Tag Archives: Water chestnuts

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

6 Sep

I transferred this recipe from our old website, knorrbuzz.  It’s old school Knorr fare.  I introduced my grandmother to it and she makes it a couple of times a month and takes it to many family reunions, where it always seems to be a hit.  I enjoy all the flavors, as well as the different textures;  the chewiness of the wild rice and the crunch of the water chestnuts.  I very often make it without the wild rice, using just basmati.  It’s good that way but we prefer it with the wild rice; it provides a depth of flavor.  My grandma suffers from celiac disease so she makes hers compatible with a gluten free diet.  The only change needed is substituting a gluten-free creamed soup for the cream of celery.

Ingredients:

  • 28 oz can green beans, drained
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 onion, diced and sauteed
  • 8 oz can chopped water chestnuts, drained
  • 4 oz jar pimientos
  • 10 3/4 oz can cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup wild rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • pinch salt

Preparation:

Cook rices according to package directions.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Recipe inspired by Paula Deen.

Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

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Royal Curried Chicken Salad

27 Jan

This is a great lunch option for stay-at-home-moms and dads and for go-to-work dads and moms.  At home, I prefer mine over mixed baby greens and as part of a sack lunch, Derek takes his on 12-grain bread.  Yummy either way.  I have made this many many times over the years so I do highly recommend it.  I love the crunch of the celery and water chestnuts and the sweetness of the grapes.  For me, the optional ingredients that I tend to leave out are the pineapple, almonds and avocado.  It’s good with, but, in my opinion, they’re not necessary and, since I don’t often have them on hand, omitting them cuts down on the cost.

Ingredients

  • 2 (13oz.) cans chicken breast
  • 2-3 stalks chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup diced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 lb. seedless red grapes, sliced in half
  • 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 avocados, sliced (optional)

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
Combine mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients; spoon over chicken mixture and toss gently.  Cover and chill at least 4 hours.  Serve salad over lettuce or on bread, with avocado, if desired.

Recipe from Southern Living: Easy Weeknight Favorites

Photo by mylittlefoodspot

Knorr Spinach Dip

11 Jul

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1.4 oz packet Knorr Vegetable Soup and Recipe Mix
  • 8 oz can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 3  green onions, chopped

 

Mix all ingredients and chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers, veggies or chunks of bread.