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Crunchy chicken casserole with creamy filling, crunchy bits and a buttery cracker topping. Your family will love this!

Crunchy chicken casserole with creamy filling, crunchy bits and a buttery cracker topping. Your family will love this!

There is just something comforting about a casserole, don’t you think?

This creamy, crunchy chicken casserole is sure to be a family favorite in your home, just like it is in ours. It’s also great for potlucks and get togethers!

To Make Crunchy Chicken Casserole You Will Need:

  • unsalted butter
  • onion
  • celery
  • all-purpose flour
  • milk
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • thyme
  • cooked chicken
  • cooked rice
  • water chestnuts
  • cashews
  • Ritz crackers (roasted vegetable)
  • poppy seeds
  • baking dish
  • mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • saucepan

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Crunchy chicken casserole with creamy filling, crunchy bits and a buttery cracker topping. Your family will love this!

How to Make the Crunchy Chicken Casserole:

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a saucepan, melt a third of a cup of butter over medium heat.

Add in the diced onion and celery. Cook for just a few minutes, until the onion and celery soften a bit.

Whisk in the flour. Let it cook for 1 minute.

Pour in the milk.

Add in the salt, pepper and thyme.

Cook this over medium heat, stirring continually until it just begins to boil and is thickened. Remove it from the heat.

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In a mixing bowl, combine the diced chicken and cooked rice, water chestnuts and cashews.

Pour in your sauce, and stir this all together.

Spread the mixture into a lightly oiled 9×13 (or similarly sized) baking dish.

Place the crushed crackers in a small bowl. Add in the melted, 3 Tablespoons of butter and the poppy seeds. Stir to combine.

Spread the cracker mixture all over the top of the casserole.

Bake it for 20-25 minutes, or until the cracker topping is golden brown.

Enjoy!

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Crunchy chicken casserole with creamy filling, crunchy bits and a buttery cracker topping. Your family will love this!

Crunchy Chicken Casserole

Constance Smith - A Good Life Farm
Crunchy Chicken Casserole is about as "comfort food" as it gets.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Casseroles
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 498 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 whole small onion, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 8 ounces canned water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c cashews, chopped
  • 36 Ritz crackers, roasted vegetable flavor, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter

Instructions
 

  • To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a saucepan, melt a third of a cup of butter over medium heat.
  • Add in the diced onion and celery. Cook for just a few minutes, until the onion and celery soften a bit.
  • Whisk in the flour. Let it cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the milk.
  • Add in the salt, pepper and thyme.
  • Cook this over medium heat, stirring continually until it just begins to boil and is thickened. Remove it from the heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the diced chicken and cooked rice, water chestnuts and cashews.
  • Pour in your sauce, and stir this all together.
  • Spread the mixture into a lightly oiled 9x13 (or similarly sized) baking dish.
  • Place the crushed crackers in a small bowl. Add in the melted, 3 Tablespoons of butter and the poppy seeds. Stir to combine.
  • Spread the cracker mixture all over the top of the casserole.
  • Bake it for 20-25 minutes, or until the cracker topping is golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cCalories: 498kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 20gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 587mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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