King Ranch Chicken

King Ranch Chicken Casserole – Tex-Mex comfort food at its best! Chicken, chicken soup, mushroom soup, onion, diced tomatoes and green chiles, Cheez Whiz, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. One of the best things you’ll ever eat!! Everyone LOVES this yummy Tex-Mex casserole!! #casserole #chicken #texmex

King Ranch Chicken Casserole - Tex-Mex comfort food at its best! Chicken, chicken soup, mushroom soup, onion, diced tomatoes and green chiles, Cheez Whiz, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. One of the best things you'll ever eat!! Everyone LOVES this yummy Tex-Mex casserole!! #casserole #chicken #texmex

 

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 Motherby 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 Casserole - Tex-Mex comfort food at its best! Chicken, chicken soup, mushroom soup, onion, diced tomatoes and green chiles, Cheez Whiz, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. One of the best things you'll ever eat!! Everyone LOVES this yummy Tex-Mex casserole!! #casserole #chicken #texmex

chicken, mexican, casserole, king ranch
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Tex-Mex
Yield: serves 6

King Ranch Chicken

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 45 mins
King Ranch Chicken Casserole – Tex-Mex comfort food at its best! Chicken, chicken soup, mushroom soup, onion, diced tomatoes and green chiles, Cheez Whiz, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. One of the best things you’ll ever eat!! Everyone LOVES this yummy Tex-Mex casserole!! #casserole #chicken #texmex

ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 onion, chopped (I used minced onion flakes)
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 cup Cheez Whiz
  • Dash of Tabasco
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cup (8-oz) shredded  cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4-oz) shredded  mozzarella

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch dish with cooking spray.
  2. Dice the cooked chicken breasts.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until bubbly.

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Comments

  1. 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!!!

  2. "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!

  3. 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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