Friday, December 30, 2011

Leftovers - in disguise

We had some pretty amazing meals over the holidays and now my refrigerator is bursting with leftovers. What do I do when I have too many leftovers in my refrigerator and I can't seem drum up enough excitement to eat them?  I turn them into something else so they don't look like leftovers anymore.  In this case, I had leftover herbed basmati rice and leftover dry rubbed grilled chicken breasts.  I turned to a chicken casserole recipe that I was passed down to me from my mom.  It's an oldie but goody.

My Mom’s Chicken Casserole
3 cups chopped cooked chicken           
2 cups diced celery                                1 can cream of chicken soup
1 Tablespoon minced onion                4-6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup mayonnaise                                  1 ½ cups crushed cornflakes
1 ½ cups cooked rice                            ½ cup slice almonds
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Saute celery and onion in butter to soften.


Combine celery, chicken,



lemon juice

and soup.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Spoon into casserole dish.  (I divided mine into 2 smaller dishes so that I could freeze one for another day.)

Put cornflakes in a ziploc bag.

Crush the cornflakes with a rolling pin or step on them carefully.  My son's size 11 shoes make great cornflake crumbs in a hurry.

Brown cornflakes and almonds in butter and sprinkle over casserole.

Bake 45 minutes at 350.

Once again I forgot to snap a picture of the casserole before we ate - sooner or later I'll get the hang of this food blogging thing.  Anyway - my daughter had 3 servings of chicken casserole - obviously it was a big hit.  The casserole was delicious and it's a great way to use up leftovers.  Your family doesn't even have to know that they're eating leftovers.

Bon Appetit!


  1. Thanks for the recipe. I have the ingredients on hand and will probably use leftover frozen turkey from Thanksgiving.

  2. Do you put cornflakes on the casserole you are freezing or wait until it is thawed and ready to bake?

  3. I crush the cornflakes and brown them with the almonds and then I put that mixture in a ziplock bag and freeze it along with the casserole. I never tried freezing it with the topping already on it but my guess is that it would get a little soggy. Hope you guys had a great christmas.

  4. Thanks. I'm giving it a try today. Also, one member of our family is not so big on celery. Think it'd be OK to do a cup of celery and a cup of onion?

  5. Hope I'm not too late but yes you can try substituting onion for celery if you like. My mom also used to put a can of water chestnuts in her casserole. You can try that if you want to give it more crunch.