This Easy Chicken Dressing Will Satisfy Your Holiday Cravings

Is it a regular Tuesday night or Thanksgiving? It will be hard to tell when this holiday-worthy chicken dressing can be on the table in just 40 minutes.

Chicken and Cornbread Casserole
Chicken and Cornbread Casserole. Photo: Ralph Anderson

It's mid-August and you're suddenly craving Thanksgiving turkey and dressing. Turkey Day is still three months away and that is three months too long to wait—what do you do? You cook up this quick and easy Chicken-and-Cornbread Casserole.

Give Chicken Dressing a Try

This is essentially chicken dressing. You can satisfy your craving in half the time by using store-bought rotisserie chicken and packaged cornbread. Even if you decide to use homemade ingredients, the prep couldn't be easier.

And perhaps there should be room for a bit of practice prior to the holiday season, right? Not only will you be giving yourself a little pre-holiday treat, you will also be brushing up on your chicken dressing skills for that upcoming holiday potluck.

Tips for Tasty Chicken Dressing

Take a deep dive into this chicken dressing recipe and bookmark it for future use. Now onto the tips that will take your effort to the top!

  • Consider using another kind of broth in this recipe. Bone broth is an excellent choice, and whether or not you choose chicken or beef, bone broth contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, like potassium, phosphorous, calcium, and magnesium.
  • Well-aged cheddar cheese can give this dish a tangy flavor that ordinary cheddar does not have. Don't hold back from upping your cheese game.
  • Whole milk Greek yogurt has the same texture and flavor as sour cream, and is a more healthy alternative due the vitamins, minerals, and probiotics that it possesses. Greek yogurt can help provide part of your daily potassium intake, but still make your tastebuds feel a little indulgent. Try using it in your favorite dip instead of sour cream.
  • If you love mushrooms, but don't love canned produce, slice up 4-5 button mushrooms and sauté in butter until golden brown.

Make Ahead Tips

Some of the best recipes can be made ahead and frozen. This satisfying dish is no exception. To make the recipe ahead, simply prepare the dish through step 4—but don't top the cornbread with butter just yet.

Cover it with heavy-duty aluminum foil and place in the freezer for up to a month. Let the casserole thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Just before baking, drizzle the butter on top of the cornbread. Follow the baking instructions as directed.

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Embrace Dressing for Everyday Cooking

Dressing is comfort food, and is often the most popular thing included in a holiday spread. Why relegate this popular dish to a specific event? Serve it up whenever you like, and take some time exploring recipes from Southern Living that will not only satisfy, but boost your dressing game.

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