Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kicked Up King's Ranch Chicken Casserole

If you have been here recently you may have seen the giveaway that is going on! If you missed it, you still have time to enter.
Part of this giveaway is a celebration of all things Southern, food, fun, friendship, fellowship, family and traditions. Traditions like Southern Living magazine and their lovely cookbook.
I was blessed to be given a copy for my review. I was and am under no obligations to give a review or positive feedback. But I can't help myself! This book, oh man, I feel in love as soon as I saw the cover!

It is not only a gorgeous 'coffee table book' but a history lesson on different regions. Filled with information, celebrities, chefs, common folks and fantastic recipes. I have made 3 so far and all great, no wonderful, no FANtastic!
Here is the first: Banana's Foster Upside Down cake , the name itself makes you want to slap'yo momma good!

Today's recipe, I have seen a dozen times at least and have been hearing a lot about. I thought, good grief, it's a chicken casserole how good can it be. Well, I changed it up and WOW Freakin' WOW was it good!
My husband said that this recipe needs to be on our table "at least once a month but I could eat it everyday". That is a TWO Thumbs Up AND a 5 Fork review from my man! WOOT
I admit, it was pretty stinkin' fantastic. Could be because I used Salsa Verde Chicken leftovers in the mix. 
Don't panic! You can fix the Salsa Verde in the crock pot on Saturday and use the leftovers for the casserole on Sunday when you want to relax. This is a simple stir it up and bake recipe.
Look at how pretty that is! It didn't last long, I promise!
 Kicked Up Version: King's Ranch Casserole
3 cups leftover Salsa Verde Chicken
1 can cream chicken soup
1 small sweet red bell pepper , diced
1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
2 small celery ribs, diced/sliced
1/2 cup cut carrots, diced or sliced thin
1 tsp EACH: garlic powder, cumin powder, oregano flakes, chili powder
1 can drained, diced tomatoes
TOP: 2 cups shredded cheese and 16 tortilla chips crushed

Mix all of the ingredients except for the last two, in a bowl. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Top with 1/2 cheese and crushed tortilla chips bake for 20 minutes, then cover with the remaining cheese and bake for 10 more minutes.
Bake for 30 minutes total time at 400 degrees.


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