Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mexican Chicken (a.k.a. King Ranch Chicken)

This recipe is SO quick, easy and good. It's great for your family or for taking to a potluck or a family needing a meal. YUM, YUM!


3-4 chicken breasts, boiled and cut into bite size pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can rotel
1-2 cups cheddar cheese
Package of corn tortillas (small)

Tear the tortillas into small pieces and line the bottom of a pan. Mix together the soups, rotel and chicken and pour on top. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Seriously - it's that easy!

I usually serve with spanish rice (just a rice-a-roni mix) and/or a green salad


Emily said...

I love this recipe too! Mine also calls for chopped onion and green pepper. You saute them for a few minutes in the frying pan and add them to the chicken, soup, and rotel mixture. It adds a few more veggies and in reality you could all whatever you peppers, mushrooms, etc. Just a variation!

April C said...

In my variation of this I use cheese Doritos instead of the tortillas. It really adds some flavor and texture. I put a layer on the bottom and then when there is about 3 or 4 minutes baking time left I add a layer on the top. Just watch them because the ones on the top will burn quickly. This is a great recipe!

phillips phamily said...

Love this recipe! I use our pizza cutter to cut my tortillas; its faster than tearing them!

Whatshername's Mummy said...

What is 'rotel'?
from Kate in Wales!

CAMoore said...

I'm drooling!!! I think we will be having this tonight! :)


Bamawhitney said...

hmmm I might change my white chicken chilli to this tonight...

Anonymous said...

kelly, i love your recipe question...what do you serve with the mexican chicken & artichoke chicken? my husband loves to have side dishes :=-

Anonymous said...

WOW! This looks too good. And i love mexican so I'm def. going to try and make this! Thanks Kelly!

Anonymous said...

WOW! This looks too good. And i love mexican so I'm def. going to try and make this! Thanks Kelly!

noahandlylasmommi said...

I have never made this but it sounds pretty good. I think I may try it next week. I like April's ideas to use Dorito's :)

KJG said...

Ok! I'm following this blog and every time I log in, I see this pic! I'm SO craving it now!

Thanks for sharing your recipes!

Caroline said...

Yummy. I have never heard of this one before, I'll try it soon.
Thanks for sharing.

Bec:) said...

Hi Kelly,
In Australia this recipe is not so common. Can't wait to give it a go.Ilove Mexican! On your blog you mentioned Hashbrown cassorole I can't seem to find it on your recipe blog, is it here?
Bec Harper

Melissa said...

I got this recipe from my mom-in-law. we LOVE it. we use doritos instead of tortillas and it is wonderful!

Watts Family said...

I am making this for dinner right now! Thanks for the help. :)

Many Blessings,


Courtney said...

Yummy, I am printing it out right now so I can try it!

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cookies and cups said...

I love king ranch chicken! Haven't had it in a while and have always used Paula Deen's recipe in the past, but I will give this one a try! Thanks!

Rachel said...

This sounds soo good! It's funny because I made something very similar last night in my crockpot and I made the rice a roni spanish rice also! ha!

nanny said...

One of my favorite recipes. Did you see Martha Stewart last week when she and guest were making chicken enchilada casserole? Guest was pouring the soup in a bowl and Martha said "what is that yellow stuff", guest said "cream of chicken soup" Martha said "you are kidding me, I have never seen that before" I nearly fell over!!! Never seen cream of chicken soup? It was so funny.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh - I thought this was a Louisiana recipe! Did you know that in Florida people don't even know what Rotel is?!!! So sad.

Tiffany said...

Made this tonight for the family. Loved it!! Have to admit I had to look up what the heck Rotel was on the internet....and formulate my own with the stuff I had in the cupboard. My 10 year old is not a fan as it took him over an hour at the dinner table to finish!! Oh well, can't please them all.

I was looking through the recipes and they all look so great. I have to admit, we do not usually use "sticks of butter" in any do you all stay so thin!! said...

Kelly, it cracks me up that a lot of people don't know what Ro-tel is (I get that a lot on my blog, too!). It's such a staple in our house, I don't know how anyone can cook without it!! This dish is a regular in our household. We just had it the other day, in fact : ) I like to use flour tortillas with mine (I'm not a big fan of corn tortillas)...I also like the idea of using Doritos. I'll have to give that a try sometime!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly
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I too have to admit I have no clue what Rotel is.
Thanks for the recipe.

Milla & her mommy said...

