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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

In this video, you’ll see Chef John’s take on classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole. This is essentially a chicken enchilada pie. It's a casserole that loves the cream soups, featuring both cream of mushroom and cream of chicken. Sour cream, diced chilies and tomatoes, bell peppers, and spices round out the Southwest flavors. Oh, and don't forget the Cheddar. You’ll layer a casserole with tortillas, chicken, sauce, and cheese. And then bake it until beautifully bubbly. This is a sure-fire family favorite in the making! Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John’s King Ranch Chicken Casserole. A great recipe for using up leftover chicken, it’s also great with store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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  • Mainerisms

I have lost ALL respect for, "Chef" John (previously I was a regular follower of his) after watching this video wherein he uses canned, condensed, cream soups in this recipe. No self-respecting chef would use that sodium-laden, expensive, chemical . Cream soup base is SO easy to make (butter, flour, chicken broth), and you don't have to include the disclaimer, (as "Chef" John does) "you probably don't want to read the labels"

  • Revis

I make mine similarly, however, I do not use tortillas...they get too tough. I use a layer of roughly crushed (not too broken up)Doritos (I prefer the Nacho Cheese flavor). There is no need to put sauce on the bottom of the pan. Other than that it about the same, I just don't add the extra spices as the Rotel tomatoe & Chile is just perfect for me.

  • steelerdude

you stated a couple of times not to put layer of tortilla on the bottom... why not? what happens when if you do? how should we do it then?