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Unforgettable Chicken Casserole

(49 Votes)
SERVES
8
COOK TIME
35 Min

Simple and satisfying, our Unforgettable Chicken Casserole has that cozy-comfort taste and texture that will make for a memorable meal. Using readily available ingredients, in just 30 minutes oven time, it's unbeatable.

What You'll Need:
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (4-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 (6-ounce) can French-fried onion rings
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a large bowl, stir together chicken, celery, cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, water chestnuts, soup, and almonds. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
     
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Sprinkle onion rings evenly over top and bake 5 more minutes, or until bubbly around edges. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

 

Notes:

We're thinking that a side of deliciously flavored broccoli would be a great accompaniment for this casserole.

 

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This is the recipe my mom used to make 40 years ago, thanks for sharing. Deliciously rich and crunchy.

Can you use plain yogurt instead of the sour cream?

Hello- You can certainty substitute plain yogurt for sour cream. We hope you enjoy!

I will definitely try this after we finish off Easter dinner leftovers (= I usually have almonds the freezer--buy a bunch when Bulk Barn has a sale. Also I tend to agree with Suzqdogluvr from 2013...I want to read reviews from people who actually made the recipe, with or without tweaking. Don't we all tweak a recipe?? I'm keen on reducing my canned soup stockpile so the ingredient list is built to order, other than the canned onion rings. Yukky. Thank you Mr. Food!

My family and I LOVE this casserole. It's fast, easy, and tastes wonderful. My whole family gets together once a year and cans chicken (don't laugh, I thought it would be nasty too before I tried it) and it's SO great to pop a jar and throw it in. Also a left over rotisserie chicken is great to use.

We love this casserole and I make it about once a month !!

Can you make this without mayo. I hate mayo?

Yes, you can make this without the mayo. You can just add another cup of sour cream, or just omit the mayo altogether and it will be fine. :) Enjoy!

added 2 cups of Oreintal frozen veggies & 1/2 cup half & half to casserole and baked as directed. it was very good! thanks!!

I made this last night and it was so delicious. My guys really liked it. The only thing I would change next time I make it is to leave out the slivered almonds. We all agreed we didn't care for them. This will definitely be a favorit.

This is definitely a KEEPER!!! YUM-YUM

Moosie2-Made this with half and half to replace the cream soup. Turned out very well, not too juicy. Very tasty!

this is absolutely delicious--added an extra 1/2 cup of the cheddar. A "keeper."

Made this with leftover rotisserie chicken and a few improvised ingredients. Turned out very well both my wife and 12 year old nephew enjoyed this dish. Next time I will try a few more veggies with the chicken.

beachsquirrel: I would like to know how this came out for you using the half and half. I am lactose intolerant so cannot use the cream soups but I can get lactose-free half and half now and just wondered if the casserole would be too juicy using that instead of the cream soup. Did you add something like corn starch or tapioca to thicken it? Thanks for replying if you can.

This sounded pretty tasty at first glance-until I got to the cream of nasty soup. I will substitute an equal amount of half and half or milk. Then it should be good to go!

Very easy & tasty. I used cream/mushroom soup with roasted garlic(no chicken soup on hand. Also added some diced onion. Since there are no seasonings(other than salt in the onion rings, I add (garlic) pepper, a whisper/sprinkle of garlic powder and some dashes of Cavender's Salt-Free Greek Seasoning. Absolutely perfect and ooohhhh sooo good!

I have almost this same recipe - it's called Almond Chicken Casserole. But it doesn't have any cheddar cheese. We just had it tonight for dinner, and love it. Usually when I make it, I put it in 2 -- 8 inch square pans and freeze one for another dinner, since it's just hubby & me.

I followed the recipe and my daughter and I loved it

I like Mr. Food receipes, use common ingredients I already have on hand

what is taking away from this recipe is the sour cream. I use a cup of mayo and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup in mine. flavor full. sour cream can cut down the flavor in baking be careful.

I agree about the sour cream... I use the 1 cream of chicken soup and add a can of cream of mushroom or celery (if I don't have any celery on hand).

wow, super tasty, creamy and easy dish to impress company!!

I saw this around lunch time and knew I had most of the ingredients so decided to give it a try. I don't like celery so I used celery seeds and I didn't have almonds. (Who keeps them hanging around their kitchen?) I did add some of the onions to the chicken mixture for more flavor and it turned out delicious! This is a perfect recipe to resize for more or less servings.

I saut the celery 2 or 3 minutes, to make them more tender.

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I would possibly robust it up by adding some country style hashbrown and a veggie to the mix also, maybe broccoli for color.

When I got ready to put the onions on they tasted old so I omitted them -- Must have made a lot of difference cause my husband had about 2 bites and that was it ! not enough flavor.

I made this last night for our Bible Study Group, and 5 people asked me for the recipe. It is delicious. I didn't have any almonds, and I AM in Texas, so I had some leftover toasted pecans and used those instead. I really think it added to the flavor level. Will definitely be making this again.

Please don't comment about how good it sounds. I want to read comments from people that have actually made it according to the directions in the recipe.

This sounds great. Will try for sure!!!

Yummy!! Both my husband and I loved it! Only change was that I added one chopped onion to it!

This was sooooo good , left out the water chestnuts and almonds(don't like them.)

Oh, I also made it with thawed frozen hash brown potatoes on the bottom. I put them in the pan first and added the chicken mixture on top. I probably added an extra 15 min. of bake time.

I LOVED this recipe! I left out the almonds to suit my boyfriends tastes and he still hated it. It nearly caused a fight because I can't understand how he would not like something so creamy and comforting. I ate it for 3 days straight and loved every serving of it. It was really good reheated. I used "Fresh Gourmet" brand garlic pepper flavored onion rings. You have to try them. I would totally recommend keeping the water chestnuts in the recipe, they add a great crunch. I'll still make this just for me, but freeze half of it into individual portions. My boyfriend can eat hotdogs those nights!

This is so good. My family asks for it all the time! Thanks Mr. Food!

sounds yummy to me...how about putting this into a pie shell and bake it that way?

Sounds easy and inexpensive. I like it.

I agree on the e-mail to friends! Please add it. I don't do facebook or tweets, and my friends love it when I think one of your recipes is worth a try - like this one!

Just click on the "Share" button. A menu will drop down which gives you an email option.

I replaced the water chestnuts with sliced carrots, and topped it with cheese and onions on top :))

I didnt like the mayo in it..Might try it again without it. sounded better than it tasted.

This is my new favorite recipe!! It is delicious and easy! Have passed along to friends and they loved it too!!

I do wish you had a send to friend e-mail along with twitter and facebook!! I like to send recipes but not"share" on fb! Thanks I love your site!

Have noit been able to watch videos for recipes as offered on this site. Quite disappointing... Ms. Lizz

My husband, who usually criticizes my cooking, said this recipe is a keeper! It was easy to make and tastes great! Good for a potluck too!

Would it make a big difference if I leave the chestnuts out of this dish?

The water chestnuts don't add flavor but texture...you know, that crunch.

You can just add more celery instead. Water chestnuts don't have much flavor, but the dish needs the crunch of one or the other.

it looks like a delicous dinner i am looking forward to trying it love Mr. Food

can't wait to try it!!!

This was great -- but next time I will leave out the almonds; really didn't like them much.

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