As a South Texas girl I was raised on King Ranch Chicken. An easy variation... grab a rotesserie chicken and just shred it. I use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas. I've also subbed ground beef for the chicken and it's really good!

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to make this!! Thanks for posting it!

Laurie said...

Thanks for the recipe! I tried it for supper tonight and it was so good! The grocery store I went to didn't have corn tortilas, so I used corn chips instead. Yummy!

Trina said...

My mom makes this with chips instead of tortillas and it's so good. Glad to know I could use tortillas if I needed to. Actually, this was one of the meals we made while we were at the beach last week because it's so easy.

Kristen said...

SUCCESS!!! thanks so much for this recipe, I am newly married and trying desperately to learn to cook and cook well... i made this last night and my husband ate 3 servings!!!!! i was so happy i could've cried! thanks again keep those great recipes coming! hope you don't mind i linked to you on my blog!

Kim said...

You're amazing! You've saved dinner tonight. I needed something new, and easy, to try. This is it. Thanks a million!

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Dang! That is making me hungry!! I am going to follow you.. hope you don't mind ;)

Rebecca said...

We're cooking this tonight. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Rebecca said...

We cooked this tonight & it was a hit. The whole pan was gone!!! My husband went back for thirds. And I know you joke about not cooking fat, but I used 98% fat free soups and it still turned out great.

I can't wait for more of your ideas!

Anonymous said...

Will SOMEONE please tell us northeners what Rotel is?!?! I'm w-a-i-ting....

Todd and Courtney said...

we made this for dinner tonight and added the doritos and served it with spanish rice and refried beans..yum is all I can say! Thanks for the idea!

libby @ ninesandquines said...

Oh.My.Goodness!!!! I made this on Saturday night and it was FABULOUS!!! And yesterday for lunch the leftovers were even better :-)

Thomas and Jamie said...

As a fellow southerner, I do not understand how you can NOT know what Rotel is! It's a staple in my pantry! And...we're making this tonight!! I SO can't wait! The only variation we're doing is that we're cooking the chicken in a crockpot with cream of chicken soup and cheddar cheese soup (instead of mushroom) and then shredding it!

Deena said...

I made this last night and it was awesome. I added sour cream to the top once I put it on my plate and it was quite yummy. I can't wait for leftovers for lunch today! My stomach is growling...

Lauren said...

im making this in the crock pot tonight! dinner would never get made if it wasn't for my crock pot, you should post some slow cooker recipes sometime!

Anonymous said...

I made this the other night. I put all the liquid ingredients in the crock-pot along with chicken that I browned first on the stove. I also added a can of enchilada sauce. I let the chicken cook all day and then transfered it to a baking dish- adding the tortillias and cheese. It was sooo good!
PS a recipe very similar to this is in a paula deen cookbook I just got yesterday!

Anonymous said...

Kelly, i just wanted to tell you we had this tonight and it was soooo goood! Oh my, i loved how creamy and cheesy it was. Def. one of our favorite recipes now. Thanks so much for sharing it. Please continue with the yummy recipes!

Leza said...

I have been making this for my husband since before we were married and he always asks for it when he's in Iraq.

I do it a little differently.

I use:

1 can cream of chicken
1 can corn
1 can peas
1 can cream of celery
tortilla shells (cut into medium size hearts) yes corny i know
1 bag of Mexican cheese
1 can rotel

I mix it all up in a bowl layer the dish w/ the heart shaped tortillas, fill it up with the mix, then add one layer on top of the hearts, and finally add some cheese.

I usually make cherry cobbler for dessert to compliment the yummy taste :)

Lisa said...

Hey, Miss Kelly! Wanted to say thanks for the new idea from a fellow NWA girl. My little boy has been in isolation due to treatments for leukemia for 5 weeks straight now and it's tough to get creative with new ideas. We all tried it for dinner last night and it was so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Missy in Texas said...

I am shocked! 2 out of the 3 of my picky eating kids loved this. My husband loved it too. Thanks for the easy recipe.

Anonymous said...

I made this last night and it was a hit! YUMMMMMM

Erin said...

Made it....loved it......THANK YOU!

Jaclyn said...

I made this for dinner tonight...and it was SO GOOD! I added some green peppers, olives, and used fat-free soup. I'm not sure that the fat-free made it that much "better" for you, but it still tasted great!

Lauren said...

I did my own variation tonight as well...We thought it turned out FANTASTIC!

- I changed the cream of mushroom to a second can of cream of chicken (not mushroom fans in this house!)
- I used flour tortillas since I had them.
- I added a can of drained black beans.
- Added a package of taco seasoning.

