For a heart-warming dinner full of delectable flavors, try one of these healthy chicken casserole recipes.
January 28, 2013
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Lighter Casserole Options
Traditionally high in calories, fat, and cholesterol, casseroles have long-since been a healthy eating faux-pas. However, our lighter, nutritionally healthier options offer exciting twists on the classics and equally desirable results for a meal the whole family will enjoy.
Our Tortilla Chip Casserole recipe retains all the full-flavor of this popular chicken comfort dish but with lighter ingredients, coming in at just around 380 calories per serving.
Broccoli-Quinoa Casserole with Chicken and Cheddar
Instead of using condensed cream soup and processed cheese, we make a luscious white sauce with a touch of Parmesan to bind the casserole, and we use all the cheddar on top. You get a wonderful blanket of gooey cheese atop this pot of comfort.
This Tex-Mex chicken enchilada casserole is a delicious dinner option when you're craving Southwestern-style comfort food. Full of flavor from the cilantro, cumin, chopped onion, and pickled jalapeño pepper, it’s a dish that is well worth the preparation time in the kitchen.
These enchiladas are a cinch to assemble and easy to freeze—just cover one of the pans with foil. If you plan to serve a crowd, bake in one (13 × 9-inch) baking dish. The chicken stays moist throughout baking and reheating, thanks to a gentle poach and a creamy verde sauce. Fresh cilantro stems have tons of favor; make sure to include them in the sauce.
Because you layer this Tex-Mex dish, lasagna-style, instead of rolling each enchilada individually, you save time in the kitchen, and the results are ultimately healthier because the tortillas don't have to be fried or softened in oil before you assemble the casserole.
Mexican Chicken Casserole with Charred Tomato Salsa
Instead of the usual jarred salsa often called for in Mexican casserole, this recipe features a homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes that are mixed with cilantro and fresh lime juice. Charring the tomatoes gives a rich flavor to the salsa, which is a good match for this chicken-and-veggie-packed dish.
This comfort classic recipe is the perfect dish for dinner during the week. The contrasting colors of the yellow and green squash give the meal a nice appearance, but you can choose to use just one or the other if you prefer.
This chicken spaghetti casserole is low in calories and can easily be made ahead. The recipe makes two casseroles so enjoy one for dinner and freeze the other for later, or serve as a main course at large family gatherings.
This Chicken Tamale casserole is a quick and easy swap for more traditional tamales - but just as delicious! Original tamale recipes are too time-consuming for weeknight meals, but corn bread mix approximates the flavor and speeds up the cook time.
Not only is this casserole a good source of niacin (mainly from the chicken), but one serving also supplies about 60 percent of your daily calcium needs. Fresh corn and corn tortillas offer an ample amount of folate, too, and the best part is, it tastes great!