February 5, 2009

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Another one for the "quick and easy" files! Super simple to make and can be assembled ahead of time and baked when you're ready for dinner. In fact, I think it is even better made a day in advance. The flavors get a chance to mingle and the tortilla soaks up all the yummy goodness from the sauce. I also find that it cuts into squares much more easily when it's been made ahead, refrigerated, and then baked the next day as opposed to assembling it and baking it in the same session. This is very flavorful, but not too spicy for the kids. Certainly you can kick it up a notch with hot sauce, if you like :) A dollop of sour cream is a great addition as well.



King Ranch Chicken Casserole


Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
1 med. green bell pepper, chopped
1 med. onion, chopped
2 cans (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can (10 oz.) Ro*tel chopped tomatoes (see notes below)
1 small can chopped green chilies
1 small can chopped black olives
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
18 corn tortillas, torn into bite-sized pieces
3 cups (12 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream to garnish

Notes: Ro*tel tomatoes are chopped tomatoes with green chilies added, if you cannot find Ro*tel, just get regular chopped tomatoes and add another can of green chilies.

Method:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F* In a large saucepan, cook pepper and onion in melted butter, until tender-about 5 min. Add soup, Ro*tel, olives and chicken, stirring until well blended. In a 13x9x2-inch baking pan, alternately layer tortillas, soup mixture and then cheese, repeating for 3 layers, ending with cheese. Bake 40 min. or until hot and bubbling. Serves 8

45 comments:

  1. That sounds really good. Comforting. Plus, I bet it reheats really well :-)

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  2. That looks and sounds so delicious!

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  3. Ooh that looks good. It's only breakfast time, but we could eat that.

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  4. Sure looks good. I like that you can make it in advance.

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  5. Sounds delicious and comforting. Great recipe!

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  6. I love a good casserole and this one looks great! But what temp do you cook it at?

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  7. Bob... 350 F... sorry bout that, I cut off the whole line when I was cutting and pasting from my file! Oops!

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  8. I love these kinds of mexican casseroles, will have to try your version soon.

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  9. This looks like a great meal on a cold day. Bet it's mighty tasty too! The ingredients sound like it!

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  10. That looks AWESOME and something that we'd like!

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  11. What a great comfort food dish!!! Looks incredible!

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  12. oh good! I need something quick and easy. It looks great.

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  13. Oh my goodness this looks good! :D

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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  14. thehungryengineer (april)... in fact it does reheat well... its yummy :) *hugs* thanks!

    Elle... thank you sweetie :)

    duodishes... come on over! I whip some up for you :) Thanks!

    The Food Hunter... me too, one of my favorite things about this recipe :) Thanks!

    5 Star Foodie...Thank you! :)

    Sara... thank you :) I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

    Donna-FFW... thank you :) We like it a lot!

    imadedinner... thanks :) I hope you try it!

    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer... thank you so much :)

    Debbie ... I like quick and easy sometimes! Thanks!

    Jessie... thank you honey! :)

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  15. It looks delicious!! Full of lots of goodies!! Yummy!

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  16. This looks so good!! I really need to get working on some dairy-free casseroles. I miss them terribly.

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  17. Being a stay at home mom, I soooo love casserole recipes. My boys would love this one.

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  18. Love the look of that - I will have to have a go at making it.
    A great one dish meal!!

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  19. Mmmm! I really miss eating these sorts of things on my newfound healthy food kick. I suppose I could make it for the fam and eat just a few bites!

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  20. Yum. I'll have mine with lots of hot sauce.

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  21. I love everything based on cheese and chicken. This recipe seems esy, I can try it.

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  22. ooh loks delicious. i'm all for anything that is easy.

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  23. Reeni♥... thank you :)

    Maggie... speaking of dairy free... how would you substitute cream of chicken soup? Any ideas? Thanks!

    Joie de vivre... that's exactly it... this dish is perfect for kids :) thank you!

    Lisa ... thanks :)

    Jan... I hope you enjoy! thank you :)

    chou... thank you :)

    RecipeGirl ... a few bites wouldn't hurt. In fact I'm sure you could re-do this one to make it lower fat, if you wanted to :) Thank you!

    Jude .... that's the way I like mine too... extra hot sauce :) Thanks!

    zerrin.... I hope you do and let me know how you like it :) Thanks for visiting, nice to meet you!

    Jo .... easy is my fav thing about this one :) Thanks!

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  24. I love easy recipes that also pack a huge flavor punch! This would be a fabulous recipe to take to a pot luck, especially since you can make it ahead. Thanks for sharing your meal!

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  25. That looks delicious! My kids won't do olives, so I'd have to do it without that, but I think it'd still be delicious!

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  26. That sounds so gooddd!!! Mmmmmmm... looks very appetizing!

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  27. Laurie.... thank you! :)

    Kevin... :) we love it, I hope you'll try it! Thanks for visiting!

    Kristen ... The original didn't have olives actually :) That is one of my additions :) Thanks!

    Sophie ... thank you so much :)

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  28. Great casserole. My husband will love this one!

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  29. I SAW THIS RECIPE AND JUST HAD TO MAKE IT. MY HUSBAND IS A PICKIE EATER AND FELL IN LOVE WITH IT THANK YOU SO MUCH
    TIA

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  30. I have this recipe and my family loves it!! But, we never added olives...now we will.
    thanks for sharing!

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  31. That sure do look yummy Jo. And sounds easy to make too. You know Il try to make this. :)

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  32. I loved this - I made it the day after you posted the recipe. It got gobbled up really quickly - no leftovers for long! I have one question: where does the name of the recipe come from? Is there a King Ranch?

    Judy

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  33. Farina... thank you :) I hope you enjoy it!

    judydeborah... I am so so glad your family liked it :) As for the name... you know I've heard so many things. Some say it was named for King Ranch in Texas, one of the largest around. Others say not. So, I emailed King Ranch this morning to ask and will let you know what they have to say on it :)

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  34. maria... Thank you :)

    Tia... I am so glad your picky eater enjoyed it.. thanks for letting me know!

    Jules... I think the olives really add something delicious... thanks!

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  35. I've had this before and it is soooooo good.

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  36. Rachel.... thank you :)

    nutritiontokitchen... we love cheese too :) thanks!

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  37. Looks wonderful. A must try. Thanks for sharing the Recipe~

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  38. I saw this on Pinterest and decided to make it. It was SO good! It even kept it's layers (just like the picture) instead of coming out in one blobby mess (like so many other recipes do)! I didn't measure my chicken though, I'm sure I had more than 2 cups. Will definitely be making it again! Thanks for the recipe!

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  39. I made this recipe today and it is delicious. Hubby also loved it saying " You can make this for me anytime!" He ate half of it (9x13) by himself! Thank you for this recipe!

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  40. I wanted to serve my holiday guests something other than the same old thing so I tried this recipe out on my mom and her friends the month before. I got total rave reviews!! I liked it so much I ate it for lunch and dinner two days in a row!! I didn't have any tortillas so I used slightly crushed original Doritos instead of tortillas (great way to use semi stale chips). The taste was AMAZING!!

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