Most of the recipes I made when we first got married have long been sent to greener pastures. A chicken tortilla casserole that involves canned chicken and cream of chicken soup is not really part of our regular rotation these days.
But this Cheesy Chicken Tortellini Casserole recipe, which I got from a friend in Texas, Nancy, has continued to be one of our favorites.
I just made it the other night and Bart kept saying, “I LOVE this stuff.” And I had third helpings. I was super happy to hear Bart had a lunch at school the next day because it meant I could guilt-free eat all the chicken tortellini leftovers for my lunch.
By the way, I’d never used the mushrooms in this, so if you are a mushroom hater, feel free to leave them out. But they were delicious.
cheesy chicken tortellini casserole
Cheesy Chicken and Tortellini Casserole
This chicken tortellini casserole is an excellent dinner that makes great leftovers.
- 8 oz frozen or fresh tortellini
- 6 oz Monterey Jack cheese grated and divided
- 4 T butter divided
- 2 chicken breasts diced into 1-inch squares
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 an onion diced
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 4 oz sliced mushrooms optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook tortellini according to directions. Drain.
Pour the tortellini into the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle half of the grated cheese over the tortellini.
In a large frying pan, melt 2 Tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Toss the chicken chunks with the flour to coat them (save the flour), then cook them in the butter until the outsides are nicely browned. Layer the chicken chunks on top of the tortellini and cheese.
In the frying pan, melt the remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter and stir in the diced onion (and mushrooms, if you're using them), cooking for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the flour leftover from the chicken on top and stir to combine. Let cook for about 2 more minutes, then add the chicken broth. Bring to a low boil so that it thickens.
Stir in the sour cream and remaining grated cheese. Stir until smooth, then pour over the top of the casserole.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Made this for dinner on Sunday, it was a huge hit at our house. I generally stay away from casserole type dishes too, but this one is pretty fantastic.
Sarah Ruane says
I made this for dinner last night and we really enjoyed it, including my 15 month old. I used a 19 oz bag of tortellini instead of the 8 oz listed. I also substituted spinach for the mushrooms. I will definitely make this one again. Thanks for sharing!
It WAS great 🙂 I’m happy to have that one in my arsenal now. (Even the picky four year old liked it!)
sort-of grown-up says
Hi! I just ran into Bart on the groups for NaBloPoMo, and I’m excited to follow both of your blogs now (especially the recipes, yum)
–Katie : D
The recipe, not the blogging every day, although I am doing NaPowhatever too.
That sounds sooo good!
I’m trying to do the daily thing anyhoo, so this will just be more motivation. And I’m definitely going to try that recipe. It sounds delicious.
One Smart Cookie says
That recipe looks delicious. If I didn’t suck at cooking, I’d definitely make it. Yes, I am that bad at cooking that I could screw that up. I’ll stick to baking for now!
I am doing NaBloPoMo!
She Likes Purple says
That recipe looks delicious. Adding it to the list of things to make soon!
(I’m loving your site as well!)
I’ve debated doing NanNoWriMo for the last two years but have never done it. This year it wasn’t even an option.
No NaBloPoMo for me though. I’m not really feeling like posting right now….
And thanks for the sweet comment 🙂
Oy vey. I know I DON’T want to. But I don’t mind reading along and riding the coattails of everyone else…
A. That recipe sounds fantastic
B. You KNOW I’m up for this NaMoHoBowWhatsit. I’m pretty much a daily thing anyway!
Okay I’m in. But if I write a post on, say, Tuesday at 1:12am it’s going to have to count for Monday!
Bart Bradshaw says
Mmm. It’s about time to have that again.
Okay, you’ve convinced me. I’ll join you in NaBloPoMo. I like a good challenge!