Amazingly Wonderful Almond Chicken Casserole! My grandmother made this for me, and I could not believe how wonderful it was. It is very rich and filling. It would be great for potlucks, or family reunions.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

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

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  • In a large pan over medium heat, stir together cream of chicken soup and water (or broth). Stir in chicken, chestnuts, lemon juice, and mayonnaise. Stir in celery, onion, salt, and rice. Combine well, then pour into a casserole dish.

  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Pour in crushed crackers, and stir to coat with butter. Pour crackers over the top of casserole. Then sprinkle almonds and shredded cheese over the top.

  • Bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

698 calories; 54.8 g total fat; 95 mg cholesterol; 1305 mg sodium. 27.7 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (32)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2007
This recipe was a big hit with my whole family. It is now a regular on my meal-planning calendar. One batch makes two 8x8 pans so I freeze one without the cheese crackers and almonds. I add those when I'm ready to bake it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2007
Very quick prep...and very good texture to the dish...however I would cut the mayo amount by half! The 1 cup of mayo almost overpowered the rest of the dish. Read More
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45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2007
This recipe was a big hit with my whole family. It is now a regular on my meal-planning calendar. One batch makes two 8x8 pans so I freeze one without the cheese crackers and almonds. I add those when I'm ready to bake it. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2007
This recipe was a big hit with my whole family. It is now a regular on my meal-planning calendar. One batch makes two 8x8 pans so I freeze one without the cheese crackers and almonds. I add those when I'm ready to bake it. Read More
(15)
Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2007
Very quick prep...and very good texture to the dish...however I would cut the mayo amount by half! The 1 cup of mayo almost overpowered the rest of the dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2008
My husband absolutely hates mayo so I took it out and substituted a half cup of sour cream instead. It was wonderful! Very simple dish to prepare and it went so far for my family!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2010
I gave this 3 stars although it is a VERY good dish. However I did some things different than the recipe says. First the recipe only calls for cooked chicken it does not say how to cook it so I sautéed 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts in olive oil (I never measure anything) then I used 1 can of cream of mushroom and a half can of cream of onion (Next time I will try cream of celery) 1 can of the chicken broth then I added the mayo approx. 3/4 cup a dollop the celery onion water chestnuts (cut into small pieces) then the juice from one lemon fresh squeezed into sauce mix salt and garlic powder. I boiled wide egg noodles (instead of rice) and mixed everything. (including the noodles) then I put everything in a casserole dish and cooked for 20 minutes then I topped it with the ritz cracker and butter mix I used almonds and Colby however next time I am thinking I will omit the Almonds and use a mixed shredded cheese for top. This was the BEST casserole I have ever made. My family wanted more more more. I changed it up according to everyone s reviews (especially the "only tastes like mayo" review) Thank you for the base recipe I would not have been able to do it without that. This is def a 10 star casserole after the changes!! Thank you Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2005
This was really easy and quite good. I can't give it a 5 yet but some tweaking next time and we will have a hit. I loved the almonds on top but the Colby cheese turned brick hard and all of the almonds stuck to the cheese. I think next time I will just mix it all together add a few more spices and we will have a winner. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/31/2009
I must have done something wrong because all the reviews are great but this waas terrible! Bland dry and smelly! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/23/2006
All you can taste is the mayo. Won't make again Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2005
I was afraid to try it since there weren't any reviews yet but I'm glad I did...it was tasty and pretty easy! My in laws loved it and they are pretty particular! I forgot the lemon juice and sauteed the celery and onion in butter just to soften them a bit...it was very good! I will make it again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/09/2005
I was disappointed in how this turned out. I was really excited because I had been looking for a recipe like this but this wasn't it. Too many water chestnuts and not enough taste. I don't think I'll attempt it again. Read More
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