King Ranch Chicken Casserole

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For months now (maybe even years), I’ve come across recipes for King Ranch Chicken Casserole in various magazines, cookbooks, websites, and blogs.  I even saved a few in my pile to make a later time.  But, for some reason, I’ve never made it.  I don’t know why.

I decided it was time to try this recipe.  I was in the mood for a casserole — there’s something about casseroles and comfort food — so I thought, “what the heck?!”

Is It a Keeper?

Why, oh why, did I wait so long to make this recipe?  Everyone loved it!  It was creamy and cheesy with just a little hint of heat.  Mmmmm!  I really loved the flavor that the corn tortillas added.  There was even a debate about who got to take the leftovers for lunch the next day!

Another great thing about this recipe is you can make it ahead of time and freeze it (or stick it in the fridge).  Then, when you want to make it, thaw it overnight in the fridge and bake it off.  Next time, I’m making 2!  One to eat and one for another day.

Now that I’ve discovered this little gem of a recipe, I’ll be adding it to my list of regulars!  If you’ve never had this dish, I HIGHLY recommend making it!


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59 thoughts on “King Ranch Chicken Casserole”

  1. Hey Christina!
    I am going to try out your King Ranch Casserole recipe this weekend and wondering how many days it can be refrigerated before cooking? I was thinking to prepare tomorrow and make Sunday night. What do you think?

    Thanks!

    Sasha Parker
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    • Hi Sasha — I think that would be fine. I usually make it 2-3 days before I plan to bake it and it’s always been great! Good luck and let me know what you think! 🙂

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  2. Question – when you make it to freeze, do you cook it at all? Or do you just bake it partly? I have a friend who is expecting this week and wanted to make it ahead of time for them. That way they’ll have a dish whenever they want to pull it out the freezer. Just want to make sure its as good frozen as it is fresh!

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    • What a great friend you are! 🙂 In the past, I’ve assembled the casserole and froze it unbaked. When I was ready to eat it, I simply thawed it in the fridge and then baked it according to the recipe directions. It tasted just as good!

      Good luck!

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  3. Hi, Christina! I’m admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂

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  4. Ooh. That recipe looks delectable, Christina!

    Thanks for linking up at Creative Juice. Hope to see you back tonight!

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  5. I’m confused. When I checked the Campbell’s site, the two cream soups are not listed as gluten-free! Did I miss something? Thanks!

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  6. I love that you are testing these and offering your personal review. Reading through the recipe, seeing the pix, and seeing your review convinces me to give this a try for my family, as well. Thanks for linking to Food on Fridays!

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  7. Looks so good Christina! I have never made King Ranch, so I will definitely be trying this one. Thank you for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!

    Heather

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