Hot Chicken Salad Recipe

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Hot, hot, hot! Southern-favorite chicken salad gets a baked twist in this delicious new recipe. Our hot chicken salad takes the classic combination of chicken, mayo, and celery and adds a tasty explosion of flavors. Pour in measures of pimientos, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and potato chips; combine it all; and send it into an oven preheated to 350. There it will begin to bubble as it combines into a savory dip-style casserole. In this recipe, it's not just the flavors that are new. This hot chicken salad also adds a craveable dose of texture and crunch thanks to the additions of water chestnuts, slivered almonds, and crisp potato chips. Yum and yum. It's not all crunch, though. This recipe also brings to the table the classic chicken-salad creaminess we've come to know and love—that's thanks to the cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream, plus a good pour of fresh lemon juice for a tart touch. We love it. Add this one to your recipe box, stat.

Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken

  • 4 1/2 ounces sliced mushrooms, drained

  • 2 cups sliced celery

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

  • 1/4 cup chopped pimiento, drained

  • 8 ounces sliced water chestnuts, drained

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 cup + 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup potato chips, crushed

  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Bake slivered almonds in a shallow pan at 350° for 5 to 10 minutes or until toasted.

  2. Stir together almonds, chicken, onion, celery, pimiento, water chestnuts, mushrooms, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir together 1 cup Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and lemon juice until blended; stir into chicken mixture.

  3. In a small bowl, Stir together 1 cup Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and lemon juice until blended; add into chicken mixture to combine.

  4. Spread into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese, potato chip crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

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