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Swiss and Chicken Casserole

Posted by terrepruitt on June 11, 2013

Ok, the thing about recipes is you sometimes have to adapt them for your family’s tastes, but it is nice to have the idea, ya know the starting point.  I love the ease of canned soups, but I have decided to work through my present supply and then no longer use them because I don’t care for the ingredients in them.  Yeah, I could just throw them out but I have issues with wasting “food stuffs” and money so I am working my way through what I have.  It is taking me a long time too because I keep finding recipes for which I concoct my own “soup” or, like the recipe in this post, not use soup, but still get the creamy soupy taste and texture.  The following recipe is from the blog Rantings of an Amateur Chef.  If you have not visited the Ranting Chef’s blog, you might want to.  It is full of all kinds of recipes.  He even has a cooking competition that you might want to participate in.  Go check it out . . . . after you read my post first, of course!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI changed the ingredients to work for what we like.  I’ve swapped out the Miracle Whip for mayonnaise.  We DO NOT like Miracle Whip so that was switched out no doubt.  I used the chicken option, as stated in the recipe.  I made my own “croutons”.  To assist in avoiding some of the “extra” ingredients in store bought croutons.  Celery is in a lot of recipes.  I don’t know if I have ever mentioned that I do not like celery.  If I make this again, I might use celery, but this first time, I used fennel.  I know I have mentioned how much I love fennel.  Originally I was going to use ground turkey.  You may have read a post or two about how much I love ground turkey.  I have a Turkey and Fennel recipe.  I love the way those two flavors marry.  But I decided that if I used turkey in this it would be too much like my other meal so I opted for the chicken.

Original SWISS ‘N TURKEY CASSEROLE from the Ranting Chef


1 cup Miracle Whip
4 cups chopped cooked turkey (or chicken)
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups croutons
2 cups sliced celery
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped onion


Mix all ingredients. Spoon into 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with croutons if desired.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaMY version: (this time)

Swiss and Chicken Casserole


1 cup mayonnaise
4 cups cooked and chopped chicken
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups croutons
2 HEAPING cups fennel, chopped
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
a few turns of the pepper mill


Mix almost all the ingredients together, save some of the cheese for the top, if you want. Spoon the mixture into 2-quart casserole dish.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Then sprinkle with the remaining cheese and extra croutons if desired.  And bake for 20 more minutes.

So this was a really good treat!  It really taste like warm chicken salad.  I can see myself using less mayonnaise when I make it again or maybe even something else (stayed tuned for THAT post!).  Some may argue that casseroles are not a very healthy meal, but to me, it beats fast food and sometimes they are a nice change of pace.  Maybe not something you have all the time.  And in fact, I will say this is a pretty rich casserole.

Do you like Miracle Whip?  Are you a mayo family or a Miracle Whip family?

6 Responses to “Swiss and Chicken Casserole”

  1. No miracle whip for me, can’t stand the stuff!


  2. Michele said

    Mayo all the way…what is miracle whip anyway?!?!?!?! Well this recipe is in my oven as I write, will let you know how it comes out…used celery as the store I was at today did not have fennel. Smells wonderful. Thank you for all of your awesome recipes!!!!


    • Yeah, Miracle Whip is just wrong.

      Well, the original recipe calls for celery and if you like it, I say use it. I don’t like it and I just really love fennel. Funny you should say your store was out. When I went to my store they didn’t have any either. But the produce guy and I were talking and I looked down and on his cart there it was. Yay! I asked him if I could have some and he said yes, he was about to put it out. I love it!

      Thank you for always making my recipes! It encourages me to post more.

      So how was it?


  3. Michele said

    So yummy! and rich! I love swiss cheese 🙂 The celery made it crunchy, I liked that…next time I see fennel I will try it again. Thank you!! Yes keep posting recipes, I can always use inspiration at dinner time!


    • It IS rich. A little goes a long way! The fennel stays crunchy too at least for the first night. Then after it gets a little soft. I am glad you liked it. The Ranting Chef has a lot of recipes I adapt.

      I know we both can use inspiration at dinner time! We always talk about that. But now you have leftovers! YAY!

      Thank you so much!


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