Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

13 Sep

This weekend was an emotional one for me. This Saturday was the big in-state rivalry game, University of Iowa vs. Iowa State University. If you don’t already know, I am a huge Iowa fan. Claire and I dress up in our Hawkeye attire, complete with face tattoos for every game, all season long. The Iowa Hawkeyes win this game most of the time. If you didn’t see this game, you missed a great one, it was intense! It was a total nail biter from start to finish. To make a long story short, and to not bore you with the depressing details, the Hawkeyes lost in triple overtime. Heartbreaking isn’t it? I spent the rest of Saturday shoving my face with peanut butter bars and wallowing. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not. Yes, I know, I’m a huge baby and I let a football game ruin my entire day, but what can I say, I love my Hawkeyes.

When I’m upset I clean, organize, and make a big pot of comfort food. (Sometimes I swear Mr. H makes me upset just so I do those things!) So my house was sparkly clean, tidy and organized and I turned to comfort food. My number one go-to-comfort-food is my Grandma Pat’s Old Fashioned Potato Soup (don’t worry that’s coming soon!) but high on my list of top ten is also Hot Chicken Salad Casserole. The recipe itself comes from my Great Grandma Aubrey, but over the years I have doctored it up to my liking. The picture isn’t anything to write home about but most comfort food isn’t! I urge you, do not judge a book by it’s cover. You will miss out on one of the best, yummiest, most satisfying comfort dishes, ever! I might go as far as to say it’s like this dish reaches out and gives you a big warm hug, it really is, that good! It’s savory, warm, rustic, salty, and crunchy, with a beautifully complex combination of textures and flavors. Another great thing about this recipe is you can buy a rotisserie chicken from the store to speed up the process, and when Thanksgiving rolls around it is a perfect and creative use of leftover turkey!

What sets this casserole apart from every other ho-hum casserole? It’s topped with crisp, crunchy, salty potato chips! 

Hot Chicken (or Turkey) Salad Casserole

Ingredients

4 cups cut up chicken or turkey

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can chicken broth

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup diced celery

1 green pepper, finely diced

4 cups cooked rice

1/2 onion finely chopped

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 cans sliced water chestnuts

1 can corn

4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

Lays Original Potato Chips

Directions

Mix all ingredients except meat, then add meat. Put in a greased 9 x 13 casserole pan. Top with crushed potato chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until hot and bubbly!

***Please Note:*** When I make this recipe I mix everything as directed, then split the mixture between two Glad 9×9 Freezer safe/oven safe plastic tupperware pans. I top one of the pans with potato chips and throw it in the oven for that nights supper. I put the lid on the other pan (without adding potato chips) and throw it in the freezer for a WONDERFUL quick and easy comfort meal another time.

Also, when reheating leftovers, I always use the oven so the potato chips re-crisp. I usually add extra crushed potato chips before reheating too, just for good measure! 😉

What are some of your favorite comfort foods? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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