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Cook, eat immediately or freeze, eat later

Excuse my absence from cooking for a long while My dearest grandfather (Big Daddy) passed away last month. He was a very special person. It has been very sad for everyone in my family but we’re thankful that he’s in a much better place now. One of my fond memories of him is that he enjoyed my cooking and I know that he would have loved the king ranch chicken that I prepared the other night. The preparation was very easy, quick and packed with delicious flavors that your whole family will love.

The Pioneer Woman King Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

Cooking spray

One 10.5-ounce can cream of chicken soup

One 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup

One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles, such as Rotel

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 C. chicken broth

16 corn tortillas, torn into pieces

1 roasted whole chicken (rotisserie chicken works great!), cooled and torn into chunks

1 large white or yellow onion, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced, optional

1 1/2 C. grated sharp Cheddar

1 1/2 C. grated Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large bowl, combine the soups and diced tomatoes and chiles. Add the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Line the bottom of the baking dish with half of the torn tortillas. Layer on half of the chicken.

2. Add half of the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Sprinkle on half the cheese and pour on half the soup mixture. Then repeat the layers, beginning with the rest of the tortillas, and ending with the rest of the tomato mixture. Cover with foil and bake for forty five minutes, then uncover and bake until bubbling, another fifteen minutes.

Court’s Cooking Notes: To make ahead and freeze: Fold foil over the unbaked casserole and freeze until solid. Then, lift the foil-topped casserole out of the pan, wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and freeze until needed. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap, put the foiled-topped casserole back into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and thaw. Bake at 350 degrees F following the baking instructions above.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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