Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake

This Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake is a delicious way to use up leftover chicken breast! This easy enchilada casserole is full of nutrients and your favorite savory flavors. A Plate of my Delicious Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake

Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake

Simple dinners are a must during the busy weeknights, so I developed this speedy chicken and black bean green enchilada rice bake. Try saying that 3 times fast! Lol 🙂 Check your pantry, chances are you will have just about everything to make this for dinner tonight without going to the grocery store.

Next time you bake or crock pot chicken breast, do yourself a favor and make double the amount and freeze half for another dinner. You’ll be so glad you did.

Make sure you check out my Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Tart that I developed for Kraft!

Take a peek at how quick dinner will be with my simple recipe, hope you enjoy!!

Ingredients You'll Need to Make a Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice BakeHere’s your line-up of ingredients…left: rice, olives, green enchilada sauce, chicken, tomatoes, black beans, cumin, sour cream and cheese.

How to Make This Easy Enchilada Casserole

Shredded Chicken Breast and Enchilada Sauce for CasserolePlace your chicken into a large bowl and add the green enchilada sauce.

Sliced Olives and Diced Tomatoes for the Enchilada CasseroleAdd your sliced olives and diced tomatoes.

A Tub of Light Sour CreamAdd 1/2 Cup sour cream.

Seasoning Enchilada Ingredients with Salt & PepperA little salt and pepper.

Seasoning Ingredients with Roasted Ground CuminMcCormick Gourmet has an incredible Roasted Cumin you must try. Love it in my Mexican recipes.

Creamy Chicken Mix for Enchilada Rice BakeGive it a good mix!

White Rice in a Casserole DishPlace your rice into a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Adding Black Beans to the EnchiladaAdd your black beans over your rice.

Adding Cheese to the EnchiladaPour the chicken mixture over beans then top evenly with cheese. Time to bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees F.

A Serving of Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Casserole on a PlateIt really is as good as it looks 🙂 Enjoy!

One Serving of Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake

A Plate of Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake

Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake

This Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake is a delicious way to use up leftover chicken breast! This easy enchilada casserole is full of nutrients and your favorite savory flavors.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings: 7
Calories: 553kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 cups white rice long grain
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast shredded
  • 15 oz can mild green enchilada sauce
  • 4 oz can sliced black olives
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp McCormick Gourmet Roasted Ground Cumin
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Place chicken, enchilada sauce, olives, tomatoes, sour cream, salt, pepper and cumin into a large bowl, mixing to combine. Pour cooked rice into prepared baking dish and layer beans on top of rice. Pour chicken mixture over rice and top evenly with cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until cheese is melted and rice is hot.


Makes 6-8 servings


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1685mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 976IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: chicken enchilada bake, chicken enchilada casserole, chicken enchilada recipe, easy enchilada recipe, enchilada bake, green enchilada casserole, green enchilada recipe, green enchilada sauce recipe


*Disclaimer: I am part of the McCormick Real Gourmet Blogger Program and am being
compensated however the thoughts and recipe are my very own.

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113 Responses
  1. Lynn Sweet

    Is it possible to just leave the comments for those who have actually made this dish? Does anyone really care if anyone thinks it looks yummy? I think most of us care whether it tasted yummy.

  2. Karin B

    I just wanted to chime in and say that this has been one of our favorite recipes ever. We’ve adapted it a million ways and it’s always delicious. We’ve added a corn layer, used rotel, cauliflower rice instead of regular, added cream cheese to hold it together a bit more…so just wanted to say thanks!

  3. Sara

    This is our family favorite!!! My kids are super picky and they love this dish, requesting it frequently. It’s a great portion, nice for leftovers too. I found it 2 years ago and it’s become a family staple. We like to have it with blue tortilla chips for nacho night, or without. I use leftovers in quesadillas.

    Thank you for the awesome recipe! 🙂

  4. bjtoys

    Made this today using left over turkey instead of chicken. Delicious and easy! Left out the black olives since daughter doesn’t like them. Made enough for 6 people and only had 3. so yummy leftovers for this week!!! Also made me decide to shred some of our leftover turkey to freeze and use like chicken in recipes.

  5. Liz Lopes

    Hi! I was wondering could I make this ahead and then freeze it before I do the in the oven for 30 min step?

  6. Sarah

    I made this for dinner tonight, but used brown rice instead of white, and red enchilada sauce instead of green, because that’s what I had. It was super delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Jenn

    I found this recipe on pinterest and I was curious if you have ever froze this meal. I wanted to try it for a freezer meal but I wasn’t sure how the rice would re-heat.

