Chicken-Cashew Casserole

Skip pricey Chinese takeout. Instead, pull together this casserole version of cashew chicken, with crunchy chow mein noodles, nuts and water chestnuts, in just 15 minutes.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1 1/2
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1
can (28 oz) chicken chow mein mix
3
cups chow mein noodles
2
cups snow (Chinese) pea pods
1
can (10 3/4 oz) condensed 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup
1
can (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/4
cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1
cup cashew pieces
  • 1 In 10- or 9-inch glass pie plate, arrange chicken, thickest parts to outside edges (sides of chicken will touch). Cover plate with microwavable plastic wrap, folding back one corner or edge 1/4 inch to vent steam. Microwave on Medium (50%) 14 to 16 minutes or or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F). Let stand 5 minutes. Cool slightly; cut into desired size of pieces.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spray 3-quart casserole with cooking spray. Separate cans from chow mein mix. Drain large can of vegetables. In bottom of casserole, place 1 1/2 cups of the chow mein noodles. In large bowl, stir together both cans of chow mein mix, the pea pods, soup, water chestnuts, soy sauce and 3/4 cup of the cashews.
  • 3 Stir chicken into chow mein mixture. Spoon over chow mein noodles in casserole.
  • 4 Cover with foil; bake about 1 hour or until hot. In small bowl, mix remaining 1 1/2 cups noodles and 1/4 cup cashews; sprinkle over casserole. Bake uncovered 5 minutes longer.

Expert Tips

Bringing this casserole to a potluck? Bake it for 1 hour, then reserve the noodle-cashew mixture. Sprinkle it over the top right before serving.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
515
(
Calories from Fat
235),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
1590mg
1590%;
Total Carbohydrate
37g
37%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
),
Protein
33g
33%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
22%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.