This is just one more reason I try to keep chopped chicken/turkey in my freezer in 1 and 2 cup portions
If this dish reminds you of similar casseroles some of us had growing up, then you will enjoy it as much as we did. The chopped nuts are an added pleasure
I like Ruffles potato chips on top of the casserole, because that is what my mom used. The salty, crispy ridged chips add just the right finish to each bit. Other potato chips will work as well.
Deluxe Chicken Casserole
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1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup water
3 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
2 cups coarsely crumbled potato chips
Combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine mayonnaise and water, stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Add mayonnaise mixture to chicken mixture. Gently fold in egg slices.
Spoon mixture into a greased 11 x 7-inch baking dish; top with potato chips. Bake uncovered, at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.
Thanks for this to Trinity Episcopal Church, Edisto Island, South Carolina