What do we have here…

An actual recipe and not a weekend/restaurant recap on CookinFanatic?

What kinda nonsense is that 😉

So yea. This CookinFanatic version of a Whole Foods king ranch casserole


About that.

Not even sure that I’d ever heard of king ranch casserole until recently. Who is this king ranch you speak of?

Right? Anyways.


This sneaky casserole manages to fill itself up with mixed leafy greens, an easy frozen favorite of mine…


And alongside vitamin packed leafy greens, has all the comfort of freshly cooked chicken and cream of chicken soup with a zesty jazz-up of diced tomatoes with green chilies, onions & green peppers too…


I don’t cook with cream of chicken soup often, but sometimes, sometimes it’s really just all ya need for a cozy meal. AmIRight? 🙂

This meal comes together super fast too, pre-cooked chicken or not! Just needs a few to bake, no supervision necessary.

I chose to poach a half chicken from Whole Foods instead of using pre-cooked. Flavor y’all.

But rotisserie chicken, chicken breast, leftover chicken, all of that would work just fine too!

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After poaching the chicken and giving a good chop, it was time for an easy casserole assembly….

Corn tortillas.


Mixed greens.




The mixture of cream of chicken, diced tomatoes with green chilies, green pepper, onion and garlic.


And cheese. Always cheese.


Another layer of tortillas.


And everything else just the same!


Then into a 350F oven for 45 minutes until the veggies get soft and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned…


What a healthy way to enjoy a creamy, cheesy warm n’ bubbly casserole… no?

The flavor on this dish was wonderful, creamy and hearty with just a hint of tangy spice. Just how I like it! 🙂

This made the perfect make-ahead Sunday dinner too. All baked up with nowhere to go. Except into my mouth. For dinner. A few hours later. Or for lunch. Because I couldn’t wait that long. Whatever.

Either way. This one is a keeper. Perfect for a crowd on a cool winter night!

Enjoy 🙂



  1. Looks sort of like mexican lasagna (which i adore) but more of a creamy version. Good stuff! Always like seeing mexican recipes

  2. That looks so freakin’ good. And your posts always crack me up. “Flavor y’all” is going to be added to my list of saying for 2013, guaranteed.

  3. this looks freaking awesome, and even better, I have ALL these things!

  4. Looks delicious! My mom made something similar when we were growing up, but I don’t remember what we called it.

  5. I grew up eating this – so yummy! Yours looks delicious!

  6. Haha, who is King Ranch? 😉 Mixed greens… Spinach? Kale? I’ve never heard of them!

  7. This looks and sounds awesome. I would love to try making a vegetarian version of this!! 🙂

    • I was actually thinking of a possible veg version as I was making this, funny you mention! My ideas were either northern beans (or any white bean) or artichoke hearts along w cream of mushroom in lieu of chicken, but I think any veg version would be delicious! 🙂

  8. Yay for recipes! 😉 I don’t eat chicken, but I might have to send this to my mom because I think my dad would love this!

    • Yay indeed! 😉 I think you could totally veg-ify this dish with white beans or artichoke hearts and cream of mushroom instead… In fact it may be on my list to try soon! See ya Thursday missy 🙂

  9. Yumm, this looks amazing! What a great weekend meal with leftovers for the week!

  10. Oh yum!! total kicked up version~

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