Chicken and Black Bean Casserole

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Are you looking for a healthy casserole recipe? This chicken and black bean casserole is packed full of veggies, healthy black beans, and topped with cheese. It’s also on our list of main dish casserole recipes.

I love making casseroles for my family because everything cooks in the same pan and I don’t have to worry about make side dishes or anything else. We have shared many other casserole recipes, including Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Potato CasseroleNacho Cheese Casserole (Freezer Friendly), Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups Recipe, and Taco Stuffed Shells (Freezer Friendly).

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Healthy Black Bean Casserole

This is the perfect healthy casserole is made with black beans, brown rice, summer squash (you could also use butternut squash), chicken, tomatoes, and cheese. It’s kind of like a burrito bowl baked in the oven. It’s even better because the cheese gets all melty.

It’s slightly spicy and very filling. It makes great leftovers – hot or cold. This meal feeds my family twice. If your family is larger (or your kids are older), then this may be just the right amount of food.

How to make Chicken & Black Bean Casserole

A bowl of summer squash, ready to be added to black bean casserole

I started with summer squash cut into half-moons.

Tomatoes, onions, and squash in a metal bowl.

Next, I added diced tomatoes and onions.

Black beans and rice being mixed in a bowl for black bean casserole.

Then brown rice and black beans.

Black bean casserole being mixed up in a metal mixing bowl.

Followed by cheese, seasonings, and chicken.

Chicken and black bean casserole mixed up in a metal mixing bowl.

Mix it all up until it’s nicely blended and spread it into a greased casserole. Pour on more cheese and bake until it’s melted perfection.

Can I freeze this black bean casserole?

Yes. This black bean casserole is freezer friendy. I like to double the recipe and freeze the extra for a busy night. Make sure you check out our tutorial on how to freeze casseroles.

Chicken and Black Bean Casserole

Aileen Clark
Chicken and Black Bean Casserole is a hearty casserole filled with brown rice, black beans, chicken, and veggies.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 616 kcal


  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 cups chopped summer squash
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 16-ounce can diced & fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 16-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese divided
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine rice, squash, onion, tomatoes, black beans, 1 cup cheddar, 1 cup Monterey jack, chicken, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the black bean casserole into a greased, 9×13 casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar and 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, until the squash is tender and the cheese is melted.


Making this meal vegetarian: I have successfully converted this meal to vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth for vegetable broth, omitting the chicken, and adding a third can of black beans.


Serving: 1gCalories: 616kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 38gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 694mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4g
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