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
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9x13x2-inch pan with cooking spray.
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.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle French fried onions on top of casserole and bake an additional 10 minutes.
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.