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King Ranch Casserole Recipe

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This recipe for King Ranch Casserole, by , is from Hanigan Taste of Home, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Kathleen Webb Hayes
Added: Thursday, March 5, 2009


1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
4 tsp lime juice
1/4 c olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 tbsp butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 10 oz can Ro-tel tomatoes and green chilies
4 tsp ancho chile powder
1 tsp cumin
1 c chicken broth
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 c half and half
1/2 c sour cream
1/2 c cilantro, chopped
3 c grated Pepper Jack and Cheddar cheese
10 corn tortillas
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook chicken in olive oil on medium heat adding 2 tsp lime juice and 2 tsp ancho chile powder and salt to taste. When chicken is done (about 20 minutes) shred and set aside.

2. Melt butter on medium heat. Add onions, red bell and poblano peppers and cook for 10 minutes. Add garlic, flour, cumin, cayenne pepper and 2 tsp ancho chile powder and cook 1 minute.
Add chicken broth and cook on low until thickened (a few minutes). Stir in half and half and Ro-Tel. Cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Uncover and add sour cream, 2 tsp lime juice and 1/2 c cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat tortillas to soften (in microwave between towels or in pan with a small amount of oil)

5. Ladle 1/2 c sauce in bottom of 11 x 7" pan. Layer half of the tortillas on top of sauce (can cut tortillas in strips if you wish). Add half of the chicken, half of the remaining sauce, half of the remaining cilantro and 1 1/2 c cheese. Repeat, ending with the cheese on top. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6-12 depending on portion size
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
There are many versions of King Ranch casserole, many with canned soups, however, in my opinion, this is the best. It is worth the extra time (and its not nearly as time consuming or difficult as it appears) - Enjoy.




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