Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wok's For Dinner: King Ranch Chicken

I guess this is a well-known dish across the nation. I don't do anything special to it (unless you consider using it as a freezer meal something "special" :D.

King Ranch Chicken

1 1/2 lbs chicken meat
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 can Rotel tomatoes & chiles (I go for the mild version)
1 pkg fresh or thawed frozen corn tortillas (I used flour tortillas this time; hubs is on a corn tortilla boycott)
1 can (10 3/4oz) cream of chicken soup
salt & pepper, to taste
1 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Boil chicken until tender and debone if whole. Tear in pieces and set aside. Retain broth & set aside. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Brown bell pepper and onion in olive oil. Add Rotel and spices. Combine soups and broth in another bowl. Add to Rotel mixture and chicken; mix until everything's blended together. Tear several tortillas into bite-size pieces. Layer tortillas and chicken/soup mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Cover with cheese. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake in oven 30-35 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles, if desired (I omit the rice or noodles since we already have a starch with the tortillas). If freezing: After mixing chicken, vegetables, Rotel, spices & soups, place all ingredients into a gallon-size freezer bag (you do not need to add in the tortillas or cheese). Freeze; thaw at least 24 hours in refrigerator. Place mixture into a baking dish, add bite-size torn pieces of tortilla. Mix everything together and top with cheese. Cover with foil and bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Everyone loved the meal, even the kids, which was surprising since it had a little kick with the Rotel tomatoes & chiles (even with it being the mild version). Using it as a freezer meal worked out really good. It was so convenient to just throw it into the oven as soon as I can home. The only real work that I had to do was tear up the tortillas. I'm all about convenience!

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