This creamy, cheesy, King Ranch Chicken Casserole is an easy dinner recipe for busy weeknights. Layers of flour tortillas, chicken, and a creamy sauce make it a family favorite!

king ranch chicken casserole topped with cheese

We love easy recipes and casseroles like this chicken king ranch casserole are right at the top of the list. They are the ultimate comfort food and so simple to make.

Just a little bit of slicing, a quick saute, and opening a few cans and you’re ready to throw it altogether and into the oven.

The result is show stopping delicious king ranch chicken. Featuring a zesty, creamy sauce, hearty chunks of chicken, layers of tortillas and plenty of cheese, even the pickiest kid will gobble this up!

If you love comfort food casserole that don’t take much effort you have to try our beef enchilada casserole, chicken tortilla casserole, and taco macaroni casserole.

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ingredients for king ranch chicken casserole

Ingredients You’ll Need

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe for king ranch chicken.

  • Butter – Butter makes it richer, but you can use olive oil if you prefer.
  • Bell Peppers – You can use any color you prefer.
  • Onion – We use either white or yellow onions.
  • Condensed Soups – We make it using both Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup and  Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, but you could use more Cream of Chicken Soup instead of Cream of Mushroom if you prefer or have an allergy.
  • Diced Tomatoes and Chilies – You don’t need to drain the can. We typically use Rotel since it is our favorite.
  • Chicken Breast – You can use rotisserie or another cooked chicken breast.
  • Flour Tortillas – You can use your favorite brand.
  • Cheddar Cheese – If you prefer, you can use another cheese like monterey jack or other similar cheeses.

How Do You Make King Ranch Chicken From Scratch? 

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 325°F. As it heats, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and then add the peppers and onions. You’ll need to cook them for about 2 to 3 minutes or until they begin to soften.

Step 2 – Mix in the soups and other ingredients. Once the onions and peppers are ready, mix in the Cream of Mushroom soup, Cream of Chicken soup, diced tomatoes & chilies, and chicken.

Step 3 – Assemble and bake. First, spray a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Once the pan is ready, add1/3 of tortilla strips to the bottom of the dish, followed by 1/3 of the chicken and soup mixture, and then 1 cup of cheese. Repeat the layers two more times with the final layer being cheese.

Finally, bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes or until it is hot and bubbly. Serve fresh from the oven when your favorite veggies or other sides.

king ranch chicken casserole family meal

Why is it Called King Ranch Chicken? 

Oddly enough, no one knows much about the actual origins of the casserole. All anyone knows is that it gets its name from King Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States. But the real kicker is that it actually has no connection to the ranch and the origin of the Tex-Mex style casserole is a bit of a mystery.

What Chicken Should I Use? 

The easiest and fastest option is to keep some cooked chicken on hand and ready to go. When we make our  Crock Pot shredded chicken or Instant Pot shredded chicken, we always make a big batch of it. This way, we can make some sandwiches or dinner and keep some in the freezer for other recipes.

When we run out or haven’t made them in a while, we’ll either saute some chicken in a skillet with a little salt and pepper or if you’re trying to save time you use a store-bought rotisserie chicken or canned chicken. These are all great options when you just want to throw together a casserole at the last minute.

serving king ranch chicken casserole

How Do You Reheat King Ranch Chicken?

You can reheat leftovers a couple of ways.

If you are looking for a leftover dinner for the whole family, the easiest way is to place the whole casserole back in the oven set at 300 degrees. It will need to heat for several minutes or until it has warmed through. 

When you are looking for a single serving, you can scoop some out and place it in a microwave safe bowl or dish. We recommend covering it and cooking for about 2 to 3 minutes or until warmed through.

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Resting Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 55 mins

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole is the perfect combination of creamy and cheesy. A great family dinner recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Bell Peppers, any color, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Onion, chopped
  • 10.75 ounces Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 10.75 ounces Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 14.5 ounces Diced Tomatoes and Chilies, undrained (traditionally Rotel is what is used)
  • 2 cups Chicken Breast, cooked, and chopped
  • 6 12-inch Flour Tortillas, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add peppers and onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they begin to soften.
  • Add Cream of Mushroom soup, Cream of Chicken soup, diced tomatoes & chilies, and chicken to the peppers and onions and mix together.
  • Spray 13 x 9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Add 1/3 of tortilla strips to bottom of the dish, followed by 1/3 of the chicken and soup mixture, and 1 cup of cheese. Repeat this two more times, ending in cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Notes

Disclaimer: We are not nutritionists. These nutritional values were calculated using online databases. Please use this as a guide only.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 878mg, Potassium: 329mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 755IU, Vitamin C: 14.3mg, Calcium: 285mg, Iron: 1.9mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, chicken