Chicken Doritos Casserole

Chicken Doritos Casserole combines shredded chicken, cheese, cream of chicken soup, taco seasoning and Rotel. Served over Doritos for a comforting meal. This recipe dates back to my earlier years of food blogging, back around 2011.

One thing real quick. Did you come here from pinterest expecting the recipe for this picture? You aren’t alone!

There was a pin that went viral on Pinterest where whoever pinned it accidentally pinned this wrong image to the post for Chicken Doritos Casserole. The correct images for Chicken Doritos Casserole follow below.

The image on the left is for Hot Chicken Salad Casserole. If you would like to check out the recipe that image actually goes with, check it out here. It is really delicious! It uses a pie crust as a base and is ultra cheesy.

Every once in a while this indulgent food is the best kind of food, comforting and totally delicious. Chicken Doritos Casserole fits that description perfectly.

Ingredients Needed

  • shredded chicken
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • cream of chicken soup
  • milk & sour cream
  • can Rotel tomatoes
  • taco seasoning
  • nacho cheese Doritos

Chicken Doritos Casserole Notes

Since the chicken mixture is combined with the Doritos and baked, some of the chips will get a bit softer. If this bothers you, feel free to prepare the recipe as directed but set aside the chips while cooking. You could add them during the last few minutes on top if you liked to warm them up, or simply add them to your plate and scoop the chicken mixture on top.

Looking for more cheesy recipes? Check these out!

Chicken Doritos Casserole

Chicken Doritos Casserole

Shredded chicken is mixed with cheese, cream of chicken soup, taco seasoning and Rotel until bubbling hot and served over Nacho Doritos for an ultra comforting meal.
4.85 from 19 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 533 kcal


  • 8 Inch Square Baking Pan


  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded or cubed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes drained
  • 1/2 packet taco seasoning or more- to your tastes
  • 11 ounce bag of regular nacho cheese Doritos


  • Preheat oven to 350-f degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except Doritos.
  • In a greased 8"x8" baking dish, put a layer of Doritos (about 2 cups), then a layer of the chicken mixture. Repeat once more, ending with a layer of chicken mixture. Top with more shredded cheese, cover, and bake for 30-35 minutes, till bubbling hot. Alternatively, to keep the chips crunchier, you can omit them from the casserole recipe and simply spoon the cooked and heated chicken filling over a plate of the Doritos. Either way works, it is a matter of preference.


Recipe source: Domestic Chicky


Calories: 533kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 23gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1095mgPotassium: 457mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 806IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 291mgIron: 3mg
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Chicken Doritos Casserole

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  1. I'm finally catching up on Mel's Fancy Friday Blog Hop and have followed you via GFC.
    Happy Mother's Day! πŸ™‚

  2. Yum! This is the kind of easy and gooey and tasty dish my family will love. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I've died and gone to heaven! I made a casserole similar to this except that I used tortillas for the layers rather than Doritos. It was fabulous! I'm sure with the Doritos' texture, it would add something to it. YUM!!

  4. Oh my gosh my 8 year old would love this – a dinner that incorporates Doritos! And that recipe over there for Choc. Dipped PB Krispies is SCREAMING at me to make them!! Yum….glad to meet your blog!
    Thanks for linking up to Mangia Mondays!

  5. This is a recipe my mom made for us growing up, and I actually just made it last night for my family! We always called it Mexican Chicken.

  6. Looks yummy!! I will be trying this recipe real soon.I just became a follower and hope you return the favor! Thanks

  7. LOL, I just discovered you through Laura's blog (cooking photographer) but I already see we have a few things in common. I also call this trash food but I'm not quite as PC about it b/c I add "white" before the "trash." You know that taco salad made with Doritos, taco meat, and entire bottle of Catalina/French dressing, tons of cheese and a little lettuce? Yup. White trash taco salad. Loves it! I know I would love this one too. Wonder what that says about me? πŸ˜‰

  8. Hah – reciperhapsody: The original text for this I called it White Trash food, but I ended up editing it cause I was like, do I write that, is it rude? But yeah, that's what I call it in my head anyways. πŸ™‚

    Oh yeah and I totally know that salad you are referring to. That is a good one. πŸ˜€

  9. I am so glad you decided to join in on Made it on Monday! And you brought such a good looking recipe with you! I mean who wouldnt want to eat this with all that cheesy goodness. YUM!

