Unforgettable Chicken Casserole

Unforgettable Chicken Casserole is truly a delightful dish for people who like crunchy foods. Featuring chicken, chopped celery, chopped water chestnuts and slivered or sliced almonds and topped with French fried onion rings, Unforgettable Chicken Casserole provides maximum crunchiness! The main ingredients are bound together with a mixture of sour cream, mayonnaise and cream of chicken soup.

Reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup and light versions of sour cream and mayonnaise may be used in this recipe without affecting the quality of this dish. If you don’t have time to cook some chicken, pick up a rotisserie chicken from your grocer to use in this casserole.

I’ve had this recipe for some time, in fact, it was featured in the December 2004 issue of Southern Living contributed by Kay Regnier of Winterville, North Carolina. Thanks, Kay, this one’s definitely a “keeper!”

The Methodology

Preheat the oven to 350°F. and grease or spray an 11-inch X 7-inch baking dish. Place the chicken, celery, Cheddar cheese, almonds and water chestnuts in a large bowl. Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise and cream of chicken soup in a smaller bowl and mix together well. 

Add the sour cream mixture to the chicken mixture and mix until well combined. Spoon into a baking dish.

Bake at 350°F. for 40 minutes. Sprinkle onion rings over the top of the casserole evenly. Return Unforgettable Chicken Casserole to the oven for 5 more minutes or until bubbly around the edges. Let casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving.

The Recipe

Unforgettable Chicken Casserole
Serves 6
A delicious chicken casserole with crunchy ingredients such as celery, almonds, and water chestnuts, topped off with French fried onion rings.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Chicken, chopped (Can use rotisserie chicken)
  2. 2 cups Celery, finely chopped
  3. 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  4. 1/2 cup Almonds, slivered or sliced
  5. 1 (4-oz.) can Water Chestnuts, drained and chopped
  6. 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  7. 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  8. 1 (10 3/4-oz.) can Cream of Chicken Soup
  9. 1 1/2 cups French Fried Onion Rings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or spray with cooking spray an 11-inch X 7-inch baking pan.
  2. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise and cream of chicken soup together in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chicken, celery, Cheddar cheese, almonds and water chestnuts.
  4. Add sour cream mixture to the chicken mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Spoon mixture into the baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle French fried onion rings evenly over the top of the casserole and bake for 5 more minutes, until bubbly around the edges.
  7. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Low sodium cream of chicken soup, light sour cream and light mayonnaise may be used without affecting the quality of this dish.
Adapted from Southern Living
Adapted from Southern Living
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Parting Comments

Casseroles are a staple at family gatherings, church socials and pot-luck suppers as well as appearing on our everyday menus frequently. To my way of thinking, casseroles fall into the “comfort food” category as they usually are just simple fare – a source of protein, some vegetables, often some cheese, perhaps something crunchy like nuts and a binder in some form of liquid or other substance to hold everything together.

Unforgettable Chicken Casserole is great reheated the next day so don’t be afraid the recipe is too large for 2 people. This casserole is so delightful that you won’t have to worry about leftovers!  Bake an Unforgettable Chicken Casserole soon and please those at your table with a distinctive treat!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Comments

Unforgettable Chicken Casserole – A Crunchy Delight — 50 Comments

  1. Yummy, I love the fried onion rings suggestion to put on top. Looks easy to make and I’m going to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. Hi Minh, Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by! I hope you like the Unforgettable Chicken Casserole – it’s delish! Blessings, Janet

  3. sounds so yummy love the bit of crunch in a casserole and a great way to use up chicken as well
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  4. Hi Angie, Thanks for your kind comments about Unforgettable Chicken Casserole – hope you get to try it soon! Blessings, Janet

  5. Hi Helen, Thanks for stopping by and for hosting “What’s For Dinner” Link Party! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  6. Yum! This looks like a fabulous casserole, I will have to give it a try. thank you for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up. Pinned ?

