Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese – Chicken Tetrazzini with Velveeta & Rotel
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!
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.
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.
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:
- Southwestern Black Beans
- Southwestern Squash Casserole
- Southwestern Green Beans
- Loaded Cornbread
- Frozen Strawberry Margarita Pie
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
9×13-inch Baking Pan
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
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