Healthy King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Healthy King Ranch Chicken Casserole

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This spin on healthy King Ranch chicken combines a beaucoup of fresh vegetables with shredded rotisserie chicken, Greek yogurt, extra thin corn tortillas, and melted cheddar to create a cheesy, flavorful casserole. Each serving has just 250 calories, 5 Weight Watcher Smart Points, and is packed with 22 grams of protein! 

Aside from chopping a few veggies, this king ranch chicken casserole is super easy to make and can easily be doubled for meal prep. Personally, I think it’s even better leftover! 

This spin on healthy King Ranch chicken combines a beaucoup of fresh vegetables with shredded rotisserie chicken, Greek yogurt, extra thin corn tortillas, and melted cheddar to create a cheesy, flavorful casserole. Each serving has just 250 calories, 5 Weight Watcher Smart Points, and is packed with 22 grams of protein! 

How to Make King Ranch Chicken

If you’re unfamiliar with King Ranch Chicken, it’s traditionally a mixture of cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup, bell pepper and onion, RO-TEL, and chicken. The biggest difference between King Ranch chicken recipes and this version is the inclusion of Greek yogurt and fresh mushrooms instead of the condensed soups.

This gives you the creaminess with a fraction of the fat and calories! 

To make it, you’ll need to dice an onion and bell pepper, chop some mushrooms, and mince a little garlic. Then cook the pepper, onion, and mushrooms for 6-8 minutes to soften before adding garlic, spices, and a can of diced tomatoes and chilies. 

While the veggies are cooking, shred a rotisserie chicken (or use another shredded chicken recipe) to go in the pan with Greek yogurt. Stir everything together and you’re ready to assemble the King Ranch chicken casserole. 

While I used a cast iron skillet, any large baking dish should work fine. I opted to leave the tortillas whole and overlap them but if you’re working with a different dish, you can tear them into pieces like some traditional King Ranch chicken recipes. 

This part of the recipe is simple—divide the chicken mixture and shredded cheddar in half and create two layers with tortillas in the middle. Then you’re ready to bake! 

Different baking dishes may affect cook time slightly, but you don’t have to be all that concerned with precise cook times. As long as the cheese fully melts, you’re pretty much good to go. 

Ingredient Modification Notes

I’ll run through a few ingredient questions I foresee coming up. 

Can I omit the mushrooms?

Sure. You can omit just about anything in this recipe, but the volume of the filling will be affected. If you get to omission crazy, your King Ranch chicken casserole may look a little flat and sad. 

a slice of king ranch chicken on a black plate with the cast iron skillet behind it

How can I substitute for rotisserie chicken?

Here’s a handful of shredded chicken recipes you could use instead of rotisserie chicken:

You can also use cubed chicken or other precooked variations of chicken for your King Ranch chicken casserole.

Is this recipe spicy?

Not at all. If you want a spicier chicken casserole, add a bit of cayenne pepper or crushed chipotle pepper like my Nashville Hot chicken burgers.

You could also use taco seasoning in place of the spices if you’re working with a minimal kitchen. 

How can I make this recipe dairy free? 

For the creaminess in the filling a chickpea or veggie puree would probably do the job. You could also use a vegan cream cheese, as those are readily available these days. 

The trickier substitution will be the cheddar for melting. If you can find a vegan cheese that melts well, I’d start there. Beyond that, I’m short on ideas. 

king ranch chicken casserole in a cast iron skillet

Final Notes for Healthy King Ranch Chicken Casserole

If you’d like an extra creamy chicken casserole (read: running everywhere when you cut into it), you can increase the amount of Greek yogurt. I bet you could double the yogurt without any issues. 

The base recipe doesn’t call for any salt and pepper, so be sure to add to taste at the end. 

More Chicken Notes

Depending on the size of your rotisserie chicken, you might be able to get more like 16 ounces of shredded chicken off the bird. Feel free to use all of it. Macros per serving with one pound of chicken: 275 calories, 27g protein, 18g of carbs, and 11g of fat

The nutrition facts for the chicken in this King Ranch chicken casserole are based on the USDA database entry for skinless rotisserie chicken, breast only. 

And I think that covers it all. If you have any questions, drop a comment below or join my free Facebook group with 10,000 other home cooks that can probably answer your question! 

