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Cheesy Hot Chicken Salad

(6 Votes)
Updated May 17, 2018
SERVES
9
COOK TIME
35 Min

Is there a rule about all salads having to have lettuce or all salads having to be served cold? Nope! Here's the proof...and you can put away all those dressing bottles because you won't need them for our Cheesy Hot Chicken Salad.

What You'll Need

  • 4 (5-ounce) cans chunk-style chicken, drained and flaked
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery (2 to 3 stalks)
  • 1 (5-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) grated Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, celery, water chestnuts, mayonnaise, onion, lemon juice, and 2 cups cheese; mix well. Place mixture in prepared baking dish. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until hot.
     
  3. Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over chicken, and top with crushed corn flakes. Bake 3 to 5 more minutes, or until cheese melts.
     

Note

Serve with crusty bread for a warm salad lunch on a chilly day.

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I have made a version of this many times, and it gets rave reviews. Mayonnaise is used in many recipes that are baked or heated. Try it. It's great recipe.

Help me out here.....I was always told to never eat mayonnaise heated. The only time I ate heated mayo was in a imatiton crab casserole....I became very ill and couldn't keep anything down, same goes for the lunch companion I had that day, (By the way, I didn't make the casserole, it was at a restruant and plenty of people were eating it,) so what is the rule of thumb here, cause I know you are to chill potatoe salad and alike after serving and not to leave it out to be come tainted from the heat,,,,so why would I want to heat mayo? I seriously want an answer,thank you.

Mayo is only oil combined with eggs and some seasonings. There is no reason not to heat it. Oil and eggs are used in numerous recipes.

I have a recipe very similar to this one. I've been making it for years and no one has ever gotten sick from eating it. It is my stand-by casserole to serve when we have company so it has been shared with many people. I'm guessing the restaurant is at fault. I got sick last month from eating tartar sauce at a seafood restaurant!

Great question! It is safe to cook with mayonnaise. We would not share this recipe with you if it wasn't. There are a number of recipes out there that call for mayonnaise as an ingredient. Have you ever heard of adding mayo to cakes; you would not believe how moist they come out! If you are not comfortable with it, than maybe try another recipe. However, we assure you, it is safe to try. Thank you!

As others have said, it's safe to cook with mayo. I use it in several casserole recipes and add a dollop to mashed potatoes. The reason behind not leaving out potato salad and over foods is because the foods will attract bacteria at room temperature and that is what makes you sick.

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