Cashew Chicken Casserole – A Chicken Casserole with Macaroni Recipe

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Cashew Chicken Casserole is a humble recipe with great flavor and texture. Fresh lemon juice perks up the flavor while cashews bring a bit of crunch.  Save that leftover chicken, and turn it into your next meal with this easy chicken casserole with macaroni recipe.

Cashew Chicken Casserole Recipe

For me, there’s nothing homier and familiar than a casserole topped with potato chips. Mom’s Tuna Casserole always, always had crushed potato chips on top.

Maybe that’s why I was attracted to this Chicken Casserole with Cashew Nuts in my Minnesota Centennial Cook Book.

That, and because it looked easy. I’m not going to lie; if a recipe has too many hard steps, my eyes glaze over. I need simple recipes in my life.

Chicken Casserole with Macaroni

Simple recipes with simple ingredients.

The main ingredients are pretty basic when it comes to many chicken casserole recipes – cooked chicken, elbow macaroni, celery, onion, green pepper,

Mayonnaise is the binder that holds everything together in this version. What makes this recipe special is fresh lemon juice which brightens up the flavor and cashew nuts that give it a bit of texture.

Chicken Casserole with Rotisserie Chicken

I’m all about re-purposing leftovers to make new meals. Recently, I’ve been buying whole chickens that are packaged in a cooking bag. The chicken gets cooked from frozen (so easy), and the end result is moist.

After dinner, I go ahead and shred or dice the chicken so that it’s all ready to be tossed in a casserole. That way, on a busy night, I’m one step ahead to having dinner on the table.

You could even prepare this entire casserole up to the step of adding potato chips ahead of time. Cover tightly, and refrigerate. When you get home from work, top with potato chips and bake. It may take a few extra minutes to get hot, but you’ll be thanking yourself when this Chicken Casserole with cashew nuts hits the table.

Ingredient List for Cashew Chicken Casserole

Cooked Chicken: Leftover chicken works great, particularly rotisserie chicken. Shred or dice it.

Celery: Slice it into small pieces. It gives a great crunch.

Peppers: Dice it small. Use green, red, orange or yellow peppers.

Cashews: I use raw cashews, and I like to chop them small to hide them from my kids. If desired, do a rough chop with larger pieces. Roasted cashews work too!

Onions: Dried, minced onions work too instead of diced, fresh onions.

Macaroni Noodles: Start with one cup raw macaroni. Cook it al dente because it will finish cooking in the oven.

Mayonnaise: Use regular, low fat or non-fat, if desired. Miracle Whip can be substituted for Mayo too.  If the casserole looks really dry, add a little more mayo.

Lemon Juice: Fresh is best, but I often times use the lemon juice from the containers that you keep in the fridge.

Salt and Black Pepper

Potato Chips: Crush up regular potato chips, or use all those little pieces from the bottom of the bag. Cracker crumbs or bread crumbs make a great substitute.

How to Make Chicken Casserole with Cashews:

  1. Preheat oven; spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook macaroni per package instructions; drain well.
  3. Mix all ingredients except potato chips.
  4. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with potato chips; bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and hot.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for chicken casserole with potato chips, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Chicken Casserole with Potato Chips:

  • This is a great leftover chicken recipe. Cashew Chicken Casserole recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken but it can be a little more or a little less.
  • Use cooked chicken (shredded or diced). Rotisserie chicken works great.
  • Substitute red, orange or yellow peppers for green ones if desired.
  • Start with 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni; cook it per package instructions, and be sure to drain well.
  • Low fat mayonnaise could be used if you prefer a lower fat version.
  • I hide the cashews from my kids by chopping them up pretty small.
  • Crushed cracker crumbs or cornflakes are a great substitution for the crushed potato chips in this chicken casserole with cashew nuts.
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Classic Chicken Casserole

This classic chicken noodle casserole with a crunchy potato chip topping will take you right back to your childhood.  Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole with Potato Chips is quick and simple, and your family will give it two thumbs up.

Grandma’s Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Cashew Chicken Casserole - A Chicken Casserole Recipe with Macaroni

Cashew Chicken Casserole is a humble recipe with great flavor and texture. Fresh lemon juice perks up the flavor while cashews bring a bit of crunch.  Save that leftover chicken, and turn it into your next meal with this easy recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Casserole, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cashew Chicken Casserole, Chicken Cashew Casserole, Chicken casserole recipe, Chicken Casserole with Cashew Nuts, Chicken Casserole with Cashews, Chicken Casserole with Potato Chips
Servings: 6
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup macaroni noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons green pepper, finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons onion, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup potato chips, crushed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a 2 1/2 quart dish or an 8 x 8 inch dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cook 1 cup dry macaroni in boiling water until al dente; drain well.
    Cashew Chicken Casserole is a humble recipe with great flavor and texture. Fresh lemon juice perks up the flavor while cashews bring a bit of crunch.  Save that leftover chicken, and turn it into your next meal with this easy chicken casserole with macaroni recipe.
  • Mix all ingredients except potato chips. Pour into prepared baking dish.
    Cashew Chicken Casserole is a humble recipe with great flavor and texture. Fresh lemon juice perks up the flavor while cashews bring a bit of crunch.  Save that leftover chicken, and turn it into your next meal with this easy chicken casserole with macaroni recipe.
  • Sprinkle crushed potato chips over top.
    Cashew Chicken Casserole is a humble recipe with great flavor and texture. Fresh lemon juice perks up the flavor while cashews bring a bit of crunch.  Save that leftover chicken, and turn it into your next meal with this easy chicken casserole with macaroni recipe.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and hot.
    Cashew Chicken Casserole is a humble recipe with great flavor and texture. Fresh lemon juice perks up the flavor while cashews bring a bit of crunch.  Save that leftover chicken, and turn it into your next meal with this easy chicken casserole with macaroni recipe.

Notes

  • This is a great leftover chicken recipe. Cashew Chicken Casserole recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken but it can be a little more or a little less.
  • Use cooked chicken (shredded or diced). Rotisserie chicken works great. 
  • Substitute red, orange or yellow peppers for green ones if desired.
  • Start with 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni; cook it per package instructions, and be sure to drain well.
  • Low fat mayonnaise could be used if you prefer a lower fat version.
  • I hide the cashews from my kids by chopping them up pretty small. 
  • Crushed cracker crumbs or cornflakes are a great substitution for the crushed potato chips in this chicken casserole with cashew nuts.
  • Love potato chips on your casseroles? Try Mom's Tuna Casserole and Classic Chicken Casserole

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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