Easy Chicken Casserole With Potato Chip Topping

Hot chicken salad, topped with Cool Ranch Doritos

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 6 to 9 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
694 Calories
55g Fat
6g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 9
Amount per serving
Calories 694
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55g 71%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 189mg 63%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 42g
Calcium 79mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy chicken casserole—also known as a hot chicken salad—can be made with lighter ingredients, and it makes a fabulous family meal.

Not all chicken casseroles are created equal, and you may prefer a different variation. Serve this chicken with hot cooked rice or add cooked noodles to the dish. Add biscuits and a tossed salad for a tasty meal.


  • Butter (for greasing the pan)
  • 3 pounds of cooked boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces canned, sliced water chestnuts
  • 10 1/2 ounces canned cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Garnish: crushed potato chips
  • 1 sprinkle paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Butter a 2 to 2 1/2-quart casserole dish.

  3. Cut cooked chicken into bite-size pieces.

  4. Mix chicken with remaining ingredients, except potato chips and paprika.

  5. Pour chicken mixture into the prepared casserole.

  6. Top with potato chips and sprinkled paprika.

  7. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for about 30 to 40 minutes.

Joan's Notes

This freezes well before or after cooking. This recipe is just as good with no- and low-fat ingredients. Enjoy!