spanish rice and 1 cup of cheese, and stir well to combine.
  • Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheese.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  • Serve topped with avocado. Other topping options: diced green onions, salsa, sour cream.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe can easily be made ahead of time and frozen.  Bake at 375 degrees thawed for 30-35 minutes or frozen for 60-70 minutes.  

Nutrition

Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1082mg | Potassium: 907mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 807IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 490mg | Iron: 2mg
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