Saturday, January 14, 2012

Dinner Recipe #3

Green Lake Chicken Casserole 
This is one of our family favorites -  everyone will eat this!!!  Our kids call this  "Grandmas Chicken Casserole",  because their great grandma makes it all the time.

Original Recipe
4 cups diced cooked chicken
2 cups diced celery (saute)
1 Tpsn Diced onion (saute)
1 can sliced water chestnuts
2 cups cooked rice
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tpsn lemon juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
2 cans cream of chicken soup
4 Tpsn butter
1 cups sliced almonds
2 cups crushed corn flakes  (or like cereal)

1) Toss together everything except the last 3 ingredients.  Place in a 9x13 pan
2)Melt butter and mix with almonds and corn flakes. Put over chicken mixtures
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

Alterations that I made to original
1) Chicken I just cut up 1.5 pounds ( I think it was just shy of 2.5 cups worth )
2)  Used 1/2 cup of diced onion
3)  Didn't put almonds on top (because we ate them all before they went on the dinner)

Your family can help by mixing all the ingredients together and mixing together the butter/ almond/ corn flake mixture.

Here is the price breakdown.  Depending up where and when you shop your price may vary.

1.5 pounds chicken - $1.80
2 cups celery -  $ .50
1/2 cup onion - $.40
water chestnuts - $.79
2 cups rice - $.84
1 cup mayo - $1.00
2 cans cream of chicken-  $1.58
2 cups crushed corn flakes - $. 60

Total =$7.51      This was for a 9x13 pan  (approx 12 servings)  We ate half the pan and had half left over .      $.63 per serving. 

This meal freezes well;  I usually make 2 pans at a time and freeze one for later use.
Sorry made this last night and was in a hurry and didn't get a chance to take a picture.

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