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King Ranch Casserole

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  • Brief Description

    King Ranch chicken casserole aka Lord of the Potluck.

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  • Category:  Casseroles

  • Cuisine:  Southwestern

  • Prep Time:  60 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  75 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

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    Adapted from The Pastry Queen, by Rebecca Rather. Ten Speed Press. © 2004 by Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman.

  • Posted By:  jkandsf2d

  • Posted On:  Jul 08, 2022

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  1. 1/2 cups - unsalted butter
  2. 1 - yellow onion chopped
  3. 1 - red bell pepper chopped
  4. 8 ounces - button mushrooms sliced
  5. 4 cloves - garlic minced
  6. 1/2 teaspoons - chili powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoons - cayenne pepper
  8. 1 teaspoons - salt
  9. 1 teaspoons - black pepper
  10. 1 cups - all-purpose flour
  11. 3 1/2 cups - chicken stock
  12. 1/2 cups - heavy cream
  13. 3 - mild green chilies roasted, peeled, diced, stems and seeds discarded
  14. 1 cans - 10 oz. Ro-Tel (diced chilies and tomatoes)
  15. 18 - corn tortillas
  16. 1 - chicken - meat shredded cooked (poached or roasted)
  17. 1 cups - Jack cheese shredded
  18. 1 cups - cheddar cheese shredded


Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the vegetables and sauté on medium-low heat for about 7 minutes.

Stir in the chili powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until the white is no longer visible. Whisk in 3 cups of the stock, 1 cup at a time, until smooth. Whisk in the cream and stir in the chilies and tomatoes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with butter.

Pour remaining 1/2 cup of stock into a bowl. Stack the tortillas in the bowl, 6 at a time, to moisten, then line the bottom of the pan with the tortillas, making sure they overlap each other by about one third. Cover the tortillas with half the sauce. Add half the chicken and sprinkle with a third of the cheese. Add a second layer of soaked tortillas, the remaining sauce and chicken, and another third of the cheese. Top with the remaining tortillas and cheese.

Bake for about an hour, until bubbling and lightly browned on top. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


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