Quite possibly one of the most VERSATILE dishes you could have in your recipe collection! Undoubtedly so actually.
When I thought up this recipe, it was completely from memory. I ate this once, literally 12 years ago and never got the recipe. I didn't figure it could be to hard to replicate so I went for it and came out with this fantastic dish. You could serve this as an appetizer OR as a main dish and here is how.
Appetizer, serve with crackers or crostini, keep knives nearby, cut the chicken VERY small and use as a hot dip. DELISH.
Main Dish, serve with bigger chunks of chicken, and put it over some rice, or egg noodles, a side salad and a veggie. Leave out the breadcrumbs and serve it hot on a crusty roll!
See what I mean? It is rich, I won't lie, but that is why I suggested serving with noodles, rice, or crackers, etc. I love a good versatile recipe and I think I have given you one with this dish. Let's get started. It will take you only a few minutes to put together.
2 lbs cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup of celery, diced small
1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
1/4-1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
6 ounces cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo/salad dressing
1 cup shredded cheese of choice (I used cheddar) divided
/4 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together, chicken, celery, water chestnuts, almonds, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo/salad dressing, 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and salt and pepper. Combine all ingredients well and place into a casserole dish you have sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. I used a deep dish round casserole, just use what you think will work for you. Top with the rest of the cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake for 25-35 minutes depending on your casserole size. You are looking for melty cheese and completely heated all the way through.
Now for my surprise. As you all know I spent a few weeks with family in NJ and PA. I had time to do some shopping at a couple of my favorite stores, Ikea, and The Christmas Tree Shoppe. Before Facebook made recent changes I expected to hit 50k early in December so some of my shopping included a few Christmas items. Well, as luck would have it we didn't get there until recently. So I am giving away a little box of goodies from both stores. Just a little thank you for all of your support. I am not telling you what it is it, because they were to be little surprise Christmas gifts so I am keeping that part the same! I wish it were a huge luxurious gift package, instead it is some of my favorite things, that make cooking fun for me and I hope they do for you as well. The entry form is below, you have 5 ways to enter, so get all 5 of your entries!! You have until Friday at 9pm CST to enter!
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