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Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole (VRP 003)

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Embrace the comforting warmth of Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole, a dish that combines tender chicken, zesty lemon juice, and creamy soup under a golden crust of herbed dressing. This recipe is a testament to simple ingredients’ power to create a flavorful, satisfying meal. Perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or any occasion that calls for a heartwarming dish, Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole promises to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole

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  1. Baking Dish: Choose a sturdy and appropriately sized baking dish for preparing the casserole.
  2. Cooking Pot: Use a cooking pot to cook the celery in chicken broth and to heat the soup mixture.
  3. Measuring Cups and Spoons: Ensure precise measurements of ingredients with this essential kitchen tool.
  4. Mixing Bowls: Utilize a mixing bowl to marinate the chicken in lemon juice and combine the ingredients.
  5. Basting Brush: Easily apply marinade or sauces to the chicken using a basting brush for even distribution.
  6. Oven Mitts: Protect your hands when handling hot dishes and pans from the oven.
  7. Serving Spoon: Serve the delicious casserole onto plates using a sturdy serving spoon for easy portioning

A Short History

Casserole dishes have a long-standing tradition in many cultures, known for their convenience and the ability to blend flavors during the baking process. The mid-20th century saw a rise in their popularity in the United States, as canned soups became a staple ingredient for easy, creamy casseroles. Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole, with its unique addition of lemon juice and red peppers, adds a bright, modern twist to the classic casserole formula, proving that comfort food can also be vibrant and full of flavor.


  • 1950s: The golden age of casseroles begins, with recipes featuring canned soups for added convenience and creaminess.
  • 1980s: A renewed interest in home-cooked meals leads to the innovation of traditional recipes, incorporating fresh ingredients for added depth of flavor.
  • Present Day: Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole stands as a beloved recipe, combining classic comfort with a zestful twist for modern palates.

Tips for Making Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole

  • Chicken Preparation: Mix chicken breast and thigh meat for the best flavor and texture. Cooking the chicken in broth can add extra moisture and flavor.
  • Lemon Juice Marinade: Marinating the cooked chicken in lemon juice not only tenderizes the meat but also adds a refreshing zest that balances the creamy elements of the dish.
  • Layering: Careful layering ensures each ingredient contributes to the overall taste and texture. Start with chicken, celery, herbed dressing, and the creamy soup.
  • Creamy Soup Mixture: Heating the soup with the reserved chicken broth enhances the flavors and ensures a smooth, even layer over the stuffing.
  • Final Touches: A sprinkle of cooked red peppers adds a slight sweetness and color contrast, while paprika offers a subtle warmth and vibrant hue.

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Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole Recipe

Adelaides Chicken Casserole

Adelaide's Chicken Casserole

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 - 3 pounds chicken, cooked and deboned
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • Pepperidge Farm herbed dressing
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup red peppers, cooked
  • Paprika


  1. Cook and debone chicken
  2. Place chicken in a 9" x 13" baking dish
  3. Marinate chicken in lemon juice
  4. Cook celery in chicken broth (save broth) and layer celery on chicken
  5. Add layer of stuffing
  6. Add soup to chicken broth to heat
  7. Pour over dressing
  8. Sprinkle peppers over the top
  9. Sprinkle paprika over the top
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Adelaide’s Chicken Casserole is more than just a meal; it’s a comforting embrace in the form of a delicious, easy-to-make dish. This casserole will impress if you’re looking to introduce a new favorite to your family’s dinner table or need a reliable, tasty option for your next gathering. Enjoy the blend of flavors and textures that make this recipe a beloved classic.

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