Tuesday, May 19, 2009

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

The best Mexican casserole to hit your lips! This dish uses ground or shredded chicken, loads of vegetables, whole-wheat tortillas, and a little cheese and sour cream. It lives up to it’s title quite well as “king” of casseroles.

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  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • (I also tossed in 3 cups fresh baby spinach)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6-8 whole-wheat flour tortillas, torn
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese, grated
  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat with 1 tbsp EVOO and brown the ground meat. Add the onion, red pepper and poblano pepper and sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes. foodblog 011
  2. Add the garlic, jalapenos, chili powder and cumin and sauté unto fragrant, about a minute. foodblog 012
  3. Mix in the flour and cook for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, green chilies, milk and oregano and simmer until the liquid thickens about 15 minutes. foodblog 015
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the corn, lime juice, sour cream, cilantro, salt and pepper. foodblog 016
  5. Spread 1/3 of the meat mixture over the bottom of an 8 inch square baking pan. Layer 1/2 of the tortillas. foodblog 017
  6. Top with another 1/3 of the meat mixture. and the remaining tortillas.
  7. Top with the remaining meat mixture and shredded cheese. foodblog 020
  8. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and the top is golden brown.

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Recipe slightly adapted from Closet Cooking

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I had such a mentally refreshing lunch today exploring the galleries and artist studios at Golden Belt.

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I’m really looking forward to brining Andy back with me next time and dropping in on a Third Friday Gathering. Since our 7-yr anniversary is coming up soon, I think a nice art purchase would make a fantastic gift for each another. Also, later in the summer a new music venue is scheduled to open and they’re looking for a hip restaurant or brewery to move into the area too.

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Yesterday, I ran across the picture show “You are What you Eat” and thought it would be fun to show you my fridge and freezer. Most of you know that I’m an uber-organizer, so here you go! What does my fridge say about me? This is a typical “fridge glance” for me, can you believe all the dishes I can prepare in a week after seeing my fridge. It’s all thanks to advanced menu planning and a well stocked pantry!


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applecrumbles said...

Can't believe how neat your fridge looks. No one - No way - No how gets a peak inside our fridge...EEEEK!

nick said...

I genuinely wonder what you have in that Duke bag that is commanding the dog's attention such that the bacon to the right is being completely ignored!

You're fridge looks a lot like mine (except there are beer bottles all on the top shelf of mine and misc. pig and duck parts all over the freezer) :)