Spinach & Goat Cheese Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Written by Eli Ben-YehudaOn October 7, 2020
This amazing tortilla casserole proves you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to eat a heart-healthy diet. Layers of tortillas, chicken and vegetables with a creamy goat-cheese sauce create a lasagna-like Mexican casserole dish for an easy, healthy dinner the whole family will love.
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 medium leek, halved and sliced, white and light green parts only
- 3 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 cups baby spinach
- ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeños
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 12 corn tortillas, halved
- ⅓ cup green salsa
- ⅓ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Place chicken in a medium skillet or saucepan and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the chicken to a clean cutting board and chop or shred with two forks.
3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, leek and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the leek is soft and starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Whisk milk and cornstarch in a small bowl and add to the pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, 3½ minutes. Stir in spinach, jalapeños, goat cheese, salt and pepper; cook until the cheese melts and the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in the chicken.
4. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with 6 tortilla halves. Spread 1½ cups of the filling over the tortillas. Repeat with 3 more layers of tortillas and 2 more layers of filling, ending with a layer of tortillas. Spread salsa on top and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
5. Bake until hot and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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