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Chicken Casserole

The original old family recipe for this chicken casserole called for the sauce to be made from scratch. Through the years, I developed this version that takes less time to prepare and still tastes great. It's an attractive main dish. —Ruth Van Dyke, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 6 pimiento-stuffed olives, sliced
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 cups cooked wide egg noodles
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute the celery, onion and green pepper in butter. Remove from the heat; stir in the chicken, mushrooms, olives, soup, milk and noodles.
  • Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients. Sprinkle around edge of casserole; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight then bake to reheat completely.
  • Give limp celery a second chance to season entrees, soups and stews. Cut the ends from the limp celery stalks and place the stalks in a glass of cold water in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. You’ll be surprised how refreshed the celery will be.
  • Put a can of cream of chicken soup to work in one of these delicious recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 416 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 775mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.

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    • modestcook
      Aug 29, 2020

      Made it as written the first time, we liked it. I decided to try this recipe stove top, turned out great. I also changed some of the ingredients the second time to suit our liking. Both original and my changes are very good. A keeper.

    • Leslie W
      Aug 23, 2020

      Great quick and easy meal. Needless to say, I tweaked it with zucchini and jalapenos but recipes are really only ideas to be played with. I would definitely use this as a base for other meals. Thank you

    • griffinsgramma
      Aug 19, 2020

      This is a good, filling, easy comfort food. The canned soup is part of the easy part. Trying not to be annoyed with those that want the original recipe and downgrade because the original sauce is not included.

    • Tarre
      Aug 19, 2020

      This sounds delicious. I always add a little, take out a little, to any recipe and make it totally mine, but this sounds great as a base. I shop at Costco and always have leftover rotisserie chicken so this is just another great addition to my leftover chicken folder. To the uppity snobs who OMG, wouldn't dare use canned soup, you need to move on to some other recipe. We don't care about your rude comments. Some of us enjoy the ease of canned soup, and any decent cook can easily throw together a sauce to use instead with no bragging or complaining ....

    • shesornery
      Aug 19, 2020

      No comment left

    • Rose Marie
      Aug 19, 2020

      This sounds wonderful and I have made this all on the stove top, in the pan. Don’t even precook the noodles. They will cook with the other ingredients. It’s delicious!

    • Susan
      Aug 19, 2020

      Thank you for making my busy life easier !!! Yumm !!!

    • Sherrie
      Aug 19, 2020

      Making this, this week! I think it looks wonderful. I agree with Donna. If you are going to completely alter the recipe, don't review the original. Post your own recipe! Thank you for the tips on how to revive limp celery. I usually just throw it out and get new. I have some sad celery now. I'm going to revive it! I also think that Cream of Chicken soup adds lovely flavor. Of course I love salt.

    • Rebecca
      Aug 19, 2020

      I love any recipe that uses canned soup!

    • Cathy
      Aug 19, 2020

      Perfect! Since I’m not a person who likes to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I use canned soup all the time and I’m alive and mostly healthy. Casseroles are lovely things and the olives in this one made a surprising difference. Thank you.