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    A True Texan's King Ranch Chicken

    A True Texan's King Ranch Chicken. Photo by Caroline Cooks

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    1 hr 30 mins

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    Tropical Texan's Note:

    The quintessential Texan feel-good comfort casserole. From a friend who used to own a well-known catering business in Humble, Texas. This is the best! You can make this LOW-CARB by substituting R.W. Garcia Low-Carb Tortilla Chips (or other kind) for the Tostitos.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350*F.
    2. 2
      Take 1/2 the bag of chips and layer them on the bottom of a greased 13" x 9" x 2" casserole dish. Then place shredded chicken atop the layer of chips. Layer half of the cheese on top of the chicken.
    3. 3
      In a separate bowl, prepare sauce. Combine salsa, sour cream, cream of chicken, evaporated milk (or heavy cream), and olives and mix well. Pour over casserole, then add the remaining cheese on top. Cook for 1 hour, or until the top is brown and bubbly. Check it when there is about 15 minutes left--you may want to cover with foil for remainder of cook time.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 11, 2010


      VERY EASY to make! Used only 3 breasts (all I had) and it was perfect, subbed 1/2 & 1/2 for cream and added a can of chopped green chilies that needed to be used up. I also used the whole bag of chips, rather than half of it. Forgot to grease the casserole dish and it still was just fine. I found that it baked in much less time- more like 40 minutes tops. This is so yummy and super quick to throw together. Takes even less time than stated...which is rare! Thanks for posting.

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    • on July 17, 2013


      One word - Brilliant! I altered it a tad, I added 1 large onion chopped (and cooked) 1 cup of corn and 1 can of mexican style pinto beans to the chicken layer and reduced the chicken to 2 breasts, I agree cooking time is a bit long, 30 minutes did if for me (my oven does run a bit hot though). This will be made again and again, I really loved the creamy layer. I will say this though, if you are on a diet or are watching your fat intake, this may not be the recipe for you. Thanks for posting!!

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    • on June 20, 2012


      This was AWESOME!! Thanks for this recipe! Only thing I did different was I did not add olives, instead I added a can of chopped green chiles. My family loved it! Only change I will make is to use pepper jack cheese in the future.

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    Nutritional Facts for A True Texan's King Ranch Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (322 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 677.2
    Calories from Fat 386
    Total Fat 42.9 g
    Saturated Fat 18.0 g
    Cholesterol 130.8 mg
    Sodium 1267.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 38.6 g

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