Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Soup. This EASY creamy soup tastes just like the beloved King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Loaded with cheese, juicy chunks of chicken, and tons of flavor! Simply load up the slow cooker and let this soup simmer during the day. Everyone will be waiting with bowls in hand to enjoy this one!!
King Ranch Casserole is a pretty popular Texas recipe. Made with layering of chicken, cheese, tortillas. Allow me to introduce you to an easy, slow cooker soup version! Creamy, dreamy, cheesy, flavorful. This soup is thick and perfect for dipping chips in.
Ingredients for this King Ranch Chicken Soup:
- Butter & flour: to help make this soup extra creamy we’re starting with a roux base.
- Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Cumin, Black Pepper & Salt: for a classic Texan taste make sure you are using Gebhardts Chili Powder.
- Chicken: grab boneless, skinless chicken breasts for easier cooking.
- Chicken Broth: always use a low or no sodium broth if possible. This helps you to control the flavoring of the soup.
- Canned diced tomatoes and green chiles: if you can’t find this particular ingredient you can sub with a can of diced tomatoes, and a can of diced green chiles.
- Jalapeno: a diced jalapeno adds the perfect amount of heat to the dish. If you are concerned about heat you can of course leave this ingredient out.
- Cheese: stir some into the soup for a creamy, cheesy soup and top the soup with the extra for a fun topping!
- Chips for dipping: optional
How to make Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Soup:
- Prepare the roux by melting the butter and stirring in the flour. Allow this to cook for a few minutes and then pour in the chicken broth. Bring this mixture to a simmer to allow it to become nice and thick. This is what makes the soup extra creamy. Stir in the seasonings.
- Add the chicken, diced tomatoes & green chiles, and jalapeno to the slow cooker. Carefully pour the seasoned broth mixture over the top.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.
- Remove the chicken, shred and then return to the soup.
- Stir in the cheese and allow to cook for an additional 15 minutes to allow it to melt.
- Serve warm with extra cheese, toppings and tortilla chips.
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(Slow Cooker) King Ranch Chicken Soup
- 8 tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 4 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsbp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1½ lb chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 1 (10 ounce can) diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 medium jalapeno, minced (seeds and membranes removed)
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, Mexican blend or Colby Jack
- Tortilla chips for serving
- chopped fresh cilantro for serving
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and saute until it's fragrant and light golden brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and whisk continuously for 1 minute.
- Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, increase the heat to a simmer and whisk continuously for several minutes, until the sauce is smooth and thickened.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Add black pepper to taste and set the sauce aside.
- Place the chicken breasts in a large slow cooker. Top them with the diced tomatoes with green chiles and jalapeño and pour the sauce over the top. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through but not overcooked.
- Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, stir the cheese into the slow cooker and cover the slow cooker for the time being.
- Pull the chicken into large chunks and stir it back into the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and all of the ingredients are heated through. Stir well.
- To serve, crush the tortilla chips into a bowl and ladle the soup over the top, garnishing with extra cheese and the cilantro, if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
Recipe was first published October 21, 2016. Updated September 25, 2020 with new information and video.