This King Ranch Chicken casserole is perfect if you love Tex-Mex! Save even more time by making this a crockpot recipe.
If you've never heard of King Ranch Chicken before the best way to describe it is a Tex-Mex version of lasagna. We make this one in the crockpot, but there are several recipes where you can make this in a traditional casserole pan. Both prep instructions pretty much blend the ingredients together making this this turn into the KING Ranch Chicken – HA! It does taste so, soooo good! Making this in crockpot helps you save time. Just one of the many reasons I love Mrs. Potts!
Why is it called King Ranch Chicken?
Glad you asked!
Apparently, this was created on the King Ranch (one of the largest ranches in the US). It's a popular Tex-Mex casserole so I can see how that would be popular on a ranch, feeding all the hungry cowboys!
Many of the recipes vary, but generally it has a sauce made of canned diced tomatoes (commonly the Ro-Tel brand) with green chiles, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, diced bell pepper, onion, and chunks or shreds of chicken. The bottom of the casserole is lined with corn tortillas or tortilla chips, then layered with sauce and topped with cheese.
This version may be less spicy than most Tex-Mex dishes, it has long been a favorite dish in Texas club cookbooks and lunchrooms.
How to Make King Ranch Chicken Casserole in the Crockpot
King Ranch Casserole is typically cooked in the oven in a casserole dish, but is perfect for the crockpot too! To make it super easy we used shredded rotisserie chicken for this recipe. You're welcome! 🙂
First, mix 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken with 1 large chopped yellow onion, 1 large chopped green pepper, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can Rotel tomatoes and 1 minced garlic clove. Tear about 12 fajita size corn tortillas into 1-inch strips.
Give your slow cooker a good spray with some non-stick cooking spray. Then place ⅓ of the tortilla pieces into the greased slow cooker. Add ⅓ of the chicken mixture and ⅔ cups of cheese. Repeat those layers twice.
Let this one cook on low for around 3 1/2 hours. Remove lid and continue to cook another 30 minutes uncovered. Now, get in my tummy!! 🙂
What to Serve with King Ranch Chicken
I like to serve a nice big salad and maybe a few tortilla chips on the side when I make this. Here are a few other suggestions:
Can you freeze King Ranch Chicken?
Yes! It freezes beautifully. Assemble the casserole as directed, wrap it tightly with aluminum foil, and freeze the casserole up to one month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then follow the slow cooker instructions.
You can also choose to freeze after it's cooked. Cool and freeze up to three months. Thaw and reheat leftovers. 🙂
King Ranch Chicken
- slow cooker
- 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 large green pepper, chopped
- 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
- 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
- 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 12 fajita size corn tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Mix together first 7 ingredients.
- Tear tortillas into 1-inch strips.
- Place ⅓ tortilla pieces into a greased slow cooker.
- Add ⅓ chicken mixture and ⅔ cup cheese. Repeat layers twice.
- Cover and cook on low 3 ½ hours.
- Uncover and continue to cook on low for another 30 minutes.
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