Mamaw’s Chicken Casserole

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Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing. You’ll love this recipe from Mamaw.

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

I originally got this recipe from my mother-in-law, Marie – or as all the grandkids call her, “Mamaw.” Now she makes this with the classic cans of cream of celery soup and cream of chicken soup. But in all honesty, I haven’t bought those cans of soup in years. I make a quick, homemade version to replace those in my recipes.

See: How to Make Cream of Chicken Soup (celery/mushroom)

It simply starts with simmering diced onion & celery in butter. Don’t all great recipes start that way?

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Those are then divided and used to make the creamy sauce.

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Cornbread dressing is mixed up.

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

The instructions below include cooking the boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but you can make this with leftover chicken or turkey from another meal, or even a rotisserie chicken from the store.

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

These are all layered into your baking dish and popped into the oven.

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

This recipe continues to be a family favorite to this day, and the leftovers the next day are just as good!

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Enjoy!

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Yield: 6

Mamaw's Chicken Casserole

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing/ You'll love this recipe from Mamaw. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Diced chicken in a creamy sauce, topped with seasoned cornbread dressing. You'll love this recipe from Mamaw.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • water
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 c onion, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 6 Tb butter, divided
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 4 c chicken broth, divided
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 1 tsp thyme, divided
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper, divided
  • 3/4 tsp sage, divided
  • 1 package (14 ounces) dry cornbread dressing mix (Such as Pepperidge Farm)

Instructions

  1. To begin, place the chicken breasts in a saucepan.
  2. Cover with water and add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the water.
  3. Bring this to a boil over medium high heat.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. When it is done, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Finely dice the onion, and celery.
  7. In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter.
  8. Add in the onion & celery and simmer over medium low heat until they are tender.
  9. Scoop half of the mixture into a mixing bowl. Set aside for a moment.
  10. To the saucepan, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Over medium low heat, melt the butter.
  11. Sprinkle in the flour. Whisk it in and let it cook for just a minute.
  12. Pour in 1½ cup of the chicken broth and the milk. Add in ½ teaspoon each of thyme & pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of sage and salt. Stirring continually, bring it to a gentle boil and it will thicken nicely. Remove from heat.
  13. Dice or shred the chicken.
  14. To the onion mixture in the bowl, add the cornbread dressing, ½ teaspoon each of thyme, sage and pepper, and ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  15. Pour in the remaining 2½ cups of chicken broth and stir to combine.
  16. Spread your cooked, shredded chicken in the bottom of a 9×13 or similar baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the gravy over the top.
  17. Spread the dressing mixture over all. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until the dressing on top is golden and crisped.
  18. Enjoy!

Notes

As a short cut, you can make this with leftover chicken or even turkey from another meal. You can also make this with rotisserie chicken from the store.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1079mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g

This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.

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11 thoughts on “Mamaw’s Chicken Casserole”

  1. Family recipes are a wonderful thing, something like this would be so comforting and will bring back so many warm memories to your kids when they grow up!

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  2. I can see why this recipe has become a family favorite. It looks so nutritious and so filling, making it ideal for the entire family. Thanks for sharing this recipe

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  3. Oh my this looks wonderful, I have been looking for something like this….I used to make one similar to this but used Stove Top Stuffing…but no longer use it because of all the added ingredients that are so bad for you…..so quit making it…..but now I can start making it again….thanks so much for this recipe……and thank your Mother-in-law for this recipe too, and you for sharing it with us…..

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