Why on earth have I never made this before? I’ve always liked it. Just never tried to make it myself.
This is an absolute cinch to throw together. Cook the chicken, mix up the filling, layer it in the dish (precision is not necessary!) and bake it.
Now, I’ve seen several recipes for this with instructions to make your filling from scratch, with no “cream of” soups. I’m betting that is also very simple to make, but for a weeknight, I’d take this route. I don’t have anything against “cream of” soups though. Get the Healthy Request version for less guilt if it bothers ya. :-)
This was an accidental request by the Hubbs. He asked for King Ranch Chicken and we bought the stuff for King Ranch Chicken, but what he really meant was Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta. Haha Oops. :-) Fine by me though – I got to try out a new recipe and we found another meal that we will make again and again.
King Ranch Chicken
Time: Once chicken is cooked, you’re looking at about 10 minutes prep and 20-30 minutes bake
Makes: one 9×13 or two 8x8s (you could bake one and freeze one for another day!)
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed (I boiled mine with onion and garlic powder this time)
1 package corn tortillas, quartered
1 bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can Rotel – do not drain
1 tsp chili powder
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Very lightly grease your casserole dish(es). Set aside.
In a saucepan, melt butter. Add onion & bell pepper and sautee until they are done (I always stop when the onion is translucent).
Add soups, Rotel and chili powder to the saucepan. Stir until well combined.
Lay tortilla quarters in the bottom of casserole dish to form the first layer.
Then spoon about 1/3 of the soup mixture over tortillas and spread evenly.
Then sprinkle about 1/3 of the chicken for the next layer.
Then sprinkle about 1/3 of the cheese for the next layer.
Repeat layers two more times, ending with cheese.
Bake at 325 for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.