Texan Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
- 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 12 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1-inch strips
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
- 1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, celery and peppers in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the chicken, soups, tomatoes and chili powder.
- 2. Line the bottom of a 3-qt. baking dish with half of the tortilla strips; top with half of the chicken mixture and 1 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 8 servings.
1 cup equals 329 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 719 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.
Reviews for Texan Ranch Chicken Casserole
"I may have done something wrong, but we did not like this at all. Very runny"
"This was a big hit with my family. My husband loves Mexican food so I added a tablespoon of taco seasoning instead of the chili powder. Served with a dollop of sour cream and pickled jalapenos and a salad on the side. Awesome recipe! Thanks Kendra!"
"This is great and easy. Make sure you have a big pan for the saute portion of the cooking process (such as a 4qt essential pan from William Sonoma). I think adding sweet corn cut fresh off the cob might add some sweetness and texture to the dish. Also, sprinkling the top layer of cheese with panko bread crumbs helps soak up excess moisture and adds a much needed crunch. Broiling for 2-5 min (depending on your oven) can make a nice caramelized cheese finish. I had seconds. Thanks for posting :)"
"It tasted great but mine came out very runny. I thought I made a mistake by not draining the tomatoes but it says not to. I would have to make a side dish of rice to soak it up."
"Fantastic! Admittedly, I changed the recipe somewhat based on other reviews. Four cups of shredded chicken to make it heartier, two large red peppers but no celery, cream of mushroom instead of cream of celery and added 1/3 cup of chopped pickled jalapenos. My husband isn't a big fan of casseroles but really liked this one. I didn't use the fat-free, low-sodium versions but will try next time, there is plenty of flavor to try that."
"I made this a few weeks ago and WOW!I don't know why some reviews say dull and no flavor because with in 5 minutes of hitting the table it was gone. Lots of flavor. Their taste buds must be dead. Loved this and I am making this again tonight. Making 2 this time as they seemed not to get enough last time. LOLThank you so much!!!!"
"It was really good and easy to make. I don't like celery so I used cream of chicken soup instead of cream of celery and also left out the celery. It still tasted great with plenty of flavor."
"VERY good!! There are many variations of this recipe. I combined this with another "Southwestern Casserole" from Southern Living Magazine. I added about 2 tablespoons of chopped jalapeno from a can; 2 cloves of garlic; cream of mushroom for the celery soup; 8 corn tortillas - all variations from this recipe. I also used 3+ cups of chicken which was coarsely chopped. I also threw in some sauteed mushrooms that I had leftover."
"This has become one of my families favorite comfort foods! It freezes well also! I put a little in a smaller dish after it was cooked and froze it. Put in my lunch box later and it was GOOD heated up!"
"Very easy to make and delicious"
"This was very good. Creamy and flavorful without being full of fat."
"My 3 year old inhaled this! It was a little tedious, but ultimately easy. I shredded the chicken instead and it was equally delicious! I also only put it in the oven for 20 minutes, which kept the tortillas from getting soggy. I will make it again and again. Thanks so much!"
"just had this for dinner family did not like"
"I prepared this recipe tonight and it was a huge hit. DH said it was a keeper. It is a very easy recipe to prepare and is very tasty. I used the mild Rotel tomatoes instead of the hotter original Rotel. We loved this dish and I will definitely fix this again."
"I sure did enjoy this casserole. I didn't have canned soups so I just added 1 c each of milk and broth with 1/3 c of flour. I had on hand only canned tomatoes so that's what I added. Reduced the chili powder. It was perfect for us. Probably not as creamy. I just wrote this review to let others know that you can still make this casserole even if you don't have canned soup"
"Delicious!! A big hit with the family."
"This recipe had good flavor. I ate it over a bed of rice. I think next time I'll try without the corn tortillas."
"Very poor flavor to this, too much chili powder. Dull."
"My hubby who doesn't really like casseroles really enjoyed this, perfect with a big salad!"
"I have made this twice. I know that this is supposed to be a healthy recipe with the reduced-fat soups and cheese. The first time I made it I had the full-fat soups on hand, so I used those. The second time i bought the reduced-fat versions. We like it much better with the full-fat versions, it was much creamier. No leftovers the first time. Lots left the second. If I make it again I will make the full-fat version."
"OMG we just finished this recipe . I had to double it for my crowd . it is simply delishious !!!!!!!!!!!!! I did cut don on the cheese as we have a cheese hater(imagine that) But even he cleaned his plate . I will be adding this to my regulars , as it is easy and really good too ."
"I halved the recipe and used only one can of soup, half can of the tomatoes with green chilis and only 1-1/2 tsp chili powder. That was plenty of heat for us.Very good dinner."
"This is a great recipe. I made it according to the recipe and it was a big hit. It's one of my favorite dishes. Easy to tone up or tone down the heat with the green chilis. Will definitely be making this one again."
