Wednesday, December 14, 2011

King Ranch Casserole

I've seen this King Ranch casserole around a lot. Most that I have seen use a cream of something soup.  I'm not a huge fan of cream of something soups.  I've used them before but now I try to steer clear if I can. I knew when I saw this I would make it.

It turned out great!  It was a bit spicier than I thought it would be but it still was awesome and we all loved it. 

King Ranch Chicken Recipe
Adapted from Cinnamon Girl Recipes

1 large onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, finely chopped
1 large poblano pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp. garlic, minced
3 tbsp. flour (I used gluten free)
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups milk
1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chiles
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. chile powder
2 cups crushed tortilla chips (I think I used more)
2 cups shredded chicken, cooked
2 cups (6 oz) colby jack or pepper jack cheese

Heat pan with cooking spray and saute onion, red pepper, poblano and jalapeno.  Cook until tender for about 6 - 8 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.

Whisk in flour and cook for another minute, continue whisking and slowly add broth, then milk.  Heat to almost boiling while whisking, then cook for about 3 - 4 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in tomatoes, salt, pepper and chile powder.  Remove from heat. 

Spread thin, even layer on bottom of prepared dish.  Top with half the chips, sauce, chicken and cheese, then repeat.  Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.  Allow to set for 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. I totally made this for my parents with the full on cream of soup recipe a long time ago...and they loved it! I was iffy on it, but I'm sure I'd love the real ingredients version way more!

  2. I've seen this around too. Looks good!

  3. You had me at spicy! You know, poblano peppers are hit or miss with me - sometimes I can eat them like an apple, other times I take a bit and my mouth is burning!

  4. Thrilled to find this recipe without the can of soup. Have always wanted to try it and you sure make it look and sound good.

  5. Woo hoo! It has no cream of soup in it! It sounds delicious and is great for a chilly night like this!

  6. Sounds lovely :)would be great if you add it to Creative Thursday?

  7. Debbie, I love that you are a casserole person. I get so many good ideas from you. Thanks for sharing with Let's Do Brunch.

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  9. This looks really good. It does sound spicy. I might tone it down just a little. I'm a one or two pepper kind of girl, can't handle much more than that.

  10. Casseroles are the best, in any form! Looks great :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  11. Hi Debbi,
    With all the rich food we are eating at the parties right now, your King Ranch Casserole looks awesome, please save me some. Have a wonderful week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. mmm I love king ranch casserole!!! Except I totally make it with all the canned soup stuff! :)

  13. This sounds really delicious Debbi. I like the peppers and spices in it. This is the perfect casserole for a busy day, comfort food for sure! Thank you for sharing this post with Let's Do Brunch.

  14. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen