Ranchero Mexi-Chicken Crostada

Phew, one trip down, one to go. NY here I come again! Yikes, this time I’ll be flying solo, I have to admit I am a little nervous. Wish I was more independent, guess I’ll be learning how on this trip!

Before I head off to finish up my last minute packing, thought I’d share this great Mexi dish I made for dinner tonight. One word of advice, double check that you are getting the MILD Rotel tomatoes for this recipe, the original is really spicy and I even like spicy. Break out the Pillsbury pie crust again, it is flaky and ready to roll out.

No sweating in the kitchen for this one, you’ll have it in the oven in about 5 minutes if you use the canned Costco chicken like I did. I don’t use it that often, but when you don’t feel like cooking dinner, it’s a great lifesaver!

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Ranchero Mexi-Chicken Crostada

1 roll Pillsbury Pie crust, thawed

1 can chunk chicken (from Costco), or about 1 ½ Cups cooked shredded chicken

1 drained can Mild Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies

½ Cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves

1 Teaspoon Ranch dressing seasoning, from packet that makes the dip

1 teaspoon cumin

Pinch of salt and pepper

½ Cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon Lawry’s garlic salt with parsley


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Unroll pie crust and place onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.

2. Place chicken, tomatoes, cilantro, ranch seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper into a large bowl. With a fork, stir and cut up chicken pieces until well combined. Pour chicken mixture into the center of pie crust and top with cheddar cheese, leaving about 1 ½ inch border around edges. Fold crust up over chicken forming little pleats every 2 inches or so pressing gently. Brush edges with olive oil and sprinkle crust with garlic salt.

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown on edges. Let cool for 5 minutes then cut into wedges to serve.

4 Servings

Have A Great Week! See you all Sunday Night!

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60 Responses
  1. Lori Lynn

    Hi Jenny – I am a fan of Pillsbury Pie Crust too, given my limited baking skills, I use them to make quiche and am pleased with the results.

    Great idea, your crostada!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! See you soon!

    Lori Lynn

  2. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth

    This is the answer for what I have been craving! I have been trying to think of a new mexi dish to break up the monotony of taco tuesday and this is it! My hubby will be so excited! Thanks!

  3. Amber

    Have a great trip! I have always wanted to go to NY, maybe some day I will get there! Nothing wrong with a little help from chicken in a can and Pillsbury! It looks great!

  4. 1215656559s20768

    Looks delicious, Jenny, and very easy. You’ll be a pro at finding your way around New York by the time you get home.-Lorie

  5. Lisa

    What a great meal! Good luck on your trip! Can’t wait to hear about it. I was in NYC today to be in the audience of the Martha Stewart show.

  6. carol

    Oh WOW-I love how easy this is! I’ll be making this one for sure!
    Have a great trip to NY….again….safe travel to you Jenny! Can’t wait to hear what you’re up to!!!!! 🙂

  7. Clumbsy Cookie

    Have fun AGAIN in NY! You lucky girl! I’m sure you’ll do fine on your own. As you did with this crostata. So easy, fast and great looking!
    Please do share more about NY!

  8. Sara

    Looks yummy, and so easy! Love it! Have a safe flight, and a great trip! What are you up to? Can’t wait to hear. I’m sure its something amazing!

  9. Dawn

    Don’t you love those premade pie crusts? I just made a quiche with it, so easy.
    Back to nyc again? This time you have to go to Levain. Trust me you will be inspired to make their cookies.
    have fun, be safe

  10. Deborah

    Have fun in NY, again! I’ve traveled solo a few times, and although it’s a bit nerve wracking, I’m sure you’ll do just great!

    Great dinner idea!

  11. Grace

    i tend to prefer my pastry for dessert, but this would be a welcome change! this is a very inventive and delicious-looking creation–nicely done, jenny!

  12. Live.Love.Eat

    Oh wow. Another one to add to my increasingly long sidebar list of morsels to make. I will actually use Original Rotel because we definitely like it spicy and I always use it in my artichoke dip. This really looks to die for.

  13. Stephanie

    That is a great recipe. Super easy, but looks complicated! I love it. I am definitely making this. Have a great trip!!

  14. hot garlic

    I can’t believe you cooked dinner in your flash home! Haven’t you ever heard of a pizza / hambuger / taco night?!

    This sounds really good and easy. I love anything sweet or savory made with pastry.

    Good luck, have a great trip!

  15. Feed the moose

    Even though it’s 7:30 in the morning, I’m still salivating looking at this dish! I can’t wait to try it and I’ll let you know when I do!

  16. Project Couture Vintage

    My mouth is watering! However you found time to post this is beyond me! Have a safe flight…you should’ve borrowed my handheld games for your flights! Call me!

  17. Stephanie

    Ooh, that looks so good! What a great dinner idea. Have fun in NY! I’ve always enjoyed flying by myself, it’s pretty fun; I’m sure you’ll be fine!

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