Texan Ranch Chicken Casserole
(Also one of our family’s favorites…)
- 1 large onion, finely chopped (or, onion powder/flakes…which is what we use)
- 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast (you can also use canned chicken for speed and ease!)
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
- 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 12 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1-inch strips
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
- Velveeta cheese as desired, melted on top
- In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, celery and peppers in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the chicken, soups, tomatoes and chili powder.
- Line the bottom of a 3-qt. baking dish with half of the tortilla strips; top with half of the chicken mixture and 1 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Melt velveeta cheese and a little milk in microwave and pour on top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 8 servings.
Note: While it technically serves 8 people… you might want to double the recipe. It’s THAT good!