Chicken and Hash Brown Casserole

Chicken and Hash Brown Casserole

Hey y’all. I’m from the South. And down south the casserole is a staple for every pot luck dinner at nearly every church event.

At our house, too.

There’s something about throwing together a few ingredients, adding a vegetable and bread and having an entire meal ready in minutes.

I think if you look up casserole in the dictionary it actually says, “throw a bunch of food together and bake for 45 minutes.” 

Chicken and Hash Brown Casserole

My kids learn how to cook in our homeschool and casseroles are one of the easiest dishes to start them on. Even as homeschoolers some days are busier than others and on the busiest ones I have a little trick for getting dinner ready without too much trouble.

I make it ahead of time.

This was a family tradition for Sunday lunch as my kids were growing up. We would come home to the amazing smells of a cooked lunch when we walked in from a morning of worship.

It was glorious.

These days I might put together the meal earlier in the day and have it ready to pop in the oven before the day’s activities leave me totally unenthused about cooking.

On this particular day I just cooked the chicken in the microwave, but I try to have cooked chicken in the freezer to make it easy to grab and go for a quick casserole dish.

Chicken and Hash Brown Casserole

Best part of this chicken and hash brown casserole? The crumb topping with Country Crock on the top.

Country Crock has 0g trans fat per serving, contains no partially hydrogenated oils and no cholesterol. It also has 70& less fat than butter per serving and 30% fewer calories. A big plus? It tastes great, too.

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Do any of you own church cookbooks? I think they’re the best place to find tried and true recipes from ladies who have been cooking for years. Everyone wants to include their best recipes to impress their Sunday School class. 

You know it’s true. And these ladies can cook up a storm. Might want to be on the lookout for one during your next yard sale/thrift store excursion.

Chicken and Hash Brown Casserole
Quick and easy casserole with bites of chicken and hash browns.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced (about 3 cups)
  2. 30-32 oz. shredded frozen hash browns, thawed
  3. 16 oz. sour cream
  4. 8 oz. half and half
  5. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  6. 4 oz. Country Crock spread, melted
  7. 1 sleeve gourmet crackers, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix potatoes and shredded cheese together.
  3. In a small bowl mix sour cream and half and half.
  4. Add to potato mixture and mix together.
  5. Layer cooked chicken, potato mixture and crushed crackers.
  6. Drizzle with melted butter and cook for 45 minutes or until bubbling.
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Comments

  1. This post makes me hungry! They all look great and tasty. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Two of my favorite items, chicken and hash browns. Looks good

  3. I had to LOL at your ‘defnition” of casserole. I’m pretty sure it says that in the dictionary!
    You know, when I took home-ec all those many years ago, the first dish we cooked (and maybe the only dish) was a casserole. They really are easy and tasty.
    I love my church cookbooks. I have one that is a go-to. It’s not from any church I ever attended, but I know many of the people who did. It’s a tiny, old church in Swepsonville, NC, and those ladies could cook. It stays on my kitchen counter.
    I’m going to have to try your casserole. Love hashbrown casserole and by adding chicken, you’ve made it a main dish instead of a side. I also love your tip for keeping frozen, cooked chicken in the freezer as a go-to. I need to remember to do that. I’m not a huge fan of leftover chicken, so this would be a perfect use for our leftover grilled chicken breasts.

    • You know I’m a southern gal and casseroles are a staple. You know those church ladies have great recipes and I have cookbooks from churches I’ve never heard of! Amy, you definitely should try freezing cooked chicken. I do it with turkey at Thanksgiving as well. Anything to save a little time!

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