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.
3-4cupscooked chickencubed (rotisserie works well)
1cupcrushed tortilla chips
2cupsshredded sharp cheddar cheesedivided into 2 (1-cup) portions
more tortilla chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook pasta per package directions to al dente and drain.
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.
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.
Remove from heat and add the creamed soup, sour cream, chicken, 1-cup shredded cheese and strained hot pasta. Stir well.
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.
Remove from oven and allow the casserole to rest 5 minutes.
If desired, garnish with drained green-chili tomatoes, chopped cilantro and more crushed tortilla chips.