  8. sharin

    This is going on this weeks menu. It looks and sounds so yummy. Thanks for sharing it.
    PS- I found you via Pinterest.


  9. Angelica Hedges

    Ok, love how easy peasy this is. Got my menu planned for the rest of the week. Thanks

  10. Mmmm, this looks so yummy. We’re not big olive fans, so I think I might leave those out and add green chilies instead? Do you think that’s a little too much ‘green’ with the green enchilada sauce? I want to try brown rice, too. Definitely dinner tonight!

  11. Tricia Smith

    This looks SO yummy…..but my 6 year old does not like sour cream. I’ve tried a ton of different recipes and can’t hide it enough for her to not taste it. Any thoughts on what could be substituted for the sour cream? I absolutely LOVE quick and easy weeknight meals, and ANYTHING Mexican, so I’d love to try this! Thanks do much!!!

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  13. Andrea

    I bought black beans to make this but realized they disappeared so I used refried beans and it was still very tasty. Thank you!

  14. Kayla

    Does anyone know if/show this freezes? We love it and would like to make it for a set of new parents to store in their freezer…

  15. Kayla

    Does anyone know if/how this freezes? We love this recipe and would like to make it for a set of new parents to store in the freezer…

  16. Laura P

    Made this for dinner tonight (without olives) and my family loved it! Instead of plain white rice I used Mahatma yellow long grain rice–it was de-lish! Thanks for a great week night recipe!

  17. Jaime

    Jenn- I made this for my husband the other night and it was amazing! I used diced tomatoes with chilies and it gave it quiet a kick my husband wanted 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipes!!!

  18. Lindsey

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I made it tonight, and we loved it! I was thrilled that I didn’t have to buy a single ingredient, and the best part is that my husband even said it was a keeper (and he’s fairly picky). THANKS AGAIN!

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  20. Kristy

    I just made this!!! It was sooo good. I did mess up though, I didn’t get the green chile enchilada sauce just enchilada sauce….but it was still really, really good!!!

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  23. Ellen

    Do you think that brown rice would taste good in this recipe? I’m looking for an alternative to white rice in recipes, such as this one, that call for it.

  24. Sheri Nichols

    Have you tried to prepare this & freeze it? I like to take freezer meals to friends after they’ve had a baby and I was wondering about this one. I’m not sure how well the rice would freeze.

  25. Brittney

    Just made this for my family and my in-laws. Big hit! I am such a novice in the kitchen, but I always love trying your recipes. They don’t intimidate me and always taste yummy. You make me look good, so thanks!

  26. arletha

    Just got done with this for dinner tonight, we loved it!! My 6 yr old even had seconds. Thank you for such wonderful recipes! You are a god-send!!

  27. Amy

    Casserole type dishes and rice are not usually my favorite but we are big Mexican eaters at our house and this was so easy and had a ton of flavor! We loved it! It was so easy and will definitely go into my regular rotation. Thank you again for more delicious recipes!

  28. I made this the other night and we absolutely loved it! I actually doubled the recipe and put the other half in the freezer for another night in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  29. My mother and I tried this out with brown rice and fat-free, Greek yogurt in place of sour cream (I don’t like it). The dish was very good!! I made mine without olives while my mother added olives to hers. Also, I made my own, fresh salsa verde since it’s so easy and quick to make. Thanks!

  30. Jillian

    I made this the other night, it was good! After I tried it, I thought it was missing something…. I opened up a can of refried beans & served it as a side, it was great! We also used a little taco sauce, too.

    Next time – I will layer the refried beans right in. Although, I think I will skip the tomatoes & add corn instead, and then serve it with some pico de gallo right on top 🙂 Awesome dish!!

  31. Katie Curtis

    Hi Jenny! We miss your smiling face around here. Thanks for this super yummy recipe! It’s in the box. I added green chiles to the chicken mixture and corn with the black beans too. Everyone but Tess loved it, but she grudgingly ate her five bites LOL. Hope all is well!!

  32. Mandy

    Awesome! We just devoured it! Hubs said he wanted it again for dessert! I’m printing it now & adding to the regular line up!

  33. Renee

    I just made this and it is so yummy! Very creamy and lots of great flavors. Some changes I made: I used canned chicken because it was easiest, and I didn’t add any of the salt called for in the recipe (I figured with all the canned ingredients, there had to be enough salt in there already!). Thanks for a yummy dish!

  34. Lisa

    Can I make this receive with out the sour cream?
    If so should in replace it with another ingredient?

  35. Stefany

    Made this the other night but used red enchilada sauce since i did not have green on hand. LOVED IT! and so did my kids! thanks for the great recipe! easy ingredients with stuff I ususally have on hand.