  7. This really looks yummy. I will have to add it to my family menu. You should link up at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Check it out http://thinking-outside-the-pot.com/?p=2343

  8. Hi Charlene, I just did link up to the Family Joy Blog Link Up Party. Thanks for inviting me! Thanks for your comments also. Blessings, Janet

  9. This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it, I think my boys will gobble it up! Thanks for linking up to Family Joy Link Up!

  10. Sounds great! Perfect one-dish-meal that the whole family would love! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

  11. This would be a great dish to take to someone recovering from surgery, a new mom, or just because. Love the recipe. Thanks for sharing your work on my party today.

  12. Hi Michelle, It is a great comfort-food type of casserole! Most people like it too. Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  13. I love the ingredients you’ve put in this recipe! It sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  14. This looks amazing! I love casseroles. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

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  16. Hi Lisa, Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Thanks for hosting Share the Wealth Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  17. Hi Kelly, Thanks for your comments and for hosting Social Butterfly Sunday! See you Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  18. I was happy to learn that the Unforgettable Chicken Casserole was the recipe with the most clicks this week! Thank you, Janet

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  21. Happy to learn that Unforgettable Chicken Casserole had the most clicks! Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

  22. Hi Helen, I was happy to learn that Unforgettable Chicken Casserole received the most clicks on “What’s for Dinner.” Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

  23. Oh my! This does sound delectable. I have made a similar dish, but without the added crunchiness. No doubt, I would love those additions to a fantastic dish. So happy you shared with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come back soon.

  24. Thank you for your kind comments and for stopping by! I plan to make Week-end Potluck a regular stop for me each week! Blessings, Janet

  25. As I pulled this recipe up on Throwback Thursday, I had a feeling it was one of yours! Everyone needs a good chicken casserole and this one is so homey and comforting!

    Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

  26. Hi Mollie, Even finicky eaters seem to like Unforgettable Chicken Casserole! Thanks for your kind comments & for stopping by! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  27. What a delicious Chicken Casserole, thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  28. Hi Miz Helen, I hope you’re having a good week! Thanks for hosting Full Plate Thursday! Blessings, Janet

  29. Hi Carol, Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the Unforgettable Chicken Casserole! Blessings, Janet

  30. Congrats! This lovely dish received most clicks at last week’s Weekend Potluck party and is being featured this week. Thanks a million for sharing. Have a great weekend and please come again soon. http://www.thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2016/04/killer-7-up-biscuits-weekend-potluck-217.html

  31. Thank you – I’m honored! Hope you have a great week-end, too and I’ll see you soon at the Week-end Potluck Party! Blessings, Janet

  32. Hi Janet! So excited to share with you that your casserole is bing featured on You Link it, We Make It tomorrow morning! I see we aren’t the only ones who loved it! Congratulations and we hope to see you again. http://knockitoffkim.com

  33. Hi Kim, Thanks so much for featuring the Unforgettable Chicken Casserole! I really appreciate it and will see you this week. Thanks for hosting You Link It, We Make It. Blessings, Janet

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  35. Thanks for featuring Unforgettable Chicken Casserole on Funtastic Friday! Thanks for hosting also! Blessings, Janet

  36. This was tasty but just ok. Next time I’ll increase the amount of sour cream, soup, and mayo (I’ll use the ‘lite’ version of them). I’ll add in a bag of frozen mixed vegetables – in order to make this more of a ‘one pot meal’. Also (in my opinion) this needed some diced onion, a clove of minced garlic, and some freshly minced flat leaf parsley.

  37. Hi Angelina, Thanks for your comments. Sorry the recipe was disappointing for you but perhaps with the additions you mentioned it will be more to your liking. Blessings, Janet

  38. Thank you for sharing on Share the Love blog party! Hope to see you this week. http://homecookingrecipebox.blogspot.com/

  39. Hi Linda, I linked up a few recipes yesterday. Thanks for hosting the Share the Love blog party! Blessings, Janet

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