Chicken Burrito Casserole: A Flavorful Weeknight Meal!

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Chicken Burrito Casserole is a quick and tasty dinner that the whole family will love. It’s spicy, filling, easy to make, and budget-friendly, so it’s sure to become a regular in your meal rotation.

Chicken Burrito Casserole

This Chicken Burrito Casserole hits all the right notes – tender chicken, zesty garlic, and a hint of spice from cayenne pepper and cumin. The Mexican rice adds a satisfying texture and bursts of flavor from the bell peppers, kidney beans, and sweet corn. It’s a satisfying and comforting dish that will have everyone coming back for seconds!

Chicken and rice in a skillet.


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Chicken Burrito

  • chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • brown sugar
  • cayenne pepper
  • cumin
  • chopped cilantro
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper

Mexican Rice

  • olive oil
  • white onion, minced
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • rice, uncooked
  • cayenne pepper
  • cumin
  • chopped cilantro
  • chicken broth
  • tomato purée
  • red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • sweet corn, rinsed and drained

How to store leftovers

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

How to freeze

Allow to cool down and freeze in an airtight container for 1 month.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave until heated through.

Chicken Burrito Casserole Cooking Tips

  1. Prep Ahead: You can save time by marinating the chicken breasts ahead of time. Simply combine the minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, cumin, chopped cilantro, sea salt, and black pepper in a bowl, then add the chicken breasts and let them marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Perfect Rice: For fluffy and flavorful rice, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil before adding the uncooked rice. This helps to release their aromas and infuse the rice with extra flavor. Also, make sure to rinse the rice before cooking to remove any excess starch.
  3. Layering: When assembling the casserole, layer the cooked chicken mixture, Mexican rice, and toppings evenly to ensure every bite is packed with flavor.
  4. Customize: Feel free to customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences. You can add extra veggies like diced tomatoes or jalapeños for a kick of heat, or top it off with avocado slices and a dollop of sour cream for added creaminess.

Chicken Burrito Casserole FAQ

Q: Can I use ground chicken instead of chicken breasts?
A: Absolutely! Ground chicken works just as well in this recipe. Simply brown the ground chicken in a skillet before adding the garlic, lemon juice, and spices.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?
A: Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and store it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Just be sure to adjust the baking time accordingly if baking from chilled.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers?
A: Definitely! This casserole freezes well. Just let it cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge and bake in a preheated oven until heated through.


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Chicken and rice in a skillet.

Chicken Burrito Casserole

Chicken Burrito Casserole is a quick and tasty dinner that the whole family will love. It's spicy, filling, easy to make, and budget-friendly, so it's sure to become a regular in your meal rotation.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
marinating: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 4 medium sized (1 lb | 453 g) chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup (2.02 fluid oz | 60 ml 0 lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mexican Rice

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 and ½ cup rice uncooked (12 oz | 375 g)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 2 cups (16.90 fluid oz | 500 ml) chicken broth
  • 1 cup (8.48 oz | 239 g) tomato purée
  • 1 large (5.07 oz | 144 g) red bell pepper cut in 1 inch cubes
  • ½ cup (3.10 oz | 88 g) kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup (2.96 oz | 84 g) sweet corn rinsed and drained


Mexican Rice:

  • Gather your ingredients.
    Ingredients for mexican chicken enchiladas.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat and saute onion and garlic for some seconds.
    Sliced onions in a frying pan.
  • Add rice with spices and cilantro. Stir.
    A frying pan filled with rice and vegetables.
  • Pour chicken broth and tomato purée with bell pepper.
    A pan full of soup with vegetables and peppers.
  • Bring to a simmer, decrease heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes until rice is tender.
    A pan full of rice and vegetables on a table.
  • Add kidney beans and sweet corn. Stir and cook for another minute. Switch off and allow to rest for 2 minutes.
    Mexican rice in a pan with beans and corn.

Chicken Burrito: 

  • When rice is cooking, add all marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
    A glass bowl on a table.
  • Marinade for 15 minutes.
    A bowl of chicken in a glass on a table.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet and sear chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until chicken is cooked through.
    Grilled chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet.
  • Transfer to the Mexican rice skillet.
    Chicken and rice in a skillet on a grey background.
  • Garnish with more cilantro and lime. Serve


Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1030mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 537IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg
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