This Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole is a healthy high protein meal with only 7 ingredients and is ready in just 30 minutes!
This month’s Recipe Redux theme was to create a healthy recipe with 7 ingredients or less. Now this was a simple task for me since I LOVE creating simple and nutritious recipes that don’t require hours in the kitchen. Especially now that it’s Spring (which is when we pretend it’s warm here in Michigan and not below freezing still) I love to be doing other things besides hanging out in the kitchen.
Here I am a again with a Mexican-themed meal. Honestly, I created this meal because I needed to use up some shredded chicken I had made but with no recipe idea in mind. My new favorite way to cook chicken is to throw about a pound of chicken breasts (I typically use frozen chicken tenderloins) in the slow cooker, with about 1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth and cook on high for about 4 hours. Then remove the chicken and shred with forks. This way you have a few hours to decide what you’d like to do with the chicken, because if you’re like me I don’t always know what I’d like to eat for dinner at 8 am when I’m starting the slow cooker.
Regardless how you cook or prep the chicken, once you have it cooked, all you need to do is add four ingredients to the chicken, followed by cheese and bake it for about 20 minutes. I’ve made this dish twice in the last two weeks because it was so simple and delicious (especially for my Mexican food loving husband). I originally made it with 4 ounces of neufchatel cheese (1/3 less fat than cream cheese) but ran out the second time I made it so I substituted plain Greek yogurt. And the best part…no one even noticed! The second time I made this dish I also added an entire can (15 ounce) of black beans to up the fiber a bit, but feel free to add or remove any ingredients to your liking.
This meal is high in protein (about 30 grams per serving) not only from the chicken, but also the black beans, cheese and Greek yogurt. This dish also contains a good amount of fiber from the black beans (25 grams) and salsa (4 grams). Protein and fiber are excellent for helping you feel satisfied while consuming healthy nutrients. Protein also helps maintain muscle mass while fiber helps you stay regular. Now if you ask me, this is quite the nutritious combo!
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