I’m not even going to try to lie about how this dish came to be! I made this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole because a while back during a Costco shopping trip I sample a dip that was made with Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning. Of course I had to buy the large industrial sized bottle of this seasoning! I seemed like a good idea at the time!
Then the bottle of seasoning sat in my kitchen cabinet along with a shelf full of other spices for months. It seemed to taunt me every time I opened the cupboard to grab a bottle of spice. It said “use me I dare you!” So I just had to find a way, other than the dip, to use this tasty seasoning. That’s how I came up with this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole! (Well having my fridge go on the blink with a big bag of Costco chicken thighs and shredded cheddar made me super creative!)
But seriously I whipped up a tray of this Chicken Casserole and my family absolutely loved it! There was barely any left overs. In fact they were practically fighting over the 2 left over pieces the next day!
And best of all it’s super easy to make! It literally is dumped into a baking dish and baked for about an hour and it’s done! I served it with some Mexican rice, trust me it really was a big hit! They can’t wait til I make it again! At this rate I’m going to have to go back to Costco for another bottle of that seasoning.
So here it is, my awesome Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole!
I’m not a big fan of barbeque sauce, specially the bottled varieties. But every so often I get hungry for that sweet and tangy sauce that’s slathered on chicken, as long as it doesn’t result in in sticky greasy grill that’s so difficult to clean. My answer to this is my Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken using my simple homemade barbeque sauce.
I’ve been making this Baked Barbeque Chicken for years. The sauce is simple and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes. It’s sweet and tangy and very delicious. I use it on short ribs too! My family loves it!
For this recipe I use bone-in chicken thighs. I’ve tried it on chicken breasts but it gets dry and doesn’t soak up the sauce the way thighs do.
Here’s the recipe!
8 Bone-in Chicken Thighs
1 Onion, sliced
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Cup Ketchup
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Bottle of Beer, any type
Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.
Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.
Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.
Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
Pour sauce over chicken thighs.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 – 60 minutes or until chicken is done.
Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.