Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe (gluten free!)

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Out of ideas for chicken? Try this southwest inspired Ranch Chicken Casserole. 



Ranch Chicken Casserole

Ranch Chicken Casserole

A southwest inspired chicken casserole from The Peaceful Mom!


  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow or red onion, diced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 14.5 ounce can Mexican Style Tomatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 8 ounce can of sliced mushrooms, drained (or 1 cup sauteed fresh mushrooms)
  • 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 cups cheddar-monterey jack cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x13 glass or stoneware baking dish with preferred cooking oil or spread olive oil around the inside of the pan using a paper towel.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium high heat.
  4. Saute green pepper, onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes until onion is almost translucent.
  5. Stir in sour cream and stir until the mixture is smooth and starting to bubble.
  6. Add tomatoes, chili powder and cumin and stir to combine.
  7. Add artichokes and mushrooms and stir to combine.
  8. Fold in chicken.
  9. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
  10. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.


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  1. Mandy says

    Kimberlee- The casserole looks delicious. Please enjoy it on my behalf as no one in my picky family would eat it…boo hoo! =( I get soooo frustrated sometimes trying to feed them. Some are pickier than others but it can be a chore nagivating that mine field. I admire that your teenagers will eat things that mine won’t.

      • Mandy says

        ….and the green pepper, and the mushrooms, …… My 13- year old son actually disected a calzone once to pick out every small-diced piece of green pepper in it! I don’t know where I got them from!!! I love everything in this recipe.

        • says

          LOL Mandy… I am the adult version of your son! I grew up never eating any fruits or veggies so I often pick apart things. I’ve tried, believe me, sooooo hard to learn to enjoy fruits and veggies but I just have some things I can’t do. However I’ve come a LONG way from my childhood days and luckily I raised my kids, even though I didn’t eat them, with fruits & veggies and they LOVE them.

      • says

        For some people, green peppers do rotten things to their stomachs. I cannot handle them, either – or yellow & orange peppers – but red peppers do not bother me. Nor do jalapenos. I know, it makes no sense…

        Green peppers were my ‘avoid” food before I was diagnosed Celiac.

    • Meryl says

      I know this may sound crazy but I too am a somewhat picky eater especially when it comes to vegetables. I actually prefer many of mine raw as opposed to cooked, don’t like the flavor of cooked broccoli or cabbage for example but love both raw [mainly stems of broccoli- something about those flowerettes] same with cauliflower. Just a thought to offer to let them eat them raw- with anything on them for a start [ranch dressing]?

      Or, I will eat them lightly steamed, cooled and with a vinaigrette dressing on them. Or- try soup!!! Best of luck! You know sometimes if they are involved in the preparation they *may* be more inclined to eat them….have the super picky one prepare the food and serve the family?? If others like it, maybe he will give it a try.

    • theresa says

      I was a very picky eater. Try grating the veggies. I didn’t mind the flavors it was the texture when chewing that was the problem.

  2. says

    Sounds delish! Any idea how to crockpot it? Think I could do that? I love to put it in and take the day doing my things to have hubby come home w/a dinner all ready. I could bake it (Have a/c so I won’t die from the heat) but really love to crockpot everything!

    I would leave out the shrooms btw. LOL

  3. Angie says

    This was delicious, my family loved it.
    Mandy have you ever considered juice plus for your picky eaters? Its a great way to bridge the gap between what they do or don’t eat and what they should eat. check it out.

  4. Sandi says

    My family won’t eat many veggies at all. So when I make a dish like this, I use my nutrabullet and puree them all and add to the sauce. They love the dish and no clue they are eating all the veggies too.

  5. staci says

    I am making just like recipe except throwing in canned spinach & canned corn & black beans as well…. and just adding little more sour cream & cheese..

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