Tuesday, October 2, 2007

King Ranch Chik-Hen Recipe

While looking for a good recipe for King Ranch Chicken, I located quite a few variations, and a story that said King Ranch Chicken would never have been served to guests since first off, King Ranch is a cattle ranch, and secondly, the luncheons and dinners at King Ranch were elaborate affairs and one just wouldn't have served a casserole. It is very possible that the Los Kineños (King's people) developed this recipe and ate it themselves. King's people were the townspeople of Cruillas from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Their descendents still live and work the ranch to this day. Captain King saved these people from a horrible drought by buying up all of their cattle, and then providing them with jobs on the ranch.

King Ranch at one time was 1.15 million acres in Texas. It is known for it's many innovations in upbreeding cattle to withstand arid conditions, Fever Tick abatement, Quarter Horse breeding, arid grass development, game management and wildlife conservation. Today the ranch is 825,000 acres and is one of the largest ranches in the world, with 60,000 cattle and 300 quarter horses. King Ranch also maintains farming land in Florida.

The Running W is the brand of the King Ranch:

King Ranch Chicken

4 cooked boneless chicken breasts, skin removed (about 3-4 cups diced)
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese or Mexican blend shredded cheeses
3/4 cup chicken broth (bouillion is fine)
1 can (10 ¾ oz.) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (10 ¾ oz.) cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel Diced tomatoes with green chilies (I used Mild)
1 T. chili powder
14 corn tortillas

Combine diced, cooked chicken with chopped onion and cheese.
Mix together soups, Rotel, broth, and chili powder.
Spray 9x13 or 10x15 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Shred 7 tortillas into strips and line bottom of dish, spread ½ chicken mixture, then ½ soup mixture. Repeat. Bake in 350 F oven for 20-30 minutes until bubbly. Serves 10.

Luf, Us


Lux said...

That serves 10, or one of me! :)

The Meezers or Billy said...

do you all like chilie peppers? mommy maded some hot pepper jelly last night wif habaneros, jalapenos, cayennes and hungarian hots (she grows them all in her garden), and i did not like it at all!! It made my tongue numb. - Miles

Daisy said...

That sounds very delicious to me, but my Mommie does not eat meats, so she will not make this for me. Darn it!

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Oh that sounds tasty! And you know what? Its gluten free (no wheat) so the Lap Lady can eat it! Thanks for sharing.



Ooo dat sounds furry gud! YUM when's dinner? We lubs chik-ken.


Unknown said...

That sounds very delicious!!
Happy Tuesday!
Besos desde España


Sunny's Mommy said...

I'm going to have to try this. Anything with that much cheese and rotel tomatoes has to be good :-)

Shaggy and Scout said...

We have to show this to mom when she gets back. She loves recipies like this!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

MmmMMmMMmmmmm yummmmmzzzz
We loves chickens.


This looks very nutritious. Lots of those things mommie loves, bita-mins

Gemini said...

Momma says that sounds so good but she can't have wheat or dairy right now!

Mickey's Musings said...

Mom says she likes a bit of history with her recipies.I just like the food. ;)

ASTOR CATS said...

That sounds soooooooooo good. We's going get our shopping list and add everything we need to mae this. Yummy!

Midnite & Stray Kitty

christy said...

mmm...that sounds furry, furry good.

and we agree-forty paws is a lot to put on one card! but mom saw that you could put up to six pictures on the card, so if a couple of you could sit together just for a minute...you could be famous wif all your Maw's friends!

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Also sounds delicious to Me~~~~~ Hehehehehe count me in~!!!!

pissed off patricia said...

God that sounds good and I'm reading this at six thirty in the morning.

I have been a Cowboys fan since I was a kid and I saw their coach all dressed up and wearing a hat at the game. Been a fan forever. Never been to Texas, but I liked that man's style.

Parker said...

Well, Mommy knows what's for dinner on Saturday (her day to cook!)

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Mum sez it sounds lishus but she duzn't know what Rotel tomatoes are. We hope she makes it so we can share.