Original King Ranch Chicken

Original King Ranch Chicken

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15 review(s) averaging 4.5. 86% would make again

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I've been making this for years - it's a family favorite.

"My husbands says this is one of the best dishes I've ever made. I don't care much for corn tortillas, so I used flour and I put a generous amt of cheese on top. Super easy, and very tasty!"


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1 can Cream of chicken soup
1 can Cream of mushroom soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes w/ peppers
1/2 cup Onion
1/2 cup Green pepper; chopped
1 cup+ Chicken broth
1 pkg. Monterey jack cheese; grated
1 Chicken; boiled and de-boned
12 Corn tortillas; OR
1 pkg. Tortilla chips; OR

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



Boil chicken, remove meat from skin and bones.

Sometimes I will use 6-8 chicken breasts instead of whole chicken when I'm in a hurry.

Saute onions and green pepper.

Mix with soups, tomatoes, cubed chicken, and chicken broth.

Line bottom of Pyrex casserole with six tortillas.

Add 1/2 of chicken/soup mixture; spread over tortillas. Sprinkle grated cheese over mixture.

Then make another layer of six tortillas, chicken/soup mixture, and cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 250-300 F 1 hour until cheese is bubbly.

Please note that you can make this recipe much lower in fat by using the fat free soups and fat free chicken broth. It turns out just as tasty.

I've also substituted Cheddar Cheese, as well as Lite Velveeta in place of the Monterey Jack cheese and it was all good.


A family favorite. I make this frequently.


Added on Award Medal


Whats better than hot chili on a cold winters day!!

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Gave 4 stars, but I'm a rookie cooker. Added water to the cream of mushroom n chicken. Thought naturally I had to? Lol, rookies don't add it. Kinda moist lol. Put in for a lot longer.
Beaudreaux 3 months ago

arielnnava627 9 months ago

I did as another reviewer suggested and added a can of green chilis and some sour cream to the mixture which I think helped a lot. I thought this meal had good flavor, but no one else in my family liked and didnt even finish their plates... probably wont make this again, since this is a lot of food for just one person.
LMBarnes 2 years ago

I liked it very much! It tastes like enchiladas suizas but way easier to cook!
Brennab_ 4 years ago

I've had so many compliments on this recipe! It's my husbands new favorite!!
SFStone 4 years ago

The best recipe I've found - so close to what I grew up with in Texas
myndrover 4 years ago

My husbands says this is one of the best dishes I've ever made. I don't care much for corn tortillas, so I used flour and I put a generous amt of cheese on top. Super easy, and very tasty!
crn003 5 years ago

Done, thanks!
stevemur 5 years ago

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jeffcrump 5 years ago

I've made this quick, easy and very tasty casserole for both a church potluck and for a family week night meal. It’s similar to a Mexican lasagna and is made with layers of corn tortillas, a creamy and slightly spicy chicken filling, and shredded cheese. I did make some slight changes to the recipe. I used left-over roasted chicken which I shredded, homemade chicken stock instead of broth, tore the tortillas into bite-sized pieces, increased the temperature and uncovered the casserole for the last 10-minutes of baking to brown the cheese a little. Next time, I plan add some sour cream or crema to the filling along with a small can of diced green chilis for some additional flavor.
sgrishka 6 years ago

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