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King Ranch Chicken

King Ranch Chicken is implanted in Texans at birth. They have taken a broad foot in what they are made of. They go from Tex-Mex parts to adding mushrooms to flour tortillas. No doubt different regions in Texas plus the Mother who made your King Ranch isn't exactly etched in stone. The one I've made is with grilled chicken which isn't exactly how I had it as a kid, but the rest is.
Course Main Course
Style Texan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 921kcal
Author Shawn

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 4 tsp garlic (chopped about 4 cloves)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 29 oz chicken stock (2 cans)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 poblanos (roasted skin peeled chopped)
  • 2 cup colby cheese (graded)
  • 20 oz corn tortillas (about 20)
  • 25 oz chicken breast (grilled cubed(about 5 breast))
  • 2 tbs Biddy (chicken seasoning)

Instructions

  • Start oven to 350
  • Medium heated pan drop in butter.
  • Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook till translucent and sprinkle in flour.
  • Stir until flour is incorporated well.
  • Pour in chicken stock, cream, and poblanos.
  • Stir until the mixture begins to simmer.
  • Add 1 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and stir until melted.
  • Add grilled chicken, mix in and turn off heat.
  • In a Pyrex rub some butter in it.
  • Add a light layer of the mixture.
  • Layer corn tortillas over the mixture.
  • Add a good bit of the mixture over tortillas reserving about a cup.
  • One more layer of tortillas on the mixture.
  • Spread remaining cup of mixture on top.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over top.
  • Place in oven for 45 minutes or until bubbling cheese.
  • Pull, let cool, and get after it!

Notes

You don’t have to grill the chicken but I recommend you at least brine in like I did in this recipe. (3 tbs salt 1 quart of water) https://texasbutter.com/cajun-chicken-melt/ Used Biddy to season chicken but that’s flexible.
➕ Nutrition
Nutrition Facts
King Ranch Chicken
Amount Per Serving (355 g)
Calories 921 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 80%
Saturated Fat 29g 145%
Cholesterol 217mg 72%
Sodium 1547mg 64%
Potassium 1015mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 6g
Protein 48g 96%
Vitamin A 44.1%
Vitamin C 62.7%
Calcium 44.8%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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If you don’t have any Texas Butter I guess we’ll overlook it if you use what’s in your pantry. Be sure to ask how something turned out or you have questions. Expect grammar errors, these are not checked much other than what my browser flags. Well, in general I can’t spell worth a crap. Thanks – Shawn

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