MK's StoryI have been making casseroles for most of my life, but this one HAS to be the most-requested! My husband, daughters and granddaughters beg for it almost weekly. I have taken it to sick friends and to gatherings and have served it to guests for dinner and I always gets raves and requests for the recipe. This chicken casserole is unique and elegant, but so simple to make. It is truly top-notch in terms of taste, texture and satiety.
(6.2 oz.) rice-a-roni, fried rice flavor
shredded cooked chicken (that is approximately 4 small or 2 large boneless half breasts or about 1 lb.)
(10.75 oz.) campbell's healthy request cream of chicken soup, undiluted
jar diced pimientos, well-drained
half & half or evaporated milk
mrs. dash, or similar, unsalted seasoning (use liberally)
morton's nature seasoning salt
fresh ground pepper, to taste
ritz crackers (1 sleeve), finely crushed
unsalted butter, melted
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non-stick cooking spray
2Prepare Rice-A-Roni according to package directions, except use 1 Tbsp. olive oil for browning rice mixture.
3Spray bottom and sides of a 13" x 9" x 2" glass or ceramic baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread prepared Rice-A-Roni evenly on bottom of dish.
4Combine shredded chicken, sour cream, chicken soup, pimientos, evaporated milk, Mrs. Dash, salt and pepper in a medium-size bowl. Stir well to blend all ingredients. Spoon chicken mixture evenly over top of Rice-A-Roni in baking dish.
5In a small bowl, combine crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter; add poppy seeds. Mix well with a fork. Sprinkle evenly on top of casserole.
About this Recipe
Heather Paddock lioncubmama - Jun 7, 2011
I grew up with this recipe and I also have several people that request it when I make it.
Hope Lathrop mshope72 - Jun 7, 2011
My Mother in Law fixes this recipe although slightly different, it is a dish I truely love and is easy to prepare. I'm cooking this tonight for some friends and I can't wait to try it the way you have shared teh recipe!!
Ed Mayfield manofpans - Jun 20, 2011
Had this for supper tonight and it was great! I used a rotisserie chicken that was on sale and it worked perfectly. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.