What’s For Dinner? Southern Living’s King Ranch Chicken

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I found this recipe in the new October issue of Southern Living Magazine and was thrilled to find a recipe with a bunch of ingredients straight from my pantry.  (Doesn’t that just make life easy?)  It took a whopping 8 minutes to throw in the crockpot, which might be my all-time cooking-up-dinner record! 

I had never heard of King Ranch Chicken before but the best way to describe it is a Tex-Mex version of Chicken & Dumplings (Mmmmmm, homemade chicken and dumplings sure sound good too!)  Here’s what you’ll need . . .

4 cups cooked chicken whole chicken is on sale $1.19/lb. at Publix, use whole cooked chicken recipe HERE; you could also boil frozen chicken breast, on sale $5 for a 32 oz. bag at Publix this week

1 large onion we didn’t have one so I just used 1 tbsp. of onion powder

1 large green bell pepper chopped

1 can cream of chicken soup At Publix it may be cheapest to use the Publix brand; or get it free at Kroger (Campbell’s Cream soups on sale $1 at Kroger, use $1.50/3 Campell’s Great for Cooking Soups Shortcuts coupon, stacked with $1.50/3 Campbells Great for Cooking Soups printable

1 can cream of mushroom soup At Publix it may be cheapest to use the Publix brand; or get it free at Kroger (Campbell’s Cream soups on sale $1 at Kroger, use $1.50/3 Campell’s Great for Cooking Soups Shortcuts coupon, stacked with $1.50/3 Campbells Great for Cooking Soups printable

1 can Ro-Tel Use $1/3 RoTel Publix coupon from Publix Tailgate Booklet, or if you’re heading to Kroger load the $0.50/2 Ro Tel Diced Tomato Products Kroger eCoupon to your card

1 garlic clove minced if you’re in a hurry like I was just add a tsp. of garlic powder

12 fajita size corn tortillas we used flour tortillas

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese If you don’t have any in your stockpile, Sargento Shredded Cheese is on sale $2 at Publix this week

Mix together first 8 ingredients.  Tear tortillas into 1 inch strips (I didn’t realize until I got to the fifth tortilla that this goes a lot faster when you tear 3 or 4 at a time!)  Place 1/3 tortilla pieces into greased crockpot.  Add 1/3 chicken mixture and 2/3 cup cheese.  Repeat layers twice. 

Cover and cook on low 3 1/2 hours.  Uncover and continue to cook on low another 30 minutes.  I’ve never cooked anything in my crockpot with the lid off, but it helps make the top a little “crustier” so it tastes more like it was baked in the oven (who knew?)  Enjoy!

Serve with. . .

Corn Bread Martha White Muffin Mix Advantage Buy $.75, use $0.55/2 Martha White Baking Mixes or $1/4 Martha White Baking Mixes 8/8/2010 RP Insert Rolling, also watch for B2G1 Peelies (Thanks, Jen!)

Salad

Wish-Bone Salad Dressing BOGO 2.63 at Publix, use $0.50/1 Wish-Bone Dressings or Salad Spritzers or $0.50/1 Wish-Bone Dressing (IE) Printable (FF), stacked with $.75/1 Target coupon

Recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine (if you’d like your own copy of Southern Living this month, be sure to use the $1/1 Southern Living Magazine coupon HERE!)  A big thanks also to I Heart Publix and Two Thrifty Sisters for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for bargain meal deals.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, be sure to visit the Recipe Index.

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Comments

  1. Staci says:

    Thanks for pointing this one out. I have not gotten to my magazine yet! I have made Kings Ranch chicken for years, but had never seen a recipe for the crockpot. Mine is baked in the oven.

    • Laurie says:

      I haven’t had to look through my Southern Living either, but when I saw “crock pot” on the cover I knew there would be a few to try out! (Several more looked good, but this one was all in the pantry!)

  2. Thanks for blogging about our new King Ranch Chicken slow cooker recipe!

    You can find this recipe and others from our October issue here:
    http://www.southernliving.com/food/kitchen-assistant/southern-living-october-2010-recipes-00417000069068/

  3. Jennifer says:

    I saw this in Southern Living and tried it the other day before I saw your blog. Its super easy and cheap to make!! We loved it!!

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