First time ever making a casserole (i prefer to cook things separately), but hubbie loves them. mixed half mild/hot green chiles, used greek yogurt, used guajillo chili powder for extra umph! when done, squeezed lime over it before serving...and got a great meal.will add black beans and maybe corn next time. the greek yogurt actually gave the sauce a little more tangy taste, which i liked. made it a tad more complex.
King Ranch Casserole
From EatingWell: September/October 1992
Usually made with creamy canned soups and several cups of cheese, the fat and sodium of this spicy, layered chicken casserole can be a nutritional nightmare. Our version has a tangy, creamy sauce made with nonfat milk, nonfat yogurt and reduced-sodium chicken broth, plus we use reduced-fat Cheddar. Add in lots of chopped fresh vegetables and you have a version of the Tex-Mex favorite that you can feel good about eating.
13 Reviews for King Ranch Casserole
I'm vegetarian, so I used quorn "chicken" cutlets and vegetable broth instead of chicken, though I think seitan would be a preferable alternative. I thought it turned out really well, though next time I will probably add lime juice. I also added zucchini, since I wanted a more vegetable based meal. I think black beans could easily replace the chicken if you'd like, and corn would be a wonderful addition too. I like that this recipe is easily changed to suite many different tastes, while still remaining fairly low calorie. I really thought I'd miss the extra cheese, but I didn't! I unfortunately couldn't find regular plain yogurt, so I had to use Greek style, which upped the calories a little, but didn't seem to negatively alter the taste. I also used fresh tomatoes instead of canned, since I always prefer fresh anything to canned!
I agree with what others have said, the prep time is longer than expected since there is a lot of chopping!
This is a nice starter recipe, in my opinion. I added extra cumin, cilantro, red pepper, etc., but I think that a jalapeno wold have actually been the thing to do here. The family really liked it, and I'll make it again, with the tweaks.
The finished dish, fresh out of the oven was just okay. Nothing great. Oddly enough, the leftovers seemed to get more and more bland with each try. Won't be making this again. A generous two star rating.
I actually forgot to add the yogurt to the sauce and it was still really good! I liked that it was very flavorful without being too rich. But the other commenters are right - it took a lot longer than 30 min to prep if the veggies and chicken aren't chopped and ready to go. I would definitely make this again.
- Jenn, Dallas, TX