Skinny Mexican Style Chicken and Cornbread Casserole

mexican cornbread casseole

My husband and I love this main course casserole so much, we ended up eating it 3 days in a row! I hope you get a chance to try it. Each serving has 323 calories, 8 grams of fat and 9 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 11 Green. It’s a real cinch to make, freezes great, and only needs a side salad to serve with it! Easy, right and did I mention that it’s absolutely DELICIOUS?

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes


1¼ cups onions, chopped

2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

1 (14.5 oz) can cream-style corn

1¼ cups chicken breasts, cooked and diced, see shopping tips

1 egg, I love Egg-Land’s Best eggs

1 tablespoon fat-free milk

¼ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon chili powder

1 (8.5 oz) box Jiffy’s Corn Muffin Mix, see shopping tips

½ cup salsa, I used Pace Medium Chunky Salsa or use your favorite

½ cup fat-free sour cream

¼ cup Light Mexican Blend Cheese or light cheddar cheese


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9” baking pan with cooking spray.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add onions and butter. Cook in microwave on high for about 4 minutes until soft. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the cream-style corn, chicken, egg, milk, chili powder, and cumin. Blend well. Stir in cornbread mix and only stir until blended. The batter will be a bit bumpy. Spread cornbread batter into prepared pan.

4. Spoon cooked onions and liquid left in the bowl evenly over the top.

5. Using a rubber spatula, carefully spread the salsa evenly over the onions.  It won’t completely cover the onions. Using the same rubber spatula, carefully spread sour cream evenly over the salsa. It also won’t completely cover the entire casserole.

6. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top of the sour cream.

7. Bake for 45 minutes so the entire casserole will be cooked through. It will look very golden brown.

8. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into 6 slices. This casserole may be made ahead of time, refrigerated and reheated. It also freezes great.

Makes 6 servings (each serving, 1 slice)

Shopping Tips

Most supermarkets sell Jiffy corn muffin mix in the baking aisle. If you can’t find it use another brand that is about 8.5 ounces.

Trader Joe’s sells packages of cooked, sliced or chopped, chicken breasts that are really tasty.  If you buy a cooked chicken from the supermarket, be sure to remove the skin before chopping and adding to this dish.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints 11-Green

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice
323 calories, 8g fat, 3g sat. fat, 56mg chol, 15g protein, 44g carbs, 4g fiber, 824mg sodium, 14g sugar

FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
246 calories, 3g sat. fat, 5g protein, 12g sugar


  1. Really liked this recipe. Although I used 2 teaspoons each of chili powder and cumin. I like it spicier. This is a keeper.

  2. This was delicious! It was filling and unusual, as it had a sweetness to it. I will keep this one and I actually wouldn’t change a thing! I served with salad and some fage Greek yogurt and salsa on the side. A+!

  3. Love your feedback, Nancy. Thank you! I created this casserole years ago and it’s still one of my favorites!
    All the best to you,

  4. Gloria using light sour cream instead of fat-free will add 1 extra point. You could also use fat-free plain Greek yogurt to substitute.
    All the best,

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!