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This creamy Dorito Chicken Casserole is an easy dinner recipe your whole family will love. Full of cheesy Doritos chips and a creamy mix of chicken, tomatoes, corn and cheese.

dorito chicken casserole with tomatoes and green onion

For more delicious casseroles, try my Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, One Pot Chicken and Rice, Chicken Broccoli Casserole or my Creamy Chicken Casserole.

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Ingredients for Doritos Chicken Casserole

  • Cooked chicken – You need 3 cups of shredded chicken breasts, and you can use Poached Chicken, Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken, or Instant Pot Shredded Chicken. The simplest way I’ve found is to pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store and pluck the meat off. You’ll get 4-5 cups and can freeze what you don’t use.
  • Doritos – For this cheesy dish, I use Nacho Cheese Doritos. You can mix it up with a favorite flavor, like Taco flavored or Cool Ranch Doritos.
  • Sour creamI prefer full fat sour cream for texture and flavor, but plain Greek yogurt could be substituted.
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup – Cream of mushroom soup can be substituted.
  • Rotel tomatoes – A small can of diced tomatoes with green chiles.
  • Corn – Canned or frozen. If you have fresh available to you, go ahead and use that. The 1 can of corn equals about 1.5 cups.
  • Spices – Cumin and chili powder.
  • Cheddar and Jack cheeses – I highly recommend freshly grated cheese because the pre-shredded has a coating that prevents melting.
ingredients for dorito chicken casserole

How to Make Doritos Chicken Casserole

My Doritos Chicken Casserole recipe features a spicy, creamy chicken base with a crunchy Doritos topping for great texture.

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

  1. Preheat the oven and grease a large casserole dish.
  2. Crush the chips and spread half of them in the bottom of the casserole.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, sour cream, cream soup, Rotel, corn, spices and half of the cheeses.
  4. Spread the chicken mixture over the Doritos in the prepared baking dish, then top with the rest of the crushed chips and the shredded cheese.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Rest for 5-10 minutes.

For a pretty presentation and flavor contrast, be sure to garnish with some fresh tomatoes and green onions.

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Serving Suggestions

My Doritos Chicken Casserole is super creamy and cheesy. While we love this casserole just on it’s own and usually just serve a green salad on the side, there are a few ways we like to mix things up.

  • Serve it over white or brown rice.
  • Mix in some cooked pasta, like rotini, before baking.
  • Baked potatoes topped with cheesy Doritos Casserole are amazing!


  • Change up the flavor by using hot or mild Rotel, or different flavors of Doritos chips.
  • Make it extra creamy by adding a little softened cream cheese to the chicken mixture.
  • Add a southwestern flair with some taco seasoning and black beans.
a small bowl with chicken dorito casserole

Storage and Reheating

Storage: Leftover chicken casserole should be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for 3-4 days.

Freezing: To freeze, place the leftover casserole in a freezer bag and press out as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 6 months. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight.

Reheating: Reheat in the oven, uncovered, at the same temperature, or in the microwave for 60-90 seconds.

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Doritos Chicken Casserole Recipe

4.75 from 16 votes
Dorito Chicken Casserole is an easy dinner that everyone loves! Full of Doritos chips and a creamy mix of chicken, tomatoes, corn and cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast like from a rotisserie chicken
  • 15 ounce bag Nacho Cheese Dorito chips
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 20 ounces (2 cans) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 10 ounce Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
  • 15 ounce Can corn drained (or 1.5 cups frozen/fresh)
  • 1 cup Freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili powder
  • Optional garnish: fresh diced tomatoes and thinly sliced green onions
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Crush chips and place half of them on the bottom of your casserole dish and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine sour cream, soup mix, Rotel, corn, cumin, chili powder and half of each of the cheeses. Fold in the shredded chicken until well combined.
  • Spread the chicken mixture over the chips in the baking dish. Top with the remain chips and cheese.
  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • Let rest for 5-10 minutes, top with optional garnish and serve.


Storage: Leftover chicken casserole should be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for 3-4 days.
Freezing: To freeze, place the leftover casserole in a freezer bag and press out as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 6 months. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight.
Reheating: Reheat in the oven, uncovered, at the same temperature, or in the microwave for 60-90 seconds.
Keyword chicken casserole, dorito chicken casserole


Calories: 849kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 38gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1527mgPotassium: 647mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 931IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 465mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.


Jenine blogs at where she strives to create simple recipes that anyone can make and everyone in the family can enjoy. As a mom of three she knows first hand how busy day to day life can be and how precious family time is. She hopes her easy recipes can help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table enjoying food, family, and making fun memories.

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  1. Shelby says:

    We really like this casserole! If we were to freeze a 9×13 uncooked pan of the mixture, would I just thaw it and bake according to normal directions or is there a special way to cook it? Also, should I leave the doritos off the top until cooking? Thanks!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      So glad to hear that! I would suggest preparing the chicken mixture and freezing that, then assembling the casserole with fresh chips on the bottom and top when you’re ready to bake it. This would keep the chips from getting too soggy.

  2. Teri Smith says:

    Tasty casserole, very large, we liked it a lot. Pair it with something cold and refreshing, we did canned and cold freestone peaches, or a Mexican salad. It’s filling, great for a group or large family and I am pretty sure teens would love it. I plan to freeze 1/2 the casserole for another time, so that’s just a plus for me. Thank you YBR.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Teri! Love your feedback, thanks for stopping by.

  3. Melissa C says:

    Could I mix all the ingredients the night before so my husband can layer it and get it ready while I’m at work? He doesn’t like prep but will cook and I’d like to help.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes you could store the mixture in the fridge and have him layer the doritos in the dish. I’d suggest for him to set the chicken mixture out for about 20-30 minutes before layering it so it comes to room temp.