 

healthy king ranch chicken casserole in a cast iron skillet
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Healthy King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Sautéed veggies, shredded rotisserie chicken, and creamy Greek yogurt layered between extra thin corn tortillas and melted cheddar.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken casserole, rotisserie chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 250 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil
  • 1 medium White Onion diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper diced
  • 5 oz White Mushrooms chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 12 oz Shredded Rotisserie Chicken or any cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 C (227g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 10 oz can Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies like RO-TEL
  • 12 Extra Thin Corn Tortillas I used Mission
  • 1 1/4 C (140g) Freshly Shredded Cheddar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil before adding the onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper. Cook until the veggies begin to soften, about 6-8 minutes.

    bell pepper, mushrooms, and onion in a skillet
  3. Add the garlic can cook until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds, before adding the canned tomatoes and chilies. Be sure to deglaze the pan (get any stuck bits off the bottom) if necessary.

    diced tomatoes and chilies with spices added to the cooked vegetables
  4. Reduce the heat to low and add the spices, stirring well. Follow that with the chicken and Greek yogurt. Fold everything together and remove from the heat.

    shredded rotisserie chicken and Greek yogurt on top of the vegetables and tomatoes
  5. Place 6 tortillas in the bottom of a 12" cast iron skillet (or a large baking dish).

    corn tortillas in a cast iron skillet before adding the chicken
  6. Add half the chicken mixture and half the cheese.

    chicken and shredded cheddar on top of the corn tortillas in the cast iron skillet
  7. Place the remaining 6 tortillas on top and repeat the chicken and cheese one more time.

    finished king ranch chicken before baking
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the tortillas are golden brown and crispy. Top with freshly chopped cilantro, salt and pepper, and a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Each serving has 5 Smart Points.
  • See post above for notes on ingredient substitutions. 
Nutrition Facts
Healthy King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (190g))
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Protein 22g44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 thoughts on “Healthy King Ranch Chicken Casserole”

  • 5 stars
    OMG! Delicious!!! I made the recipe as written except I did not add mushrooms as my hubs does not like them. Thank you so much Mason for such an awesome, low WW recipe! It was delicious and an absolute keeper.

  • 5 stars
    This looks so good and I plan on making for next week, but I was wondering how does this hold up for leftovers? I’m just wondering if the tortillas get soggy. Thanks!

      • 5 stars
        Awesome, thanks! Can’t wait to try it out. I made a double batch of your healthy cheeseburger bites this week and we’ve been loving them for both lunch and dinner.

      • 5 stars
        This turned out soo good!! This has the right ratio of cheese to meat to veggie and the tortillas help add that extra heartiness to it. This will definitely be a repeat meal!

  • 4 stars
    Made this as a meal prep for my lunches. So easy to make and so delicious. I added more mushrooms and green peppers and a little more Greek yogurt. Also topped with cojita cheese. No regrets.

  • 5 stars
    The fam and I loved this recipe! I subbed quartered Joseph’s lavash for the tortillas. It was delicious!! Next time I might use a poblano in place of the green pepper or throw in some fresh jalapeno to kick up the spice level a little. 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Yet another recipe my family loved! I used low fat cheese for my macros but otherwise followed the recipe.

    I need to get a good printer and print these recipes!

  • 5 stars
    Left off the mushrooms. Not a fan. Also did 1/2 Greek yogurt 1/2 light sour cream. Added points but geek yogurt is too much for me. Excellent and added to the weekly meal prep rotation. 💪🏻😃

  • 5 stars
    I made this not too long ago, and thought it was a bit bland. I wasn’t sure what other spices to add, but I love the concept!

  • 5 stars
    My husband’s actual words: “this is everything I love about food!” This reheats fantastically and may even be better the second day. I cooked chicken breast in the Instant Pot rather than rotisserrie, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly EXCEPT that I inadvertently used a few less tortillas, 10 to be exact and had 5 tortillas in each layer. Did not miss the extra two tortillas and shaved off a couple carb macros but nothing huge.

  • 5 stars
    Having grown up in the great state of Texas and eaten king ranch casserole on many occasions and different ways, I will say this has been hands down my favorite!! I have to double the batch just to have enough for leftovers for a few days because my boyfriend and his 8 year old son love it so much, they hardly leave any leftovers (the vultures!!). In fact the 8 year old said “this is the best thing you have ever cooked for me.” If that’s not worthy of a 5 star review, I don’t know what is!!

  • 5 stars
    Obsessed with this recipe. So easy to make and SO good. I left out the mushrooms, because after years of trying I still can’t get on board. I also used canned shredded chicken, so easy!

  • 5 stars
    I’ll be honest, when I first read this recipe I anticipated having actual Ranch in the recipe. Lol I had never heard of this recipe until Mason! However, my fiance and I both agreed that it tasted just like a dish from a local Mexican restaurant. I will definitely make again!

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