  36. This looks so good! I wanted to let you know that I featured this yummy dish on “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and check it out. And thanks for the inspiration!


  37. Terra

    This was DELISH!!! My 19 month old had 3 helpings!!! I used leftover carne asada from your recipe instead of chicken and it was excellent!!

  38. Jessica

    I made this for dinner last night and it was FABULOUS! Its also much lunch today! Have you ever thought about posting the nutritional information on your dinners? I think this would be a great tool!

  39. Oh my YUM! We made this for dinner a few nights ago. I have to say, it’s rather simple, but full of flavor. My husband even suggested adding it to our regular line up!

    Thanks Jenny for sharing!

  40. Callie

    Just made this tonight…oh my!!! It is superb! I forgot the sour cream but instead of just white rice, I’ve been craving some cilantro lime rice, so I made some and put that at the bottom and topped it off with pepper jack and cheddar! There are plenty of leftovers, and it’s really difficult not to just finish them right now. 🙂

  41. I made this last night and it came out amazing! Having leftovers for lunch in 15 minutes and I can’t wait. I messed up and bought Red Enchilada Sauce instead of Green, but still came out great. And I used the store baked rotisserie chicken to save on time. Really great recipe, thanks for sharing. I added it to my collection for posterity and future use. ^_^

  42. Val

    I saw this yesterday afternoon and made it for lunch. I happened to have the green enchilada sauce in my pantry. I live in Mexico and sometimes it is really hard to find certain ingredients. Plus, my husband is Mexican and doesn’t always like the American Mexican food that I sometimes try (cause, hey, I can usually find all the ingredients for those dishes). BUT, he really liked it. He said, “I would ask you to make this again”. Anytime he says that, it is a big success! So, thanks for the recipe. It was simple to throw together and all ingredients that I can find!

    It was really great!

  43. Stacey W.

    Oooh, that looks so dang good and I bet that would be so yummy wrapped in a tortilla. 🙂 Thanks for another wonderful recipe. I might have to make this one and follow it up with your new chocolate PB tart for a whole night of goodness.

  44. I’ll have to make this without sour cream because I don’t like the stuff. Any suggestions? I want to make this with brown rice to make it a bit healthier. It looks amazing.

  45. I was just thinking I need something super-easy to make for dinner tonight. I think I’m sold – also, you could switch this up a lot with different ingredients (keeping the basic chicken/rice/cheese combo). Yum – thanks!

  46. Ok can we talk about how AMAZING this looks!!! I am a sucker for Mexican casseroles aka anything with cheese and sauce!! (I recently made a Mexican casserole…what do you think?) Can you please stop making such yummy thing!?! I can’t fit in my pants!
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  47. Tricia

    Looks really yummy. I just printed it out so I can give it a try. I think I may have to leave out some of the yummy stuff (like the olives) to try to get my kids to eat it. They are just too darn picky about their food – drives me absolutely nuts!

  48. katie hadfield

    Hey how do you cook your chicken Jen, I have tired different ways and don’t really love how it turns out.. thought I would see what you do? This looks so good, on my list.
    Thanks Katie H

    1. Hi Katie,
      I cook it a number of ways, but when you see where it says “shredded cooked chicken” I typically cook it in my pressure cooker. It cooks those big Costco frozen chicken breasts in about 20 minutes and turns out perfectly juicy. However, if you do not have a pressure cooker, I would recommend placing thawed chicken breasts lightly seasoned with salt and pepper into a baking dish with 1/2 cup of chicken broth placed in the bottom. Cover the dish with foil and bake until cooked through, anywhere from 30-45 minutes. Let me know if you have any questions about it 🙂

      If you plan ahead, toss a few chicken breasts into your crock pot in the morning with some chicken broth and slow cook them for 3-5 hours. That’s a great way to cook chicken too 🙂 Talk soon.

  49. gabbyloben723

    I made this tonight and it was AMAZING!!! The flavor is all there, it’s creamy and filling. The meat was nice and tender, the rice was perfectly fluffy, and the chicken enchilada mixture was perfection! Thank you thank you thank you!
    ps. my 5 year old niece is a very very picky eater, she had three helpings!

  50. made this for dinner tonight and just took my first bite. YUMSVILLE! so delicious!! (i made it with pinto beans since hubby is not a black bean fan.) i’m gonna be full tonight…

  51. Amye Kelly

    I made this tonight for dinner, and it was a huge hit! Thanks for posting such easy and delicious recipes.

  52. This looks delicious *prints & saves to recipe collection* & let me just say thank you again for that smoky mashed potatoes recipe. I used it for Easter & it was a huge hit. So yummy! Thanks!

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