Aunt Cathy’s Hot Chicken Mess Casserole

Hey ya’ll.  This tempting and hot mess of a recipe comes from my lovely Aunt Cathy.   She is actually not my real aunt, but my mom knew her back in high school.  When they reconnected years later, she asked us to call her “Aunt Cathy.”  My mom and her remember when mini skirts, color tv, and the moon landing were the breaking news.  When they get together, they discuss things like when wax lips  (apparently a candy?) were the “thing” all the girls wanted to try.

My Aunt Cathy is also a beautiful hostess and so, anything she cooks will be–ya guessed it, delicious and out of this world!   My Uncle S. is one of the funniest people I know and is the life of the party.  He has been fighting cancer for a long time now, which is a big battle, and yet his positivity amazes me.

Back to this hot mess of a dish.  This casserole is quick and easy to make.  I used fresh chicken, cooked it, and shredded it, because there was a sale on fresh chicken and it happened to be cheaper than buying 3 cans of organic chicken.  My aunt Cathy however, takes the efficient route and she just opens up 3 cans of chicken.   So, here goes a recipe that is tempting and at the same time quick as a fly to put together.

Aunt Cathy’s Hot Chicken Mess Casserole

5 Ingredients: 3 cans of chicken OR 9 small Chicken Tenders,  1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup,  1 cup Sour Cream,  Butter,  and Ritz Crackers OR Back to Nature Classic Round Crackers

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First cook the chicken in a pan on top of the stove.  I sprinkled in some oil and then let the chicken cook in its own juices.

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Your chicken will start to look like this.  Every minute or so turn the chicken to the other side so that both sides will be cooked evenly.

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My parents gave me a cast iron press for Christmas and so I had to try it.  If you don’t have these heavy things that is okay.  Your chicken will be just as delicious without it.

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While your meat is cooking, mix together your can of cream chicken and your sour cream in a bowl.  Whisk it until the lumps of sour cream are out.

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Your mixture should look like this:

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Now back to the stovetop.  By now your chicken will have a light brown and should start to fall apart as you pick it up.   Take it off the stove and let it cool down.  I tried it too quickly once and burned the tips of my fingers.

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Shred the chicken with your fingers.   You should have a mound of bright chicken that looks like this.  I sprinkled a tiny pinch of salt and pepper on top, just for taste.

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Who can pass over crunchy yummy crackers cooked in beautiful golden butter?  I can’t.    To do this, put 3 tablespoons of butter in your pan.  Turn your stove on and let that butter melt.

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Crumble your crackers into the pan.  Stir OFTEN!!  You don’t want the crackers to burn.  Maybe I am saying this because I have the tendency to burn things when I cook them.  Yes, I have had to practice a lot to make sure I DON’T burn something when I put a pan on the stove.

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Here comes the fun part.  Yeehaw!  We are done with the cooking, now we have to assemble our layers to make our layered casserole.

1st: 1/3 of your BUTTERED CRACKERS

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2nd: ALL of your CHICKEN

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3rd: Another 1/3 of your crackers.

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4th: ALL of your sour cream/cream of chicken mixture.  I sprinkled some black pepper over that for extra flavor.

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5th: Finish off with the last 1/3 of your crackers!

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Put your layered dish in the oven.  Cook on 350 degrees for only 25 minutes.  Serve warm.

How easy peasy is that?  Remember also, you can speed up the process and make this casserole dish twice as fast by using canned chicken.

When you take it out of the oven, you will want to dig right in, because this dish will bubble around the edges and the crackers will be such a beautiful golden crispy brown.

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This is the perfect casserole to make for a pot luck dinner, when your friends are coming over, or just to treat yourself at the end of a long hard day of work when you want something easy, homemade, and delicious!

XOXO,

Hub City Girl

FTC: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

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