The BEST Hot Chicken Salad

Friday, May 17, 2019

The BEST Hot Chicken Salad 

The BEST Hot Chicken Salad - seriously delicious chicken casserole!! Baked chicken salad loaded with pimentos, water chestnuts, almonds, cheese, and french fried onions. Great for lunch, brunch, dinner, baby showers, potlucks, and tailgating. Chicken, almonds, water chestnuts, pimentos, celery, lemon juice, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup and french fried onions. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. 

baked hot chicken salad on a plate

The BEST Hot Chicken Salad with French Fried Onions

OMG! This Hot Chicken Salad Casserole is seriously the BEST! It is loaded with chicken, almonds, celery, water chestnuts, pimientos, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, and topped with French fried onions. All my favorites in one casserole! I made this for lunch last week and we both could not stop eating it. It is SO good.

Some of you might be wondering what is hot chicken salad? It is basically just chicken salad that has been baked in the oven. It is served hot as a casserole instead of cold on a croissant.

baked chicken salad in casserole dish

How to Make Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

This Hot Chicken Casserole is very easy to make. Just mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl and spread in a 9x13-inch pan. Top the chicken salad mixture with a can of French fried onions and bake. SO easy! I had the casserole ready to bake before my oven had fully preheated. I love quick and easy casserole recipes like this!

To cut down on the prep time, I used a rotisserie chicken. Rotisserie chicken is my secret weapon for meal prep. I always have pulled rotisserie chicken in the freezer for quick casseroles like this one. I take the chicken out of the freezer the night before I make a casserole so it can thaw.

scooping hot chicken salad out of casserole dish

Can Hot Chicken Salad Be Frozen?

Absolutely! You can make this Hot Chicken Salad ahead of time and refrigerate or even freeze unbaked for later. You can even split this between two pans and bake one now and freeze one for later.

If baking this Hot Chicken Salad casserole after refrigerating, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time. If baking this after freezing, thaw the casserole completely and bake as directed below.

baked hot chicken salad on a plate

What to Serve with The BEST Hot Chicken Salad


We LOVE this Hot Chicken Salad Casserole. It is really the BEST we've ever eaten. Quick, easy & delicious. You can't beat it! We love to have this for lunch or dinner. It is also great for brunch, baby showers, bridal showers, potlucks, and tailgating. It is such a fantastic dish and everyone loves it,

You don't need a lot of side dishes to go with this hearty chicken casserole. We usually just serve a salad and some bread with this dish. Here are a few recipes from the blog that go great with Hot Chicken Salad:







baked hot chicken salad on a plate
scooping hot chicken salad out of casserole dish
scooping hot chicken salad out of casserole dish
baked hot chicken salad on a plate
hot chicken salad in casserole dish
hot chicken salad casserole on a plate
hot chicken salad casserole on a plate




quick, easy, low carb, kid-friendly, casserole, pimento, cream of chicken soup, water chestnuts, potluck, simple
Entree
American
Yield: serves 8

The BEST Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

prep time: 10 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 50 mins
The BEST Hot Chicken Salad - seriously delicious chicken casserole!! Baked chicken salad loaded with pimentos, water chestnuts, almonds, cheese and french fried onions. Great for lunch, brunch, dinner, baby showers, potlucks, and tailgating. Chicken, almonds, water chestnuts, pimentos, celery, lemon juice, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup and french fried onions. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. #casserole #chicken #chickencasserole #freezermeal

ingredients:

  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 (8-oz) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 (4-oz) jar diced pimentos, drained
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 (3-oz) can French fried onions

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9x13x2-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked chicken, almonds, water chestnuts, pimentos, celery, lemon juice, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, salt, and pepper. Spread into prepared pan.
  3. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle French fried onions on top of casserole and bake an additional 10 minutes.

NOTES:

Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze unbaked for later.
If baking after refrigerating, you may need to add a few minutes to the baking time.
If baking after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.




MORE CHICKEN CASSEROLE RECIPES:
Overnight Chicken Tetrazzini
Low Carb Crack Chicken Casserole
Chicken Mini Breakfast Casserole
Cheesy Chicken Rigatoni
Rotel Chicken Spaghetti


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