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Hot Chicken Casserole Recipe

Hot Chicken Casserole Recipe

A comforting hot dish with a crisp top, this hearty casserole will warm you from the inside out.—Carol Wilson, DeKalb, IL
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first eight ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • 2. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until bubbly.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casseroles up to 3 months. To use, remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Preheat oven to 350°. Cover with foil and bake 1-1/2 hours. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly and heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 804 calories, 63g fat (15g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 856mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein

Reviews for Hot Chicken Casserole

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"This was yummy! Made some changes though. Used about 1 and 1/2 cup of chicken and cut the mayo down to 1/2 cup and then added 1/2 cup of sour cream. Added about 1 tsp of onion powder and 1tsp of crushed garlic. Deffintly will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"I loved the flavor of this dish however mine came out very oily which is why i gave it 4 stars instead of 5. any ideas why? i followed the receipe to a tee"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"I am a huge fan of this recipe. I have cooked it several times and changed it slightly each time. I leave out the lemon juice because I am not a fan of lemon. I have also used Miracle Whip in place of regular mayo or Sour Cream. Both give it a slightly different taste but they are all delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"absolutely love this dish, instead of cornflakes use lays potato chips."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"Love, love, loved this recipe! substitued mushrooms for water chestnuts and french's fried onions instead of cornflakes and almonds...just because i'm picky. it was awesome!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"For those of you complaining about the nutrition value of this, no one said you had to make it. What gives you the right to comment on something that never claimed to be the greatest for you healthwise. Just because you can't eat it doesn't mean it's not good! And I agree with the others. If you have that restricted of a diet, then you should know how to slim down a recipe by now."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"I really enjoyed this recipe. I made changes to it to fit our likings. I left out the celery, rice, water chestnuts, and almonds but it still was delicious. We will definitely make this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"This is a great recipe. I have made it for years. (I'm a 60 year cook) We also called it Chicken Casserole Crunch, and it is rich. To me, too much changing changes the whole taste. Eat smaller helpings instead. like moo333. She has the right idea. Thanks for sharing your recipe. cjyaro"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"This was suchan interesting combination of flavors. I subsituted fat free sour cream in place of mayo. Also subbed the healthy request cream of chicken soup. I used half the amount of butter, and used brown rice. My version was excellent and only 350 calories!! Thanks so much for the recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"I subscribe to all TOC magazines. Just because a recipe calls for a certain ingredient doesn't mean I HAVE to put it in there. Recipes are a GREAT way to learn and get ideas as to what fits your lifestyle. I would rather have great ideas then to stare at the frig night after night saying "What's for dinner?""

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Correction: Just add Mrs. Dash and pepper to enhance the flavor without increasing the sodium content ."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I am a Registered DIetitian and to cut the fat and calories you could substitute either no fat sour cream or plain yogurt. The plain yogurt would lower the calories and fat the most. In addition, you may need to add some Chicken powder-chicken seasoning,Mrs. Dash or Salt and pepper to enhance the flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Thank you cwbuff!!! I lost 3 dress sizes in 2 years just by eating smaller portions, and not eating after 7:00 p.m. I've kept my weight off now for 1-1/2 years, and I eat whatever I want (still losing weight), which includes meals like my grandmother used to cook. I had a portion of this casserole for dinner, it filled me up, and I had enough to share with a friend and have leftovers for the next day, which I might add tasted just as good - my friend thoroughly enjoyed it too! Thank you Taste of Home for printing the "old fashioned recipes;" that's why I purchase your magazines and your cookbooks. When I find a “light” recipe, I change it to what I prefer, still eat my fruit and vegetables, but have flavorful and satisfying meals with no aftertaste."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I haven't tried it yet..but I'm wondering if the calorie and fat stats are correct. That seems like too much given the ingredients. Misprint maybe? I will still try it though. Happy Holidays!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I have had this casserole and it is delicious. Well worth eating dry toast for breakfast and yogurt at luch to splurge on this at dinner time. I would use low fat/ low sodium soup and mayo as well to cut down on the calories and salt. TOH recipes are known for being awesome and are high on flavor even if they are not as "healthy" as many would like. It is all about balance!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Very good!! And I'm with cwbuff,if you cook at all you should know how to alter a recipeif you don't then learn how but for goodness sake don't bash another's recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"For those who do not have any health restrictions on foods they eat, I would think this would be great.

However, not eveyone can eat this type of food, high calorie and high fat...so let's not get in a debate..we need to offer recipes for all folks..if this is one you or your family can't eat than let's look for other recipes..heavens knows there are enough out there.
However, I must say I was shoked to see 804 calories per serving..but I would chose not to make it as is..
So, let's just respet each other and move on.
Merry Christmas!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I've made this recipe for years, only we always called it Almond Chicken Crunch. The only difference is I use Miracle Whip for more of a zip, and I sometimes use half cream of chicken soup and half cream of celery. It always gets rave reviews, and I agree with the last reviewer...this is like any other casserole, it's not baked chicken...it's going to have some fat. If you are serious about cutting fat and calories, you should know how to do that on your own. This is a wonderful recipe, easy and fast, and I've never run across ANYONE (kids included) who didn't love it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Haha, I think I like you, cwbuff!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"OK - I've had it! Enough already! If you're such a food nazi you should know how to alter a recipe without being told! TOH has mags for people like you - "Healthy Cooking" and "Light and Tasty" - get them, read them, and leave the rest of us alone! The French are thin but they use REAL MAYO, REAL CREAM AND REAL BUTTER - how do they do it? They limit portion sizes! They don't follow complicated special diets - they eat real food (which tastes better) and they eat what they want - they just eat half of what we do. The rest of us don't need or appreciate snarky carping about other people's recipes. Just for that, I think I'll make this recipe AS IS for dinner tonight - Bon Appetit!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"Just having two stents put in, I could feel the cholesterol just reading this one! Please help get the fat down...thanks

Pat"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"adding some veggies would help too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"I'm with the majority. Too many calories, too much fat, cholesterol and sodium. This is the case in most of your recipes. Sounds like all of us have either learned to adjust your recipes or they're just not made. How many people eat like this anymore. I think you need to start printing "healthy" versions of all your recipes. Help us out here."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"Two easier lighteners: low fat/low sodium soup and light or no-fat mayonnaise. I just automatically do those with any recipe calling for condensed soup and mayonnaise."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"Years ago I made this dish (before the days of counting fat grams) and it was a success everytime I served it. I used to put it over Chinese noodles. The crunch with the celery & water chestnuts was wonderful. Maybe someone'll "de-fat" it...juliebelle6491"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"Re: Hot Chicken Casserole

soungs yummy but I have to agree with the others. Too much fat, calories and goodness that is more sodium than most consume in a day or two.
Lsmith"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"Not many of us can consume 804 calories and 63 grams of fat for one serving of pasta. Maybe this should get "lightened up" by your Healthey cooking people. I'm actually surprised to see this here!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"63 g fat in one serving??"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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