Chicken and California Avocado Casserole

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24 g
Total Fat
23 g
Total Carbs
31 g
80 mg
 Chicken and California Avocado Casserole

Created by California Avocado grower Dorcas McFarlane, this delicious and unique recipe includes fresh California Avocados inside the casserole as well as in the topping!


Serves: 8
  (16-oz.) container salsa verde (fresh green salsa in the refrigerated section)
3/4  cup  low sodium chicken broth
12    corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch strips
cups  cooked shredded chicken
  (8-oz.) package shredded jack cheese
  (8-oz.) package shredded low-fat Mexican cheese
  ripe Fresh California Avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and chopped
1/2  tsp.  kosher salt
  As needed  California Avocado Sauce (see make-ahead recipe below)
    California Avocado Sauce Ingredients
  ripe Fresh California Avocados, peeled and seeded
2/3  cup  low sodium chicken broth
1/8    ground black pepper
1/4  tsp.  salt

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine salsa verde and chicken broth in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cover bottom of prepared baking dish with half the tortilla pieces. Spoon half the salsa verde mixture over tortillas. Scatter half the chicken over salsa verde. Sprinkle with half of the cheeses. Spoon all the avocados evenly over cheese and sprinkle lightly with salt. Place remaining tortilla pieces on top of avocado, pressing gently to compress ingredients. Spoon remaining salsa verde mixture over tortillas, followed by the remaining chicken. Top with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake until cheese is bubbly and begins to brown, about 35 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes before serving.
1. Place all ingredients in the work bowl of a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
2. Top the casserole with sauce or serve on the side.
California Avocado Sauce 
  1. Place all ingredients in the work bowl of a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Top the casserole with sauce or serve on the side.
*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
Calories 420
Total Fat 24 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 11 g
Monounsaturated Fat 9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Total Carbs 23 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugar 2 g
Protein 31 g
Cholesterol 80 mg
Sodium 820 mg
Potassium 410 mg

Vitamin A 653 IU; Vitamin C 12 mg; Calcium 456 mg; Iron 2.3 mg; Vitamin D 14 IU; Folate 50 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.2 g

% Daily Value*: Total Fat 37%; Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 20%; Calcium 45%; Iron 15%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dorcas McFarlane

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