Chicken Frito Pie



Chicken Frito Pie is an absolute homerun when it comes to flavor. The Fritos on the bottom form a  nice crust, while the Fritos on top remain crunchy. It's perfect.

Funny, but my oldest son requests recipes that include chips or crackers in the ingredients.  He somehow associates these meals with high level cuisine. I love it. 

I have to admit, this Frito Pie is quite delicious. It just has this great flavor and was actually a good pick on his part. Who knew.

Flavor. Crunch. Depth. It's what's for dinner. Try it.


Preheat oven to 350o F. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium high. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then brown on both sides for a total of six minutes. Remove to a plate. Add onion, garlic and chili powder to pot, stirring; saute until tender, 4 minutes.


Return chicken to pot, stir in broth, green chiles and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer (uncovered) and cook for 30 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Most of the liquid will evaporate.


Add 1-1/2 cups Fritos to a 2-quart casserole. Top with chicken mixture, remaining Fritos and cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes.


Serve with cilantro, avocado and sour cream if desired. I'm thinking this would go over well at a potluck.

Chicken Frito Pie

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Chicken Frito Pie

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-1/2" pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (7 oz) can fire roasted green chiles
  • 2 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-1/2 cups Fritos, divided
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat oil over medium high. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then brown on both sides for a total of six minutes. Remove to a plate. Add onion, garlic and chili powder to pot, stirring; saute until tender, 4 minutes.
  • Return chicken to pot, stir in broth, green chiles and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer (uncovered) and cook for 30 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Most of the liquid will evaporate.
  • Add 1-1/2 cups Fritos to a 2-quart casserole. Top with chicken mixture, remaining Fritos and cheese. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with cilantro, avocado and sour cream if desired.

Other Recipes Using Fritos You Might Love:

  1. Frito Corn Salad
  2. Frito Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Frito Pie Burrito 
  4. Chili Cheese Frito Frittata
  5. Sweet and Salty Frito Snack Mix
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18 Comments

  1. Diane 1

    I don’t know what fritos are!

    Are they like doritoes or more like cheesy whatsits?

  2. Noble Pig 2

    Fritos is the name of a brand of corn chips made by Frito-Lay.

  3. Emilee 3

    I just opened this and the first words that came out of my mouth were “Oh… my… God” lol…. Looks amazing yet totally terrible for you at the same time… But who says that’ll stop me? Thanks!!

  4. delia 4

    Making this tomorrow! Love it. I love crunch in food.

  5. Anything, and I mean anything is good with Fritos.

  6. I have to admit that I love this kind of dish. I’ve made something similar with beef but will like the chicken better.

  7. Mrs. L 7

    Love Frito pie! Is your son going to try the new Taco Bell Beefy Crunch Burrito that has Flaming Hot Fritos in it?

  8. Now I know what to make with my package of thighs in the fridge. This looks yummy!!!

  9. OMG, I can hear my arteries slamming shut and my blood pressure rising as I read this! Fritos on Fritos! Brings back a million memories of casseroles from my childhood. Crushed potato chips on top of everything! One of my favs was tuna casserole with chips on top, of course! Thanks for the memories!

  10. Why cant I share this on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr where I have a ton of followers?

  11. LilSis 11

    YUM!! This would be my idea of “comfort food”. Growing up in Texas, we always made frito pie when we had chili. To this day, I still serve fritos with my chili. I like the idea of it with chicken!

  12. charity 12

    Made this for dinner last night. I cut the chili powder in half (cause it was meant for 7 kids) and only used 1/2 the beans (again kid friendly) and it was great. They loved the frito’s, as do I and didn’t even mind teh beans cause it was mainly chicken. ON a side note if you have a non stick electric griddle you can cook the chicken thighs with NO oil whatsoever and they cook beautifully. So I did the chicken separate on the griddle and the onions and stuff in a frying pan then added the chicken. YUMMY.

  13. This has “man food” written all over it (meaning my boyfriend will love it). Bookmarked!

  14. Taylor 14

    This looks so good, my boyfriend will love it…he recently stopped eating pork and beef and I’ve always been a bean and chicken lover so this will be perfect! Who doesn’t love frito pie!

  15. Rosie C 15

    I’m making this tonight with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Can’t wait to taste it!

    Side note: I haven’t bought Fritos in years, and I was appalled to see that they’re $4 for a 14 oz bag and there’s no generic alternative at my local store!

  16. Kristi 16

    I made this 2 nights ago and it was excellent! I used chunks of chicken breasts instead of thighs, and instead of baking it with cheese, we sprinkled cheese on at the table (as my toddler is dairy-allergic). It was so good that we ate the whole thing before remembering to garnish it with sour cream & avocados. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  17. Raina 17

    I made this following the recipe exactly and it came out perfect. My 15 and 16 year olds are the two pickiest food people I have ever met…Next to me! Not only did they eat this but within oh let’s say 1 1/2 hour after it was ready the dish was completely gone. It really is not that bad for you considering the beans and chicken. I used chicken breast cubed and low sodium chicken broth. I also made a very healthy salad with it and they ate everything…Yeah I am making it tonight!

  18. Carrie 18

    My picky son loved this! Thank you! Actually, the whole family loved it and I whisked away the last bit for my lunch tomorrow before it disappeared.