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Texan Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe

Texan Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe

Every time I serve this creamy chicken casserole, it gets rave reviews. The recipe was passed down to me and is so good! It's really easy to make, freezes well and has just a touch of heat. If your family likes more, add some jalapenos! —Kendra Doss, Smithville, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 329 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 719mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Texan Ranch Chicken Casserole

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Grace1018 User ID: 7559734 243398
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"I may have done something wrong, but we did not like this at all. Very runny"

Pookie72 User ID: 8446248 241164
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"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!"

TeddyTheChef User ID: 8520880 232045
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"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 :)"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6909286 220981
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"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."

kjmannella User ID: 424907 185841
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"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."

srssavage User ID: 7305960 144597
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"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. LOL
Thank you so much!!!!"

Jaimedee29 User ID: 1953449 181461
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"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."

HBcook User ID: 2966570 100686
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"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."

LilGrape User ID: 1694378 167184
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"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!"

Jeannellc User ID: 6897290 182801
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"Very easy to make and delicious"

karebear0099 User ID: 7266770 210896
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"This was very good. Creamy and flavorful without being full of fat."

MommaShaq89 User ID: 7265079 125271
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"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!"

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 115628
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"just had this for dinner family did not like"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 167181
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"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."

RobnEllie User ID: 6748673 144596
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"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"

JkayC User ID: 5673362 144594
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"Delicious!! A big hit with the family."

cmtmal User ID: 6410725 99910
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This recipe had good flavor. I ate it over a bed of rice. I think next time I'll try without the corn tortillas."

terricat1 User ID: 6695234 167178
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"Very poor flavor to this, too much chili powder. Dull."

lp1627 User ID: 2056418 100685
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"My hubby who doesn't really like casseroles really enjoyed this, perfect with a big salad!"

christycincy User ID: 6445428 100684
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"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."

naniviles User ID: 5417325 114498
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"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 ."

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 125270
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"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."

Denco24 User ID: 6689112 115625
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"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."

fishey06 User ID: 3055131 100682
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

"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!!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 183765
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013 Edited Sep. 25, 2015

"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."

SallyJ User ID: 106160 114497
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"This is = to 9 pts. on Weight Watchers. A good dinner meal with a salad and vegetable."

Betsy Kay G User ID: 6935476 183763
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Mushroom soup instead of Cream of Celery"

Betsy Kay G User ID: 6935476 125268
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"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."

verniemack User ID: 3389660 181458
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"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!"

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 167177
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"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."

Michelle_Dreas User ID: 6318430 144593
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"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."

Justjill317 User ID: 6798851 181457
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

"Great tasting and no added salt. I made it with tuna instead of chicken and that was good too!"

kat83 User ID: 2934264 210895
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"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!"

leslie1966 User ID: 3337908 181453
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"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."

Spinoff User ID: 2783761 144592
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"We love King Ranch Casserole but it's very high in calories and fat--this is even better, and is healthy!"

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 165261
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"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."

catweber User ID: 5083070 105757
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"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."

Terrisue1 User ID: 5957906 210894
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"Was very good and easy to make. I actually split it into 2 8x8 pans and froze one."

mom210 User ID: 3542575 115619
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"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."

AllieD User ID: 4856327 100681
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"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."

granny379 User ID: 5608774 210893
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

"My family love this dish"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 182366
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"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!"

blhenn User ID: 5747906 210892
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"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."

asgattis User ID: 5776602 144591
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"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."

kimheath User ID: 3417538 210891
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"I added black beans and more cheese. Everyone loved it!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3308387 182359
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I've made it several times and everyone loved it. I added 4 oz. red. fat cream cheese and a can of black beans."

cellygirl User ID: 5745356 169557
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"Very good! Despite the many vegetables in this dish, the vegetable-haters loved it!"

chelsealima User ID: 4350522 114496
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Did not like this recipe! It was way too spicy, both of my kids refused to eat it:("

merced67 User ID: 2020474 99908
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"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."

valeriek User ID: 2808755 185837
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"It was very good!. My husband and 5-yr. old daughter both enjoyed it. It was easy to make and will definitely make again."

izgram User ID: 4175804 144589
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"I only used one can of soup, omitted the tortillas and made everything in a skillet. Then served it with tortilla chips."

blessedx6 User ID: 4916279 167175
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"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!"

blessedx6 User ID: 4916279 99846
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"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."

SCGranny User ID: 734868 167173
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"A lot like King Ranch casserole. I loved it."

Jennifree User ID: 4380198 114495
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"I used flour tortillas instead of the corn, and it came out great! No canned chiles either."

marciedarciestuff User ID: 3221145 182797
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"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."

499each User ID: 5503860 181451
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"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!"

Kayla0110 User ID: 3854112 210890
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"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."

Risbee08 User ID: 2681965 115614
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2010

"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!"

twolfmom08 User ID: 1061961 182796
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"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. :)"

laurij99 User ID: 2127002 167168
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"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."

mullenhour User ID: 1470035 99833
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"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!"

jgx78 User ID: 577628 169549
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"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!!"

dkgunlock User ID: 815970 185836
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"What else have you fixed to go with this if anything?"

AllieD User ID: 4856327 185834
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"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:)"

cassandrak19 User ID: 2176198 181444
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"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."

good2bslim User ID: 1766632 210889
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"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."

mysticgirl5 User ID: 2581325 169548
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"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."

pcalchera User ID: 4485879 182358
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"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!"

briandean User ID: 2914082 115611
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"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."

colettefg User ID: 2068669 182357
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"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"

kirstycone User ID: 3913900 182746
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"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."

Baccigalopi User ID: 2484483 114494
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"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!"

fancyb User ID: 122681 114493
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

"?Sounds and looks good. Thanks


angelene76 User ID: 2036601 167163
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"The recipe was good but needed more flavor for my family. We will certainly make it again but will change some of the ingredients."

dmbethea User ID: 4303850 185833
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"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."

cissygurl User ID: 2362347 100679
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"I make this at least once a week, IT IS A FAMILY FAVORITE."

cissygurl User ID: 2362347 105753
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"I make this at least once a week, IT IS A FAMILY FAVORITE"

slkirk43 User ID: 652853 210888
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"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."

lucillekujawa User ID: 2671301 182356
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"In Texas, we call this King Ranch casserole, and it is a much-loved and used recipe."

alneal User ID: 4136835 167162
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

"This cheesy casserole tastes so fresh and delicious! The second time I made it, I used flour tortillas and it was even yummier."

swinny User ID: 1858482 115610
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

"Just had this for dinner tonight and it is delish!!"

jrlenig User ID: 4261535 144588
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2009

"Ok this made much more than eight servings, and my family loved it!"

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