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Rating: 4.65 stars
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Using pantry items plus a couple of fresh items, you can create a cheesy, comforting casserole your whole family will love. Though it does include RO*TEL® and a can of mild green chile peppers, it's not spicy, but if you like the heat, choose hot RO*TEL® and peppers. This pantry chicken casserole reheats well, too, but I had to hide it, or there would have been no night #2! A crusty bread and a green salad complete this easy pantry meal.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a large casserole dish with cooking spray.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  • While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Stir in processed cheese food, diced tomatoes and juice, diced tomatoes and green chiles with juice, and mild chile peppers. Cook and stir until cheese has melted, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cooked pasta and chicken. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes:

You may substitute margarine for butter, any shelf-stable processed cheese food for Velveeta(R), and two 12 1/2-ounce cans cooked, flaked chicken for leftover chicken.

You can use two 4-ounce cans sliced mushrooms instead of fresh mushrooms--just add them when you add the tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts

502 calories; protein 29.7g; carbohydrates 42g; fat 24.1g; cholesterol 91.7mg; sodium 948.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2020
Why are people rating this, and rating it one star when they haven't made it? "That's not how this works, that's not how any of this works." Unless you have made a recipe, move on. You have no business to rate it! I normally look at 4 star and up so I am glad I took the time to read the reviews on this one to see the ones to ignore. You are taking a recipe's rating down when you never even tried it. I wish AllRecipes would just remove your review as it BS. I made it and made some substitutions and additions and it was great. Everyone loved it. I used shredded cheddar instead of Velveeta, added green onions and used fresh mushrooms. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2020
This was a very bland recipe. Maybe cumin or other spice would help. I didn't have any processed cheese , so I used cheddar cheese with a little milk. That may have been the mistake. Read More
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2020
Why are people rating this, and rating it one star when they haven't made it? "That's not how this works, that's not how any of this works." Unless you have made a recipe, move on. You have no business to rate it! I normally look at 4 star and up so I am glad I took the time to read the reviews on this one to see the ones to ignore. You are taking a recipe's rating down when you never even tried it. I wish AllRecipes would just remove your review as it BS. I made it and made some substitutions and additions and it was great. Everyone loved it. I used shredded cheddar instead of Velveeta, added green onions and used fresh mushrooms. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2020
Very tasty. I did not have any chile peppers (did not want to go to the store just for that, don a mask and gloves and all that...) so I chopped up some pepperoncinis instead. And I have minced garlic in a jar - and am not sure what the measurement is for a clove of garlic, so I put 3 heaping teaspoons of the minced garlic in it...and it was wonderful. I also used a turkey breast we got from Costco, pre-cooked and ready to go. I had put it in my crock pot with some chicken gravy for about 6 hours just to further tenderize it, and it was to die for. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2020
I missed the can of tomatoes and chili’s and used cheddar. Dusted with flour instead of velveeta but our picky kids loved this. Will eat it again (leftovers) for dinner and will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2020
I like just following the recipes as stated. If you have similar or so many different things to add - submit your own recipe. I really enjoy just following - This was very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2020
Because of the stay at home limitations, I had to make a lot of changes. Used a combination of rigatoni and elbows. Used 3-10 oz. Cans of diced tomatoes with chilies, used shredded cheddar and shredded mozzarella. I had the green pepper and onion. The fresh mushrooms were a must! It made a huge amount and there's only one of me, so had to find room in the freezer for several more meals worth. Would make a great family meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2020
This was easy, we had everything already & it was very good too! We consider this a winner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2020
I made this using real sharp cheddar. My husband doesn't do tomatoes so made a variation and added lightly cooked broccoli before baking. We loved it! Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2020
I made this a few days ago for dinner, and leftovers. Didn't have mushrooms, so left those out. I crushed up some ritz crackers and mixed with shredded cheese and added that to top. Turned out pretty darn good. Will go into my football tailgate recipe file, as well as any potluck I need to attend. Made enough for a crowd. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2020
It was really good and it makes a lot. Definite leftovers! Just before taking it out of the oven I threw some cheddar cheese on top and Durkees fried onions. Delicious! I also think this would be fun to make with grilled sausage from the barbecue instead of chicken. Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2020
This was a very bland recipe. Maybe cumin or other spice would help. I didn't have any processed cheese , so I used cheddar cheese with a little milk. That may have been the mistake. Read More