Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
19 Mins
Bake Time
1 Hour
Stand Time
10 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings

King Ranch chicken casserole is a wildly popular recipe. This quicker version takes a short-cut, using precooked chicken from the deli.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 6 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add bell pepper and garlic, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup, and next 5 ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes.

Step 2

Layer half of chicken in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with half of soup mixture and 1 cup Cheddar cheese. Cover with half of corn tortilla chips. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Step 4

*1 tsp. chili powder and 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper may be substituted for Mexican-style chili powder.

Ratings & Reviews

sadiesaurusrex's Review

April 16, 2014

steelchef's Review

August 16, 2012
First of all, thanks for this wonderful recipe. It is a first time for us and we are seniors. Here’s my Canadian twist. First, I’m a smoke hound and we always have plenty of smoked chicken etc in the freezer. That was the first substitution. Rotel tomatoes are very hard to find here so I used a local brand (20 oz) which contains finely diced tomatoes, bell peppers and celery. I then adjusted the spices a bit and decided to make lasagna, (we are not big fans of tortillas or corn chips.) On second thought, I made a half sized lasagna and left the remaining sauce to be used over egg noodles. My wife who is very fussy/picky went absolutely wild. I also used a combo of cheddar, Jack and Mozza. Winner, winner – Chicken dinner! This is surely where that phrase came from!

Judithkerr's Review

July 14, 2011
This is my favorite variation on the king Ranch casserole. So much easier with the corn chips. I add a can of mushrooms, black beans and a shot of hot sauce.