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Chicken-Cashew Casserole

chicken-cashew casserole Entree Chinese
Chicken-Cashew Casserole
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6

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.

Updated November 3, 2010

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

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

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