Chicken Sonora Recipe from Mexico | Creamy and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Chicken Sonora

Chicken Sonora Recipe from Mexico | Creamy and Spicy Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Region / culture: Mexico | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 6


Chicken Sonora
Chicken Sonora

Chicken Sonora is a delicious and comforting Mexican-inspired casserole dish that is perfect for a family dinner or a potluck gathering. This dish is packed with flavor and is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.


The exact origins of Chicken Sonora are unclear, but it is believed to have originated in the Sonora region of Mexico. This dish combines traditional Mexican flavors with American ingredients to create a unique and tasty meal.


How to prepare

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine soups, chili, salsa, milk, and onion.
  2. Tear tortillas into small pieces.
  3. In a rectangular baking dish, create layers by placing half of the chicken, half of the sauce, and half of the cheeses.
  4. Repeat the layering process.
  5. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 45 minutes.


  • Add diced green chilies for extra heat.
  • Use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas for a gluten-free option.
  • Substitute the chicken with ground beef or turkey for a different flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to fully cook and chop the chicken before adding it to the casserole.

- You can customize the level of spiciness by choosing a mild or spicy salsa.

- For a crispy top, broil the casserole for a few minutes after baking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken Sonora with a side of Mexican rice, refried beans, and a fresh salad.

Cooking Techniques

Layering the ingredients in the baking dish helps to distribute the flavors evenly throughout the casserole.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use any type of cheese you prefer in this recipe, such as mozzarella or pepper jack.

Make Ahead Tips

You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the casserole with fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, and sliced avocado for a colorful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Chicken Sonora with a cold beer or a glass of chilled white wine for a refreshing combination.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chicken Sonora contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Chicken Sonora contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chicken Sonora contains approximately 15 grams of fat.


Each serving of Chicken Sonora contains approximately 20 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken Sonora is a good source of calcium, vitamin C, and iron.


This recipe contains dairy (cheese and milk) and wheat (tortillas).


Chicken Sonora is a balanced meal that provides a good amount of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken Sonora is a flavorful and satisfying casserole dish that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Enjoy this delicious meal with your family and friends!

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a happy one. It was a warm summer day when I first learned how to make Chicken Sonora. I was visiting my dear friend Maria, who lived in a small town in Mexico. Maria was a wonderful cook and she loved to share her recipes with me.

One day, Maria invited me to her home for lunch. She told me she was going to make a special dish called Chicken Sonora. I had never heard of it before, but I was eager to learn how to make it. Maria took me into her kitchen and showed me how to prepare the ingredients.

First, she marinated the chicken in a blend of spices and herbs. She used garlic, cumin, oregano, and chili powder to give the chicken a rich and flavorful taste. As the chicken soaked up the marinade, Maria chopped up fresh tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers to add to the dish.

Once the chicken was ready, Maria seared it in a hot skillet until it was golden brown and crispy on the outside. The aroma of the spices filled the kitchen, making my mouth water in anticipation. Maria then added the chopped vegetables to the skillet and let them simmer with the chicken until they were tender and fragrant.

Finally, Maria served the Chicken Sonora on a bed of fluffy rice with a side of warm tortillas. The combination of the tender chicken, savory vegetables, and aromatic spices was a delight to my taste buds. I couldn't believe how delicious it was!

After lunch, I asked Maria for the recipe so I could make Chicken Sonora at home. She smiled and handed me a handwritten card with the ingredients and instructions. I thanked her profusely and promised to make it for my family soon.

When I returned home, I wasted no time in preparing Chicken Sonora for dinner. I followed Maria's recipe carefully, making sure to marinate the chicken for the right amount of time and cook it until it was tender and juicy. The scent of the spices filled my kitchen, just like it had in Maria's home.

When I served the Chicken Sonora to my family, they were amazed by how flavorful and delicious it was. They devoured every last bite and begged me to make it again soon. From that day on, Chicken Sonora became a staple in our household, a dish that brought us together and made us feel closer to Maria and her beautiful hometown in Mexico.

Over the years, I have made Chicken Sonora countless times, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my family's tastes. Each time I cook it, I am reminded of that wonderful day in Maria's kitchen, learning how to make a dish that has become a cherished part of our family's culinary tradition.

I am grateful to Maria for sharing her recipe with me and for introducing me to the magic of Chicken Sonora. It is a dish that never fails to bring joy and happiness to those who taste it, a dish that stands the test of time and remains a beloved favorite in our home. And for that, I am forever grateful.


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