Light King Ranch Chicken Casserole

  • KChadwick4 Posted: 01/10/09
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    This had a very weird flavor. Very disappointing.

  • jenmax Posted: 01/12/09
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    This lightened version is a pretty standard way anyone would lighten the recipe-spray instead of oil, fat free version of soups, and reduced fat cheese. I would like to see some more innovative ways of making the recipe healthier. Not much fiber? Add a drained can of black beans or other beans. Maybe some high fiber tortillas. There are plenty on the market, although they work more like flour tortillas. Even using half the tortillas that way would boost the fiber. How about some corn, some red peppers, or other veggies? And maybe some fat free sour cream to cut the soup taste (make sure you use a decent soup, some off brands leave an really bad after taste). Some avocado on top or in a fresh salsa would add some MUFAs. Certainly some extra cilantro, at least on the side, would be in order. Only half a cup in this recipe. If you have hungry teens to feed and some brown rice hand, that can be a nice addition, too.

  • nycook7 Posted: 05/01/09
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    Like mum used to cook before her cookery course. Absolute slop. Agree with previous viewer that it would make a better dip but not a very good dip, at that. DON'T waste your time and $ with this one.

  • DebraV Posted: 10/01/09
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    Love this casserole both for it's ease in making and it's taste. Everyone loved it. We found this to be very filling with a side salad and a piece of french bread. We try to eat sensibly and this definitely fits the bill. If you let it sit for a few minutes after taking it out, it sets up a little. Will add to my regular dishes.

  • tomkitten Posted: 08/28/09
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    This recipe is fantastic! The full-fat version got five stars, and this one should, too. I've made both versions, and they taste exactly the same. When I want to tone down the spicyness of the recipe to gift it to a family with a new baby, I use mild Rotel and only use 1/2 t. of chili powder.

  • CindyHill07 Posted: 12/05/09
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    I made this for my husband and I about 2 weeks ago ~ We both fell in love with it! We ate it with chips. This is definitely a new FAV for us! I'm making it again tonight!

  • MIEngineer Posted: 01/19/10
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    This recipe is a wonderful combination of flavors, and a twice-a month (or more) favorite in my home. I use a 14-oz. can of tomatoes, sometimes making it vegetarian as well. It's rare that a combination of ingredients tastes this great to my taste buds!

  • dreamingescape Posted: 04/25/10
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    Absolutely LOVED this meal! Made a full casserole for just me and my hubby and we ate it for dinner and leftovers as lunch throughout the week. Great flavor, although I spiced mine up with salsa and hot sauce right before serving. Would be great with a dallop of light sour cream as well! Adding to my recipe favorites, for sure! :)

  • jennscook Posted: 05/06/10
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    I had always heard of this, but never had it until now. Great, easy to make recipe with yummy flavors. Will make again!

  • Widget8370 Posted: 05/20/10
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    This is my go-to recipe....my family loves it and will eat it any time. It's quick and easy.

  • JillSc Posted: 08/25/10
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    We loved this recipe, can't believe it's light. I added cumin, some salt and used low-carb whole wheat tortillas. I did use a TB of canola to saute the onion and pepper, but used less cheese. Also used real garlic instead of powder. Turned out fantastic!

  • Soonerkat Posted: 12/16/10
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    To speed up the recipe, I buy a roasted chicken from my local store and use the white meat to shred for this recipe.

  • pattersonva Posted: 03/08/11
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    For my food blog review, visit my blog at: http://foodinheritance.blogspot.com/2011/03/steamed-baby-carrots-with-ginger-garlic.html

  • kbdickey Posted: 06/03/11
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    I've made the original version of this recipe, so I knew to drain the can of Rotel before adding it, otherwise it would be too soupy, as previous posters have mentioned. Also, it's unnecessary to add so many layers--two is enough. I cut the tortillas into strips instead of pieces and layered them on top, directly under the cheese, to give it a little "crunch". Also, I cut the recipe in half & it was plenty for my husband & I, with some left over. With the minor alterations, it's good enough to make again for an easy weeknight dinner.

  • lcremin86 Posted: 08/14/11
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    Not the best thing i ever made. I drained the can of tomato and chili but still found it to be very soupy. My boyfriend said it was almost like a stew consistency with the chicken chunks and runny soup. I made only two layers and didn't see the need for the tortillas. If i make this again i'll omit them. In no way was this a bad dish. I wouldn't go as far to say it's delicious though.

