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Chicken Spectacular Recipe

Chicken Spectacular

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"A very good casserole that makes a lot. This dish also freezes well, so it's great to make ahead and warm up later!"

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr 35 mins


  1. Combine water and wild rice in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 50 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the cooked rice, chicken, cream of celery soup, pimentos, onion, green beans, mayonnaise, water chestnuts, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a 3 quart casserole dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 10, 2003

This was terrific. I did make some changes though. I omitted green beans, but added mushrooms, about a 1/4 tsp of curry, some white rice with the wild rice, and some chopped celery (just one stalk). This was the best casserole I have ever had! Even my kids loved it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 23, 2009

OK - a bit bland. Need to experiment with some seasonings.

Apr 18, 2003

This is delicious. Had to tweak it a bit as I didn't have all the ingredients (& I don't use canned vegetables so I cooked fresh green beans). I need to thin it out so I used some Half & Half and seasoned it with garlic powder, paprika and Seasonal. Used a mixture of wild and regular rice. This is a great casserole for company - make the night before and just pop in the oven.

Jul 30, 2003

How aptly named, Jodi! This truly is spectacular. I didn't need to change a thing. Its flavorful and the presentation is very pretty on a plate. It would be wonderful for a ladies luncheon. My family loved this, and I will be making it often! My experimental nature would like to try a bit of garlic powder in this dish with some toasted sliced almonds to garnish the top of each serving.

May 24, 2007

This was delicious. I bought Uncle Ben's wild rice in a box, and used the seasoning packet. I followed the cooking time and amount of water specified on the rice box. For convenience, I bought Louis Rich "oven style" cooked chicken breast. It's already cooked and cubed, and I just had to measure it out. Expensive way to do it, but great if you're short on time, and it's delicious chicken. I made this dish for someone who doesn't care for water chestnuts, but they are chopped small, so it's the crunchiness that stands out, not the taste. They really added to the dish, and I would not omit them.

Jul 15, 2005

This was an excellent casserole. I used cooked, frozen French beans and sauteed fresh mushrooms. Other than that, I followed the recipe. All of us enjoyed it. Served it with a mixed green salad and that was dinner! I'm always amazed at some of the negative comments on this site---it was bland, it had 'way too much mayo', etc. Are these cooks who don't have a clue how to modify a recipe to their tastes, or what?? This family loved the dish, Jodi. It froze very well and was excellent when reheated. Thanks!

Jul 30, 2003

This was a very good recipe. However, based on the reviews, and the ingredients that I had on hand, I did make changes as well. I used a long grain and wild rice mix, with all the seasonings, and substituted the green beans with mushrooms. Also, I sauted the onions and some chopped celery in a bit of margarine for just a short time before adding to the mix. (They were still a little crunchy). And I left out the water chestnuts because I don't like them. It was very good, except next time, I'm going to cut back on the mayo just a tad.

Mar 20, 2003

loved the crunchy water chestnuts. i did use 6 oz plain white rice and 6oz wild rice (which i couldn't find in a plain bag, so i used uncle bens and used a little of the seasoning that came with it). it made a ton!


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  • Calories
  • 317 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.4 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 20.5 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 16.3 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 776 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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