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    Original King Ranch Chicken

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    1 hr 30 mins

    30 mins

    1 hr

    Recipe USA's Note:

    I've been making this for years - it's a family favorite and is classified as Tex-Mex. There are many variations of the original recipe - I've also tried to include some of those variations or options in my recipe. Although, I, personally, believe the original is the best.

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    1. 1
      1. Boil chicken, remove meat from skin and bones. (save broth).
    2. 2
      2. Sometimes I will use 6-8 chicken breasts instead of whole chicken when I'm in a hurry.
    3. 3
      3. Saute onions and green pepper.
    4. 4
      4. Mix with soups, tomatoes, cubed chicken, and chicken broth.
    5. 5
      5. Line bottom of Pyrex casserole with six corn tortillas.
    6. 6
      6. Add 1/2 of chicken/soup mixture; spread over tortillas. Sprinkle grated cheese over mixture.
    7. 7
      7. Then make another layer of six tortillas, chicken/soup mixture, and cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 250-300 F 1 hour until cheese is bubbly.
    8. 8
      8. Please note that you can make this recipe much lower in fat by using the fat free soups and fat free chicken broth. It turns out just as tasty.
    9. 9
      9. I've also substituted Cheddar Cheese, as well as Lite Velveeta in place of the Monterey Jack cheese and it was all good.
    10. 10
      10. The original recipe uses corn tortillas, although some people prefer the flour. I believe the corn gives it a better flavor myself. For variety, you can also omit the tortillas and use tortilla chips, or even noodles/pasta, in their place. At one time or another, I've tried every variation - they are all good, although I am partial to the corn tortillas.
    11. 11
      11. Adding a can of black beans or corn, also takes it to another level and adding a few slicked black olives and a dollop of sour cream before serving makes a nice presentation.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 11, 2011


      Tasty and we will add to our regular routine. Followed to a T but did change Monterey Jack for Pepper Jack, also added a little cheddar, added a can of black beans.

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    • on December 18, 2010


      This is very quick to make using a rotisserie chicken. Will make this often. I love Tex Mex.

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    Nutritional Facts for Original King Ranch Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (569 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 973.9
    Calories from Fat 602
    Total Fat 66.9 g
    Saturated Fat 27.2 g
    Cholesterol 238.0 mg
    Sodium 1638.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 2.7 g
    Protein 63.4 g

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