Thursday, July 1, 2010

Princess Cooks...for reals ya'll!

Princess is an excellent cook. No seriously! Have ya'll seen pictures of the Prince? He didn't get that Atlas body from TV dinners and Lean Cuisines. He got it from good old home cookin'. His momma gave him a good head start. The Prince comes from a loooong line of good cooks, so it's no wonder he picked me for my mom's cooking.

Think Tank Momma

Today I am hooking up with Think Tank Momma's Share a Spoon for a little recipe sharing. The theme this week is casseroles. What self respecting southerner doesn't have a trunk full of casserole recipes? She asked specifically for Mexican entries. Being the people pleaser agreeable person I am, I was happy to oblige.

I was first introduced to this casserole by my beloved sister-in-law in Texas who served it at a baby shower she threw us. Pssshhhhhhttt....ya'll know how a pregnant woman likes to eat, right? It was yummmmay!

This particular recipe is the version from Southern Living has been passed down for generations in the Prince's family. It's easy peasy and the kids love it too!

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

1 (2 lb) whole chicken from the deli (or cook your own if you are a show off)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, pressed
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 (10 oz) cans of Rotel tomatoes & green chilies, drained
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. Mexican style chili powder (or 1 tsp chili powder and 1/8 tsp ground red pepper)
3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 cups coarsely crushed lime flavored Tostitos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and saute 6 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add bell pepper and garlic, and saute 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup and next five ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes.

Skin and bone chicken, shred meat into bite size pieces. Layer half of chicken in a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Top with half of the soup mixture and 1 cup cheddar cheese. cover with half of corn chips. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I'm not a huge fan of leftovers so sometimes I put the recipe in two 8 x 8 dishes and freeze one. That works well for all those busy days I don't have time to make a decent meal. I just pop one out of the freezer for those times. I freezes super well!

If you want to reduce the taste fat content, do all that switching around with that reduced fat soup and cheese junk. I'd prefer to just cut my portions and get the full flavor. But to each his own....


adrienzgirl said...

This sounds YUMMAY! I am with you on cutting the flavor. Some things it works in, but I'd rather have less really good food, than more blah food any day!

Thanks for SHARING! Mmm...I can't wait to make this one!

The Blue Zoo said...

YUMMERS! Sounds so good and so fattening! LOL

Now if I could just get the fat to go to my boobs..... that would be awesome!!! LOL

Evonne said...

This sounds really good. I'm tempted to try it, but do you have to use lime flavored Tostitos? I have issues with those, thanks to a drunken college night.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Ah man . . . :( You lost me after cream of mushroom soup. LoL There's something about it that just grosses me out!

Oka said...

Meeko, sub Cream of Chicken???

Sounds yummy

The Random Blogette said...

I am all over this recipe! Yummy!!

Buffee said...

Oh man, this sounds great! I can't wait to try this one out!

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That One Mom said...

You lost me at "skin and debone chicken"... Don't they sell pre-skinned and deboned chickens? I'm not Julia freakin' Child! Hahaha!

Really though, sounds super yummy! I better pull a chicken outta the freezr and start defrosting it....

Daffy said...

Fat schmat....yummmmmmmmm

Let me know what time dinner is!

I mean....Please *smiling sweetly*

Jessica said...

This was my dad's favorite meal! It's definitely a good home cooked one, too!

*LLUVIA* said...

I love this!! I used to buy the whole chicken from the deli, add cream of mushroom, and sauteed mushrooms, and top with cheese and then put in the oven. Hubby used to think I'd slave inside the kitchen all day! LOL!

I wonder if I can do this, but use just chicken breast...?

Silkyties said...

This looks really good. I'm gonna try it. I'm following you now.