I 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
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.