Saturday, December 7

King Ranch Chicken Mac-n-Cheese

We are in the middle of a DEEP FREEZE here in North Texas and it is bitterly cold. The sun has been in hiding and I haven't set foot outside of the house since Thursday afternoon and don't plan to any time soon. So what to do on a figid day such as this? Turn the oven on and cook something! It will do two wonderful things for you - warm up your kitchen and the insides of your tummy. This recipe for King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese is the perfect cold-Texas-weather-comfort-food. Seems like everyone in my circle of friends has their own personal recipe for King Ranch Chicken, but this wonderful recipe combines that beloved Texas favorite with all the warm comfort of Mac-n-Cheese. If this doesn't warm up your frozen wintry day and get ya going nothing will - ENJOY and STAY WARM!

All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Serve King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese to your family, and it will become a quick favorite.

  • 1/2 (16-oz.) package macaroni pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 (8-oz.) package pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 
  • Add onion and bell pepper, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. 
  • Stir in tomatoes and green chiles and prepared cheese product; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until cheese melts. 
  • Stir in chicken, next 4 ingredients, and hot cooked pasta until blended. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 10-inch cast-iron skillet or 11- x 7-inch baking dish; sprinkle with shredded Cheddar cheese.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Do as my friends and I do, add what you like and take out what you don't. That's what makes cooking art - MAKE IT YOUR OWN!


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