Classic Crunchy Chicken Recipe

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"I keep 2-cup portions of cooked wild rice in the freezer so I always have the ingredients for this casserole on hand for 'emergency' dinners," relates Barbara Wagener of Waconia, Minnesota. "It gets its crunch from water chestnuts, almonds and a sprinkling french-fried onions," she adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup french-fried onions, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 276 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 615mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; mix well. Pour into a greased shallow 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; top with onions. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: 2 cups cubed cooked chicken may be substituted for canned chicken.
Originally published as Classic Crunchy Chicken in Quick Cooking March/April 2001, p59

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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