This Dorito chicken casserole recipe is guaranteed to bring every member of your family running to the dinner table! Not only does it have the tender, juicy goodness of rotisserie chicken recipes — yum! — it comes loaded with America’s favorite chip: Doritos! What other chicken casserole recipes can make a meal out of a snack food?
I bet your tummy started rumbling just thinking about those cheesy chips in an ooey-gooey dinner! Pro tip: buy an extra bag of chips to snack on while you’re making my Dorito chicken casserole recipe.
Let’s get cooking!
Every casserole recipe gets a high place of honor in my heart thanks to its complete meal in a pan quality! But this Dorito chicken casserole recipe is extra special:
- Start to finish in less than 40 minutes
- Two types of cheese!
- Rotisserie chicken means no meat to cook
- Crowd-pleasing taste!
How exactly do you take a snack food and turn it into a dinnertime worthy meal? Let me walk you through it!
Seasoning: You may have seen similar recipes that make Dorito chicken casserole with Rotel. My version uses taco seasoning, but achieves the same results — a punch of Mexican spices and flavors! Doritos were originally born from Mexican tortilla chips, so tying those flavors into the recipe elevates the dish.
Doritos: On the note of Doritos’ origins, where did these crunchy wonders come from? Believe it or not, Disneyland! These chips originated in one of the restaurants when a chef wanted to make use of stale chips. He fried them up, and the rest is history!
Chiles: Want to make sure your casserole isn’t too spicy? Don’t be turned off by the addition of green chiles in this Dorito chicken casserole recipe — while “green chiles” is a general term for peppers that include jalapenos, the canned chiles you buy at the store tend to be the milder cousin known as Anaheim peppers.
Cheese: This recipe calls for two — yes, two! — types of cheese. Cheddar is more potent and punchy while jack cheese (also known as Monterey Jack) is milder and melts faster. You’ll get a well-rounded cheese flavor with this pair!
Do you dream of having a freezer full of casseroles, or is that just me? I’ve perfected the casserole storage process for anyone else destined for freezer glory!
Can You Freeze This?
Yes! You can freeze this Dorito chicken casserole recipe — but you will definitely have to revive it in the oven, or you risk the chips staying a soggy mess. But a few minutes in the oven after it’s thawed will crisp the top perfectly!
You can store your baked casserole (sealed!) in the freezer for up to six months.
Make Ahead Tips
I love that this recipe uses rotisserie chicken — it speeds up the cooking time so well! But if you want to accelerate it, even more, feel free to make the filling ahead of time and store in your fridge for up to four days. When you’re ready, finish out the recipe!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
Once cooked, your Dorito chicken casserole recipe will last up to four days in your fridge. The chips on top will obviously lose their structure over time, but one trick to reviving it is to put your portion in a toaster oven, not a microwave. You’ll be back to crispy heaven in no time!
What more could you want out of a casserole than Doritos? Just ask!
Can I Add Pasta To This Recipe?
Tossing in some pasta is a great way to get a more filling meal. Chicken Alfredo casserole leans into that cheesy creaminess while chicken noodle casserole is great for cold nights. But another crowd-pleasing favorite is chicken bacon ranch pasta. Yeah, no one will turn that down!
Can I Add Broccoli?
Gotta get those veggies! Chicken broccoli casserole is a staple in most houses, and I guarantee you that my recipe is worthy of your normal meal rotation. Want to make it more filling? Try my chicken broccoli rice casserole. Yum!
Can I Make This With Biscuits?
Chicken and biscuits — or crackers — is a very popular, easy dish that still gives you chicken with a crunch. You can easily turn this recipe into a chicken casserole with Ritz crackers for a buttery, salty twist!
Can I Turn This Into An Enchilada Recipe?
Let’s go farther into the Mexican flavors! Sour cream chicken enchiladas are a favorite of mine — that creaminess! But I also love white chicken enchiladas for a lighter enchilada take. But the basic chicken enchilada casserole recipe can’t be beaten!
Can I Make This Recipe Cheesier?
Always! Cheesy chicken noodle casserole, cheesy chicken casserole, cheesy chicken enchiladas, cheese on cheese on cheese — sorry, I’m drooling! Is there a wrong way to get cheese on the dinner table?
Dorito Chicken Casserole
- 1 rotisserie chicken, cut or shredded into bite size pieces
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 packages mild taco seasoning
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies, mild
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 large bag nacho cheese Dorito's
- 1 1/2 cups jack cheese, shredded
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, add oil and cook onion until translucent. Stir in shredded chicken, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, diced chilies, sour cream, and cream of mushroom soup and heat through.
- Place one-third of the crushed Doritos in the bottom of the baking dish then add half of the chicken mixture. Top with one-third of the crushed Doritos, then the remaining chicken mixture. Add the last third of the remaining Dorito's and sprinkle top evenly with cheese.
- Bake, uncovered in the preheated oven until heated through and cheese is bubbly about 20 minutes.
Gotta stock up on those casseroles! And if they have chicken, all the better for that protein boost:
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole – A French classic!
- Chicken Stuffing Casserole – Perfect for the holidays
- Chicken Shepherd’s Pie – An unbeatable crust!
- Shredded Chicken – The best way to use chicken in casseroles
- Chicken Pot Pie Casserole – Potpie like you’ve never eaten it before
What did you love most about my Dorito chicken casserole recipe? That’s a trick question because I already know the answer: the Doritos, of course! I’m off to buy another bag — they somehow keep disappearing around here…