Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese - Chicken Tetrazzini with Velveeta & Rotel

Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese - a new family favorite! It is on repeat in our house! It is like chicken tetrazzini with Velveeta and Rotel. YUM! Just dump everything in the casserole dish and refrigerate overnight. No boiling the noodles! Chicken, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, milk, chicken broth, Velveeta, Rotel, taco seasoning, elbow macaroni, and Mexican cheese blend. Use a rotisserie chicken for quick prep. 
spooning chicken pasta casserole from baking dish

Easy Chicken Pasta Casserole

This Overnight King Ranch Chicken Pasta is a favorite in our house. It is like chicken tetrazzini with Velveeta and Rotel. All of my favorite flavors combined into one dish. This might be my favorite chicken casserole ever! I love everything about this casserole. I especially love that I don't have to boil the pasta noodles! I love easy no-boil pasta casseroles like this. They are PERFECT for easy weeknight meals!

cheesy chicken pasta in casserole dish

How to Make Overnight King Ranch Chicken Pasta

This Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole is very easy to make. I like to start with a rotisserie chicken. Rotisserie chicken is my secret weapon in the kitchen. I always have some pulled rotisserie chicken in the freezer for quick meals.

Since this casserole uses Velveeta cheese, I like to heat the sauce ingredients on the stove just until the Velveeta cheese is melted. You can skip this step if you wish, but you will just have pockets of cheese instead of a creamy cheese sauce.

Once the sauce is heated, simply mix together the sauce, chicken and uncooked pasta and pour it into a lightly greased baking dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate overnight. It will be ready to bake the next day.

Please note that you don't cook the pasta before assembling the casserole. The excess liquid in the casserole will soften the noodles overnight and they will be perfect once cooked.

Also, this Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese uses a can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. We didn't think this was too spicy. If you are worried about the heat, please use a can of mild tomatoes.

a spoonful of cheesy chicken pasta

Can I Freeze Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese

Sure! You can absolutely freeze this casserole for a quick meal later! I prefer to freeze this particular casserole after it has been baked. Since there are only two of us, I will sometimes split the casserole into two pans and freeze one for later. When you are ready to eat the leftover casserole, just thaw and either cover and bake in the oven or microwave the dish to reheat the Queso Smothered Chicken Pasta.

spooning cheesy chicken pasta from casserole dish

What to Serve With Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese

As I said this Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese was a HUGE success in our house. We’ve made this several times over the past few months and just can’t seem to get enough of it. You really need to add it to your menu ASAP! I promise it will be a hit!!

This Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese is a pretty hearty casserole. You don't need very many sides to go with it. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes that go great with this easy chicken casserole:






collage of two photos of chicken pasta
cheesy chicken pasta in casserole dish
a spoonful of cheesy chicken pasta
spooning cheesy chicken casserole from baking dish
spooning cheesy chicken casserole from baking dish
spooning cheesy chicken casserole from baking dish


casserole, no-boil, rotisserie chicken, velveeta, rotel, queso, chicken tetrazzini, quick, easy, weeknight, kid-friendly, chicken, noodles, mexican cheese
Entree
Tex-Mex, Mexican, American
Yield: serves 6 to 8

Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese

prep time: 10 minscook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 10 mins
Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese - a new family favorite! It is on repeat in our house! It is like #chicken tetrazzini with #Velveeta and #Rotel. YUM! Just dump everything in the #casserole dish and refrigerate overnight. No boiling the noodles! Chicken, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, milk, chicken broth, Velveeta, Rotel, taco seasoning, elbow macaroni, and Mexican cheese blend. Use a rotisserie chicken for quick prep. #texmex #mexican #freezermeal

ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken (whole rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1-1/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (10-oz) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 cups (8-oz) Velveeta cheese, shredded or diced
  • 8-oz elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

instructions:

  1. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine soups, milk, chicken broth, diced tomatoes and green chiles, and Velveeta. Cook just until Velveeta melts.
  3. Combine cooked chicken, sauce mixture and taco seasoning. Stir in uncooked pasta.
  4. Pour pasta mixture into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Remove casserole from refrigerator and uncover.
  6. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 
  7. Top casserole with shredded Mexican cheese blend. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour.

NOTES:

Can freeze leftover casserole for later. To reheat - thaw and either cover and bake in the oven or microwave the dish until warm.
Use mild diced tomatoes and green chiles if worried about the heat. 
I used a bag of shredded Velveeta cheese. Walmart sells it.


MORE CHICKEN CASSEROLE RECIPES:
Southwestern Chicken & Yellow Rice Casserole
Chicken Pot Pie Pierogi Casserole
Pollo Loco Casserole
Low-Carb Crack Chicken Casserole
Poppy Seed Chicken Roll Ups

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:
9x13-inch Baking Pan
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
Spatula
Measuring Spoons


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3 comments

  1. i need to quarter this recipe down to make it for one! hahahahaa

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  2. I notice you only use 8 oz. of macaroni when it comes in a 16 oz box... can you double it to feed more... would it still fit in one 9 x 13 pan or would you use two pans?

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    1. If you use a whole 16-oz box, you would need to double the recipe in two 9x13-inch pans

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