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Makeover Chicken Artichoke Bake Recipe

Our Test Kitchen made over Todd Richards' creamy casserole, slashing calories fat and sodium but keeping all the mouthwatering flavor his friends in West Allis, Wisconsin love.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sodium-free chicken bouillon granules
  • 1-1/3 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 package (6 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup seasoned stuffing cubes


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine the flour, bouillon and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • 2. Stir in the soup, yogurt and mayonnaise until blended. Stir in the chicken, artichokes, water chestnuts, rice mix with contents of seasoning packet, mushrooms, onion, celery, pimientos and pepper.
  • 3. Transfer to a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with stuffing cubes. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until edges are bubbly and rice is tender. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 431 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 1240mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein.

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HappyMamaw User ID: 6398497 170835
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"My family really liked this dish! I thought it was light, yet filling. I will definitely make it again!"

SunnieB User ID: 764318 99350
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"Since I didn't have plain yogurt on hand, I used vanilla low-fat yogurt and ruined this expensive-to-make casserole"

Niquolle User ID: 3738071 99955
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"This was an excellent dish. I used cream of potato soup (low fat) instead of celery and it added another dimension the bake. I will make this again!"

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