Thursday, April 10, 2014

Smoked Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Apr 09 2014

Last night I was watching the cooking channel and saw Trisha Yearwood make a chicken tortilla casserole. That girl can sing and cook! That would be my supper for tonight.

This am I went and got some chicken and what I needed for the casserole. I got a whole cut up chicken and got it in brine for about 2 hours then rinsed and dried and in the fridge an hour to dry some. I smoked it on my Traeger at 225 deg. grill level a half hour then went to about 340 deg. to finish. It took just under an hour to finish.

After it had cooled I pulled the meat from the breasts and thigh back pieces. That looked like plenty of meat for the casserole. I made up the chicken gravy and then it went in the mix with the green peppers, onions, garlic, sour cream and chicken broth and I just used 2 cups of the broth.

I made up the 3 layers of corn tortillas, chicken, cheese and sauce in a large casserole dish. You might note in her recipe it called for ½ cup shredded cheddar for each layer; that must have been a type error since it calls for 3 cups in the recipe ingredients. I used one cup for each layer. I baked it for about 40 minutes at 350 deg.

I followed Trisha’s recipe for cheater beans to serve too. I would have liked to use the bacon and bacon grease but our veggie daughter was stopping after work to eat so I just used olive oil. I sautéed some chopped onions and garlic, a can of pinto beans, about a half can of diced fire roasted tomatoes with some of the juice and a half 4 oz. can chopped green chilies.  I meant to add some cumin but forgot.

I served it all with some jarred salsa and tortilla strips on the side. We all liked it; the daughter in law ate two helpings of the casserole and some beans. This is a dish I will be making again!
Chicken on the smoker

Shredded chicken

Two layers in

Ready to serve

Beans are ready

My supper


  1. Fantastic job Don. Will definitely try this one!

  2. Thanks Sam I forgot to give the link for the recipe but it is there now. Don