Hunk of Meat Monday: Chicken Cashew Casserole Recipe

Do you need a fast, easy, affordable and healthy family meal? 
With Chicken Cashew Casserole, I found a quick answer in the Gooseberry Patch Comfort Foods cookbook. It’s the third recipe I have made from the cookbook and this was a family pleaser that I will put into our evening meal “rotation” for the upcoming school year. This also I think will be a freezer meal I keep on hand for busy family nights in the fall and winter months.

Start with ingredients you might have on hand already in your home…

2 10-3/4 oz. cans of cream of mushroom soup ( I used the 98% fat free, low sodium version)
2/3 cup water
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 cup celery (which I omitted and added broccoli)
1/2 cup onion, grated
6 oz. cashews
6 oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 1/4 cup chow mein noodles

 This would be a great recipe to use with leftover chicken. I had canned white meat chicken that I used. Everything I had in my pantry and literally it took me 10 minutes to pull these ingredients and combine all ingredients except half of the chow mein noodles. 

 The recipe did call for celery but I have an eater that despises celery. I replaced it with frozen broccoli that I had steamed for 2 minutes in the microwave ahead of mixing it in with the other ingredients.

 Combine all ingredients together. Spread in a lightly greased 13″ x 9″ pan. 
 Bake, uncovered at 350F for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining noodles; bake an additional 10 minutes. 
This was an easy family meal for our family of five and I highly recommend it.
Another cashew/ chicken family meal that we enjoy is Honey Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry.

I’m linking up with Beyer Beware for Hunk of Meat Monday.
Hunk of Meat Mondays

I’m home for a week of down time with my kids and husband but the cooking doesn’t stop, especially with our hungry like a pack of wolves teenager starting football practice this week. 
What is a fun summer meal you have made lately? 
Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out .


  1. Oh Kate, that looks good (and easy!) I’ve found you can’t go wrong with Gooseberry Patch!

    I’ve made Arroz Con Pollo again this week. . .that is twice in three weeks here…we love it! and it is a hit with my hungry teens!

  2. A nice and easy recipe using the canned chicken. I always like to keep a bit of that on hand.

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