30-Minute Southwest Chicken Casserole

3 minutes
February 20, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

This very easy layered Southwest Chicken Casserole is an easy way to get the flavor or chicken fajitas with black beans and rice all in one pan! Rice, beans, chicken, peppers, onions, and cheese are layered and baked into one scrumptious meal.

This easy, 30-minute chicken casserole dinner recipe has the flavor of fajitas with beans and rice all in one pan!
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I should create a new category for recipes with ingredients that can all be found at Target. I am an avid Target shopper, and I usually pick up a few groceries while I’m there. It is so convenient that they have a grocery section now, but the choices are still a little more limited than my regular grocery store. Even if you are shopping in a place with limited selection, I bet you can still find all the ingredients for this Layered Southwest Chicken Casserole. All the ingredients are super basic, but they come together to make something special!

To make this a 30-minute meal, I used one of my favorite shortcuts: frozen rice. Have you tried this stuff yet? I buy frozen brown rice, and I can have perfectly cooked rice ready in 3 minutes! If you prefer to cook your own rice or maybe have leftover rice from a previous night’s dinner, you can also use that of course.

This very easy layered Southwest Chicken Casserole is an easy way to get the flavor or chicken fajitas with black beans and rice all in one pan!

The other important tip to get this meal ready in about a half hour is using thin chicken breasts. Have you seen the size of some of the chicken breasts in stores lately?? Sometimes one breast weighs almost a pound! If you use full thickness pieces (especially the big ones), they will take a lot longer to bake. You can either buy thin-sliced chicken breasts, butterfly cut your own thick pieces, or increase the baking time to make sure your chicken has time to cook through.

This easy chicken casserole recipe tastes a lot like fajitas with black beans and rice (minus the tortillas), and it is so dang easy the way it all bakes together at the same time. I just know you’ll want it to be on the regular dinner rotation at your house. Be sure to leave me a comment to let me know how you like it when you get a chance to make it!

This very easy layered Southwest Chicken Casserole is an easy way to get the flavor or chicken fajitas with black beans and rice all in one pan!
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This very easy layered Southwest Chicken Casserole is an easy way to get the flavor or chicken fajitas with black beans and rice all in one pan!

Layered Southwest Chicken Casserole

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This super simple chicken casserole is a perfect recipe for busy weeknights. It only takes a few minutes to put together, and the whole family will love it!

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray 13 x 9″ casserole dish with cooking spray, and spread cooked rice in the bottom. Squeeze juice of 1/2 the lime and sprinkle a few pinches of salt over the rice.
  3. Spread black beans over the rice, and spread tomatoes over the beans. Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer over the tomatoes.
  4. Spread sliced bell peppers over the chicken. Sprinkle casserole liberally with chili powder and lightly with salt. Cover dish with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove foil and sprinkle cheese over the chicken. Bake uncovered 8-10 minutes longer, until cheese is melted and chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Serve immediately.


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  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Southwest

I highly recommend serving this 30-minute casserole with fresh margaritas!

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Note: This recipe was originally published in June 2013, but I updated it in November 2016.

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


7 years ago

This is my first visit to your site and I just found dinner tonight! Love this site, signed up for newsletter as well. Can’t wait to try something NEW for dinner tonight!! Hope hubby likes it (crossing fingers).

Andi Gleeson
7 years ago

Hi, Roberta! I’m so glad you found me, and I hope you like this recipe! I look forward to hearing from you again soon :)

Stacy (@stacymakescents)
11 years ago

This looks great! I pinned. :-) Visiting from Marvelous Monday.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Stacey! I appreciate your visit and comment!

David Hogman
11 years ago

The chicken casserole looks fillings and delicious. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

This one was good and so easy! A friend tried the recipe recently and said she loved it, so you don’t have to just take my word for it ;) Thank you again, David!

11 years ago

I’m all for easy! This looks so good and if I can get everything at Target, then thats just a bonus! I love all the peppers!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I’m sure I looked crazy at Target the other day when I was standing around staring at the meat and vegetables trying to come up with a recipe! I have to admit that I don’t always have my menu planned a week ahead lately (even though this blog is built on meal planning!) so I’m often trying to come up with an idea on the fly. This one is a keeper! Thanks so much for your comment, Tanya :)

Norma Treciokas
6 years ago

Delicioussss!! I prepared this casserole for my family and everything gone. This one is a keeper.
Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

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