How to Make Mexican Chicken Casserole and Amazing Fiesta Tips

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It’s Fiesta time! Cue the Mariachi band because I’m doing the Mexican Hat Dance! I’m excited to join RO*TEL in declaring the entire month of May as Fiesta Month! Thankfully, May has 31 days, so that’s 31 days of fiesta fun!

I’ll kick off the month with an amazing Mexican Chicken Casserole that’s on the table in less than 30 minutes. That means I’ll have more time for some DIY fun! My party includes plenty of DIY party ideas, colorful free printables and delicious Tex-Mex foods that you’ll want to include when planning your own fiesta. Let’s get started!

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Mexican Fiesta Tablescape

We’re taking it outside for this party! It’s all about bright, bold colors when it comes to creating a tablescape worthy of a fiesta. Since we’re partying outside, I start with a disposable table cover in a bright shade of blue.

Fiesta Tablescape and Mexican Chicken Casserole

Next, I add a colorful Mexican serape table runner. It really brightens up the table and adds pops of bold colors.

Pops of Bright Colors and Mexican Chicken Casserole

DIY Sombrero Centerpieces

These Sombrero centerpieces are so fun to make and will bring big smiles to the faces of your guests.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clay pots and saucers (a little bigger than the pots)
  • Spray paint in vibrant colors (I used mustard, purple and orange)
  • Brightly colored pom poms
  • Washi tape
  • Glue Gun

Spray paint the clay pots and saucers in bold colors. I use two coats of paint. Be sure and let the paint dry in between coats.

Fiesta DIY Centerpiece and Mexican Chicken Casserole

Smooth washi tape around the top edge of the clay pots.

DIY Centerpiece - Mexican Chicken Caserole

Using a hot glue gun, glue pom poms around the edge of the saucers.

DIY Clay Pot Centerpieces and Mexican Chicken Casserole

Turn the pots over and place on the saucers. Now you have the perfect sombrero centerpieces for your fiesta!

DIY Sombreo Fiesta Centerpieces - Mexican Chicken Casserole

For a fun addition to the centerpieces, add a few of my favorite greetings. Print on card stock, cut out and use a hot glue gun to attach the greetings onto popsicle sticks. I’ve included a FREE printable!

Fiesta-Greetings-Printable

Fiesta Greetings - Mexican Chicken Casserole

Add a few succulents and you’re good to go.

Bandana Garland

This is one of the easiest garlands you’ll ever make. First, I pressed the bandanas to get all the wrinkles out.

How to Make a Bandana Garland and Mexican Chicken Casserole

Fold the colorful bandanas (I used six)triangles.

Bandana Garland and Mexican Chicken Casserole

Tie them end to end. Ta-da, you’re done!

Bandana Garland and Mexican Chicken Casserole

Fiesta Menu

The menu for my Fiesta Dinner Party includes Mexican Chicken Casserole, Mexican Rice, and Individual Taco Salads. Sombrero Sugar Cookies and Milk Shooters are a fun, delicious way to end a scrumptious feast.

Fiesta and Mexican Chicken Casserole

Mexican Chicken Casserole

The main event or entrada (entree) is the Mexican Chicken Casserole. It’s made with the finest ingredients including RO*TEL, a family favorite.

Whenever I’m shopping at Walmart, I make sure to stock up on  RO*TEL. Whenever I want to add bold flavor to soups, dips, casseroles, breakfast recipes and even pimento cheese, RO*TEL delivers because it’s so versatile.

RO*TEL Instore Photo - Mexican Chicken Casserole

Let’s make an easy Mexican Chicken Casserole!

How to Make Mexican Chicken Casserole

Cook chicken cubes in a skillet until golden brown.

How to Make Mexican Chicken Casserole

In a large bowl, mix chicken, RO*TEL, cream of chicken soup and cheese.

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Cook Chicken before making Mexican Chicken Casserole

Layer the chips and RO*TEL mixture and repeat.

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Top with crushed chips and bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Mexican Chicken Casserole and Fiesta Fun

Easy Mexican Chicken Casserole

Easy Mexican Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 - 10 oz. can RO*TEL
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add cubed chicken breasts and sauté for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from skillet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix RO*TEL, cream of chicken soup, cheese and cubed chicken breasts.
  3. In a greased casserole dish, layer 1/2 of the tortilla chips and 1/2 of the RO•TEL mixture. Repeat layers and top with crushed tortilla chips.
  4. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
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Fiesta and Mexican Chicken Casserole

Sombrero Sugar Cookies & Milk Shooters

Sombrero Sugar Cookies and Milk Shooters - Mexican Chicken Casserole

To make the cookie shooters, you’ll need:

  • Iced sugar cookies (from the bakery)
  • Icing (pre-packaged)
  • Sprinkles
  • Gumdrops

Pipe a line of icing all around the outside of the sugar cookie. Roll the outside of the cookie in sprinkles. Add a dab of icing to the center of the cookie and attach the gumdrop.

