King Ranch Chicken

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 45m
Ready In

"A dish based on the famed King Ranch Chicken, but this one doesn't contain "cream of something" soup and uses smoked chicken instead of regular chicken. Sometimes the casserole is still king (or queen)!"

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (338.4 g)
  • Calories 623.7
  • Total Fat - 34.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 227.9 mg
  • Sodium - 902.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 47.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.9 g
  • Sugars - 3 g
  • Protein - 32.7 g
  • Calcium - 530.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 26.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and the next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally for 8 to 10 minutes or until softened and lightly browned.

Step 3

Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally for 1 minute.

Step 4

Sprinkle the flour over the vegetable mixture and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth, and increase the heat to high. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in the tomatoes and sour cream.

Step 5

Stir together the smoked chicken and cilantro in a large bowl. Add the vegetable mixture and stir to combine.

Step 6

Combine the cheeses in a small bowl.

Step 7

Heat a large skillet over high heat. Brush both sides of the tortillas with the oil. Cook the tortillas in batches for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned and crisp.

Step 8

Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the dish with 6 tortillas, overlapping slightly to cover the bottom of the dish. Top with half the chicken mixture, then top with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat the layers once. Then top the dish with the remaining 6 tortillas and cheese. Lightly coat a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and cover the baking dish.

Step 9

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned on top. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.


  • Smoked Chicken

1 Reviews


Delicious casserole that pleased everyone! Came out so flavorful, but not overpowering and has just the right touch of creaminess and texture. I know there is no smoked chicken to be found, so used regular rotisserie chicken which worked perfectly. It’s got Southwestern / Tex-Mex all over it. This would be great for a potluck and my crystal ball is telling me there would be many recipe requests. Thanks a bunch, Breezer, for sharing. Made it “For your Consideration” tag game.


review by:
(7 Jun 2022)

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