King Ranch Chicken Casserole


In this video, you’ll see Chef John’s take on classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole. This is essentially a chicken enchilada pie. It's a casserole that... See more loves the cream soups, featuring both cream of mushroom and cream of chicken. Sour cream, diced chilies and tomatoes, bell peppers, and spices round out the Southwest flavors. Oh, and don't forget the Cheddar. You’ll layer a casserole with tortillas, chicken, sauce, and cheese. And then bake it until beautifully bubbly. This is a sure-fire family favorite in the making! Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John’s King Ranch Chicken Casserole. A great recipe for using up leftover chicken, it’s also great with store-bought rotisserie chicken. See more Chef John videos >>

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Mar 25, 2014 12:29 PM

I make mine similarly, however, I do not use tortillas...they get too tough. I use a layer of roughly crushed (not too broken up)Doritos (I prefer the Nacho Cheese flavor). There is no need to put sauce on the bottom of the pan. Other than that it about the same, I just don't add the extra spices as the Rotel tomatoe & Chile is just perfect for me.


Mar 24, 2014 9:19 PM

We usually leave the tortillas whole and use thinner corn tortillas. We also use canned Rotel (tomatoes and chilies), but you can make your own. Also put cheese on every layer. And please use a bigger pan. It is a Texas dish afterall!!


Mar 24, 2014 5:10 PM

You need to correct the origin  of this recipe. The King Ranch, located in South Texas between Corpus Christi and Brownsville, is one of the largest ranches in the world.  Founded in 1853 by Captain Richard King and includes portions of six counties.  The recipe has been handed down for generations in the numerous towns and communities that dot the 1,289 sq. miles of the ranch were the cowhands and their families continue to live today.

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