Jalapeno Havarti Chicken Casserole


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Jalapeño Havarti Chicken Casserole

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    Prepare this Jalapeño Havarti Chicken Casserole that will easily become your family's new favorite meal. Using queso blanco along with Havarti cheese gives this dish a melty, creamy goodness associated with traditional mac and cheese.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 8
    2 c. Hy-Vee rotini pasta
    6 tbsp. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, divided
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    2 tsp. Hy-Vee garlic powder
    2 c. Hy-Vee 2% reduced-fat milk
    3 c. Havarti cheese, shredded, divided
    ¼ (32-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee queso blanco pasteurized cheese product, cut into ½-inch pieces
    2 c. Hy-Vee Kitchen shredded rotisserie chicken
    1 (15.25-oz.) can Hy-Vee no salt added whole kernel golden corn, drained
    1 (14.5-oz.) can Hy-Vee no salt added diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
    ½ c. Hy-Vee plain panko bread crumbs
    1 fresh jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced and seeded
    ¼ c. cherry tomatoes, halved

    Things To Grab

    • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
    • 2-quart baking dish
    • Large saucepan
    • Whisk
    • Medium microwave-safe bowl


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside. Cook pasta in boiling water 9 to 11 minutes or until pasta is al dente; drain.

    2. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Whisk in flour, salt, and garlic powder until well combined. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook and whisk over medium-low heat 5 minutes or until thickened.

    3. Stir in 2 cups Havarti and queso blanco. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until cheeses are melted; remove from heat. Add cooked pasta, chicken, corn, and tomatoes with green chilies; stir to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup Havarti.

    4. Microwave remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in bread crumbs until evenly coated. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top of casserole. Top with jalapeño slices and cherry tomatoes. Bake 20 to 23 minutes or until edges begin to bubble; remove from oven.

    5. Place oven rack 6 inches from heat. Preheat broiler to HIGH. Broil casserole 2 to 3 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

    Nutrition facts


    570 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 30g
    • Cholesterol: 140mg
    • Sodium: 1190mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 36g
    • Protein: 35g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 45%
    Vitamin D 6%
    Potassium 15%