King Ranch Chicken Casserole

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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Yield: 12-16 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:25 minutes

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Creamy King Ranch Chicken Casserole loaded with chicken, tortillas, cheese, and green chiles. This zesty King Ranch Casserole Recipe is packed with comfort.


  • 5 cups chopped cooked chicken (use leftovers or a rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 large onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 16 ounces jarred tomatillo salsa verde (mild or hot)
  • 13.5 ounces chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 cups shredded mexican style cheese
  • 20 white corn tortillas


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a skillet over medium heat and add the butter, onions and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften.
  2. In a large bowl mix the sautéed onions and garlic, chopped chicken, sour cream, salsa verde, chopped green chiles, cilantro and cumin.
  3. Tear the tortillas into rough pieces. Spoon one-quarter of the chicken filling in the bottom of a 3 quart baking dish. Top with 1 cup shredded cheese. Then spread a single layer of torn tortillas over the top. Repeat 3 layers high, using up all the tortillas. Spread the last one-quarter chicken filling and 1 cup of cheese over the top.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Wait at least 5 minutes before cutting. Serve warm!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12-16 servings, Serving Size: 16

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 318 Calories
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.7g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
  • Sodium: 509mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20.4g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Sugar: 2.5g
  • Protein: 21.5g
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25 comments on “King Ranch Chicken Casserole

  1. [email protected]posted January 20, 2016 at 6:36 am Reply

    Sounds so very American and delicious! 

  2. Lizposted January 20, 2016 at 8:51 am Reply

    Thank you. Sounds really good, but really fattening.

    • Sommerposted January 20, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply

      Hey Liz, LOL! It is a splurge, but you could make the same recipe with low fat sour cream and low fat cheese. :)

  3. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted January 20, 2016 at 9:39 am Reply

    Now, this is only way to get over the hump! Great recipe, Sommer! 

  4. naomiposted January 20, 2016 at 10:20 am Reply

    My boys would love this cheesy, hearty casserole!

  5. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 20, 2016 at 10:36 am Reply

    Now that’s one yummy looking casserole! 

  6. Mariaposted January 20, 2016 at 11:20 am Reply

    I love any meal you can make ahead and stick in the freezer!

  7. marlaposted January 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm Reply

    My family will LOVE this casserole!!!

  8. Emily @ Life on Foodposted January 20, 2016 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness this sounds delicious. And so perfect for a cold night.

  9. Stephanie @ Stephanie's Az kitchenposted January 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm Reply

    My boys would love this and make ahead meals are huge for my family during the week. Lol might sneak some kale in there too

  10. Sharon @ Grits andPineconesposted January 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

    I have made this dish many times with cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup. But, I can’t wait to try your version. It looks delicious! 

    Rating: 5
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  17. Tacy Tposted February 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm Reply

    For a real splurge – make it with Doritos instead of corn tortillas. Nacho cheese and regular. YUMMO.

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted March 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm Reply

      Niiiiiiiiiiiice! I’m going to have to try that. :)

  18. Ericaposted August 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Has anyone successfully assembled, frozen and then baked at a later date? Thinking about making this for a friend who just had a baby. I thought about assembling it and taking it to them the same day. That way they could immediately bake and eat or put in the freezer for later? Suggested baking times from frozen? Thanks all!

  19. T Jposted September 21, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply

    Does this freeze well?

    • Sommerposted September 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm Reply

      Hi TJ,

      Absolutely! Just wrap it very well, so it doesn’t get freezer burn. :)

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  21. Deborah lynchposted November 4, 2017 at 11:48 am Reply

    Easy and wonderful. Everyone loved it. 

    Rating: 5
  22. Tamara Carpenterposted November 29, 2017 at 11:55 am Reply

    Can you make this the day before and heat up? Do the corn tortillas need to be heated prior to placing in dish?