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Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

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Warm up your kitchen and soul with this Hot Chicken Salad Casserole, a rich and savory dish that transforms the classic cold salad into a hearty meal. Perfect for chilly evenings or as a comforting meal for family gatherings, this casserole combines tender marinated chicken, crunchy celery, and creamy cheese, all topped with crispy fried onions for a delightful texture contrast.

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Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

A Short History:

  • Casserole Dishes: Originating from the French word for “saucepan,” casseroles have been a staple in American kitchens for generations, known for their convenience and versatility.
  • Chicken Salad’s Evolution: While traditional chicken salad has been a picnic favorite for decades, incorporating it into a baked casserole is a relatively modern twist that adds warmth and richness.
  • Comfort Food: Over the years, this casserole has joined the ranks of beloved comfort foods, perfect for making ahead and sharing with loved ones.

Timeline:

  • Early 20th Century: Casseroles gained popularity in the United States as an efficient way to create hearty meals for the family.
  • Mid-20th Century: The concept of using chicken salad as a base for a warm casserole begins to emerge, blending the lines between summer salads and winter comfort dishes.
  • Present Day: Hot Chicken Salad Casserole is cherished in many households as a comforting and satisfying meal, especially during the colder months.

Tips for the Perfect Casserole:

  • Marinate Chicken Thoroughly: Ensure the chicken is well-coated with French dressing and marinate overnight to infuse flavors.
  • Crunchy Topping: Don’t skimp on the French fried onions; they provide a necessary crunch and flavor boost.
  • Optional Nuts: Adding almonds or pecans introduces a nutty texture and depth of flavor, enhancing the overall dish.
  • Cheese Whiz Layer: Spread the Cheese Whiz evenly for a smooth, creamy layer that complements the savory chicken and crispy topping.
  • Baking Time: Keep an eye on the casserole during the final minutes of baking to ensure the onion topping browns without burning.

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Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

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Hot Chicken Salad Casserole Recipe

Hot Chicken Salad Casserole is more than just a dish; it’s a warm hug in casserole form. Its layers of flavor, texture, and the perfect blend of ingredients make it a must-try recipe for anyone looking to serve up some comfort. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, this casserole promises to be a hit.

Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

Instructions

Day ahead
8 chicken breast - Broil, cool, remove meat, cut bite size
Wishbone Fr. dressing and garlic - Toss - marinate overnight
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. mayonnaise
Next day - add to taste in nut. Spread in baking dish
1 lb. jar cheese __ - spread on top. 350 ½ hr.
1 can fr. fry onion - Then place on top. Bake 5 minutes longer
Optional - 1 c. almond or pecan - add mayo if wanted

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Sherrie Collis

Friday 15th of November 2019

Hot Chicken Salad Casserole Serves 8; Do ahead Day ahead: 8 chicken breasts - broil, cool, remove meat, cut bite size. Wishbone French dressing with garlic - Toss, marinade overnight.

Next day - add to taste with nuts if desired and spread in baking dish: 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup mayo

Spread on top 1lb. jar Cheese Whiz Bake 350° 1/2 hour

Then place on top: 1 can French fried onions Bake 5 minutes longer

Optional - 1 cup Almonds or pecans - add with mayo if wanted Serves 8

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