Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Recipe

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Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken

 

We can't begin to tell you how much we love using our slow cookers.  It's so nice to throw all the ingredients in your crock pot and no dinner worries for the rest of the day!  Your family will go crazy over this King Ranch Chicken recipe with chicken, cheese, and tortilla chips. It's so delicious!  You'll go crazy over it because it's super easy to make!  Enjoy!

Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken
Ingredients:
14 ounces tortilla chips, white or yellow
5 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
10 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies, drain slightly (I used rotel)
10.75 ounces cream of chicken soup
10.75 ounces cream of mushroom soup
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 cups shredded cheese, (I used Mexican blend)
1 cup chicken broth

Directions:
Spray slow cooker with non stick cooking spray.  Spread a layer of tortilla chips in the crock pot to cover the bottom. It's ok if they are overlapping.  In a medium sized bowl combine the chicken, diced tomatoes, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, garlic and onion.  Stir until combined.  Place half of the chicken mixture on top of the chips. Then top with half of the cheese. Then repeat layers on top of cheese.....chips, chicken mixture and cheese.
Cook on low for about 6 hours or high for 4 hours.  Serve with extra tortilla chips.
Serves 8

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    • Cyd says:

      Yes, cook the chicken and dice it before putting it in the crock pot. You may be able to get by on less than six hours. Your onions need to be cooked through and the cooking time softens the tortilla chips. But they are also good when a little bit crunchy! :)

    • CassWen says:

      Jen, I was astounded by this as well! Glad to know I wasn’t the only one. Putting already cooked chicken in the crockpot for 4-6 hours sounded like the results would be a dish with chicken the consistency of leather in it. I’m going to try it though because overall it sounds easy and tasty.

  1. Renae says:

    I was wondering about the chicken too since it seems like a lot of time in the crock pot due to the fact that the chicken is already cooked. I’m sure the others just wanted to clarify as well. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it!!

  2. Joann says:

    I was looking at the comments about cooking the chicken. I do a cream of chicken soup (3-4cans) depends, and the boneless, skinless chicken tenders(raw) and put in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours and it turns out delicious serve with egg noodles. So if you’re cooking this for 6 hours I wouldn’t see why you couldn’t put the chicken in raw. That’s just my opinion :) . But this looks delicious can’t wait to try maybe this weekend :)

  3. Katie says:

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was yummy! I cheated by buying a bag of frozen grilled chicken strips, putting them in the fridge overnight to thaw and then just chopping them up for the recipe. I loved how easy this was.

    • Cyd says:

      You could bake it. Your chips will not be as soft. But that doesn’t really change the taste of the dish. Just watch it closely. We have only made it in the slow cooker.

  4. Lyn says:

    The Directions include mixing in the Chicken Broth, but broth isn’t listed in the ingredients – how much should be used?

    • Cyd says:

      Hi Lyn, chicken broth is listed in the ingredients. It is the last ingredient listed…..1 cup chicken broth. Hope this helps! Have a great day. :)

  5. Kim says:

    I just made this recipe- had it cooking on low and only lasted 5 hours before I decided it had to be done. Everything had turned to mush and it had no taste. Are you really supposed to cook it for 6 hours? I feel like after a couple hours at the most it looked like your picture.

    • Cyd says:

      The tortilla chips will soften as they cook. The recipes says to serve with extra tortilla chips too. We liked the soft chips, similar to a casserole. Crock pots also vary slightly with temps and we have found the older they get the more off they are temperature wise. So 5 hours may have been enough with your crock pot. Thanks so much for stopping by SixSistersStuff.com. Have a terrific weekend.

  6. Cherie says:

    I make recipe like this in a casserole! It’s sooooo yummy. I add it corn, cumin and paprika to mine. My sister ate 4 helping!

  7. Rebecca says:

    I was excited to check out this recipe but I was put off by the whole “cooked chicken” thing. I just don’t see the point in using a slow cooker for 6 hours if I have to start off with already cooked chicken.

  8. Heather says:

    I used raw chicken. I guess it worked okay. The biggest problems were that the chips turned to mush and my (raw) chicken was way over cooked and it was so salty and just generally gross.

    • Cyd says:

      We have only made this using the recipe directions and have never had a problem. It’s one of our favorite recipes. I know it seems strange to cook the chicken first then put it all into a slow cooker, but it sure turns out great. You could maybe get by on a little less cooking time. Just watch it closely. Slow cookers vary.
      Cyd (mom of the Six Sisters)

  9. Lainie says:

    I too ended up with complete mush, with very little flavor despite my seasoning the chicken before I cooked it. I have had zero success using the crock pot and my husband is threatening to throw it out! As a FT working mom, I’m desperate for some tasty meals to come out of the damn thing!

    • Jennifer says:

      Not sure if you will read this reply but i have awesome awesome crock pot recipes. A great beef stew, spaghetti and meatballs, teriyaki meatballs, tomato parmesan soup…..i didn’t have success with this particular recipe either, but definitely don’t throw out the crock pot!

  10. Kelly says:

    Hi everyone! This is actually a very popular dish that I make very often, it is one of my favorite foods. The only shock to me is that you can make it in a slow cooker! I have always made it as a casserole. To make it in the oven you preheat it to 350 degrees and bake it for 20-25 minutes, with the chicken being previously boiled on the stove top until it is done. This always tastes way better if you use Doritos instead of regular Tortilla chips also. I will have to try to make it in the slow cooker to see if it works. I am going to use raw chicken cut into cubes though.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Ok so did i do something wrong?? This turned out to be a goopy mess. All chips were basically gone and mush. Seemed more like a dip in the end…….. kinda gross to be honest. Cooked 6 hours on low, had to half the recipe…..but that’s the only change i made….

    • Cyd says:

      The chips that are in the crock pot soften with the cooking. We add more at the end. So sorry it didn’t work out for you. We have never had a problem with this recipe and we have it all the time.

      • Jennifer says:

        Haha mine did more than soften, which i did expect, they totally disintegrated. My mom said maybe i used the wrong type of chips…..i used restaurant style tostitos, i probably should have used a thicker heartier chip…… restaurant style is thinner than some other kinds. Ah well. Just a warning to other review readers, make sure to use the right chip! :-)

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