"This is amazing! It's the first time in a long time that my whole family raved about a casserole. I used full fat cheddar jack cheese. We liked it so much it's going in our special recipe book for making & sharing!!"
"I'm sorry, but this is only the second time in 15 years that a TOH recipe just didn't quite do it for me. I made the recipe as is, except I did use full fat cheddar cheese which is what I had on hand. The flavor of the casserole itself wasn't bad, but not great. I topped it with salsa and fat-free plain yogurt and it was better. But, I'm sorry...I'm not jumping up and down on this one, and there's a lot of casserole left to eat."
"This is = to 9 pts. on Weight Watchers. A good dinner meal with a salad and vegetable."
"Mushroom soup instead of Cream of Celery"
"I make something very similar to this. I use mushroom soup. Tear the tortillas into pieces and just mix it all together. I save a little cheese out to sprinkle on top. My boyfriend isn't big on casseroles but loves this. We had it New Years Eve."
"This recipe turned out great! The only change I made was that I used flour tortillas, because I'm not the biggest fan of corn tortillas. I was a little worried that the dish would turn out too mushy because of that, but it worked out fine. I will definitely be making this again and again!"
"This recipe is excellent! The only changes I made where to delete the Green Pepper and roast the Sweet Red Pepper. Both due to food allergies."
"Easy and delish. I pressure cooked the chicken while the veggies cooked and I used the hot Rotel for extra spice. Husband and daughter were impressed."
"Great tasting and no added salt. I made it with tuna instead of chicken and that was good too!"
"so delish! had a bit of a kick,not much though. had to make myself stop eating it as im pregnant and the heartburn i thought would kill me later on but it didnt, keeper!"
"Really good. My whole family liked it. Good leftovers too. I used a combination of cooked chicken breast and canned chicken and it worked well."
"We love King Ranch Casserole but it's very high in calories and fat--this is even better, and is healthy!"
"This was great! I didn't have any celery on hand, so had to omit that. I also used a 14 oz can of tomatoes and green chilies (instead of 10 oz). My whole family liked it! It has some kick to it too! We have a lot left over, too. It makes a large amount. Good if you need take a meal to a family who likes Mexican food."
"A very tasty addition to my recipe book. Although I made it with the green chilles we decided next time to use jalepenos for more of a kick. Easy to make with ingredients I usually have on hand. Will definitely make it again. Good for feeding hungry teenagers."
"Was very good and easy to make. I actually split it into 2 8x8 pans and froze one."
"I made this tonight and everyone loved it. I had left over cooked chicken in the fridge so this was the perfect dish to use it up. I only used on celery and half a pepper because the kids won't eat green things and I pretty much doubled everything else. I used an 11x14 baking dish to cook it. Recipe fed 17 people. I will used it again for sure."
"My husband's favourite and will be making this for family vacation, as everyone who tastes it demands the recipe. It is delicious!! We make sure to have plenty of sour cream on hand."
"My family love this dish"
"I made this today and it was wonderful. My family does not like the "crunch" of veggies so I omitted the celery and used onion powder. Instead of the peppers, I used some roasted red bell peppers from a jar. I love things spicy but my family doesn't as much so I only used a teaspoon of chili powder. It was soooo good! Next time I might add black bean as some of the others suggested. Easy to make also!"
"I thought this was going to be a hit but boy way I wrong. None of my family liked it. None of us finished our plate and we threw it out. It was bland and just not a good flavor. I have already thrown out the recipe and I am taking it out of my online recipe box so I don't accidently make it again. That is how bad we thought it was. Sorry."
"Too many veggies for my family to enjoy. The celery was a weird ingredient, so I will leave that out next time, as well as the cream of celery soup. I might try blending the veggies next time so there are not as many chunks, but we still get the flavor."
"I added black beans and more cheese. Everyone loved it!"
"I've made it several times and everyone loved it. I added 4 oz. red. fat cream cheese and a can of black beans."
"Very good! Despite the many vegetables in this dish, the vegetable-haters loved it!"
"Did not like this recipe! It was way too spicy, both of my kids refused to eat it:("
"Was very good and have already made this twice. The second time I used tortilla chips instead of the corn tortilla's and loved it."
"It was very good!. My husband and 5-yr. old daughter both enjoyed it. It was easy to make and will definitely make again."
"I only used one can of soup, omitted the tortillas and made everything in a skillet. Then served it with tortilla chips."
"Also, my children do not like to see veggies or "crunch" on them. After I saute the veggies I put them in the blender on the food processor setting until smooth. We get all the great flavor that way!"
"We made this last week. 3 out of 5 of our children LOVED it. They ate the leftovers the next day - which I thought were better than the day before - and they asked for it again. I used one of the rotisserie chickens from our local grocer in the recipe which slashed our prep time in the kitchen. I also used the pre-chopped veggies found in most produce sections."
"A lot like King Ranch casserole. I loved it."
"I used flour tortillas instead of the corn, and it came out great! No canned chiles either."
