This recipe comes from my mother. She made it for the family over the winter and it was so good that I asked her to make it for my birthday in February. The recipe's super easy because you just stir everything together and throw it in the oven. The hardest part of making this for me is fighting with my cats so they don't eat the roasted chicken.
This is not health food by any stretch, but it is full of flavor and is very much a comfort food. Even though it's April, this dish is appealing to me on some weird level.
Here's the recipe:
3 cups chopped deli-roasted chicken
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups French fried onion rings
- Stir together first 8 ingredients in a large bowl.
- Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11 x 7 baking dish.
- Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Sprinkle onion rings over top and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges.
- Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
You could add red peppers, celery, water chestnut, green beans etc. to this to make it more to your taste. In November when you have tons of leftover turkey, go ahead and throw that in instead of the chicken. Oh, and don't skimp on the fried onions! The crunch and onion-y flavor really makes the dish more tasty.