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Tex Mex Chicken Lasagna

Tex Mex Chicken Lasagna
This image courtesy of ezgf.blogspot.com

Tex Mex Chicken Lasagna is a great way to use up that leftover chicken or rice in the fridge. With the addition of a few additional pantry items, this easy casserole recipe is a great way to make a meal the kids are sure to love.

Notes


If you’re following a gluten free diet, be sure to check the ingredients list of the salsa, marinara sauce, and taco seasoning to ensure that they don’t contain gluten.  And if you’re not following a gluten free diet, use regular tortillas in the recipe.  



For more gluten free recipes and information about Anne, be sure to check out her Featured Foodies profile page.



 

Cooking MethodCasserole

Ingredients

  • 8 gluten free tortillas (4 of them sliced in half)
  • 3 cups cooked diced chicken
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cheddar, grated
  • 1 can pitted black olives, sliced
  • chopped scallions and sour cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray an 8 x 12 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray.

  2. In a medium saucepan over a medium heat, stir together the marinara sauce, salsa, water, and taco seasoning and heat until it just comes to a boil then remove it from the heat and set it aside.

  3. In a large bowl stir together the chicken, beans, rice, and 1 cup of the sauce and set it aside.

  4. Place 1 cup of the sauce mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.

  5. Place one tortilla in the center and two halves along the sides of the baking dish with the cut sides facing the edge of the pan. If you want you can trim off the overlapping parts with a scissors and fill in the missing spots.

  6. Layer on 1/3 of the chicken, bean and rice mixture then top with 3/4 cup sauce, ¼ of the grated cheddar, and 1/3 of the chopped olives.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 two more times then finish with a tortilla layer topped with the remaining cup of sauce. Reserve the final 1/4 of the cheddar cheese until after the first baking.

  8. Cover the dish with foil and bake it for 40 minutes then remove the foil, top with the reserved cheddar and bake it uncovered for 15 minutes more minutes. Garnish with chopped scallions and sour cream and serve.

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