Cashew Chicken Casserole

Here is another good comfort food that is great for when you know you are going to have a busy day, because you make this the night before and put it in the refrigerator!   The next day you simple pop it in the oven and dinner is ready!  I made this last Saturday night, and then on Sunday when all the family came for dinner, all I had to do was cook it!  So easy, yet so so good!  This dish is so full of goodness and flavor.  It has macaroni, chicken, veggies, and a yummy crunchy topping.  I’m pretty sure you are going to want to add this to your list of favorites.

Slightly adapted from a Quick Cooking recipe

Cashew Chicken Casserole


2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

3 cups cubed cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)

1/2 cup cubed cheddar cheese

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1 can (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained

1 can (10-3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

1 can (10-3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 1/3 cups milk

1 can (14-1/2 oz) chicken broth

1/4 cup butter, melted

2/3 cups crushed crackers (I used Ritz)

3/4 cup cashew halves


In a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, layer the first seven ingredients in the order listed.  In a bowl, combine the soups, milk and broth.  Pour over the water chestnuts.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Toss butter and cracker crumbs together and sprinkle over casserole.  Top with cashews.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes or until macaroni is tender.

Yield: 8-10 servings 


11 thoughts on “Cashew Chicken Casserole

  1. Rita, this looks so good! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  2. Any idea if this would freeze well? Obviously I’d want to leave the crackers off until you actually bake so they don’t get soggy, but would the rest turn out okay if frozen?

    1. I think that this would freeze well. Just leave off the crackers and the cashews until you bake it. You can put them in a separate baggie and put them in the freezer with with casserole, that way they are ready to go when you want to bake it! This sounds like a great idea…I think that I will have to try it out!

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