Chicken Fantastic is a comforting casserole combining chicken with wild rice, French-style green beans, water chestnuts, onions, pimentos, cream of celery soup and mayonnaise. Sour cream or Greek yogurt could be substituted for the mayonnaise if you prefer. This recipe for Chicken Fantastic comes from the Poplar Grove Plantation, pictured below.

A Few Words About Poplar Grove Plantation

Poplar Grove, formerly a sweet potato and peanut plantation, was in the Foy family for six generations, from 1795 to 1971. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina it opened as a museum in 1980.

The Manor House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the Manor House is a permanent exhibit “From Civil War to Civil Rights: The African American Experience at Poplar Grove.”

If you enjoy history, you may wish to visit their website at or if you are ever near coastal North Carolina you may want to visit Poplar Grove Plantation.

The history of the Foy family is traced from ancestor Francis Foy, a native of Normandy, France who traveled to England from France to avoid persecution. Francis Foy indentured himself to gain passage to America.

Poplar Grove Plantation offers daily tours, candlelight tours during the holidays, basketweaving classes, venues for weddings and birthday parties and much more.

Chicken Fantastic Recipe

Chicken Fantastic
Serves 6
A comforting chicken and wild rice casserole with onion, pimento, green beans and water chestnuts.
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
  1. 3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  2. 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  3. 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  4. 1 tablespoon chopped pimentos
  5. 1 10-oz. package frozen French-cut green beans, thawed OR 1 15-oz. can French-style green beans, drained
  6. 1 8-oz. can chopped water chestnuts
  7. 3 cups wild rice, cooked (1 cup rice measured before cooking)
  8. 1/2 cup mayonnaise (OR sour cream OR Greek yogurt)
  9. 1 10-oz. can cream of celery soup
  10. 2 teaspoons celery seed
  1. In butter or olive oil, saute onion until transparent. Combine all ingredients and pour into a 12" x 8" x 2" greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes.
  1. Variations: Chopped nuts and/or grated cheese may be added to this dish. Quinoa may be used in place of wild rice. Other vegetables can be used instead of green beans. The original recipe specifies mayonnaise but I used Greek yogurt instead.
Adapted from Poplar Grove Plantation
Adapted from Poplar Grove Plantation

Recipe Notes

The original recipe for Chicken Fantastic listed mayonnaise as an ingredient but I substituted plain Greek yogurt in its place. I like crunchy foods so the next time I make Chicken Fantastic I plan to add some chopped nuts, perhaps sliced almonds to this dish. The water chestnuts add some nice crunch but nuts would give it even more crunch!

I love cheese so I sprinkled some grated cheese on top of this casserole when I took it out of the oven. It was a nice addition! Celery seed is a nice spice to add for more celery flavor, which I love in chicken salad. Other green vegetables could be used instead of green beans if you prefer.

In this recipe I used a wild and brown rice blend which I thought was excellent. One cup of rice, measured before cooking, makes enough rice for this casserole. Quinoa or other types of rice would be great too!

I have never visited Poplar Grove Plantation but I would like to, especially during the Christmas holidays when there are candlelight tours and other holiday events on the grounds. I have fond childhood memories of visiting the Horton Plantation in Wilmington in the spring when multitudes of azaleas and other flowers were in full bloom.

Try Poplar Grove Plantation’s Chicken Fantastic soon! It’s colors are definitely suited to this time of year with the red pimento and the green beans!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Poplar Grove Plantation’s Chicken Fantastic — 16 Comments

  1. Janet, I have made a very similar casserole and we loved it…I am saving your recipe. The plantation sounds like a great place to visit! ~Blessings

  2. Hi Shannon, Thanks for your visit and kind comments today! Hope you enjoy this chicken casserole soon! Blessings, Janet

  3. Thanks for joining Family Joy Blog linkup. Your dish looks colorful. Come back and join us again.

  4. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you?ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Sweep someone off their feet today!

  5. Hi Charlotte, Thanks for your kind comments about the Chicken Fantastic recipe! Thanks also for hosting Family Joy Blog Link Up! Blessings, Janet

  6. Hi Marilyn, Thanks for your kind comments and for hosting Over the Moon! Hope you’re having a good week! Blessings, Janet

  7. I like this kind of recipe. It sounds delish. Thank you for including a bit of history about Poplar Grove Plantation. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  8. Hi Sharon, Thanks for your nice comments – I’m glad you enjoyed the bit of history about Poplar Grove Plantation! (I’d love to go back to Wilmington to see all the plantations next spring – the flowers are incredible!) I hope you enjoy this recipe! Thank you for hosting Snickerdoodle Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  9. Hi Kristin, Thanks for your comments and visit today! Feel free to make any changes you like! Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

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