  10. This looks like yummy "trash food"! I would have the best time putting on the 5 pounds while eating it!

  11. Anything served with a salad fits into my def of a healthy meal. Also, if it has cheese. Just saying. This is one my list for next week. (:

  12. Ok. YUM! Making this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Thank you for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  13. Hahaha, I love your word, "Trash Food". Too funny. I've been craving salty trash food so I'd love to reach through my screen. Mmmm. Great pictures, too.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweets This Week!


  14. With Doritos?? This is crazy. I can only imagine how a college student would react to a recipe like this…..bring this to a dorm party ad you'll have friends for life. πŸ™‚

  15. Okay, first, I {heart} trash food, you know, on occasion. Sometimes it's the best thing ever. I need to try this.

    Second, Jam Hands! I love it! You were a Gilmore Girls fan weren't you?

    Found you at Whassup Wednesday and now a new follower (probably just because of Jam Hands. πŸ™‚ Actually, no because your recipes look great.)

  16. I've seen this all over Pinterest and finally made it for dinner tonight. Oh my goodness…it was so good! We all loved it!

  17. I found this recipe yesterday and made it for diner. It was yummy. I used low-fat (1%) yogurt instead of sour cream, plus, I did not use as much milk and instead of Doritos, I used tortilla chips because I had them at home. I was surpirsed at home much my husband like it. πŸ™‚

  18. Would anyone think black beans and/or corn would go well with this? I'm making it tonight for the first time! Thanks so much! Found you off Pinterest!

  19. I'm trying this tonight, but subbing the chicken and cream of chicken soup for ground beef and cream of onion soup. I'll let you know how it turns out.

  20. Hannah – You could make it but don't add any chips to it, otherwise they will get super soggy.

    1. Hannah, I've cooked the chicken and made the mix (not including chips) ahead of time and just covered it and stashed it all in the fridge…that way when I get home from work, the only part that's left is crushing the doritos, putting it in the pan, and baking. πŸ™‚

  21. So would this be good without the doritos baked in it…. like served over doritos? I was just thinking the if warmed up the next day, the doritos would be soggy. This sounds so delicious though that I can not wait to try it.

  22. I make this but I use hamburger meat instead. Brown the meat, drain, add one can cream of chicken, one can enchilada sauce, some milk and then pour this mixture over the Doritos top with loads of cheese and bake at 350 for 30 min. my niece and nephew tear this up!

  23. f you just use regular tortilla chips this is pretty much just "chilequiles" – my favorite mexcian dish.

  24. Hailey – Sorry I am late getting back to you. I made this quit a while back and I can't remember for sure if I drained them or not. If you are unsure, I'd go with draining them.

  25. I made this last night but used salsa, green onions and added egg noodles. It was really good, next time I will omit the noodle idea for some reason I didn't think this would be much of a meal and got it in my head to add them, and it just didn't need them. =)

  26. AM TOTALLY going to make this tomorrow night for dinner – thanks to Denise above – I think black beans and corn are a GREAT idea and a good way to add to this dish. Can't wait to make it!

  27. I made this when it was my turn for Bunko. I made it two ways. I replaced the chicken in your original recipe with ground beef and left out the tomatoes because a few of the ladies don't like them. The other version used chicken and replaced the taco seasoning with a ranch dressing mix and Ranch Doritos. It was fabulous. Thanks!!

  28. Thank-you SO much for sharing this recipe… instant hit I've made it 2 times this week LOL πŸ™‚ P.S. For the chicken I used one of those rotisserie chickens from the grocery store and just ripped it apart because I'm lazy πŸ™‚

  29. Made this tonight and it was quite yummy! My boyfriend is a big fan of the Doritos tacos at Taco Bell, so he of course liked this. I made it jut as the recipe stated EXCEPT I slow-cooked my chicken all afternoon and when I did, I threw in cumin, garlic, chili and cayenne powders for some extra flavor. I used Aldi's store-brand of Doritos and they worked out perfectly along with their brands of cheese, sour cream and Rotel. Not sure I loved it enough to make it all the time, but the boyfriend just went back for seconds, so it will be made at least once a month, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe!:)

  30. It am making this right now, and it already looks good, but you could have made some things more clear, I just got to the part where it says to top with more cheese, and I don't have any- you didn't say to reserve any for the end. I am sure it will be great though.

  31. thanks so much for this recipe! its one of our favorites.. i make it about once a week! its amazing! there are never any leftovers! i use a few chicken breasts and just cut them into strips like for fajitas.. it seems easier to me and also more texture than shredding the chicken. also when i was out of rotel once i used salsa and it was just as good:)

  32. Is there something I can supstitute for the Ro-tel?? Not a fan and the rest sounds so good. How would it be without it??