  • cookfromsocal Posted: 07/07/11
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    Hubby and I really enjoyed this recipe. I couldn't find tomato and green chiles so used a can of green chiles. I don't think shredding a block of cheddar cheese would make any difference than getting the cheese already shredded. Great left-overs. A definite repeat.

  • Susanstack33 Posted: 08/26/11
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    Pretty good but not my favorite.

  • MichelleC1974 Posted: 09/22/11
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    I found this recipe to be a very nice casserole consistency. The only way I could see this turning out too runny or soupy is if you don't cook the chicken BEFORE adding it to the onions/peppers like the recipe states & if you did, in fact, dilute the cream soups.. (?) You also can't omit the tortillas because they are intended to absorb some of the liquid. I did not drain the tomatoes/chiles & it was still hearty. My husband said it was one of his new favorites and I loved it as well! I added black olives & took the advice of other reviewers by replacing the garlic powder with crushed garlic (sautéed it with the onions & peppers in 1 Tbsp canola oil) and added 1/2tsp of cumin. Topped it with a little light sour cream. Sooooo delicious! Highly recommend this recipe!

  • 2chichis4me Posted: 07/29/12
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    De-lish! Will be taking this to the next church or family function for others to enjoy! Made exactly as recipe stated and it was great!

  • iclark10 Posted: 01/30/12
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    This sounds yummy! One hint people, please make a recipe the regular way first before going "all out" with the changes. You don't know what its supposed to taste like first! Also if it turns out with a funny taste... Make sure all your ingredients are FRESH. I made something one time that turned out terrible because of old olive oil!

  • rockyhillgal Posted: 04/10/12
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    Delicious! Following the recipe's directions as written creates a tasty dish with perfect consistency.

  • hannahmusic Posted: 05/30/12
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    This recipe will be getting made a lot at my house from now on. I followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out wonderful! It was so easy to make as well. You can't beat that!

  • coquigretch Posted: 03/14/12
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    First of all, this is not an acceptable review: "Not the best thing i ever made. I drained the can of tomato and chili but still found it to be very soupy. My boyfriend said it was almost like a stew consistency with the chicken chunks and runny soup. I made only two layers and didn't see the need for the tortillas." Seriously?? The tortillas soak up all that extra liquid you were complaining about. Oh and PS...there is no chili in the recipe. Anyway, this recipe was pretty d*mn good, and I'll be making it again, for sure! You can't beat a cheesy gooey rotel-y mess for 232 calories!

  • mbtm2003 Posted: 10/22/12
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    Fixed this for dinner tonight. Overall, it was a good recipe. However, mine came out of the oven kinda soupy...not sure why as I followed the directions. Perhaps, I didn't use enough tortillas....it was still good, though.

  • JFromAnnapolis Posted: 07/03/12
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    Very good, a few tips. Add several cloves of real garlic crushed. Do not dilute the soups, you must drain the tomatoes, and make sure to use CORN tortillas...they absorb liquid much more than flour tortillas! I also added two chopped chipotle peppers in adobe since like spice!

  • Onecentinvegas Posted: 07/18/12
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    I made this a couple of weeks ago for the first time. It was Yummmmmie! Not fall-down-dead delicious, but better than just good. I made no changes and served it with a green salad. My coworkers made short work of the leftovers.

  • Romie10591214 Posted: 12/20/13
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    Don't remember rating this dish before it was incorrect for sure. I love this casserole. It was very easy to make, I made two dishes and gave one to my sister, she too loved it. Good for you if you're on Weight Watchers.

  • spber68 Posted: 10/15/13
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    This is excellent. I love that its a lightened version of the meal because the other had too much calories and fat. We are not fans of super spicy foods so we back off a little on the diced tomatos and chiles. Otherwise, great!

  • hanksa1 Posted: 11/04/13
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    Very good! Its not outstanding but its definitely one that I keep in my dinner rotation.

  • BigSkyGirl Posted: 08/10/13
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    Followed the recipe exactly, except I omitted black pepper sine there was chiles and chili powder. Turned out great. An excellent weeknight meal to put in the family rotation. We topped ours with diced avocado. Next time, I may sub black beans and/or soy crumbles for chicken ...

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