because i’ve always done this the easy way – with 1 can of cream of chicken soup and 1 can of cream of mushroom soup. yes, i have taken the easy way out when making this. but no more! i finally got around to trying it the “fancy pants” way, via a recipe from Homesick Texan . So this is her recipe, followed to a T, give or take a couple ingredients and a variation on how i cooked my chicken. so. yeah. less talk, more King Ranch Chicken!
lime juice (i used 1 lime)
olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder (if you want)
garlic clove, minced
some butter (like 1-2 tablespoons, i think is what I used)
1/4 white onion, chopped
some red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
some poblano pepper, chopped into small pieces
sliced mushrooms (this is my addition)
diced fresh tomatoes and some chopped jalapenos if you want
chili powder (preferably ancho)
flour (I do believe I used 1-2 tablespoons)
cayenne pepper (don’t be too heavy handed with this unless you like things SPICY)
half and half (maybe 1/2 cup)
1/3 to 1/2 cup sour cream
grated pepper jack and/or cheddar
She cooked her chicken on the stovetop. I olive oiled, salted and peppered and garlic powdered mine, stuck it in the oven at 400 until it was done. I set aside, let it cool, and chopped it into small pieces.
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Cook the onions, bell pepper, poblanos, and mushrooms until softened. Add the garlic, flour, cumin, cayenne, and chili powder. Cook for about a minute. Add the chicken broth (I think in all I used 1-2 cups. maybe less. i didn’t measure). Cook on low until the mixture has thickened. Stir in the half and half, and the tomatoes and jalapenos (if you’re using them). Simmer it for awhile. Add the sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro and salt and pepper. Take if off heat.
Heat your oven to 350. Soften your corn tortillas. Ladle some sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. layer half your tortillas along the bottom, on top of the sauce. I added sauce on top of the tortillas, sprinkled my grated cheese on top of that, then put the chicken pieces evenly over all that. Layer more tortillas, and repeat the former layers you just did and leave a cheese layer on top. Bake until it’s all brown and bubbly. If this is confusing, follow the link up there and use Homesick Texan’s measurements. It’s really delicious, trust me. And i’ll never make this with canned soups again.