It really spiced it up! Delish!

Cazra said...

I cooked this last night! YUM! Thanks for sharing such an easy, delicious dish!

Joy @ Frugal Menu Mamas said...

We will have to try this! Sounds so simple and delicious!

Jessica said...

Ok, having neighbors over tomorrow and making this!!! I have not made it yet so I have my fingers crossed!!! YAY!

Unknown said...

I added a can of chedder cheese soup... and flour tortillas instead.. in the oven now. sooo good!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness, would y'all just tell the Northerners...Rotel is canned tomatoes and green chilies. It's a Texas (and I guess Southern) staple. If you can't find Rotel, use a can of diced tomatoes and a can of chopped green chilies. You'll get more veggies, but that is a good thing! Theoretically you could also use a jar of mild salsa--I think the Rotel can is about 12-13 oz, so just use equal measure. I grew up on King Ranch's a meal that saves the mama's life. :)

Shelly said...

I made this recipe for dinner today and it was so good! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Guys, I need some help! How big are the cans of soup you use?? Do you use condensed and if, do you add milk/water? The dish turned out pretty soupy, but tasty! I used flour tortillas but since they got really soft I might try it with tortilla chips next time. my bf thought you were supposed to do it with chips anyway, is that right? Thank you in advance for any tips!! Greetings from Canada! (where I didn't find Rotel either, haha :-))

bp said...

Delicious! I made this tonight but used corn chips instead of tortillas. It was so easy and yummy!

Penny said...

This was my first time to read your blog. I enjoyed reading everyone's comments especially those who were practically "begging" for someone to tell them what Ro Tel is!
After reading your comments, I think this is what we will have for supper tonight.

The Whitakers said...

Do you think this would freeze okay??

Lexi Love said...

I have made this several times and loved it! I made it last night and actually added 1 cup of chicken broth, 1 tsp or garlic salt, onion poweder, and chili powder. It gives it a lot more flavor!

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Texas Girl said...

YUMMY! I'm making this tonight and just smelling it in the oven cooking is making my tummy rumble! Thanks for all of your recipes! I love passing them on to my friends and family!

Audrey said...

For those of you asking, Rotel is a brand name of a soup sized can of diced tomatoes, green chiles, and the juices from them. It is a very popular thing here in the South and is used in so so many different recipes. The most popular and one of the oldest recipes that uses it is actually referred to as Rotel, which is a 1 pound block of Velveeta cheese melted together (usually in microwave, stirring every 1 minute or so intervals) with a can if Rotel to make a queso/cheese dip. That's the basic base...from there some people add cooked ground hamburger meat or sausage, spices, other cheeses, etc...the possibilities are pretty endless. Most of us Southerners grew up on Rotel cheese dip! In grocery stores, Rotel is found on the aisle with canned vegetables, specifically with other canned tomato things (stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, etc.). Most major grocery stores (around here at least) have a generic will just say diced tomatoes and green chiles on the label. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

just got back from the store...went and bought all of the ingredients....can not wait to try this out!!!Thanks for all the great ideas!!!Patti from Pflugerville,Tx.

Anonymous said...

it was absolutely wonderful.....this is going to be a once a week dinner in our house!!!!THANKS!!! Patti from Pflugerville,TX.

Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

I made the Mexican Chicken last night. As I'm Australian, I had never heard of rotel but thanks to the previous commenters I worked out it meant tomatoes. So I cooked it, it was easy, my husband went back for seconds and there was plenty leftover to freeze and have another night when I don't want to cook. Thanks Kelly!!!

Hollie said...

Making this now for a church family! Thank you for an easy recipe thank looks super yummy! You are such a blessing!

QuiltingDeb said...

Hi Kelly, Love this recipe too! I made this tonight with a couple of changes. Instead of the tortillas, I used tortilla chips. I did a layer of chips, Mexican blend cheeses, half of the chicken mixture, tortilla chips, Mexican blend cheeses, other half of chicken mixture, tortillas chips, and then topped it off with the Mexican blend cheeses. My husband is so pleased. Thank you so much for this recipe and I hope you don't mind the variation. Deb

QuiltingDeb said...

Almost forgot, next time we are going to layer in salsa on the chicken mixture. Meant to this time and forgot!

Marlana said...

I just made this recipe and everyone in my family loved it! Thanks so much for sharing!


yakimabelle said...

Rotel is a tomato green chile mix sauce that is lightly spiced. Sorry it took somewhere around three years to answer your question.

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