Original King Ranch Chicken

Recipe by Recipe USA
READY IN: 1hr 30mins




  • 1. Boil chicken, remove meat from skin and bones. (save broth).
  • 2. Sometimes I will use 6-8 chicken breasts instead of whole chicken when I'm in a hurry.
  • 3. Saute onions and green pepper.
  • 4. Mix with soups, tomatoes, cubed chicken, and chicken broth.
  • 5. Line bottom of Pyrex casserole with six corn tortillas.
  • 6. Add 1/2 of chicken/soup mixture; spread over tortillas. Sprinkle grated cheese over mixture.
  • 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. 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. I've also substituted Cheddar Cheese, as well as Lite Velveeta in place of the Monterey Jack cheese and it was all good.
  • 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. 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.