Best Ever Chicken Casserole

November 20, 2022
Best Ever Chicken Casserole

Hey, y’all! This recipe is really special to me — and I hope you will love it as much as I have my entire life. I’ve shared many of my Auntie JJ’s recipes here on the blog; that said, this is my all-time favorite of her recipes (which is a very bold statement). It’s warm, comforting, and is a dish that I’ve eaten since childhood. While it didn’t have a formal name by her standard, I’m choosing to name it the Best Ever Chicken Casserole. Take one bite and you’ll see why!

This recipe stems from my Auntie JJ and is a part of a larger series, #CookingLikeJJ, which you can read more about here.

Best Ever Chicken Casserole

FAQ: Best Ever Chicken Casserole

How should I prepare my chicken for this recipe?

I always boil my chicken for this recipe (see below) – that said, you could use a rotisserie chicken if you wanted to take a shortcut!

Is it necessary to make the cornbread for the topping?

While I make a traditional southern cornbread for the topping mixture, you could use a box/instant cornbread. It would be just fine!

Does this freeze well?

Yes! Since there are so many steps in making this dish, I recommend making a few and freezing one (or more) for later.

Best Ever Chicken Casserole

Ingredients: Best Ever Chicken Casserole

  • 1 lb. chicken, boiled and shredded
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup, 10.5 oz.
  • 1 can Cream of Celery Soup, 10.5 oz.
  • 1.5 c. whole milk
  • 1 box Chicken Stovetop Dressing, 6 oz.
  • 3 c. crumbled cornbread
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 c. vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 c. celery, chopped
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • onion powder, to taste
  • rosemary, to taste
Best Ever Chicken Casserole

How to Make the Best Ever Chicken Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a deep pot over medium-high heat, bring 3 cups of chicken stock to a boil. Season to taste with kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and rosemary. Add chicken breasts and boil until fully cooked (165 F). If chicken breasts are not fully covered by chicken broth, add water. Boiling should take around 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the chicken broth and shred.
  3. While the chicken is boiling, cook onion and celery in 1 stick of butter. Cook for 10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, and milk (to thin the soups). In another bowl, mix together stove top dressing, crumbled cornbread, 1 c. of chicken stock, and the cooked celery + onion.
  5. In a 9×13 baking pan, spread one layer of soup mixture. Then do a layer of shredded chicken, followed by another layer of soup mix on top of the chicken. Top with cornbread-stuffing mixture.
  6. Bake covered for 20 minutes and uncovered for 10 minutes. If you want the top to be more brown, broil on high for 1-2 minutes (watch carefully). Serve warm and enjoy!
Best Ever Chicken Casserole

Best Ever Chicken Casserole Recipe

Best Ever Chicken Casserole

Best Ever Chicken Casserole

JC Phelps
This is my all-time favorite family recipe: my Auntie JJ's Best Ever Chicken Casserole. You all will love this, I promise!
5 from 33 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. chicken boiled and shredded
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup 10.5 oz.
  • 1 can Cream of Celery Soup 10.5 oz.
  • 1.5 c. whole milk
  • 1 box Chicken Stovetop Dressing 6 oz.
  • 3 c. crumbled cornbread
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 c. vidalia onion chopped
  • 1 c. celery chopped
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • rosemary to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a deep pot over medium-high heat, bring 3 cups of chicken stock to a boil. Season liberally with kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and rosemary. Add chicken breasts and boil until fully cooked (165 F). If chicken breasts are not fully covered by chicken broth, add water. Boiling should take around 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the chicken broth and shred.
  • While the chicken is boiling, cook onion and celery in 1 stick of butter. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, and milk (to thin the soups). In another bowl, mix together stove top dressing, crumbled cornbread, 1 c. of chicken stock, and the cooked celery + onion.
  • In a 9×13 baking pan, spread one layer of soup mixture. Then do a layer of shredded chicken, followed by another layer of soup mix on top of the chicken. Top with cornbread-stuffing mixture.
  • Bake covered for 20 minutes and uncovered for 10 minutes. If you want the top to be more brown, broil on high for 1-2 minutes (watch carefully). Serve warm and enjoy!
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About the Series: Cooking Like JJ

My Auntie JJ was the quintessential southern woman. She was classy, tasteful, always refined; an amazing cook and hostess; and did everything that she balanced – teaching, running businesses, raising a family, and keeping an immaculate home – with ease. She is one of the main inspirations behind JCP Eats, as she was the one who taught me about timeless, southern food and entertaining. When JJ passed away, I planned this series as a way to pay homage to her 91 years here on Earth; in a way, it’s a form of mourning – in another, it seems like my final gift to her. I hope y’all will enjoy this deep dive into the culinary archives of my family + Phelps Acres Farm. While I’ll never be able to cook as good as JJ, I can only strive to cook like JJ (hence the title of the series). Learn more here.

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My best,

JC

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  • Reply
    Rachael
    November 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    LOVE! So creamy.

  • Reply
    Nora
    November 23, 2022 at 5:59 am

    Wonderful casserole recipe that the whole family loved! Thank you for the wonderfully simple recipe! Love it!

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    Keri
    November 23, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    This is just like a chicken casserole that my mother used to make. It was super delicious and so easy.

  • Reply
    Debra
    November 23, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    So easy…and everyone loved it.

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