This easy King Ranch Chicken recipe is one of the easiest ways to get dinner on the table on busy weeknights that the whole family family will eat. This great recipe is a Tex-Mex casserole that consists of tasty layers and is the ultimate comfort food.

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King Ranch Casserole

Here in Texas, we call this family favorite just “King Ranch Chicken” and the casserole part is just implied. It is a classic Texas casserole recipe that equals easy dinner.

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If you’re one of the poor, unfortunate souls who have never tasted this unique chicken dish before that resembles a little bit of Tex-Mex lasagna a little bit creamy casserole, then y’all should try this easy meal tonight!

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Easy King Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe

King Ranch Chicken is one of those recipes that is so simple to make–a little of this, a little of that–yet so delightfully different and tasty. Serve it at your next potluck, church supper or take it to a new mom in need.

Both kids and grownups like it.

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Ingredients Needed

diced bell pepper

Directions for King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Step 1

In a large skillet or a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onions and peppers, just until soft (about 5 minutes).

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Step 2

Add broth, canned soup – mushroom and chicken, Rotel tomatoes, and spices. Stir well.

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Step 3

Continue to stir and boil until thickened and bubbly and the consistency of a creamy sauce.

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Step 4

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray.

shredded cheese

Step 5

Place 1/3 of the tortilla quarters down in a layer. Add 1/3 of the shredded chicken breasts. Top with 1/3 of the sauce mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Repeat layers 2 more times. 3 Cups of cheese is what will be used up for these layers of cheese.

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Step 6

Top with 1 cup shredded cheese, cover with foil.

Step 7

Place 9-inch baking dish in the oven:

  1. Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes.
  2. Remove foil and bake another 5-10 minutes.
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If Rotel is too spicy (it is for my mother in law and that’s okay) you can use canned tomatoes, but you will be losing some flavor.

Don’t have leftover cooked chicken or thawed out chicken on hand? You can use store-bought rotisserie chicken for this best chicken casserole.

This should be good in the fridge for 3-4 days. Yay leftovers!


Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serve with a salad.

Garnish with sour cream, fresh cilantro, a squirt of lime juice and salsa.

King Ranch Casserole Recipe Variations

  • If you want to use flour tortillas , be aware that they will not keep their shape as well as the layers of corn tortillas during cooking. One way to overcome this is to lightly brown them in a frying pan before cutting them up for this recipe.
  • I have seen crispy tortilla chips used in this recipe as well, but it tends to be salty due to the chips being dusted with salt. If you try this, decrease the onion salt in the recipe.
  • If you want to use ground turkey or ground beef instead of the chicken a pound usually works well.
Yield: 6 servings

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

This super easy busy night dinner recipe is one of our family's favorites, King Ranch Chicken Casserole. The simple Tex-Mex flavors blend together with a delightful creamy texture with just a little crunch.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded
  • 12 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (reserve 1 cup of cheese for topping)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • (Optional) sour cream
  • (Optional) fresh cilantro
  • (Optional) lime juice
  • (Optional) mild salsa...or the good stuff!


  1. In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute onions and peppers until softened which usually takes about 5 minutes.
  3. Add broth, canned soups, Rotel and spices. Stir well
  4. Continue to stir and boil until thickened.
  5. Spray 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  6. Layer the casserole in the casserole dish: Place 1/3 of the tortilla quarters down in a layer. Add 1/3 of the shredded chicken breasts. Top with 1/3 of the sauce mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Repeat layers 2 more times.
  7. Top with 1 cup of shredded cheese and cover with foil.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake another 5-10 minutes.
  10. Let rest out of the oven 10 minutes before serving.
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What did your family love about the King Ranch Chicken casserole? Did you love how easy it is to make?

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