King Ranch Chicken

King Ranch Chicken casserole served with cornbread and mashed potatoes.

King Ranch Chicken is a popular Tex-Mex casserole. Its name comes from King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the United States, although the actual history of the dish is unknown and there is no direct connection between the dish and the ranch. Recipes vary, but generally it has a sauce made of canned diced tomatoes (commonly the Ro-Tel brand) with green chiles, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, diced bell pepper, onion, and chunks or shreds of chicken. The bottom of the casserole is lined with corn tortillas or tortilla chips, then layered with sauce and topped with cheese. Although it is blander than most Tex-Mex dishes, it has long been a favorite dish in Texas club cookbooks and lunchrooms.[1][2]

See also


  1. Swartz, Mimi (January 1989), "Texas Primer: King Ranch Casserole", Texas Monthly, 17 (1): 116–117, retrieved 8 January 2013
  2. "A Taste Of South Texas In A 9x13 Dish", All Things Considered, January 16, 2014.
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