White Chicken & Black Bean Casserole

3.63 from 8 votes

Hearty and bursting with gooey, cheesy goodness, this casserole makes the ultimate comfort food.

Treat yourself to something comforting while getting your Mexican food fix with this delicious White Chicken & Black Bean Casserole! Chockfull of clean, nutritious ingredients, this nourishing one-dish meal will leave you feeling full for hours. Shredded chicken mingles with vitamin=rich ingredients like black beans, juicy onion, and diced green chilies to form an enchilada filling. A thick, creamy white sauce forms the base layer of this recipe, followed by layers of tortilla halves along with the chicken mixture and enchilada filling, Finally, the drool-worthy dish is topped a second layer of sauce and baked to bubbly perfection. Sprinkle chopped cilantro over your masterpiece for a garden-fresh touch and some refreshing flavor.

Hearty and bursting with gooey, cheesy goodness, this casserole makes the ultimate comfort food, without sabotaging your healthy eating goals. This simple recipe won’t steal time from your busy schedule, and it yields plenty of leftovers for the remaining week!

3.63 from 8 votes

White Chicken & Black Bean Casserole

This casserole is full of nutritious ingredients that are comforting and super delicious.
Yield 12 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


Enchilada Filling

  • 6 to 8 ounces bone-in split chicken breast with skin (skin will be removed later)
  • 15 ounces black beans can, drained
  • 1 onion small, diced
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles can
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth fat-free
  • 1/4 cup sour cream optional canned coconut milk
  • 12 tortillas 6 inch, corn or whole-grain flour will work, cut in half

White Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee (we used the healthy butter, Ghee)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth fat-free
  • 1 cup sour cream optional canned coconut milk
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles can
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican style cheese shredded, optional cheddar
  • 1/3 cup cilantro fresh, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375.

Enchilada Filling

  • Add chicken breasts to a small casserole pan along with 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until chicken is no longer pink and reaches 175 degrees, approximately 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool enough to handle. Note: chicken can also be cooked in water on the stovetop.
  • Discard skin and bones, shred chicken with a fork and add to a mixing bowl. Add remaining filling ingredients, except tortillas, and toss to combine.

White Sauce

  • Add butter or Ghee to a large skillet, turn to medium, and melt. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly stir in broth and stir continuously until it slightly thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat slightly, add sour cream, 1 can diced green chills, black pepper, salt, chili powder, and 1 cup cheese, stir just until cheese is melted.
  • Add 1/2 cup sauce in a 9 x 13-inch casserole pan and spread across the bottom. Layer 1/3 tortilla halves on the bottom. Spread half the chicken mixture over the tortillas, top with 1/3 tortillas, add the remaining chicken filling and top with remaining tortillas. Pour remaining sauce over the top. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup cheese.
  • Loosely cover the casserole with foil and bake until bubbly, about 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is lightly golden. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 422mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Kid-Friendly

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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  1. This was delicious! My picky children even liked it. I didn’t have chilis so I subbed jalapeños. It gave it an extra kick. I will definitely make this again.

  2. This is a great low point weight watchers casserole If you switch out the sour cream for Greek yogurt and it still tastes yummy!

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