Crunchy Chicken Casserole Recipe
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Crunchy Chicken Casserole Recipe

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My 96-year-old mother wanted me to share her favorite recipe with Reminisce readers. I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts; drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
  • Sliced almonds, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 386 calories, 27g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 516mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. In a skillet, saute celery in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; add the next nine ingredients. Spoon into an ungreased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  2. Combine melted butter and cornflakes; sprinkle on top of casserole. Sprinkle with almonds if desired. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Crunchy Chicken Casserole in Reminisce July/August 1994, p53

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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MY REVIEW User ID: 2044675 245926
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"If I could give this 10 stars I would! My family and I have been loving this casserole since I found it in my mothers Reminisce magazine in 1994. The crunch of the water-chestnuts and almonds is amazing!! If I take this to pot lucks I had better have the recipe with me because I WILL be asked for a copy every time with out fail. I do use 1 cup of the mayo and some garlic salt which I put in everything any way instead of just plain salt."

jmvancamp User ID: 6985514 31451
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"I was looking for a quick dish for some left over chicken. Didn't have the water chestnuts or almonds. Not a spoonful was left! I did not have on hand the water chestnuts or almonds, but I did have Frosted Flakes. I never change recipes but this one worked. Even my husband (who hates creamy type dishes) scooped this one up. Everyone voted it was a repeat dish. Next time I will had the crunchies."

lstraube User ID: 1546677 13215
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"Sorry, none of us cared for this recipe. It maybe needed more rice, another can of cream of chicken soup, less mayonnaise? something just wasn't right."

PENZTER User ID: 1588728 42837
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2012

"This was a very bland dish! I would not recommend even to the dog. It had no flavor and I was thoroughly disappointed"

TexasCookie User ID: 4277703 37347
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"Simple and very tasty. We served it with side vegetables for a complete meal. We'll be having this again."

amandacammack User ID: 1642990 16858
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"for the cooked rice I always use a pkg of rice a roni...the long grain & wild rice flavor...SO GOOD!"

Rodnegg User ID: 3521357 16988
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2010

"Yummy, a keeper!!"

lynnepayne7 User ID: 4644344 31301
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"This is my favorite recipe for chicken casserole! I make it a little differently. I add a couple hard boiled eggs, sliced. And instead of cornflakes, I add crushed potato chips on top. It's delicious! And perfect to take to people when you need to bring someone a meal, or freeze (minus the potato chip topping) and pull out on a day when you're busy and need to heat something up. Comfort food, for sure."

avidcookGA User ID: 195648 37346
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"This is great for when you need to take a meal to a family because it is something even the kids will love."

t-macka User ID: 1174815 70468
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2010

"This a very useful recipe. I have to make meals that my Husband and sons can heat up in their warmer on the tractors and harvesters. I have added mushrooms and green peas or green beans to this so they get their vegies."

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