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Green Chili Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

If you’re a casserole type of girl, then green chili chicken and dumpling casserole is for YOU. Say hello to your new comfort food favorite. This baked casserole has the coziness of a pot pie but the flavor punch of green chili chicken enchiladas. I was literally eating this comfort food casserole right out of the baking dish when we made it. Save this for your next cozy Sunday night meal. 

Happy Friday!! Yes, we made it!

It has been a good week so far. Busy as per usual but fun! Lots of smaller projects taking place and being planned. Today we finished up a fun photo shoot for a new portfolio website that is being created. The College Housewife will, of course, stay pristine and in place but my photoshoot client work will have a bit of its own home. Or maybe a guest house, that’s probably more fitting. We took some fun new ‘studio style’ about me photos for the page. But speaking of guest houses… let’s talk about Air BNB’s! I literally have a real estate bug or something. 

I can spend an entire Sunday night just gawking over cute little houses for sale (less than 1500 sqft). I have very scary, crazy dreams about owning an Air BNB and styling it out gorgeously. Just like Jenna Kutcher’s Kutcher Condo or Best Friends for Frosting Air BNB, My dream would be to have all my wickedly talented blogger and regular friends come and stay in it and take gorgeous content for themselves. I figure the more that I actually talk about it out loud the more accountable I’ll hold myself.



When it comes to business adventures like quitting my corporate job and hiring on an assistant I am usually terrified to take the leap but it always works out. Last night my Dad told me ‘if you’re going to make mistakes, now is the time to make them’. If my own father has some faith in my crazy ideas then I’m hoping that I can actually make it happen!

I have also desperately outgrown our house and kitchen. There are shipping boxes of products for shoots EVERYWHERE. I have two fridges always filled with food. My garage is literally a dish warehouse and poor Rascal can’t even play anywhere anymore. It’s a blessing and a curse, believe me.

Our 750 sqft house can’t take much more. I love that little house so I do want to stay in it for ‘living’ but it is just not conducive for working in it too. My bf Jared recently got a new job so we are both working from home more now and are stepping on each other’s toes a bit as well. We only have one designated ‘office’ space and I pretty much dominate it on shoot days during the week. 

This Sunday night my Redfin and Zillow searches will have a bit more intent other than ‘dreaming’. I’ll also be spending the evening watching the Oscars (yes lady gaga!) and making this epic green chili chicken and dumpling casserole. Let’s go over the details, shall we?!

First off, this green chili and chicken dumpling casserole is extremely easy to make. I think most casserole recipes should be. You can really use any kind of cooked chicken that you have on hand. Leftover from Tuesday’s chicken dinner, rotisserie, store bought from Whole Foods salad bar, whatever!

The casserole flavors will take over anything you use. My secret ingredient to lots of cozy, flavorful dishes is a can or two of green chilis. They add this amazing savory, cozy flavor to cheesy and creamy dishes. Canned green chilis are a pantry staple in our house. If you are a vegetarian or just trying to eat less meat you can totally leave out the chicken or add in some white beans!

I could not recommend this casserole enough if you’re in need of an easy, cozy recipe that feeds a small crowd.

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Green Chili Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1hr
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Dinners
  • Method: Bake



For Filling

1/2 White or yellow onion, diced

1/4 Cup of unsalted butter

2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley

2 Teaspoons of cumin

1 Teaspoon of chili power

2 Teaspoons of minced garlic

¼ Cup of all purpose flour

½ Teaspoon of kosher salt

¼ Teaspoon of freshly cracked pepper

1 ½ Cups of low sodium chicken broth

½ Cup of light beer

½ Cup of half & half

34 Cups of potatoes, cubed

3 Carrots, diced and peeled

2 1/2 Cups of cooked chicken, cubed

2 cans of green chilis

For Dumplings

2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon white granulated sugar

1/2 cup / 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed

1 1/4 cups whole milk


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

In a large dutch oven or heavy bottom skillet heat to medium heat. Once butter has melted, add in diced onion and cook until translucent (3-5 mins).

Add in salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and flour and stir until pasty. Whisk in chicken broth and beer to onion mixture. Bring mixture to a simmer (5-10) minutes. Sauce will have thickened. Add in half and half and stir. Mix sauce with potatoes, canned green chilis, carrots and chicken. Transfer to a casserole dish and bake for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

While casserole mixture is baking, prepare dumpling batter. In a large bowl whisk together all purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. With a pastry blender or your hands blend together the flour and butter until mixture is crumbly. Slowly stir in the milk while gently folding the batter until it comes together.

Drop 8-10 spoonfuls on top of casserole and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the dumplings are golden and a tooth pick removes clean.








  1. Maureen Schein
    January 23, 2021 / 3:16 pm

    I used some canned biscuits instead of dumpling dough – because I had them and wanted an easier finish. It worked great. Hubby groaned when I told him we were having pot pie. With the first bite he said I could make this one again and again. We’re from NM, so we like lots of green chilies in our entrees, so I used several spoonfuls from our 505 jar. Yummy!

  2. Michelle
    April 5, 2019 / 2:45 pm

    What size of green chilies do you use?

    • elizabethvanlierde7698
      April 5, 2019 / 5:25 pm

      I use a can that is 4.5 ounces! It’s pretty small.

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