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Friday, March 26, 2010

King Ranch Chicken

Oh King Ranch Chicken, where have you been all my life?  Seriously! Why have I never eaten this?! I guess I was just searching for the right recipe.  Well, I finally found it in my new cookbook Some Day You'll Thank Me for This: The Official Southern Ladie's Guide to Being a "Perfect Mother" by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays.  My parents gave me their first book Being Dead is No Excuse for Christmas a few years ago and I loved it; this book is just as good.  The stories in the books are hilarious and the recipes are fantastic.  I could totally relate to some of the "Signs that you are the daughter of a Southern mother" - such as,  "You know about deviled egg plates, pledge pins and the importance of middle names" and "You speak to everybody, even tacky people".  I am a daughter of a true Southern mother!

Gayden and Charlotte describe the King Ranch Chicken recipe as follows:

"Many of our mothers did not cook with tortilla chips.  In this recipe, the elegance of tortilla chips is enhanced with Cheese Whiz and cream of mushroom soup.  Just about the only nice thing to be said about King Ranch Chicken is that it's one of the best things you'll ever eat." 

I couldn't agree more with them - this really was one of the best things we ever ate! This recipe make enough for six people.  I made the whole recipe and froze half of the chicken mixture for later.  I didn't want to freeze it with the tortilla chips.  I thought they might get soggy.  ?  I can't wait to make this again!



King Ranch Chicken
(Printable Recipe)


3 large chicken breasts, cooked
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 onion, chopped (I used minced onion flakes)
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 jar (8oz) Cheez Whiz
Dash of Tabasco
Dash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and pepper
Tortilla chips, crushed
8 oz cheddar
4 oz mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350.

Dice the cooked chicken breasts.

In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the soups, onion, tomatoes, Cheez Whiz, Tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce until blended.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Line the bottom of a casserole dish with the crushed tortilla chips.  Place the chicken on top and pour over some of the mixture.  Add a layer of  half the Cheddar.  Repeat the process, topping with Cheddar and mozzarella.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, until bubbly.



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27 comments:

  1. It looks delicious and with such a strong endorsement, I must try it

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  2. Steph this looks incredible! Its mouthwatering! I will definately try this soon.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Your picture really wants me to try it now! This is so yum!

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  4. Love it! Casseroles are the perfect comfort food.

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  5. This sounds incredible! I'll be saving this recipe for sure. I've actually been to the King Ranch. Talk about an expansive piece of land.

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  6. "You speak to everybody, even tacky people"

    No wonder why you comment on my blog :) ;) :0

    We did this years ago but it called for just plain tortillas, not the chips. In retrospect, yours sounds much better!

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  7. This definitely sounds like a recipe my husband and son would love!

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  8. Oh Yum!! This chicken looks really great!!

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  9. Hi Steph, thank you so much for writing about RO*TEL. We love this recipe and think you should enter it into our recipe contest for a chance to win $2,000. For more info visit http://www.rotelacrossamerica.com

    - The RO*TEL Across America Team

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  10. My mama made this..being from Alabama, she just used Doritos ..lol

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  11. This looks like a great alternative to the kings ranch chicken I already make. I will substitute tortilla chips for corn tortillas because chips seem to taste stale when cooked. Thank you!!!

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  12. This is what's for dinner tonight! I can hardly wait!

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  13. Just got the ingredients, cooking now! Thanks.

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  14. That has been on my to do list for the last week....thank you so very much for sharing, it is not complicated either!

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  15. Made this for supper last night...I used Doritos. My very very picky hubby loved it! Thanks!,,

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  16. Just made this for dinner and it was fantastic. My husband loved it and said it was a keeper. :-)

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  17. Found this recipe on Pinterest and repinned. I'm wondering what size casserole to use and if I should double it to feed 5 big eaters??

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  18. This casserole has been a staple at our house for a LONG time. It freezes well IF you use corn tortillas instead of tortilla chips. Just cut them in wedges and use them like you would the chips. I usually double the amount, because I have 4 young men (and one old one) to feed. No leftovers. But if you aren't feeding a bunch of ridiculous eaters, doubling it makes one for dinner and one to freeze.

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  19. I'm halving this recipe. What size pan should I use?

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  20. Aly - use a 9x9 or 8x8 pan. Enjoy!

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  21. If I make the recipe as written, should it go in a 13" x 9" x 2" dish?

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  23. Fitchy - yes, use a 9x13-inch pan. Enjoy!

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  24. I make a similar dish. I use velveeta and nacho cheese doritos and put the mixture over spanish/mexican rice.....mmmmmmm

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  25. Ok..so when repeating the process..does that mean with the chips and chicken? It doesn't say NOT to use all the chicken on the first layer so I wasn't sure if I should keep half for a second layer.

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    1. Yes, keep half the chicken for the second layer. It won't ruin the dish if you put all the chicken in one layer though.

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    2. Thanks! Gonna make it tonight for my bunco party!

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