Recipe variations on this Texas-favorite chicken casserole abound simply because it's delicious.
1. If applicable, remove giblets from chicken, and reserve for another use. Rinse chicken.
2. Place chicken, celery, carrots, and salt in a large Dutch oven
with water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat
to low. Cover and simmer 50 minutes to 1 hour or until chicken is done.
Remove from heat. Remove chicken from broth; cool 30 minutes. Remove and
reserve 3/4 cup cooking liquid. Strain any remaining cooking liquid,
and reserve for another use.
3. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in a large skillet over
medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 6 to 7 minutes or until tender.
Add bell pepper and garlic, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in reserved
3/4 cup cooking liquid, cream of mushroom soup, and next 5 ingredients.
Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes.
4. Skin and bone chicken; shred meat into bite-size pieces. Layer
half of chicken in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with
half of soup mixture and 1 cup Cheddar cheese. Cover with half of corn
tortilla strips. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese.
5. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
*1 tsp. chili powder and 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper may be substituted for Mexican-style chili powder.
Lightened King Ranch Chicken Casserole: Reduce butter to 1 Tbsp.
Substitute reduced-fat cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup for
regular and 2% reduced-fat cheese for regular. Prepare recipe as
directed through Step 4. Bake, covered, at 350° for 50 minutes; uncover
and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cracker Barrel 2% Milk Natural Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Quick-and-Easy King Ranch Chicken Casserole: Substitute 1 (2-lb.)
skinned, boned, and shredded deli-roasted chicken for whole chicken, 3
cups coarsely crumbled lime-flavored white corn tortilla chips for corn
tortillas, and 3/4 cup chicken broth for cooking liquid. Omit celery,
carrots, and salt. Prepare recipe as directed, beginning with Step 3.
Gm Salsa, I just love meals like this ~ Everything in one dish !~ And prep could be made early in the day. Sounds wondeful ~ Thanks sweetie and I see another one that needs a peek no 2 more that needs a peek ~
Choc and nuts ~ mmmmmm M Janie
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This is a delicious recipe. I have made it for my family a lot and then love it.
Looks so good!
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