A warm, flavor-filled dish that can be prepared far in advance. A good pick for large groups, or small dish that's not too heavy of a dinner. It can also be varied in several ways. This dish does not need to be cooked and can be served cold.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Topping:

Directions

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

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  • Combine chicken, mayonnaise, celery, water chestnuts, almonds, pimento peppers, dried onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with Cheddar cheese and French fried onions.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

481 calories; 40.4 g total fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 685 mg sodium. 14.3 g carbohydrates; 15.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2016
9.29.16 It's so nice to have a tasty new casserole recipe that doesn't have a can of soup among its ingredients. I may have had a can of large water chestnuts so I did halve the slices. I had just enough Mexican 4-Cheese Blend on hand so I made a substitution there otherwise followed the recipe. The casserole has a nice "crunch" from the water chestnuts and celery and that cheese and little bit of French fried onions was just the perfect topping. I will try cutting back the mayonnaise a bit next time in an effort to reduce calories and fat (this is an indulgence for the way I eat) because I'm not convinced that you really need a full cup of mayo. The one comment I would make relates to the number of servings. I don't think we're really big-portion eaters but this is six servings for us not eight...but that's just a personal comment. We enjoyed this and it definitely will be made again (probably with leftover turkey from the not-to-distance Holidays). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2017
Could be very good but too much mayonnaise - I would half the mayonnaise at the very least. It's delicious but I could be sick off of mayonnaise alone. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2016
9.29.16 It's so nice to have a tasty new casserole recipe that doesn't have a can of soup among its ingredients. I may have had a can of large water chestnuts so I did halve the slices. I had just enough Mexican 4-Cheese Blend on hand so I made a substitution there otherwise followed the recipe. The casserole has a nice "crunch" from the water chestnuts and celery and that cheese and little bit of French fried onions was just the perfect topping. I will try cutting back the mayonnaise a bit next time in an effort to reduce calories and fat (this is an indulgence for the way I eat) because I'm not convinced that you really need a full cup of mayo. The one comment I would make relates to the number of servings. I don't think we're really big-portion eaters but this is six servings for us not eight...but that's just a personal comment. We enjoyed this and it definitely will be made again (probably with leftover turkey from the not-to-distance Holidays). Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2016
9.29.16 It's so nice to have a tasty new casserole recipe that doesn't have a can of soup among its ingredients. I may have had a can of large water chestnuts so I did halve the slices. I had just enough Mexican 4-Cheese Blend on hand so I made a substitution there otherwise followed the recipe. The casserole has a nice "crunch" from the water chestnuts and celery and that cheese and little bit of French fried onions was just the perfect topping. I will try cutting back the mayonnaise a bit next time in an effort to reduce calories and fat (this is an indulgence for the way I eat) because I'm not convinced that you really need a full cup of mayo. The one comment I would make relates to the number of servings. I don't think we're really big-portion eaters but this is six servings for us not eight...but that's just a personal comment. We enjoyed this and it definitely will be made again (probably with leftover turkey from the not-to-distance Holidays). Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2018
This is a tasty dish but I do have some issues with the directions. The fried onions cannot hold up to 30 minutes baking. I should have known better and just added them the last 5 minutes. I had to pick burnt onions off the top of my dish. I agree with other reviewers that one cup mayo is too much. I halved it. I also added garlic powder basil and smoked paprika. I sprayed my casserole dish with Pam. I liked the crunch that the almonds and chestnuts gave the dish. I will make it again with a few adjustments. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2019
Came out fantastic every time; great base for other casseroles as well. may use 4 cans of solid albacore tuna (water drained) instead of cooked chopped chicken since I always have tuna cans handy. use 1/2c miracle whip instead of 1c mayo (less fat while keeping the great flavor) use chopped walnuts instead of almonds may use 1 red bell pepper instead of pimento pepper add French fried onions during the last 10 min of cooking to avoid overcooking Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2017
Delicious! So easy to make and we all loved the 'crunchiness'. The only change I made was to use a little less mayo maybe about 3/4 of a cup (I used half light and half regular). Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2018
So quick and easy to prepare! It looks pretty unappealing going into the oven but quickly fills the kitchen with delicious smells and in the end it was a hit! I only made a few changes to suit our tastes. First I probably had closer to 2 1/2 cups of chicken because I used both greats off of a salt-free rotisserie chicken. I added 2 minced garlic cloves bumped the black pepper to 1/2 tspn used light mayo and knocked the salt back a bit. I also forgot the almonds (realized they were still sitting on the counter after the casserole had been baking for 10 minutes) but will try them in next time. Mixed everything well in a large bowl before spreading into the baking dish. Baked for 35 minutes and served alongside steamed broccoli and brown rice. It was super tasty husband loved it and requested it again soon and I especially liked the crunch the celery and water chestnuts gave. Even with the extra chicken this was closer to 5-6 servings for us. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2017
Could be very good but too much mayonnaise - I would half the mayonnaise at the very least. It's delicious but I could be sick off of mayonnaise alone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2017
I am so glad I followed my hunch and tried this recipe. The only changes I made: Did not use the almonds added one garlic clove and used half a cup of light mayo (which seemed like plenty.) It was delicious! Served on top of warm Naan bread. And no it doesn't make very much....but then again my husband and I eat a lot. A winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2018
love it all good Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2018
I pan fried the celery with real onions before I added to chicken mayo mix. Also added a tap of chili paste as I don t like pimentos. Served with mashed cauliflower. Good! Family likes it and I will repeat it! Read More
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