Chinese-style ingredients like almonds, water chestnuts, mushrooms, celery and chow mein noodles combine with a creamy broth, soup and milk mixture - and chicken, of course - to form this casserole. The name comes from the fact that people who have it seem to be pleasantly surprised and wonder what is in it. This is a good recipe for potlucks, etc., as it can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen until ready to bake.

Pat
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish, combine the chicken, broth, soup, milk, almonds, mushroom pieces, water chestnuts, noodles, cheese and celery (if using). Mix well and make sure mixture is spread evenly in the dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

434.1 calories; 21.8 g protein; 28.7 g carbohydrates; 47.5 mg cholesterol; 664.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (42)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe was really good. I browned the chicken in soy sauce, garlic, and ginger before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. I would suggest putting the chinese noodles on top of the casserole instead of mixed in. They stay crunchy that way. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2004
bland and boring. Read More
(10)
58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe was really good. I browned the chicken in soy sauce, garlic, and ginger before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. I would suggest putting the chinese noodles on top of the casserole instead of mixed in. They stay crunchy that way. Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I added a can of a mixture of baby corn, bean sprouts and bamboo shoots and since I couldn't find plain sliced almonds, I used the kind that were garlic ceasar flavored and we LOVED IT!!! I will be making this again. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2003
My husband really liked this casserole. I thought it was just "ok". I did doctor up the recipe because I like more vegetables in my casseroles. I added green pepper onion mushrooms garlic ginger. I also sauteed the chicken in soy sauce. I try to watch calories and adding chow mein noodles adds a lot of fat. They just turned soggy anyway so those extra calories weren't worth it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
a big hit at the potluck, had requests for the recipe. it seemed a little dry, so added additional can of mushroom soup & 1/2 can milk. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2005
I made a good many changes to this recipe. First I substituted cream of celery soup for the cream of mushroom soup. I did use the optional chopped celery. I also added a 1/4 cup of soy sauce and some garlic powder. Since I like things crunchy I used an additional can of the crunchy chow mein noodles on the top of the casserole during the last fifteen minutes of baking. Overall I enjoyed this recipe. My husband liked it too. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2004
bland and boring. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2009
This is very similar to a recipe my Grandma used to sometimes make when it was her turn to host her weekly Bridge Club when I was a child. I loved that dish and am glad to find it on here. I've noticed a couple of people remarking about the noodles not being crunchy if you mix them into the casserole but really they're not supposed to be crunchy because they're substituting for egg noodles. The noodles absorb the liquid and give the dish body. Delicious recipe; it really takes me back. Thanks for posting this Pat! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This was a very easy recipe when short on time. I thought it was very good just a tad bland. Needs some kick. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2004
I followed this recipe exactly and I was very disappointed. It seemed like a random combination of ingredients and the result was very bland. I added some curry to try to spruce it up but we ended up ordering pizza after eating a few bites. Read More
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