Potluck Chicken Casserole


It’s hard to go wrong with a chicken casserole – although we thought ham would have been excellent too.  If you use canned or home canned chicken as I did, this can be a pantry meal…I usually have the other ingredients on hand.  I have used canned mushrooms, and couldn’t tell the difference from fresh ones in a casserole like this.  I didn’t bother with the butter on the cornflakes, it’s not necessary.
We also liked this because it didn’t use any cream soup or cheese – a refreshing change.  If you have folks on a gluten-free diet, use cornstarch instead of the flour, and make sure your mayonnaise is gluten-free – and leave off the topping or use gluten-free cereal.                  
Potluck Chicken Casserole
     ½    Cup  Mushrooms -- chopped
  3        Tablespoons  Onion -- finely chopped
  2        Tablespoons  Butter -- divided
  2        Teaspoons  Garlic -- minced
  3        Tablespoons  Flour or 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  1 ¼    Cups  Whole Milk
     ¾    Cup  Mayonnaise
  4        Cups  Chicken -- cooked, cubed
  3        Cups  Rice -- cooked
  1        Cup  Celery -- chopped
  1        Cup  Frozen Peas -- thawed
  2        Ounces  Pimientos -- diced, drained
  2        Teaspoons  Lemon Juice
  1        Teaspoon  Salt
     ½    Teaspoon  Pepper
                        Topping
     ¾    Cup  Cornflakes -- coarsely crushed
  1        Tablespoon  Butter (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°.  In a large saucepan, saute mushrooms and onion in butter until tender.  Add garlic, cook 1 minutes longer.  Stir in flour until blended.  Gradually add milk; bring to a boil.  Cook and stir 2 minutes until thickened and bubbly.  Remove from heat, stir in mayonnaise until smooth.  Add chicken, rice, celery, peas, pimientos, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Transfer to an ungreased 13 x 9" baking dish.  Melt remaining butter, toss with cornflakes.  Sprinkle over top.  Bake uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.at 350°.
I cook about 1 cup converted rice and 2 cups water for 20 minutes to get about 3 cups cooked rice.
8 Servings
$ 6.24 or 78¢ per serving
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  1. I love a one pot wonder, this will go on the table for dinner tomorrow,I will put some bacon in to stretch my chicken out. Many thanks for another inspirational recipe.

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