Chicken Hashbrown Casserole is a delicious and hearty dish that combines chicken, hashbrowns, cheese, and a creamy sauce. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
- 1 (30 oz) package frozen hashbrowns, thawed
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (red or green)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs (optional, for topping)
- 2 tablespoons melted butter (optional, for topping)
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Prepare the Hashbrowns: If your hashbrowns are frozen, thaw them according to the package instructions. You can speed up the process by microwaving them for a few minutes. Once thawed, press them between paper towels to remove excess moisture.
- Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the thawed hashbrowns, shredded chicken, shredded cheddar cheese, diced onion, and diced bell pepper.
- Prepare the Sauce: In a separate bowl, mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, condensed cream of chicken soup, melted butter, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme (if using), salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
- Combine the Mixture: Pour the sauce mixture over the hashbrown and chicken mixture. Stir everything together until well combined.
- Transfer to Casserole Dish: Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish. Transfer the hashbrown and chicken mixture into the dish and spread it out evenly.
- Optional Topping: If you want a crispy topping, combine the crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the casserole.
- Bake: Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 45-55 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and bubbly, and the top is golden brown.
- Serve: Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley, if desired.
- Enjoy: Serve your Chicken Hashbrown Casserole hot and enjoy your delicious meal!
This casserole is a comforting and satisfying dish that’s perfect for a family dinner or potluck. Feel free to customize it by adding your favorite seasonings, vegetables, or toppings.