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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

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King Ranch Chicken is a delicious chicken casserole with a Mexican Cuisine twist. This is an easy family dinner ready to eat in under an hour with very little work.

The result is a cheesy flavorful Mexican chicken dinner your family will ask for over and over.

We have loved this chicken dinner for decades. Now I’m putting it out for all of you to enjoy.

This particular casserole is fantastically famous in our family and friend circle.

King Ranch Chicken is so easy to make with pulled deli chicken meat. The rotisserie chicken also adds delicious rich flavor to this chicken casserole.

King Ranch Chicken

My sister-in-law, Linda is famous for her King Ranch Chicken. I first experienced this delightful dish at her house long, long ago.

She gave me her King Ranch Chicken recipe.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe:

The original recipe calls for boiling a whole chicken, cooling it, and then pulling the meat off the bones. Now our local grocery stores have pulled chicken meat ready to use. That makes this recipe way faster and easier.

We speeded up the time it takes to make this casserole with store bought deli chicken, canned soup and purchased tortillas.

However, You can take the time to boil and pull the meat from a chicken, make the homemade tortillas and refried beans if you prefer. You will have an unforgettable and amazing dinner.

King Ranch Chicken

Substitutions for the chicken…

What kind of chicken do you have on hand? It may work just fine for this recipe.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts ,or frozen chicken tenderloins, can be cooked ahead, cooled and chopped for this recipe. You will need to add your favorite Mexican spices to add more flavor.
  • You can also Easily make this recipe with pulled Rotisserie chicken meat. (Pull your own meat and make bone broth from the bones with your instant pot for massive savings). This is the meat I use. It’s so easy and saves a LOT of time.
  • Canned chicken will also work in this casserole. However, you want to use LOW SODIUM canned chicken. It gets a bit salty otherwise.
King Ranch Chicken On A Fork
King Ranch Chicken

More Ideas…

  • Rotel Tomatoes add a bit of spice. Buttery homemade tortillas layered with a flavorful saucy chicken…
  • Add homemade refried beans on the side for a filling, delicious and nutritious meal.
  • Need this recipes low carb? Try low carb tortillas. They are not as buttery or rich as my homemade tortillas but they are just fine for a healthier version of this dinner. And buying tortillas for sure is simpler than making them. 🙂

My Broccoli Cauliflower Bacon Salad is a nice side for this casserole. And that makes a complete dinner for you. Just a salad and this casserole. Filling, sustaining and full of delicious nutrients.

Here is our Printable recipe card for King Ranch Chicken. Please also watch our recipe demonstration video for this recipe in the bottom of the recipe card.

King Ranch Chicken
Yield: 12 servings

King Ranch Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

King Ranch Chicken is a cheesy chicken casserole with a bit of Mexico. Add Rotel Tomatoes and homemade tortillas to flavorful saucy chicken, topped with cheddar cheese for an excellent, slightly spicy casserole dinner. Put some homemade refried beans on the side for a filling, delicious meal

Ingredients

  • One 3 lb. chicken Boiled, cooled and deboned (2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast or pulled rotisserie chicken)1 Can Cream of chicken soup
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/2 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 8 8 inch flour tortillas-torn
  • 1 Cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. In a large bowl Mix soups with the chicken broth and rotel tomatoes.
  2. Place torn tortillas into the bottom of an OILED 9 x 13 casserole dish until the bottom is covered.
  3. Layer half the sauce mixture over the tortillas and half the chicken.
  4. Repeat layers and sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top of the casserole dish.
  5. Bake 30 minutes COVERED until bubbly. Remove cover and broil the top five minutes or until the casserole is browned.
  6. Serve hotfrom the pan.    

Notes

Substitutions for the chicken...

What kind of chicken do you have on hand? It may work just fine for this recipe.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts ,or frozen chicken tenderloins, can be cooked ahead, cooled and chopped for this recipe. You will need to add your favorite Mexican spices to add more flavor.
  • You can also Easily make this recipe with pulled Rotisserie chicken meat. (Pull your own meat and make bone broth from the bones with your instant pot for massive savings). This is the meat I use. It's so easy to do when you make it ahead and freeze it.
  • Canned chicken will also work in this casserole. However, you want to use LOW SODIUM canned chicken. It gets a bit salty otherwise.

Add homemade refried beans on the side for a filling, delicious and nutritious meal.
Need this recipes low carb? Try low carb tortillas. They are not as buttery or rich as my homemade tortillas but they are just fine for a healthier version of this dinner. And buying tortillas for sure is simpler than making them. 🙂

Storing the leftovers:

This recipe makes great leftovers and will hold in the fridge a week if properly covered.

Reheat in single servings in the micorwave or Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 436Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 144mgSodium 844mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 38g

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