My family loves the Poppy Seed Chicken recipe that I make and I’ve been trying to think of a spin off of that. I decided that Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole could be made similarly. I love both of these recipes because they are both great make-ahead/freeze-ahead meals.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken CasseroleServings: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
Mixture
2 lbs. boneless chicken breast; cooked and finely chopped, shredded or chopped to bite sized
1 (4 oz.) can of jalapenos or 2-3 fresh jalapenos (cleaned, de-veined, and diced)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Bottom Layer
1 1/2 cup of cooked rice (I always use parboiled)

Topping
1 cup crushed butter crackers (1 sleeve)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
4 tbs. butter, melted

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together all of the ingredients listed under “mixture.” Make sure everything is distributed evenly.
2. Pour cooked rice into a 9×13 baking dish. Spread evenly. Spread the Mixture over top the rice carefully ensuring you have a rice a layer and mixture layer.
3. In a separate bowl mix together topping ingredients and then pour that over top the mixture. Spread evenly.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

 

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Mixture
  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breast; cooked and finely chopped, shredded or chopped to bite sized
  • 1 (4 oz.) can of jalapenos or 2-3 fresh jalapenos (cleaned, de-veined, and diced)
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Bottom Layer
  • 1½ cup of cooked rice (I always use parboiled)
  • Topping
  • 1 cup crushed butter crackers (1 sleeve)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tbs. butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together all of the ingredients listed under "mixture." Make sure everything is distributed evenly.
  2. Pour cooked rice into a 9x13 baking dish. Spread evenly. Spread the Mixture over top the rice carefully ensuring you have a rice a layer and mixture layer.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together topping ingredients and then pour that over top the mixture. Spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.