King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

  • sanvick Posted: 01/02/12
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    This is great! The first time I omitted the cumin, simply because i didn't have any and the second time i forgot the chili powder...it was STILL amazing! Make it spicy by using hot rotel tomatoes, or keep it low key. very versatile recipe that is a crowd pleaser!

  • tngolfgal Posted: 01/01/12
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    I and my husband loved this. He called it a "keeper". I used mild Rotel and otherwise followed the directions exactly. Before baking, I put half in the freezer for another day. Yum.

  • swhisenant Posted: 01/10/12
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    Made this last night a my husband also said it was a "keeper". Couldn't find cellentani pasta, but Kroger's Private Selection pasta called Cavatappi appeared to be the same and worked great.

  • Craigheadd Posted: 02/01/12
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    Easy and very very good! My three year old could not get enough, so it definitely passed the test.

  • Yellowroseknows Posted: 12/30/11
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    Made this tonight. My kids and I usually do not like macaroni dishes. This was a BIG hit with everyone. Most of us had seconds! I substituted elbow for cellentani pasta (they did not have it at my local grocery store). It tasted like cheesey chicken enchiladas...very Tex Mex flavored. I also doubled the recipe. It made 3 full size 13X9casseroles and a meatloaf pan size. I have enough in the freezer to eat this 1xweek for 3 weeks! This one is a keeper!!

  • LDaVega Posted: 01/09/12
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    Awesome! Easy to prepare - used mini penne pasta.

  • Sdehnert Posted: 01/17/12
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    Easy and very good! I have two gransons that love mac and cheese -- so we cooked this together and I left out the chili powder and they picked the shape of the pasta. They loved it and ate on it for two days until it was gone.

  • AnnJudd Posted: 01/27/12
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    This dish is SO good! My entire family loved it from ages 5 to 42.

  • JulyGulf Posted: 12/26/11
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    I made this last week. Very good. My family enjoyed it but my husband suggested adding some bacon for more flavor.

  • tjaquis Posted: 02/19/12
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    Absolutely the BEST mac and cheese dish I have ever had!!!!

  • lizhurrry Posted: 02/11/12
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    Terrific taste and sure to please everyone. I haven't used pasteurized cheese product in a long time, but when I saw this combination with cellentani pasta, I couldn't resist. This kicked up version of King Ranch was a hit with all the boys at our table. Fun to make and a crowd pleasing hearty meal.

  • NorthernSpie Posted: 01/19/12
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    The judgment of other reviewers is certainly respected but I must say that my family was very disappointed with this recipe. We've enjoyed King Ranch-type casseroles before and was excited to find a new way to make mac and cheese. Possibly it was the fake taste of the "pasteurized prepared cheese product" but it just didn't taste fresh and healthy. Reminded me of a boxed dinner but not even that good. Might be worth another attempt replacing the boxed cheese with cheddar.

  • DonnaWalker Posted: 02/15/12
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    This is absolutely the best Mac N Cheese I have EVER eaten! We like spicy so I like to marinade chicken breasts in McCormick Grill Mates Mexican Fiesta marinade, grill them, and cut into bite-sized pieces. I use about 3 chicken breasts - more than the recipe. I also substituted "light" cream cheese for the "processed" cheese, and added extra shredded cheddar for color. Love this recipe ~ have made it twice and we are looking forward to some of the leftovers (I froze some) tomorrow! Donna Mesa, AZ

  • ToniMisfit Posted: 02/18/12
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    Delicious and easy to make!

  • Monamcm Posted: 06/02/12
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    Made for 7 adults. Everyone enjoyed. Used 16 oz of pasta vs. 8 per recipe. This recipe makes plenty of sauce so nothing else changed. Had salad with a lime, cilantro dressing. Nice dinner. Will make again.

  • trinigirl1989 Posted: 03/09/12
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    My son said he would eat this every day of his life, he took the leftovers to school for lunch today, there was not a crumb left on anyone's plate. Best kid friendly recipe ever. Substituted 1lb ground chicken (i browned it first) and cottage cheese instead of sour cream. It came out fantastic. Our family is 4, so I froze a little for the next time my son is craving this.

  • rebeccabsc1 Posted: 02/25/12
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    Truely delicious and easy.