  4. Kristen says:

    It is so good I’ve made it multiple times and my family loves it

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Kristen.

  5. Brenda Wilkerson says:

    Very good! I didn’t find the Doritos to be soggy at all. The Doritos were soggy for the leftovers but I expected that.

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Brenda! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Mary Ellen Lloyd says:

    Doritos were Much too soggy. Should have known, after all that cooking. Should’ve just baked the filling and then dumped the crunchy uncooked Doritos on top. Shame on me, I’m 70 and no novice cook, I should’ve known this. This recipe has no crunch, so it’s a C- altho it could have easily been an A- without liquidizing the Doritos. Disappointed in the results. ?

  7. Kate M. says:

    Excited to make this! It looks delicious. Can you tell me how many people this recipe should serve? Thanks!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      It will serve 4-6, depending on serving size.

  8. Craig D says:

    This has become a bi-weekly meal for us – the whole family loves it and makes sure they are home on Doritos Chicken Casserole Night.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you

    1. Kristin says:

      Hello Craig, so happy that you and your family loved this recipe! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Jessica roy says:

    I just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I have a very picky autistic friend I make dinner every Sunday for. He loves this recipe so much he requested it for every Sunday.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Jessica! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your honest feedback.

  10. Barbara Griswold says:

    Well I just made this casserole and followed your directions to a T with a rotessier chicken so easy to make it is delicious .I can’t wait we have another gathering with my family to bring this dish. Love your receipes. As I said before you are great.

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing your experience Barbara!

  11. Barbara says:

    Doesn’t anyone read the directions thourly I see where some ?? They asked are right there in front of them are your directions on line different from mineGoing to make this tonite . Can’t wait keep up your good work.

  12. Colleen Cooper says:

    What size bag of doritos? Like the mini bag, lunch pack, or regular size bag? Also, what size casserole dish, 8X8, 9X11, or 9X13?

    1. Kristin says:

      The recipe is updated to better explain what to use. Thanks!

  13. Emilee says:

    Can it be made without the cheddar cheese soup? What can be a replacement for that?

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s really the base for the sauce. You could make a cheese though, and that would probably work.

  14. Brooklyn says:

    Will this still come out alright if I skip out on the can of Rotel? Or does skipping one ingredient change the taste of the entire meal?

    1. Kristin says:

      It depends on the ingredient, but Rotel is a big basis of the flavor in this casserole.

  15. Tonya says:

    Do you use nacho cheese Doritos?

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes, but you could use a different flavor if you like.

  16. Connie says:

    Did you drain the rotel and corn? Thank you

    1. Kristin says:

      Corn, yes. Rotel, no.

  17. Allison Hickerson says:

    Do the chips stay crispy when they are cooked in the bottom?

    1. Kristin says:

      They don’t come out crispy, just soft (but not mushy). You can add some crushed chips as a topping for texture if you like.

  18. Victoria says:

    Made it great loved it thank you

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank You Victoria!

  19. Cathy says:

    Can I cook this in crock pot and not cook chicken first ?

    1. Kristin says:

      I’m not sure this exact recipe would work in a slow cooker.

      1. Renee says:

        On the soup cans it calls for water. Do you add the water into the mixture?

        1. Kristin says:

          No, just add what the actual recipe calls for. Enjoy!

  20. Kathy Hawryluk says:

    I noticed the recipe calls for Rotel. Is that tomatoes or what? I saved the recipe but would like to know what that is if I decide to make it.

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes, Rotel is a can of tomatoes with green chiles added.

  21. Robin says:

    Can you make this a day ahead and put in the refrigerator or will the chips get soggy?

    1. Kristin says:

      I would worry that the chips would get quite soggy making it a day ahead.

  22. Jessica says:

    What do you serve on the side of this dish? Thanks!

    1. Kristin says:

      This is great with a crisp salad or some steamed veggies.

  23. Jeanne says:

    I just made this casserole tonight. I used the rotisserie pre-cooked chicken. I am all about simple but love flavor. Everyone in my family loved it and came back for seconds. This recipe is a keeper and I will share it.

  24. Janet Shirey says:

    I am making this for dinner tonight. I am disappointed the recipe is not complete. It does not tell you what size casserole dish to use. It does not tell you what size bag of Doritos. If someone wanted to use rotisserie chicken it would also be nice if it tells you what quantity the chicken in cups rather just in the number of breasts.

    1. Jennie Duncan says:

      Hi Janet, I’m so sorry for the confusion on the recipe. Here is the information you need.
      You will need a 9×13 casserole dish.
      If using a rotisserie chicken you could use 2 1/2 cups of shredded chicken.
      The size of the bag was the 9.75 oz.

      I hope that helps!

  25. Heather says:

    Hello!Tried this last night and it was delicious! Can you make the chicken mixture and split it in half and freeze half for later?

    1. Kristin says:

      With all the cream and cheese, I’d be cautious with freezing as sometimes the reheating can cause the sauce to break. But, it’s worth a try!

  26. Becky says:

    HI there. Just wondering if you could update the instructions please. The top says 55min cook time, but in the recipe it says 20-25. Also, what about draining the can of corn prior to mixing with other ingredients? Thanks so much! It’s going in the oven soon and I used a rotisserie chicken for it! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Becky says:

      I see why the cook time is 55 at the top…juts thought about those that choose to cook their own chicken breasts!

      1. Kristin says:

        Yes the 55 minutes is for the total cook time of the recipe as is. Of course if you use your own pre-cooked chicken, you’d want to adjust the time accordingly. Hope your family liked it!