"I added salt and sour cream and finished what was on my plate but I wont make it again. I lost an old recipe and was hoping this would take its place. The old recipe had sour cream."
"I omitted the chilies and chili powder, also garlic and also used less celery. I think next time, I will add some ranch dressing instead of one of the soups and maybe some sour cream. Some added corn and green beans would be awesome. I doen't care for tortillas that much so next time will try nacho chips. Add some sour cream on the side--awesome!"
"Pretty tasty. I really don't care for the flavor of cream of celery soup, so I used 2 cans of cream of chicken soup. I also left out the celery, it just seemed like a weird ingredient for a southwestern dish."
"My family loves this dish! It's not your typical, boring "chicken casserole," but instead has a unique, tasty flavor. Just a bit of zip, and it feeds a good number of people. Heartily recommend this recipe!"
"Just a warning - this recipe is SPICY the orginal way it is written!. Due to family likes & dislikes, i used onion powder, diced zucchini, regular tomatoes & grated carrots in lieu of the chopped onion & peppers. I only used 1/2 T of chili powder. It was VERY GOOD but still spicy. Loved that I could make it healthy w/ lots of veggies. :)"
"I have to say my family did not like this recipe at all. I read all of the great reviews and it looked and sounded like it would be really good but we thought it was very thick and we didn't like the flavor. Unfortunately, most of it was thrown out."
"Love it! My only warning is if you do not like spicy foods, only put in half the chili powder. We also didn't put in the celery, just doesn't seem like it would be good in a Mexican dish. Enjoy!"
"Very easy, a change for what we normally fix. Did not use reduced fat/sodium soup or cheese, just used the regular. Used only 1 green pepper and flour tortillas because it's what I had on hand, otherwise followed recipe exactly. We buy boneless chicken breasts when on sale, bake, dice and freeze in containers for a quick fix. Have made recipe several times now, leftovers reheat very well. Thanks for sharing a wonderful and easy dish!!"
"What else have you fixed to go with this if anything?"
"My husband and I absolutely loved this recipe. We devoured the left-overs the following day and were craving it again by the end of the week! Such a delicious meal!! Thanks for the recipe:)"
"My husband and I love this recipe. It reminds me of a Chicken tortilla soup recipe that I have only much easier and quicker to make."
"I made this recipe for the first time and followed the recipe to a T. It came out well and was well received.This recipe lends itself to creativity as the ingredients can be substituted for different soups or vegetables or meats and could add more spices, such as cumin, cilantro, coriander, cayenne pepper, hot sauces, diced green chilies or chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to give it more kick. I will make it again and may experiment with it a little more."
"A fantastic recipe. We had this tonight and it was delicious. I panicked when I realized I had no cream of chicken soup so I substituted mushroom soup and it still came out well. Also used flour tortillas, which worked fine. Next time i will try with the right soups and corn tortillas to see which way we like it best."
"My husband and I loved this recipe. It was so good on the cold fall day that I fixed it. I think the next time I fix it, I will add a few sliced jalapeno peppers, but it was mildly spicy with the green chilis in the canned tomatoes and the chili powder. I love briandean's idea of using already cooked rotisserie chicken, too. It would save a lot of time after work!"
"I liked the texture as well as the flavor of the corn tortilla. A good shortcut would be to use rotisserie chicken instead of cubed chicken."
"This was a delicious casserole. We made with legs and thighs and topped with sour cream. It was yummy. Next time will try it with flour tortillas"
"The casserole was very pretty, however, too many peppers ruined it for me. I would add half. My husband said the celery did not belong either."
"This recipe we call King Ranch Casserole is GREAT! I always use flour tortillas--it absorbs the liquids and makes it more like a dumpling texture. Wonderful Recipe!"
"?Sounds and looks good. ThanksBrenda"
"The recipe was good but needed more flavor for my family. We will certainly make it again but will change some of the ingredients."
"Loved this dish. Easy to make. I eat it with a bit of sour cream as a garnish. I hate the taste of onions and peppers, so I modified this a bit by using only 1/2 onion (mincing it into VERY teeny pieces so that I wouldn't crunch into them while chewing). Also, I replaced the red pepper with 1/2 tsp of Tobasco Green Pepper Sauce (milder than their red sauce). It was delicious, with a mild taste of "heat." Tasted just as good warmed up the next day."
"I make this at least once a week, IT IS A FAMILY FAVORITE."
"I make this at least once a week, IT IS A FAMILY FAVORITE"
"I put it all in my slow cooker for 4-5 hours on low and it is ready when I get in the door! So yummy."
"In Texas, we call this King Ranch casserole, and it is a much-loved and used recipe."
"This cheesy casserole tastes so fresh and delicious! The second time I made it, I used flour tortillas and it was even yummier."
"Just had this for dinner tonight and it is delish!!"
"Ok this made much more than eight servings, and my family loved it!"