Light King Ranch Chicken

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Cook Time 3 Hours
Temp High
Yield Serves 6-8

This is the lighter version of our King Ranch Chicken recipe. It includes mushrooms and spinach, but your family won't even know! It's a yummy, simple, one dish meal that stands well on its own. It's sure to please the whole family!

Used 6-quart slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Corn tortillas, cut into fourths
  • 3-4 Boneless skinless Chicken Breasts, cooked (can be shredded or cubed)
  • 1 Can Diced tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth, divided
  • 1 Cup Fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 Cup Fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 Small onion, chopped
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup: http://crockingirls.com/recipes/homemade-cream-of-chicken-soup/

Directions

  1. Step One

    Place tortillas in the slow cooker until the bottom is covered.

  2. Step Two

    In a bowl, combine chicken, diced tomatoes with green chilies, 1-½ cups chicken broth, mushrooms, spinach, onion, and the homemade cream of chicken soup and mix until combined.

  3. Step Three

    Place half the chicken mixture on top of the tortillas. Then top with half of the cheese. Repeat layers ending with the cheese.

  4. Step Four

    Cover and cook on LOW for about 6 hours. This dish can cook faster on HIGH for 3 hours.

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  1. Jerron

    Super easy & super GOOD!!
    I used the canned cream of chicken soup instead & didn’t add water. It could’ve used just a little water OR I just need to drop the cook time. It started to get dry & burn. But we just moved to a new state, so I’m still trying to get used to our new cooking altitude. These are super easy things to fix though….so it is a keeper!!

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  2. Lisa F.

    This was terrific! I made some modifications – I didn’t have any corn tortillas and didn’t want to use flour as I thought they would get gummy, so I made the recipe as listed above (used can cream of chicken, though) and I also added in a can of black beans, a can of corn, and some dried mexican spices. It smelled amazing. When it was done I served it with crunched up corn chips on top, since I didn’t have tortillas, and a dallop of sour cream. AMAZING! My whole family loved it.

    That’s the best thing about Crocking – you can’t really screw it up. You can add things, omit things, or really do what you want and it’s always good. Thanks for your great recipes and inspiration!

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  3. Lor P.

    This is by far the easiest & best chicken crock pot receipe I’ve tried. Even the kids liked it. A healthy meal but tastes great & fills you up, unlike most “healthy” dishes I make. Would love to see the calories per serving added to your receipes.

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  4. Kim

    This was pretty good, but I was the only one who ended up eating it. It was just soggy…but so much better the next day. I like the adding of the spinach and mushrooms to make a bit more healthy, but I am thinking I will try the regular king ranch chicken.

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  5. Jamie

    Yummy! This was really great! I made half of the recipe and my husband and I finished it all. The edges were burnt but I think that is an issue with my crock pot and not the recipe.

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  6. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    A rotisserie chicken would work great with this recipe. I do that a lot when I do not have time to cook the chicken or have any cooked chicken on hand. I’m assuming the tortillas are flour tortillas. this will give it a much different texture than corn…it may even be a little gummy. As far as the soup, the canned soup will be just fine.
    Let us know how it turns out.

  7. Angela

    Do you think this would still be as good… Looking to not have to cook chicken and not a fan of the can… and also wanted to use some tortillas I had already purchased. Do you think these substitutes would be just as good. Mission low carb tortillas and already cooked rotisserie chicken. and then cream of chicken soup from the can. I can try to find low sodium

  8. Michelle

    I am going to make this over the weekend and I love the healthy version, very excited. However, I’m going to use canned chicken, how many ozs do you recommend using?

  9. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Just caught up with this email. Sorry for not getting back with you before dinner. You can add raw chicken. You will just need to add a couple of hours to the cooking time. Sauteing or baking the chicken will be fine as well. You can also use a rotisserie chicken.
    Being from Texas, we are ranch girls so anytime you can add Ranch seasoning, I thing you are good.

  10. Jeanne

    Could I use cubed, raw ckn? If I can use raw ckn, how much longer should I cook it? If not, should I bake ckn first, or sautee it?
    Planning on making this for dinner tonight and am very excited.
    Also, I may add a pckt of either Italian dressing seasoning, or Ranch dressing seasoning. Suggestions??
    Thanks!

  11. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Taryn,
    It should be fine. You will just have more distinct layers between the chips, chicken, soup mixture and cheese. Taste should not be afftected.

  12. Taryn

    I didnt mix my chicken with everything….i put it on top of the chips will it make a difference?

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  13. Kristan

    It would also be helpful if you could be more specific about the measurements/package sizes. Thanks!

  14. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Thanks, Judy. This is something we’ve talked about adding.

  15. Judy

    Could the recipes please tell how many it serves. It would be helpful.

  16. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    I’d say 6-8 servings, Frances, depending on your serving sizes…

  17. Frances

    Approximately how many does this serve?

  18. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sorry y’all didn’t like it, Audra. Queen Ranch is our healthy slow cooker version of King Ranch Casserole. The consistency is supposed to be almost like a lasagna. Also, feel free to spice up the food as much as you’d like. We have little ones so we have to be pretty careful with the spices! Also, we didn’t drain the tomatoes, but you definitely could. In fact, this was a Crockin’ Monday recipe so we have a video that should be on this page. Watch it and see what you think! Sorry is was a flop :/ http://crockingirls.com/recipes/king-ranch-chicken/

  19. Audra

    Tortillas turn to mush, and lacks and flavor. Needs some spices. Also, recipe did not say that toms should be drained, but I suspect this would have helped perhaps.

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  20. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    The other 1/2 cup of broth is used for the homeade cream of chicken. If you are going to use canned soup, just omit the extra broth.

  21. Audra

    It says broth divided. Where does the other 1/2 cup go?

  22. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Thanks for the catch, Jill. We will get that fixed right away.

  23. Jill

    Is the cream of chicken soup supposed to be listed twice in the ingredients? Just wondering – thanks!

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