Saturday, April 3, 2010

Everyone's Favorite Chicken (or so they say...)

I found this recipe in one of those "American Profile" inserts in the newspaper, and with a name like that, I just had to find out if it was "my favorite." A bit of a presumptuous title, if I do say so myself. :) I did like it, but I don't think I could call it my favorite. It was a fun mix though. I liked the top-- french fried onions and cheese just scream "greasy success!" :)

Lyd's Tip: I've mentioned this before, but sub plain yogurt for mayo in the one and you can pretty much pull it off. If that idea is making you nervous :) go half and half- it will be perfect, and healthier!

Everyone's Favorite Chicken
3 cups diced, cooked chicken (2 large breasts)
2 medium celery stalks, finely chopped
1 (8-ounce can) sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 (2-ounce) jar pimientos, undrained
1 tablespoon minced onion
3/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup (2 ounces) canned French fried onions
6 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 11 x 7-inch baking dish.
2. Combine chicken, celery, water chestnuts, almonds, pimientos, onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl; mix well.
3. Place in prepared dish and top with the French fried onions and cheese. Bake, covered, 30 minutes, or until cheese melts. Serves 6.

Tips from the Test Kitchen
Tips From Our Test Kitchen: If using precooked chicken, omit ½ teaspoon of the salt. This recipe can be doubled easily and made in a 15 x 10-inch baking dish.

Nutritional Information
430 calories, 29g fat, 31g protein, 10g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 750mg sodium.

1 comment:

jess and seth said...

Truly? Does plain yogurt work? Because I have oodles of it hanging around my fridge and no way to use it. (From HH, as you probably guessed . . .) Well, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try. Can you use it like in a broccoli-chicken casserole with rice, etc.?