King Ranch Mac & Cheese
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Living in central/South Texas, everyone knows the King Ranch...and everyone knows and loves King Ranch Chicken. And because of my obsession with KRC and homemade macaroni and cheese, I developed this ridiculous recipe. And I say “ridiculous” because that’s how you feel when you eat in, “this is so ridiculously good, I can’t stand it. I need more now.” I hope you have the same ridiculous experience that I do when eating this dish!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 12 - oz. elbow pasta noodles
  • 3 - cup(s) shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 - 10 oz diced tom & green chile
  • 2 - cup(s) sour cream
  • 2 - Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 - tsp chili powder
  • 2 - cup(s) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - 9x13 disposable foil tray(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Cook the pasta, as directed, to al dente. Drain well and add to 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Open the diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the diced tomatoes and green chilies (with the juices), sour cream, ground cumin, chili powder and a pinch of salt. Stir until smooth, then stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and shredded chicken.
  5. Gently toss the creamy chicken sauce with the pasta in the baking dish. Then bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until warmed through.
  6. Prepare veggies.
  7. Serve King Ranch Mac & Cheese with veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Open 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 2 cans of diced tomatoes and green chilies (with the juices), 4 cups sour cream, 4 Tbsp ground cumin, 4 tsp chili powder, 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, and a pinch of salt. Stir in 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and 3 cups shredded chicken.

To each disposable tray, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the elbow pasta
  • Half of the creamy chicken mixture, toss gently together

Cover with foil or lid, add label and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put tray in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm shallow dish of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the oven and baking as directed.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free if you use small shell gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

King Ranch Mac & Cheese

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw completely and bake at 350 F for 20 to 30 minutes.
Serve with veggies.

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