King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

KING RANCH CHICKEN MAC AND CHEESE is a delicious twist on a classic. I wanted to make a fun King Ranch Chicken Recipe that’s filled with all those amazing ingredients that I love. This Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole is loaded with creamy cheese, spicy tomatoes, chunky chicken, and so much more. It will be a family favorite from the first time you make it. 

KING RANCH CHICKEN MAC AND CHEESE in a casserole dish

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese is so creamy and delicious. You’re going to love this fun King Ranch Chicken Recipe!

KING RANCH CHICKEN MAC AND CHEESE makes me soooo happy (and fat)! I just know you’re going to love this fun and tasty King Ranch Chicken Recipe as much as we do. Growing up, King Ranch Chicken was one of the recipes we would request Mom make time and time again. I just love the creaminess, the creative flavor combo, and that little touch of spiciness.

Haters of King Ranch Chicken like to complain that it has Velveeta (check) and cream of mushroom soup (check check) but you guys…sometimes that’s okay. I want you to embrace it!

The Velveeta makes this Chicken Mac and Cheese EXTRA cheesy with minimal effort, and the canned cream of mushroom really is okay with me. I’m not the girl who is going to make homemade cream of mushroom soup (at least not for this recipe). If you know this blog…then you already know that by now. So let’s go ahead and just enjoy this King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese because it’s AMAZING and oh so crave worthy. No guilt here folks!

You’re going to love this flavorful King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese. It’s creamy, cheese, and sooo delicious!

Chicken Mac and Cheese casserole

Casserole dish filled with macaroni, velveeta, tomatoes, chicken, and more

King Ranch Chicken Recipe

King Ranch Chicken is kind of an unspoken classic. The mix of ingredients make the most amazing flavor, and I thought it would be fun to use this combination to make a new King Ranch Chicken Recipe.

What is King Ranch Chicken?

Here are the traditional King Ranch Chicken ingredients (and this is what we’re using in our Chicken Mac and Cheese):

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Green Chiles
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Velveeta cheese
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Shredded Chicken

We’re mixing up all those ingredients along with macaroni pasta to make a tasty Chicken Mac and Cheese casserole!

Traditional King Ranch Chicken recipes have bits of tortillas baked in, so I thought it would be fun to add a layer of crushed tortilla chips while baking this chicken mac and cheese. The little bit of crunch and texture goes a long way. This recipe was a hit even when I tasted it still cold (yes I have been known to do that). But of course it was even more delicious straight out of the oven. Winner winner King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese dinner!

King Ranch Chicken recipe in a casserole dish, topped with cheese and tomatoes

Creamy macaroni and cheese casserole

Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

This King Ranch Chicken recipe is just too good. There’s sooo much cheese, and it’s all so creamy.

Classic Mac and cheese is good on it’s own, but of course it’s even better this way! This Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole is filled with all the most delicious ingredients, and baking them together in a casserole dish just adds so much flavor. I can’t get enough of the creaminess that the mushroom soup adds.

You really can’t go wrong with a Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe.

A spoonful of king ranch chicken mac and cheese

What are you waiting for? This King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese will absolutely blow you away! This creative King Ranch Chicken recipe is filled with so much goodness, I just can’t get enough.

 

See the recipe card below for details on how to make King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese. Enjoy!

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KING RANCH CHICKEN MAC AND CHEESE is a delicious twist on a classic. I wanted to make a fun King Ranch Chicken Recipe that's filled with all those amazing ingredients that I love. This Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole is loaded with creamy cheese, spicy tomatoes, chunky chicken, and so much more. It will be a family favorite from the first time you make it. 

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: king ranch chicken, mac and cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 751 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
KING RANCH CHICKEN MAC AND CHEESE is a delicious twist on a classic. I wanted to make a fun King Ranch Chicken Recipe that's filled with all those amazing ingredients that I love. This Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole is loaded with creamy cheese, spicy tomatoes, chunky chicken, and so much more. It will be a family favorite from the first time you make it. 
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pkg. small elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet yellow or yellow onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes w/green chilies (hot or mild), undrained
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese cubed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 10 ¾ oz. can cream of mushroom or chicken soup
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3-4 cups cooked chicken cubed (rotisserie works well)
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided into 2 (1-cup) portions

Garnish (optional)

  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • more tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta per package directions to al dente and drain.
  3. While pasta cooks, heat butter and oil in a large Dutch oven, over med-high heat. Sauté onion and green bell pepper until pepper is tender and onion is translucent.
  4. Stir in the undrained can of tomatoes, Velveeta, chili powder and cumin. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes over medium-low heat until cheese melts.
  5. Remove from heat and add the creamed soup, sour cream, chicken, 1-cup shredded cheese and strained hot pasta. Stir well.
  6. Pour the prepared pasta mixture into the greased casserole dish. Cover with crushed tortilla chips. Sprinkle 1-cup shredded cheese on top and bake at 350°F 30-40 minutes or until casserole is bubbly in the middle.
  7. Remove from oven and allow the casserole to rest 5 minutes.
  8. If desired, garnish with drained green-chili tomatoes, chopped cilantro and more crushed tortilla chips.
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 751 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 66%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 991mg 41%
Potassium 541mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 40g 80%
Vitamin A 24.3%
Vitamin C 21.2%
Calcium 56.9%
Iron 14.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Danielle
This sounds like the ultimate comfort food! I'm all about using Velveeta and canned mushroom soup! I'm sure homemade is great, but the canned is just so easy. And Velveeta, YUM. It may not be "real" cheese, but it's pretty tasty in my book :-)
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