Since I’m the only one that isn’t ‘down’ with something, I volunteered to cook last night…

Note to self- NEVER volunteer, you know better…

Now, what to fix? Uh… er… food?

Quick and easy, and easily divisible by three… Been meaning to try King Ranch Chicken, yeah, yeah, that’s it… And black-eyed peas!

Scramble around the grocery store get the ingredients, come home and chop, cut, do chicken, etc. And found a package of ‘tins’ for hot food with covers at the store, threw them in the cart too!

This is one of three little baking tins, came out of the oven just about the time LawDog showed up, and he agreed to deliver for Peter and Dot. Yea!!!  JimJim got the leftovers… LOL

I’m sure glad it tastes better than it looks! 🙂

If you’re curious, here’s the recipe- With my mods in italics

1 large onion, chopped

1 large green bell pepper, chopped

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups chopped cooked chicken (Doubled to 4 cups)

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

1 (10-ounce) can diced tomato and green chiles (Plus one medium can mild Hatch Chiles)

1 teaspoon chili powder (Doubled to 2 tsp)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper (Doubled to 1/2 tsp)

12 (6-inch) corn tortillas

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided (Doubled to 4 cups)

How to Make It

Step 1- Sauté onion and bell pepper in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in chicken and next 7 ingredients; remove from heat.

Step 2- Tear tortillas into 1-inch pieces; layer one-third of tortilla pieces in bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with one-third of chicken mixture and 2/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers twice.

Step 3- Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes.

Step 4- Enjoy!

Note- It was still pretty mild, to my taste, YMMV… 🙂


Cooking… — 24 Comments

  1. Well, the lighting is usually dim in high end restaurants like Chez ONFO anyway, so appearance is secondary to taste.

    It sounds tasty, and as you said, easy to make.

  2. The top photo looks yummy and the 2nd photo looks like upchuck, lol. But the ingredients sound delicious, you went to some trouble making that for your friends. Rest easy – I’m guessing they enjoyed the meal. I hope everybody is feeling better.

    Mild to taste – maybe a some diced jalepeno w/ chopped bacon added to the mix for added flavor. Or leave it on the side to added as needed.

  3. Sounds interesting. I’ll do you the favor right back.

    Corn Cakes (inspired by Boston Market restaurants)
    2 packages corn muffin mix
    1 package white or yellow cake mix
    Mix dry ingredients together. Add in wet ingredients according to all packages combined. Pour batter into well-greased muffin tins. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. Let cool ten minutes before removing from tins. Enjoy.

    • Ohhhh, I miss the Boston Market cornbread loaves. The med crew would admonish me when we went into [redacted] that we WOULD stop by Boston Market on the way back to the airport.

      • That’s a different recipe with a very different texture. Can you tell that we like cornbread here?

        Possum’s Cornbread
        1 box corn muffin mix
        1 cup shredded cheese. We use a cheddar blend.
        1 can cream corn
        3 eggs
        Mix everything together, pour into 10″ baker. Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes. Add a dash of cayenne to the mix if you want some kick to it, or use pepper Jack cheese.

  4. Your more ambitious than I am when it comes to meal preparation. When I’m called on to cook it’s usually some kind of meat on the grill, potatoes in the microwave, and some kind of vegetable. Not fancy, but it gets the job done. A gourmet chef I am not.

  5. Anyone that can take black-eyed peas and render them into an edible form is impressive. If made actually enjoyable, that’s if not magic, close enough. $HOUSEMATE was astonished I claimed that he stunk up the house every New Year’s with them – I took to napping in the basement and then burning incense (Biblical stories can be useful – that Frankincense and Myrrh do well). However, that was moderated upon the addition of sausage and fair amount of Tabasco.

  6. You need to start doing YouTube videos – Cooking with Old NFO. I sense the emergence of another career.

  7. You really should know better – Never Again Volunteer Yourself. OTOH, doing a favor for sick friends isn’t really volunteering, is it?

    Depending on how under the weather they were, I would have been making a pot of chicken soup or chili. You’re ambitious!

  8. It was wonderful, and I’m most grateful for the food and the delivery.

    When I’m better, you definitely get hugs for this!

  9. All- Thanks for the comments! Orvan- Good cajun seasoning, some jalapenos and they’re delicious! 🙂

    Posted from my iPhone.

  10. Hey Old NFO;

    You done good helping out fellow members of the tribe..and you know when you get “The Crud” they will reciprocate.

  11. Imagine being sick and then having to look at that!
    But I jest. 🙂
    You did the right thing and it appears you did it well.

  12. That sounds fantastic, thanks for posting the annotated recipe! Gonna try that friday.

    To the first part, you should know better..



  13. Here is a fast meal:

    2 Packages of Knorr chicken rice
    1 Large can chicken breast
    1 or 2 Small cans of vegetables I use corn and peas.
    Butter How much is your choice.

    Follow the directions for the rice, I use 1/2 cup less water. Strain and rinse the vegetables. Break up the larger pieces of chicken, I also strain and rinse the chicken first. Put it all and the butter in a kettle. Cook as to the Knorr directions. Prep and cook time less than 15 minuetes. Will feed 2 with leftovers.

  14. I’ll have try it for the peak of musical season, when cooking pretty much for just me. Sounds tasty, and gives a good reason to use up some leftover turkey.

    Instead of 1 in squares, I’ll try 1-1.5 in strips of tortilla. This should let the steam vent, but ought to give a lasagna-like structure.

  15. My wife and I made a King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Followed a recipe from a well known TV cook. The veggies were not sauteed before they went it and they were too underdone when it reach about an hour’s cooking time; it took two hours to get them even partially cooked. We did substitute an Ancho pepper for green pepper; it is not too spicy as the Mrs has some stomach problems that spicy foods create. And we used Hatch branded tomatoes and diced chilies.