Hunk of Meat Monday: Kickin’ King Ranch Chicken

Have you registered yet for the 101 Cozy Casseroles from Gooseberry Patch giveaway yet? Here is the Kickin’ King Ranch Chicken Casserole I talked about in the giveaway.

Kickin' King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Like the ravioli casserole, this was an easy recipe with standard ingredients that most people have on hand. I only made half of this recipe for us. I wasn’t sure how it would freeze with the tortilla chips in it. If you have ever frozen a recipe like this, let me know how it worked!

Maggie's Kickin' King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King ranch chicken ingredients

This casserole called for cooked cubed chicken. This momma stopped and bought a rotisserie chicken on the way home to make the chicken cooking faster:)

rotisserie chickenI pulled the skin off the chicken and shredded the chicken. I used the entire breast and also the thighs. The kids kidnapped the drumsticks for a an appetizers.

shredded chicken

I then added the cream of mushroom and chicken soup, Rotelle, and spices. I left the water out of the recipe. The mixture seemed pretty moist without the water.

casserole ingredientsMixed it all together before starting on the layers in the casserole dish.

Chicken mixNow the recipe calls for two bags of tortilla chips. I assumed I would need a whole bag for half the recipe. I by no means needed even a half of a bag for the bottom of a two quart casserole dish.

Tortilla chips on the bottom of a casserole dishOnce one layer of chips is down, pour the chicken mixture over the chips.

Chicken layer in casseroleCover the casserole with a cup and a half to two cups of shredded cheese.

Casserole covered in cheeseBake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees or until bubbly.

Baked king ranch casseroleThe recipe has a little heat to it with the chili powder, which we loved. However, if you are a family that doesn’t like a lot of heat, then you may want to cut back on the chili powder. But, boy is it good. We ate it with some of the tortilla chips that were left.

Kickin’ King Ranch Chicken

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Serves: 6-8

A flavorful Tex-Mex chicken casserole that is easy to make with ingredients you will have on hand.
  • 3-4 chicken breasts and/or thigns (shredded or cubed)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can Rotelle (10 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chiles)
  • 1½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack
Chicken Filling
  1. Shred or cube 3-4 cooked chicken breasts or thighs that have had the skin removed.
  2. Add the soups, Rotelle, and seasonings to the chicken in a large bowl and mix together.
  1. Put a single layer of tortilla chips in the bottom of an ungreased 2-quart casserole dish.
  2. Pour the chicken filling over the chips, covering completely.
  3. Sprinkle the chicken filling with the shredded cheese to cover completely.
  4. Bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until casserole is bubbly.

What do you have cooking this week? Don’t forget to go register for the 101 Cozy Casseroles cookbook too!



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  1. says

    I love king ranch casserole, have been eating this yummy stuff since I was a kid. Plan on making a version of this next week.


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