  33. This sounds REALLY good! I make a similar recipe that uses salsa instead of Rotel. We love it!

  34. This casserole is SO good. Definitely one to make the taste buds do a little dance πŸ™‚ I posted it in my blog and was sure to give you credit for it!!!


  35. I found this recipe through a pin on pinterest…it looked so yummy I hadt try it! Using a broasted chicken from the deli it was super easy and jut as yummy as it looks…thanks for a great recipe. I am now a follower and can't wait to try more of your recipes…
    Have a yummy day! πŸ™‚

  36. I made this for dinner tonight when my mom and sister stopped by for dinner! I adjusted the recipe a little but it was delicious nonetheless! I added a cup of plain long grain rice and didn't do the layers. I just mixed all the ingredients together minus the Doritos. Spread the rice mixture into a 13×9 glass baking dish. Topped with chips and cheese! So yummy! Thanks!

  37. Ah wow! I might have to do a veggie version with faux chicken!

    I have had a lifelong obsession with Doritos and I thought I had it all under control but then I moved to a new job where they sell them in the cafeteria and now the floodgates have opened and I want to Dorito everything up… they are just so good.

    Just found your blog and I love it! I signed up for email alerts, look forward to seeing what is next!

  38. This looks really easy and really yummy!I'll have to try it for the family this week. Thanks for sharing!

  39. I've made a similar recipe like his using rice cream of celery an velveeta cheese with doritos on top mmmmmm mmmm good

  40. Found this on Pinterest. I usually make it with Cream of mushroom instead of the sour cream and milk, plain tortilla chips and no taco seasoning. I will try this version when my picky eater moves out.

  41. This is so good! I've made it twice. My step daughter asks for it every time she comes up. Thanks for sharing!

  42. I have made this several times now… it is my go-to dinner for guests… thank you SO much for posting it!! SO delicious and easy for a beginner like me!

  43. I have made this before and it was awesome and I just got through making it again and stuck it in the oven and remembered..I left out the milk and sour cream! :/

  44. I've been making a version of this since 1971 !! My kids, all grown now, love it and they all have the recipe. I always make it with chopped green chilis, and sometimes medium Salsa by Pace. I don't add the Rotel tomatoes. Nor do I add sour cream or milk. However, I do use Cr. of Chicken and Cr. of Mushroom soups with a rotisseried chicken, and LOTS of sharp cheddar cheese or a blend. YUMMO!
    It's the best kind of comfort food! I serve it with Spanish Rice and Ranch Beans. Sometimes I also serve my homemade Salsa alongside it. THANKS, Ali!

  45. I made this and it was delicious, it was a little spicy so if you don't like spicy stuff I'd maybe just do tomatoes instead of the Rotel.

  46. Could you substitute ground beef instead of using the chicken? Maybe that wouldn't be as good as I'm picturing but just wondering! πŸ™‚

  47. This was SO good! I made it for my dad who happens to be rather picky and he ate several servings. πŸ™‚ Thanks! Great way to use up the Doritos I had so that my kids wouldn't have those yellow cheesy hands – you know what I mean. πŸ™‚

  48. How many people does it serve? Did you serve it over rice? I'm trying to make it for about 150 adults.

  49. This dish was and is delish. Easy to make and makes plenty. Enjoy you won’t be sorry.
    I wouldn’t layer with chips in the future, they get soggy but I used fresh chips for dipping and scooping. Yummy.

  50. Made this for friends, used the mild seasoning but was too mild, next time will use the regular seasoning. Very good!

  51. Make this low carb by using cream cheese ( instead of soup) and mixed with chicken bouillon (Better Than Bouillon) in a saucepan then use cream instead of milk, mix everything up (except chips), cover with cheese and bake. Serve over chopped iceberg lettuce with just a couple chips crushed and sprinkled over the top. Cilantro and sliced olives make great garnishes.

  52. I made this today !! Only thing is I did add can chili beans to it πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘©β€πŸ³

  53. I love this! My mom made it in the 70s with regular Doritos and it was called Mexico in a Minute! I love your updates to this classic!

  54. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! I love that it doesn’t contain cream cheese because my husband is allergic to it. I also love that it is only 8×8 and not 9×13. There is only two of us. We would be eating a big pan for a week lol. How does it freeze. I think we have a new recipe for our little family, thank you so much.

    1. Hi Debra- I hope you enjoy it! If you were to freeze this, then I would recommend not baking it with the doritos and keeping them separate from the chicken cheese mixture as directed above. You can spoon the hot chicken mixture over the doritos. I haven’t tried freezing the chicken mixture but I would think it would freeze okay.