King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a Southern Texas staple dish. And with one bite, you’ll understand why.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a church potluck, or bridal shower, or even a tailgating party in the Lone Star State that didn’t include this amazing dish.
We love this version because we don’t include the typical canned condensed cream of chicken soups or processed cheese. This is the real deal. Texas-style.
KING RANCH CHICKEN IS A TEXAS TRADITION
We start of by sautéing some of our favorite veggies in the world: Onion, red and green bell peppers, jalapeño and garlic.
The dish is colorful and exploding with flavor.
You’ll notice this just right away.
Ro-tel is another Texas tradition. It’s a combination of tomatoes and green chiles and it’s hard to explain why, but there is just some extra special about a can of Ro-tel tomatoes.
If you can’t find Ro-Tel, which is now widely available, you can use another brand of tomatoes and chilies, or order Ro-tel online.
We LOVE Ro-tel!
For the chicken, we love to roast chicken breasts, skin-on, and then shred the meat.
You’ll need about 5 cups of cooked chicken. If you are pressed for time, 2 rotisserie chickens from the supermarket work very nicely, too.
Mix the cooked chicken with the fresh cilantro.
THE FILLING IS CREAMY WITH A TOUCH OF HEAT
As you build the filling for this amazing King Ranch Chicken Casserole, you’ll be tempted to pull out a spoon and eat a bowl-full as is.
But try and wait.
The best is yet to come.
Once again, we’re all about making the best dish possible, but sometimes you might be looking for a shortcut.
We think quickly crisping up yellow corn tortillas in a non-stick skillet with a little oil is perfect for this King Ranch Chicken Casserole.
But, we have also found that roughly broken up corn tortilla chips work great, too! Corn tortillas are so good!
THE KING RANCH CASSEROLE DIDN’T ORIGINATE AT KING RANCH
There is a very famous and massive ranch in Southern Texas called The King Ranch. Most folks, understandably so, think the King Ranch casserole originated at the famed King Ranch.
It didn’t. Martin Clement, who manages the main house at the King Ranch is quoted: “You can be sure if we had invented it, it would include beef, not chicken!”
So, the mysterious origins of this iconic King Ranch Chicken Casserole remain a mystery. But, who really cares. All you need to know is it’s a huge crowd-pleasin’ casserole that just tastes incredible.
We absolutely love making this casserole in our large (12-inch) cast iron skillet, but you can absolutely prepare it in a standard 9″x13″ baking dish.
This King Ranch Chicken Casserole feeds a hungry family, no problem. Usually leaving leftovers for lunche and/or dinner the following day or two.
KING RANCH CHICKEN WILL FEED A FAMILY AND MORE
The King Ranch Casserole also freezes wonderfully. Simply prepare as instructed, freeze, and then let thaw and cook as directed. Or, bake frozen for an additional 45 minutes.
Obviously, we wouldn’t advise freezing this in your cast iron skillet. But you probably figured that out.
Trust us when we tell you, King Ranch Chicken Casserole is Texas comfort food at it’s best. You and your loved ones will be “yee-hawing” after each scrumptious bite!
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But in the meantime, hurry and make they incredible King Ranch Casserole. You will NOT be disappointed!