• King Ranch Casserole

    Here in Texas, the King Ranch is a symbol of wide open spaces, cattle, and all of the other ingredients upon which Texas as built. I suppose it is also a symbol of what industry and hard work  can build.

    Served here with our fresh mozzarella salad.

    Served here with our fresh mozzarella salad. I do realize that I did a horrible job on showing off both of these!

    Back in the 1980s, I’m not completely sure that I would have muddled my way through life had it not been for my dear friend, Oneta Brandon. Many was the time that I would come home at the end of the day to find a sweet note and dinner on our table. This King Ranch Casserole was just one of the many things the loving hands of “Sister Brandon” prepared for my family. Although my photo doesn’t really show it (because I forgot to take a photo until we had eaten almost the whole thing!), this King Ranch Casserole is absolutely delicious and still one of our very favorites!


    1 Fryer or Hen (or several chicken breasts)
    1 Onion, chopped
    1 Pack Corn Tortillas, torn into 5-6 pieces per tortilla
    2 Cups Grated Cheese

    Sauce Ingredients

    Blend until smooth:
    1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
    1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
    1/2 Soup Can Chicken Broth (from the water used to boil chicken)
    1/2 Can Rotel Tomatoes


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    1. Cook slightly salted chicken in water. Debone and cut in small pieces. Obviously, Oneta was an “old timey” cook. If you are boiling boneless chicken breasts, you won’t have to debone.

    2. Into a 2 1/2 qt casserole dish, layer 1/2 of your chicken, 1/2 of the tortillas, 1/2 of the onion, 1/2 of the cheese, 1/2 of the sauce.

    Repeat layers, reversing the sauce and the cheese so that you end with the cheese as the top layer.

    Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until casserole is hot throughout and cheese is bubbly.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    One Response to King Ranch Casserole

    1. G’day! Be warm and welcoming on a cold winter’s day!
      Cheers! Joanne

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