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Pour milk into shot glasses and top with a Sombrero Sugar Cookie.

Sombrero Sugar Cookies and Mexican Chicken Casserole

FREE Fiesta Like There Is No Mañana Printable

You can’t throw a Mexican Fiesta without including one of my favorite sayings. I’m including a FREE printable so you can Fiesta Like There is No Mañana (Party like there’s no tomorrow).

Fiesta-Printable

Fiesta like there is no Manana - Mexican Chicken Casserole

My Mexican Fiesta is fun, festive and highlights my favorite foods. Find more inspirational recipes to enjoy during the 31 Days of Fiesta. What are some of your favorite fiesta foods?

 

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Let's have a Fiesta! Check out this step-by-step guide to hosting an easy breezy Fiesta. The deck or porch is the perfect spot for hosting a Fiesta. I've included an adorable DIY centerpiece, FREE printables, Mexican Chicken Casserole and Sombrero Sugar Cookies and Milk Shooters. What a fun fiesta!

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Comments

  1. You know how to throw a party! I am always so amazed at the things you come up with! You are so crafty and this recipe looks delish!

  2. I absolutely love all of your colorful decorations and DIY projects. And that recipe has me ready to start baking. I’ve got to check and see if I have all of the ingredients on hand or if I need to go shopping.

  3. Robin rue says

    That casserole would go over really well with my family! We are big on Mexican food around here!!

  4. Oh yum how absolutely delicious does this sound! I have to admit I do love a good chicken dish and this sounds right up my street.

  5. Oh Wow, Alli this looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! I love love love the bright fun colors and those sombreros, floats with the cookies on top. They are so creative and so pretty – I think any guests will love to be at a party like this!! I love just about everything about this and kind of want to get creative and make some of these.

  6. This is SO cute! You are very creative! I know where I want to go for Cinco De Mayo! That casserole looks SO good I will be making that for our fiesta!

  7. I love using Rotel when I make Mexican dishes! The blend of tomato and peppers make the food taste so delicious! Love your pictures!

  8. Ohh.. now this is a party! We love RO*TEL. (am I writing that right?)
    You are going all out here. I am so hungry for that casserole!

  9. Wow Alli, I wish I could come to your fiesta! I simply love those cookie shooters (such a fantastic idea), those Sombrero clay pot centerpieces are simply genius and that casserole sounds wonderful! #client

  10. MMm, this looks amazing and I love the hats! Oh, and the cupcakes. You are so creative.

  11. Rebecca Swenor says

    Mexican Chicken casserole sounds delicious and this will be something I know my family with love. These are some awesome Fiesta ideas and going to have to try a couple of these for sure. The Sombrero Sugar Cookie with the milk shots are so cute. Thanks for sharing the recipes and the ideas.

  12. I love the sombreros you made! They’re so cute and adorable! And I have to try that recipe too, I’m always up for meals that don’t take long to prepare.

  13. That bandana garland is so cute. I love how simple these decorations are to make, too!

  14. That looks like a great spread you put together. I think my son would enjoy the casserole and I’d like to try those shooters.

  15. I love Mexican dishes and I’d surely try this one! I’m planning to prepare this for our weekend family dinner.

  16. Lovely set up. This colorful vibe makes it inviting to people. Ive tried Chicken Casserole a few times but I always think that preparing it is one tough job. But might try to your recipe coz it looks easy.

  17. Oh, my goodness, I am dying over your little ceramic pot sombreros! What a creative idea! The casserole looks amazing too- I just love the kick that Rotel gives dishes!

  18. I am all for anything that makes life easy, especially recipes like this that the kids will absolutely love me for! Thanks for the recipe! I’d love to make it for dinner one of these days.

  19. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    I love the tablescape! So colorful and very festive. The chicken casserole recipe looks good too. I will save the recipe for later. This will go into our meal plan for next week. My boys would love this!

  20. Catvills says

    Looks like a delicious casserole! All that cheese is going to make it really tasty. I never thought of using tortilla chips for topping. The sombrero sugar cookie is so cute!

  21. I absolutely love Mexican food but I’ve never tried a casserole like this. Looks perfect for busy weeknights. Can’t wait to try it!

  22. What a fun fiesta! Your casserole sounds delicious, and those cookies and milk shooters are adorable. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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