This is a delicious healthy version of this casserole!! I used a 9 x 13 pan for my recipe. I also modified by using about 1 lb of chicken and adding one can of black beans and also by adding a chopped fresh jalapeno pepper. 2 lbs of chicken seems like overkill. It does serve well as a leftover.
EatingWell King Ranch Casserole
From EatingWell: September/October 2013
This healthy Tex-Mex King Ranch casserole recipe is typically made with cans of cream-of-something soup. We’ve lightened up this casserole recipe considerably by making a homemade cream sauce and loading it up with veggies at the same time. You’ll never guess that a serving of our version of King Ranch casserole has 300 fewer calories and two-thirds less fat than the original. This recipe makes enough for two 8-by-8-inch casseroles (four servings each)—have one for dinner tonight and freeze the other for a night when you don’t have time to make dinner.
12 Reviews for EatingWell King Ranch Casserole
I tried this with low expectations for some reason, but was pleasantly surprised - the whole family loved it!
I am not sure why several reviews said it was a lot of work, but we all define that differently I guess. I thought it came together pretty quickly. I did have leftover chicken so that helped. I also made it in a large pan rather than 2 small ones and we ate the leftovers over the next couple days. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly.
I'm going to try this using the meat from one rotisserie chix bought at the deli instead of boiling chix breasts.
This is like eating a taco dip from a party for dinner, but with less fat. It is very tasty. I don't know why people are calling it bland (it is not) but maybe they mean it is not spicy (indeed, it is not hot). I would considering leaving out the corn shells and just scooping it into some taco shells. I will likely make this again but definitely will pre-chop and shred things, as the prep time is WAY TOO LONG to tackle after work.
A bit more work than I'd like but really tasty. I put the whole thing in a 9x13 pan instead of cooking one 8x8 pan and freezing one. The leftovers are good too! I'd definitely make this again - my husband and I both really liked it.