King Ranch Chicken
This flavorful dish has many variations. Our recipe includes its own well-seasoned sauce, omitting the canned soup commonly found in King Ranch Chicken recipes. Yes, it's a little more trouble, but the resulting dish is worth the effort. This casserole freezes well, and will be a big favorite at your table. This recipe is from Eleanor Bradshaw's menu of company chicken recipes.
Make the Sauce:Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and chili powder, and sauté for a few minutes. Raise the heat to medium. Quickly sprinkle in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon to mix. Pour in a small amount of the chicken broth, stirring constantly to remove lumps, and allow the flour to "cook" briefly.
Gradually add the remaining chicken broth and the buttermilk and continue stirring until sauce has thickened, 7 or 8 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside. Sauce may be prepared in advance and refrigerated.
Make the Filling:Warm a heavy skillet over medium heat, add the butter or olive oil, and sauté the chopped onion, poblano, mushrooms and tomatoes until onion is transparent, about 4 or 5 minutes. Fold into the mixture the diced chicken, olives and green onions, combining well. Remove from heat.
Assembling the Dish:In a small skillet, heat about about half an inch of canola oil. Using tongs, dip the tortillas in the hot oil one at a time, for just a few seconds, so that they are softened. Cover the bottom of your baking dish with 6 of the softened tortillas, overlapping as necessary. Layer the remaining ingredients in the following order:
Note: If it is absolutely impossible to find poblano chiles, you may substitute a small can of green chiles for the poblano. However, using a fresh poblano is greatly preferred.
Prep time: 60 minutes; Cooking time: 45 minutes; Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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