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Crunchy Chicken Casserole

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

Ingredients

  • 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
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
  • Sliced almonds, optional

Directions

  • 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.
  • Combine melted butter and cornflakes; sprinkle on top of casserole. Sprinkle with almonds if desired. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 386 calories, 27g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 516mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • walkerjo
    Jan 25, 2018

    Good recipe for company. Saut?ed some thinly sliced carrots with the celery and onion.

  • wild_violet1964
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jun 24, 2012

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

  • amandacammack
    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
    Jun 25, 2010

    Yummy, a keeper!!

  • lynnepayne7
    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
    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.