Hot Chicken Salad Casserole Recipe

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Family recipes are treasures passed down from one generation to the next. They bring comfort and familiarity to our tables today, just as they did to our parents’ tables, and their parents before them. Here, locals share enduring family recipes and tell us what makes them so special after all these years.

By Anna Hill  |  Photos by Sarah Unger

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Hilda Sullivan

with Emma Haile, Sheron Bibee, Corinne Giagnorio, and Martha Foster  |  Cleveland

“This is the recipe that my husband’s grandmother, known affectionately as Bebe, fixed the first time she hosted me for a meal at her table. Turns out that earlier that day, she had cut her hand on the blender and driven herself to the doctor for stitches. She even stopped for gas along the way, but never called anyone for help or considered canceling the meal. When I cook this dish, I remember the resilience and the giving spirit of a great Southern hostess on full display, and I feel like I’m back at Bebe’s, where all gatherings with family took place.” – Hilda Sullivan

 



Bebe's Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

Bebe’s Hot Chicken Salad

Hilda Sullivan
Hilda Sullivan's family recipe for hot chicken salad casserole
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cooked cubed chicken
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup potato chips crushed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350˚. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, lemon juice, pepper, salt, almonds, celery, mayonnaise, and cheddar cheese.
  • Place chicken mixture into a prepared dish and spread crushed potato chips evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly.

Notes

“This is the recipe that my husband’s grandmother, known affectionately as Bebe, fixed the first time she hosted me for a meal at her table. Turns out that earlier that day, she had cut her hand on the blender and driven herself to the doctor for stitches. She even stopped for gas along the way, but never called anyone for help or considered canceling the meal. When I cook this dish, I remember the resilience and the giving spirit of a great Southern hostess on full display, and I feel like I’m back at Bebe’s, where all gatherings with family took place.” - Hilda Sullivan
Keyword cheesy chicken casserole, chicken casserole, chicken salad, Family Recipe
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