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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Creamy King Ranch chicken casserole.  This dish is so tasty, it’s a family favorite.

Whenever whole chickens go on sale, I like to make this dish.  It’s so good!  This recipe only calls for half a chicken, so you could easily stretch one whole chicken into two meals.  If you are in a hurry, you could skip buying the fresh chicken and instead buy a rotisserie chicken.  I’ve done that before with the $5 rotisserie chicken from Costco.  This recipe is also great for using up leftover chicken.

I made this recipe as stated, it’s actually the first time I haven’t doubled the recipe.  There were absolutely ZERO leftovers.  We ate the King Ranch Chicken Casserole with some other leftovers that needed to be used up.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe

In a large pot boil filled with water boil the chicken until it’s done, about one hour.  Remove the chicken from the pot, let it cool, when it is cool enough to hand, shred the chick meat from the bone.

Saute Onion Bell Pepper King Ranch Chicken

In a pot saute the onion with bell pepper.  When the onion and bell pepper are soft and cooked add in the cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, chicken broth, and Rotel (Rotel comes in mild, regular, and hot, if you like spicy food, go for the hot).  Fold in the chicken.

Mexican King Ranch Chicken

This is what it’ll look like.  It doesn’t look too appetizing at this point, but trust me, this is some fantastic stuff!

Assembling the King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Now it’s time to layer the casserole.  Spray a casserole dish with some non-stick spray.  I don’t bother to fry the corn tortillas, I cut them into pieces, like a pie.

Layered King Ranch Chicken Casserole


Layer:

  • Corn tortilla
  • King Ranch Chicken mix
  • Cheese (I used taco cheese)

Then repeat, and repeat again.  The casserole should end with cheese on top. and look something like this.

Mexican Chicken Casserole Recipe

If you are interested in the history of the King Ranch, you can read more about it here.  The story is actually a good short read.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Shelly
Creamy King Ranch Chicken casserole. It's a family favorite.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Casserole
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 T butter
  • 1 Onion - diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper - diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 - 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 - 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 - 10.5 oz can rotel
  • 3/4 chicken broth
  • 2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 10-12 corn tortillas - cut into 6 pieces each like a pie
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese or taco cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • In a pot, saute onion and bell pepper in butter, until they are soft.
  • Add minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, and oregano to pot, cook and stir for one minute.
  • Stir in cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, rotel, and chicken broth into the onion pot.
  • Fold chicken into soup mix pot.
  • Spray a 9x13" pan with non stick spray.
  • Layer:
  • one third of the tortillas pieces
  • one third meat mixture
  • one third cheese
  • Repeat two more times. The top layer should be cheese.
  • Bake 30 - 40 minutes

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Recipe Rating




Amrish

Sunday 14th of February 2016

Wonderful dish I put pepperjack cheese on top - nice touch to a good dish. Thank you.

ShellyB

Sunday 14th of February 2016

I'm happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by Amrish!

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