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King Ranch Chicken Casserole


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  • 1 (4-5 lb.) whole chicken
  • *I used 3 lbs. of chicken breast & I cook my chicken in chicken broth.
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped (I used about 20 baby carrots, cut into 3 pieces each)
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of mushroom
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken
  • 2 (10 oz.) cans diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Mexican style chili powder
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheese
  • 12 - 6 inch fajita size corn tortillas, cut into 1/2 inch strips.



Step 1

Cook chicken in chicken broth. Remove from heat and cool. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots, & green pepper until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, and both cans of diced tomatoes and chiles. I do not drain the tomatoes and chiles.
Shred chicken and layer 1/2 of chicken in a 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle with seasonings that are listed (1/2 of each). Top with 1/2 of soup mixture and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Cover with 1/2 of corn tortilla strips. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. I covered mine with foil and sprayed the foil so that the cheese would not stick.
Serve with extra salsa and sour cream.


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