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King Ranch Chicken

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King Ranch Chicken Ingredients:

Sauce:
 
3 Tablespoons butter
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon fresh chili powder
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ cup chicken stock or broth
¾ cup buttermilk
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
 
Filling:
 
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium poblano pepper, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (or ½ cup canned tomatoes, drained)
¼ cup diced green chiles
3 to 4 cups cooked, coarsely shredded chicken (white and dark meat)
cup green onions, including tops, chopped

canola oil for softening tortillas
8 corn tortillas
2 cup grated Longhorn or Monterey Jack cheese
 
Directions:
 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish or 3-quart casserole.

2. Make the sauce by melting the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat.

3. Add the garlic, cumin and chili powder, and sauté for a minute or two.

4. Raise the heat to medium. Quickly sprinkle in the flour and stir to mix.

5. Pour in a small amount of the chicken broth, stirring constantly to remove lumps.

6. Gradually add the remaining chicken broth and the buttermilk and continue stirring until sauce has thickened, 3 or 4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

7. Make the filling by warming a heavy skillet over medium heat, then adding the olive oil.

8. Sauté the chopped onion, green pepper, poblano, chiles and tomatoes until onion is transparent, about 4 or 5 minutes.

9. Fold into the mixture the shredded chicken and green onions, combining well. Remove from heat.

10. In a small skillet, heat about half an inch of canola oil.

11. Using tongs, dip the tortillas in the hot oil one at a time, for just a few seconds, so that they are softened.

12. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with 4 of the softened tortillas.

13. Layer the remaining ingredients in the following order:
 
Half of the chicken/vegetable mixture
Half of the grated cheese
Half of the sauce
The remaining 4 softened tortillas
The remaining chicken/vegetable mixture
The remaining grated cheese
The remaining sauce
 
14. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F until casserole is heated through and bubbly.

15. Serve with a tossed salad and your favorite salad dressing.

 


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