King Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe
The classic King Ranch chicken casserole is bursting with cheese, chicken, and pepper goodness.
A popular Tex-Mex casserole of chicken with creamy tomato sauce, tortillas, vegetables and Cheddar.
Chicken, an oniony tomato-cream sauce and Cheddar cheese all rest on a foundation of tortilla chips.
Shred some cooked chicken breasts and mix with soup and canned tomatoes, then layer with corn tortillas and top with cheese for a tasty Mexican-inspired casserole that is on the table in just a few minutes.
You can still enjoy this popular, cheesy Tex-Mex casserole while cutting back a little on fat, by using low fat sour cream and fat free cream of mushroom soup.
I have been looking for an easy, no-fuss King Ranch Chicken recipe and I have finally found it. Like some of the past reviewers suggested, instead of cream of mushroom soup, I use cream of celery, which I think gave it a better flavor and I only used a total of 2 cups of cheese so as to not overwhelm the dish with cheese.. Also, I started out with lightly sauteing the chopped onions with a little bit of garlic in olive oil. Then combined the soups and the Rotel and brought it to a boil. Then added the chopped chicken (which I used a store bought rotisserie chicken to save time) and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Also, I only layered the tortilla chips on the bottom then spread the entire chicken mixture on top. Then, baked it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Then I topped it with the remaining cheese and baked for another 5 minutes. I think I might try it with a layer of cooked spaghetti on the bottom next time instead of chips for a little variety.
I made this recipe exactly as stated, since that's the only way to really give it a fair shot. (I don't put much stock in reviews that don't evaluate the actual recipe!) Honestly, the flavor is good. my only complaint was the texture. There needs to be something in there with some crunch. Maybe I cut the chicken into pieces that were to small. It would have been better if the peppers or onions had maintained some of their crunch. I'll try it again and maybe not saute the onion and peppers. Or perhaps garnish the top with crushed corn chips. It just needs something to give it more structure. But again, the taste is great!