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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our irresistible recipe for King Ranch Chicken Casserole! Packed with flavor and loaded with creamy chicken, vegetables, and gooey cheese, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. Plus, it’s not only delicious but also low-carb, making it a guilt-free option for those watching their carb intake. Whether you’re looking for a cozy weeknight dinner or a crowd-pleasing dish for gatherings, this King Ranch Chicken Casserole ticks all the boxes. Let’s dive into this mouthwatering recipe and discover the perfect combination of flavor and healthiness!

Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole

In this recipe, we’ve taken the classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole and given it a nutritious twist by making it low carb. By replacing traditional high-carb ingredients with wholesome alternatives, we’ve created a dish that’s both satisfying and suitable for those following a low-carb lifestyle. Yet, we haven’t compromised on flavor – every bite is still bursting with the rich, creamy goodness that makes King Ranch Chicken Casserole a beloved comfort food favorite. Whether you’re serving it to picky eaters or health-conscious diners, this casserole is sure to please everyone at the table. So, let’s gather our ingredients and get ready to enjoy a deliciously wholesome meal that’s as nutritious as it is delicious!

Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

We love comfort casserole dishes, especially on busy nights! This King Ranch Chicken Casserole is no exception. Every time I make this dish it is a crowd favorite. I mean how can you ever go wrong with a cheesy casserole dish that everyone is sure to love? What’s even better is that this King Ranch Chicken Casserole uses no canned soup mixes. This by far will be one of your favorite casseroles, soon to be yours too! 

Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole

Love casseroles? You will also want to try our Chicken Bacon Ranch Bubble Up Bake and our Crockpot Taco Tater Tot Casserole.

king ranch casserole

What is King Ranch Chicken Casserole?

King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a classic Texan dish that features chicken, cheese, and a creamy sauce flavored with tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and cheese. It’s named after the famous King Ranch in Texas, although its exact origins are uncertain. It is a hearty and comforting dish with a perfect balance of flavors and textures, making it a favorite among families and potluck gatherings in Texas and beyond.

king ranch casserole

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • Comfort Food Classic: King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a beloved comfort food dish with layers of hearty ingredients that come together to create a satisfying and flavorful meal.
  • Easy to Make: Despite its impressive appearance, King Ranch Chicken Casserole is surprisingly easy to make, requiring just a few simple steps and readily available ingredients.
  • Customizable: This casserole is highly customizable, allowing you to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. You can easily add or omit ingredients like bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms to tailor the dish to your liking.
  • Make-Ahead Option: King Ranch Chicken Casserole can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to bake. This makes it a convenient option for meal prep or busy weeknights.
  • Family-Friendly: With its comforting flavors and kid-friendly ingredients, King Ranch Chicken Casserole is sure to be a hit with the whole family. It’s a great way to get picky eaters to enjoy a nutritious meal.
  • Great for Potlucks and Parties: Whether you’re hosting a potluck dinner or attending a party, King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a crowd-pleaser that will impress guests and leave them coming back for more
Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole

Ingredients:

5 cups cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (8 ounce) package mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup chicken broth
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
2 cups shredded colby-jack cheese, divided
1 cup sour cream
½ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

How to make King Ranch Chicken Casserole

  • Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • In a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil and add the mushrooms, onions, and bell pepper. Cook until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. 
start to cook the vegetables
  • Add the chicken stock and cream cheese, stirring until the cream cheese is completely melted. 
  • To the skillet, add the chicken breast, cubed, tomatoes and taco seasoning. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. 
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, and xanthan gum. 
  • Add the contents of the skillet to the bowl and stir to combine. 
  • Transfer to the casserole dish and top each with the remaining cheese. 
put in a baking dish and top with cheese
  • To bake, place the casserole in the oven for 30 minutes.  
Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole
  • Top with fresh cilantro and serve. 
king ranch casserole

Can this be made in the Crockpot

  • Yes, you can adapt this King Ranch Chicken Casserole recipe to be made in the crockpot. Here’s how:
  • Begin by sautéing the mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers in a skillet as directed in the original recipe until softened.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the chicken stock and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Place the cooked vegetables, chicken breast, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and taco seasoning in the crockpot.
  • Pour the chicken stock and cream cheese mixture over the ingredients in the crockpot and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and the flavors have melded together.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, and xanthan gum. Add this mixture to the crockpot during the last 30 minutes of cooking, stirring to combine.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the casserole and allow it to melt.
  • Once the cheese is melted and bubbly, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.
  • Cooking times may vary depending on your crockpot, so be sure to check for doneness and adjust accordingly. Enjoy your delicious King Ranch Chicken Casserole made in the crockpot!
Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole

