Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole

Wednesday 8 September 2021

Chinese Chicken Casserole 

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole.  This is one of my all-time favorite chicken casseroles. I can't begin to tell you why it is called a Chinese casserole because there doesn't seem to be anything remotely Chinese about it.

Not unless you count the crispy chow mien noodles and salted cashew nuts on top! Everything else reads like an ordinary chicken casserole!

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

If it was good enough for Grandma to call it Chinese, then its good enough for me to call it Chinese.  No matter, its delicious which is all you need to know! 

This is something I like to make when I have leftover cooked chicken to use up. I eat chicken a lot and I always have leftover chicken waiting to be used.  

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

The original recipe called for a can of cream of chicken soup. I didn't have any today and so I made a simple chicken cream sauce to use in its place and it worked deliciously!

In fact I may never use a can of soup in this ever again!

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

If you can make a simple béchamel sauce or a cream sauce, then you can make the sauce for this. The only thing different I did was to add half of one of those Knorr chicken gel stock pots.

This gave it a rich chicken flavour. If you don't have one of those, use 1 tsp of chicken bullion powder. I think it would work very well.  I like the gel stock pots myself. I have been using them for years and was so happy to see that they also have them here in Canada.

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

I cut my regular recipe in half so that it now makes only 3 to 4 servings. I would say 3 realistically. Unless you are extremely hungry and it will feed 2 generously.

This is also a great store cupboard meal.  I used a pouch of the already cooked Uncle Ben's Rice. They are sized to feed two people. I used the mushroom and wild rice one.

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

That was a good call on my part. I loved the extra mushroomy flavor it gave to the finished dish. I like using those pouches of cooked rice.  They come in handy for all sorts.

I always have several in the cupboard. Usually just brown rice or plain basmati rice, but today I happened to have the mushroom and wild.

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

I am not against using things like this for convenience sake.  I am not a tinned soup snob, nor am I a convenience food snob.  They have their uses.

And casseroles is one of them! We don't always have time to make everything from scratch, so if we can hook together a few things like this to make something truly delicious for our families, I say why not!

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

When I made this in the UK, I could never put the crispy chow mien noodles on top. They simply did not exist over there. I made do with just the nuts, or some cracker crumbs and the nuts.

I don't think it really matters, just so long as you have something crunchy on top to add some extra texture.

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

The chow mien noodles are extra nice however and beautifully crunchy.  When we were kids sometimes we would buy a can of chow mien noodles and eat them as a snack.  

I have not seen the canned ones since my return to Canada. Perhaps they don't make them anymore.  These noodles are always nice to have in the store cupboard because they do make nice crunchy toppings on casseroles and they are a must for haystack cookies.

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

This really is a fabulous casserole with the crunch of celery, grated carrot, onions and plenty of chicken, all stirred together in that sauce,  along with some rich mayonnaise.  

I am no stranger to casserole love however.  Some more of my favorites are:

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole 

Again, they are just the tip of the iceberg. If you put Chicken Casserole into the search engine at the top of this page, you will discover lots of chicken casseroles, each one as delicious as the next!  

Like I said I am a huge fan of casseroles in general and I especially love chicken casseroles.

Grandma's Chinese Chicken Casserole

If you are looking for an extra creamy, delicious and rich chicken casserole to feed yourself and your partner, with some added crunchy toppings then you have just struck gold. This is the one for you! 

I served mine with some coleslaw on the side and a splash of soy sauce and some green tabasco.  Not traditionally Chinese I know, but hey ho, it tasted fabulous, and that's what counts most!


Chinese Chicken Casserole

Chinese Chicken Casserole

Yield: 3 - 4
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 50 Min
I cut my regular recipe in half to make fewer servings and replaced the condensed soup with a homemade sauce in this fabulously tasty old favorite! Its delicious!


For the sauce:
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 1/2 Knorr gel chicken stock pot
  • 1 cup (240ml) whole milk
For the casserole:
  • Sauce as above
  • 2 cups (280g) cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 small stick of celery, trimmed, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup (110g) mayonnaise
  • 1 pouch Uncle Ben's cooked rice, mushroom and wild rice (about 1 1/4 cups cooked rice)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
to finish:
  • 1 cup salted roasted cashews
  • 1 cup crispy chow Mein noodles
  • Soy sauce and hot sauce to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 375*F/ 190*C/ gas mark 5.  Butter an 8 inch square baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter for the sauce in a small saucepan. Whisk in the flour and the gel stock. Cook for a minute. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly until the mixture bubbles and thickens.
  3. Crumble the rice into a bowl. Add the cooked chicken, onion, carrot and celery. Stir in the sauce and mayonnaise, along with the garlic granules and pepper. You should not need any salt.
  4. Pour this mixture into the prepared casserole dish.  Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven. Scatter the cashew nuts and crispy noodles on top. Return to the oven and bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes. 
  5. The casserole should be hot and bubbly and totally heated through. 
  6. Spoon out to serve.  Pass the soy sauce and the hot sauce. Delicious! 


If desired you can use 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted, in place of the sauce.

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  1. I smiled at the recipe name because as a kid my mother would make something she called Chinese Chop Suey that had not one Chinese ingredient in it. But we thought it was exotic at the time. You wonder where they got that idea from and why the name arose.

    There is no condensed soups here so I'm used to doing a creamy sauce substitute and it works well in all casseroles. There's no precooked rice in a bag either as people here are not so big on convenience food, but rice is easy enough to make. However, there are no crispy chow mein noodles and that's harder to replicate here. But the dish does sound nice and I like the idea of a crunchy element on top. I'll just have to think of something :)

    1. I think pretzels would make a nice crunchy topping Marie! I hope you will try this and enjoy it. Yeh, its funny what they name as Chinese this or that! Like American Chop Suey, it has nothing Chinese in it at all. Its just a beef, macaroni and tomato casserole! haha

  2. I made this for dinner tonight. Delicious & so easy. My husband & I enjoyed it very much & I will be making it often. Thanks for so many really yummy recipes.

    1. You are really very welcome Mary! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience! xoxo

  3. Dear Grandma Marie,

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! My wife NEVER has seconds, but she did last night. The whole time I was making this, a little voice in the back of my head kept saying, "There is no way this is going to be any good. Marie finally got one wrong!" Well, it was the little voice that was wrong, because this was darn good! I made it with the cream of chicken soup and otherwise followed your recipe exactly. Thanks again for a great meal.

    As always, I've made a contribution to Grandma's Culinary Adventures Fund. I encourage others to help pay for the expenses you incur providing us with such memorable meals. By the way, we still have the canned crispy chow mein noodles in the States.



    1. Once again, I am so pleased you made and enjoyed this along with your sweet wife William! I often use soup rather than make a sauce. Thankfully I am not a tinned soup snob like some. It has its uses and my favorite kind of tomato soup is the tinned Heinz tomato soup! Especially with a grilled cheese. Again, thanks very much for your generosity in donating to my travel fund. It is much appreciated as well. Maybe one day I will get across the border to do some food shopping. I did in the old days, many moons ago and was always really happy to do so!


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