Monday, March 21, 2011

King Ranch Chicken

I wanted to share this recipe.  I made it several years ago for a group of teenagers who claimed they didn't like any vegetables or anything healthy.  They loved it.  I made it again recently when we had friends over and it was a hit.  It had never occurred to me that others might like to see how to make things with OUT using condensed soups in order to avoid MSG in their food.

All you do is make a white sauce and add a little chicken or beef base to it.  Finding that without MSG isn't always easy.  At times I've just added some salt and onion and garlic powder for flavor.

Here's one recipe that we make that called for condensed soup, but I altered it to leave that out.

King Ranch Chicken

1 lb tortilla chips, crushed
1-2 cups chicken, cooked and cubed
1/2 lb grated cheddar cheese
1 green pepper
1 onion
1/2 T chili powder
1/2 t garlic powder
4 T butter (1/2 stick)
4 T flour
2 t chicken bouillon or chicken base
2 c water
1 can Rotel tomatoes

Layer chips, chicken pieces and cheese in a large greased 9" x 13" pan. Use food processor and puree the green pepper and onion.  In a pan, melt the butter.  Add flour and stir to form a thick paste.  Next stir in pureed veggies, garlic powder, chili powder, chicken base, and water.  Cook and stir until you have a thick sauce.  This may take a little time, but be patient.  Stir in Rotel tomatoes and mix well.  Pour this over the chips, cheese and chicken.  Sprinkle some extra cheese over the top and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly hot.

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