Tips & Tricks

  1. Use Rotisserie Chicken: Save time by using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken or leftover roasted chicken. Simply shred the chicken meat and use it in the casserole for added flavor and convenience.
  2. Layering Technique: Layer the ingredients evenly to ensure every bite is packed with flavor. Start with a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish, followed by a layer of tortillas, chicken mixture, and cheese. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used up, finishing with a layer of cheese on top for a golden, bubbly finish.
  3. Corn Tortillas vs. Flour Tortillas: Traditional King Ranch Chicken Casserole is made with corn tortillas, but you can use flour tortillas if preferred. Corn tortillas offer a more authentic Tex-Mex flavor and tend to hold up better in the casserole.
  4. Customize the Heat Level: Adjust the spiciness of the casserole to your taste preferences by using mild, medium, or hot diced tomatoes with green chilies. You can also add extra jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce for an extra kick.
  5. Make-Ahead Option: King Ranch Chicken Casserole can be assembled ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to bake. This makes it a great option for busy weeknights or meal prep. Simply cover the assembled casserole with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  6. Garnish with Fresh Herbs: Add a pop of freshness and color to the finished casserole by garnishing it with chopped fresh cilantro, green onions, or diced tomatoes before serving. This adds a nice contrast to the creamy and cheesy layers.
  7. Let it Rest: Allow the casserole to rest for a few minutes after baking before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and makes it easier to slice and serve.
  8. Serve with Side Dishes: King Ranch Chicken Casserole pairs well with a variety of side dishes such as Mexican rice, refried beans, or a simple green salad. Serve it alongside your favorite Tex-Mex accompaniments for a complete and satisfying meal.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create a delicious and comforting King Ranch Chicken Casserole that’s sure to be a hit with family and friends!

Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole

Storage

Store your leftover casserole in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container. 

king ranch casserole

FAQ’s

  1. Can I make King Ranch Casserole ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake. Simply cover it tightly with plastic wrap or foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking.
  2. Can I freeze King Ranch Casserole? Yes, King Ranch Casserole can be frozen before or after baking. If freezing before baking, assemble the casserole in a freezer-safe dish, cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. If freezing after baking, allow the casserole to cool completely, then wrap individual portions or the entire dish tightly in plastic wrap and foil before freezing.
  3. How do I reheat King Ranch Casserole? To reheat a frozen King Ranch Casserole, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), remove the plastic wrap and foil, cover the casserole dish with foil, and bake for 30-40 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, individual portions can be reheated in the microwave until heated to your liking.
  4. Can I use a different type of cheese? Yes, you can customize the cheese in King Ranch Casserole based on your preferences. While the traditional recipe calls for cheddar cheese, you can use Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, or a Mexican blend of cheeses for added flavor.
  5. Can I make King Ranch Casserole vegetarian? Yes, you can make a vegetarian version of King Ranch Casserole by omitting the chicken and using additional vegetables or beans instead. You can also use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for the sauce.
  6. What can I serve with King Ranch Casserole? King Ranch Casserole pairs well with a variety of side dishes such as Spanish rice, refried beans, a green salad, or tortilla chips and salsa. It’s also delicious served with a dollop of sour cream or guacamole on top.
  7. Can I adjust the spiciness of King Ranch Casserole? Yes, you can adjust the spiciness of King Ranch Casserole by using mild, medium, or hot diced tomatoes with green chilies. You can also add additional jalapeños or hot sauce to suit your taste preferences.

These FAQs should help address common queries about making and serving King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Feel free to experiment and customize the recipe to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs!

Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole

What toppings can I add to this dish?

If you like adding toppings to this dish you aren’t alone! Try adding:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Green onions
  • Olives
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced jalapenos 
  • And more! 
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole
Kings Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

This King Ranch Chicken Casserole is packed with so much flavor as it combines creamy chicken, vegetables, and cheese for the perfect kid-friendly dinner that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. As an added bonus it is low carb so it is a big win for everyone you are feeding!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded colby-jack cheese, divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
    2. In a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil and add the mushrooms, onions, and bell pepper. Cook until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. 
    3. Add the chicken stock and cream cheese, stirring until the cream cheese is completely melted. 
    4. To the skillet, add the chicken breast, cubed, tomatoes and taco seasoning. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. 
    5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, and xanthan gum. 
    6. Add the contents of the skillet to the bowl and stir to combine. 
    7. Transfer to the casserole dish and top each with the remaining cheese. 
    8. To bake, place the casserole in the oven for 30 minutes.  
    9. Top with fresh cilantro and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 773mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 36g

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2 Comments

  1. Very good recipe. Please note there’s no instruction on adding the chicken. I chose to use low carb tortillas for layering.

    1. Hi there.. I am so happy you loved the recipe. The step for the chicken is there, it is just grouped with a couple of other ingredients….To the skillet, add the chicken breast, cubed, tomatoes and taco seasoning. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. I appreciate you pointing it out, I definitely occasionally miss something here and there.

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