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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


  • 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


  • 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.

    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.