Monday, January 6, 2014

Warm Chicken Salad (giveaway closed) NEW WINNER PICKED

Good evening foodie family!  First things first.  50,000 Facebook fans?!?!  Are you KIDDING?  Awesomeness.  Thank you!  I thank you for your kind and positive comments, sharing the recipes you think look great, telling your friends about Chefwannabe, and just being great friends.  Yes, I consider all of you friends, like my foodie family!  I can't tell you enough, how important you are.  So keep reading for some fun at the end of this post.  Now, for the recipe......

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. 
50,000 GIVEAWAY!

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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  1. Sounds Delicious! Can't wait to try it.

  2. My favorite gadget is my veggie peeler. Its effortless and I love it.

  3. This chicken salad sounds awesome, Chris. Congrats on 50K!!

  4. My favorite is the Kitchenaid Mixer. The recipe sounds so good I am definitely going to try it.

  5. My favorite kitchen gadget is my cast iron skillet. It's the best for steaks, eggs and anything else that needs that extra somethin' somethin' to bring out it's flavor. :)

  6. This recipe is one my grandmother used to make but she put potato chips on the top. I loved it! I found a similar recipe but it just had mayo and it didn't really impress me. I think the sour cream may make the difference.

    I think my little Cuisinart food processor & blender combo is my favorite. I use it just about everyday.

  7. Congratulations on 50K!! So exciting!! I would have to say my favorite is my Kitchenaid Mixer... but the one I use the most are those little rubber spatulas! They are ALWAYS in the dishwasher and I have like 12 of them! :) Michaela An Affair from the Heart

  8. I love the recipe and my fave kitchen gadet is my KA mixer
    congrats on 50k !

  9. Ilove your blog...and righ now,my favorite Kitchen tool is the NinjaPro I got for Christmas....itisamazing!

  10. I love love love my mixer my mom got for me last Christmas. I actually cried when i opened the box. It has given me some deliciously tasty baked goods as well as some awful gastric catastrophes {Long sigh} the memories