King Ranch Chicken: Secret Recipe Club

With layers of corn tortillas, salsa verde, sour cream, seasoned chicken, and cheese King Ranch Chicken is sure to please your family.

King Ranch Chicken is one of those recipes I cannot believe it took me over five years to make and post. I think pretty much every other blog that has Southern food on it has this recipe. I had actually never even made it until I was looking for this month’s Secret Recipe Club recipe.

My blog this month was Cooking with Chopin, Living with Elmo. Ginny is the writer and cook behind the blog and has two adorable little guys. The cuteness is almost too much to take, seriously.

I’m going to be honest here; as soon as I saw the King Ranch Chicken recipe I quit looking because it was when I was having internet problems. Once that was resolved I poked around for a bit and found a few recipes that are on my must make list.

Bacon Mushroom and Cheddar Stuffed Rolls are definitely one to try because I love bacon and mushrooms. My niece and nephew would love the Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Towers.

The only change I really made to the recipe was omitting the cilantro and adding the optional green chiles because to me green chiles are never optional.

King Ranch Chicken

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Micha M


For the chicken:

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika I used smoked paprika for a bit of extra flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken

For the casserole:

  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese. I used sharp because that's what I like best
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 can diced green chiles 7 ounce, drained


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the chicken:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over moderate heat. Sauté the onions until translucent which will take about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the garlic, paprika, turmeric, cumin, pepper, and salt. Cook for another minute or two, stirring frequently,
  3. Add the chicken to the pan and heat through. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the casserole:

  1. Combine the cheese in a bowl.
  2. Spray or grease a 9 x 9 inch baking dish.
  3. Pour one cup of the salsa verde in the dish.
  4. Place 4 corn tortillas in the bottom. There is a good chance they will overlap but that is fine.
  5. Spread 3/4 cup of sour cream over the tortillas and pour 1/2 cup of the salsa verde over the sour cream.
  6. Sprinkle with half of the chicken, 1 cup of the cheese, and half of the green chiles.
  7. Repeat the layers once more and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  8. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes and let set for about 15 minutes before serving.

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  1. Micha – this looks fabulous! I love finding new ways to prepare chicken for my family, and like you, anything with green chiles is a winner in my book! Thanks for a great SRC choice!

    • We eat so much chicken it’s crazy so I’m always looking for some new way to have it. This will be near the top of my list from now on.

  2. One of the things I love about this club is discovering all of these foods and reipes that I’ve never heard of before. This is one of them! Funny how something that is so familiar to one person can be so foreign to another.

  3. Hi Micha! I’m so glad you made (and hopefully liked!) the King Ranch Chicken. It is one of my favorites and if the recipe is doubled, it’s quite the crowd-pleaser!

    Thanks for your kind words about my blog and my sweet boys! Have a fun “reveal day!”


    • Well Ginny, I didn’t like the recipe, I LOVED it. It’s probably now in my top ten or so ways of cooking chicken from now on. It is sooo good.

  4. I have never heard to King Ranch Chicken, but this looks amazing! I love the green chiles addition, too. Will definitely try this soon. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

  5. That sounds pretty delicious! I don’t know if I’ve ever even tried King Ranch chicken and I’ve lived in the South since I was 8. Maybe I have and I just didn’t know it. Definitely one to try soon.

  6. this seriously looks SO good! i’ve gotta make this soon.

  7. I am always looking for new ways to use Chicken
    Thank you for the inspiration!

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