  • laurikrause Posted: 08/30/12
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    So easy & tastes fantastic. This recipe makes PLENTY. If you have a small family (2-3), freeze 1/2 for later. It reheats beautifully.

  • gscott104 Posted: 04/10/12
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    This is quick and easy to make. This batch makes a huge helping, so it makes for good leftovers. Quick note: We added two fresh, diced jalapenos, and it gave it just the right amount of kick. Next time, we're thinking of subbing krab for the chicken. Make it, you'll enjoy it!

  • heartlandmom Posted: 09/03/12
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    Good flavor, but mine came out with some thin liquid at the bottom that seaprated out, rather than the ooey-gooey cheesey sauce I expected. I mixed mine ahead and baked it the next day, so this may be why. Other than that, it was what I expected, having made King Ranch casserole many times.

  • danajax Posted: 01/02/13
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    love it...i actually made this a little more healthy by using whole wheat penne pasta, 2% velveta, fat free sour cream, fat free cheddar and low sodium soup. i am a firefighter and plan on serving this up at the station soon!

  • AmyNJames Posted: 01/03/13
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    I thought this dish was pretty good, but not worth the 5 stars everyone seems to be giving it.

  • Marybhodges22 Posted: 06/07/13
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    Made this as written using mild Rotel. Everyone loved it, even my husband who doesn't usually go for mac'n'cheese. I had to put it in my meal rotation for every two weeks, at least, because the grandkids kept begging for it. Although spicy enough for us, I like how you can make this spicier just by buying a spicier can of Rotel. I serve this with tortilla chips and a green salad for some crunch. The family likes this better than King Ranch Casserole (that has the corn tortillas layered in)and it's easier to make, as well!

  • Kstaas Posted: 06/21/13
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    My husband absolutely loved this. The only thing I would do different is separate the mixture and freeze half for later.

  • pfurey Posted: 12/12/13
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    Made this tonight and we enjoyed it. I sautéed some celery and carrot with the onion and bell pepper. I thought the texture was good and wasn't offended using the small amount of Velveeta as another reviewer was. Had a salad and some crunchy bread - good cold night dinner! I also divided it into 2 casseroles since it is just my husband and me. Froze the second for another time.

  • KETabb Posted: 10/30/13
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    "1 (8-oz.) package pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed"... SERIOUSLY? I gave the recipe two stars (which is "has potential") - because I haven't made it. It does have potential. Other than the ingredient above, it looks amazing. But a "package of pasteurized prepared cheese product"???? Wow, that is SO gross! I clicked on the recipe because it looked delicious, and I've been struggling to find a good mac and cheese recipe... but using this fake food? Absolutely not.

  • KoraOrtiz Posted: 09/18/13
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    this is the first time i made this recipe...i hardly ever make macaroni dishes and even less mac & cheese dishes for dinner but this sounded pretty good.. I didnt have a bell pepper(guess i forgot to buy it) but i did add broccoli and kale to the dish...it came out so good..i think next time i may add some sliced carrots and i dont know more vegetables :) i also put bread crumbs on top to give it more texture...in all i really liked this recipe..my 4 year old liked it too!

  • Allissabrown Posted: 07/26/13
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    I was so disappointed with this recipe! I have never made a recipe with 4+ stars that I didn't genuinely like and both my husband and I hated this. There were just too many soft elements to this - there was no textural element that was appealing. I will stick to regular King Ranch Chicken with some type of crunchy chip topping. Wouldn't make this again unfortunately.

  • jmfoodie Posted: 09/12/13
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    Delectable.We loved it. I made 1/3 recipe for 2 and had leftovers.

  • chocoholic66 Posted: 10/08/13
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    I've made the original King Ranch Chicken Casserole for years, but when I made this Mac & cheese version the other day, it became an instant hit with my entire family. Definitely not a diet dish, but very worth the occasional treat.

  • verastale11 Posted: 01/02/14
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    My family love this recipe I am going to fix this to night for them

  • JonetteCoram Posted: 02/26/14
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    Texas-transplanted NOLA native here who was mightily disappointed with this recipe. I wanted so much to like it, but it was flavorless. I just can't bring myself to try again with hot rotel since I tried to adjust seasonings to no avail. Still in search of a spicy mac n cheese recipe!

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