Monday, April 17, 2017

Cracker Barrel Chicken Casserole (Copy Cat)

When taking car trips and we need to stop for a bite to eat, we tend to favor well known chain restaurants.
Part of it is the comfort factor when in a strange place, part of it is fear of the unknown. At a chain, you know what will be on the menu. No question if there is something the kids will eat, or if you will like what is available.

During one trip either coming from the south to the north, or vice versa, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel. None us wanted anything super heavy, so we all ordered the soup and half sandwich.

Never have we waited so long for our food! Other than, maybe, the sandwiches, this should all be ready made and set to go. After almost an hour, the sandwiches came, but not the soup.
After we (finally) found our waitress and flagged her down, come to find out, they were out of soup.

By that time we were tired, frustrated, and still hungry.
The manager came out to talk to us. He was more than apologetic about what happened. Obviously it was a major communication issue between the kitchen and the waitresses.

He gave us a couple of appetizers, dessert, and filled my parent's coffee thermos. All at no cost to us.
As far as we are concerned, he went above and beyond to make sure we remembered this visit as a good one.

That happened oh-so-many years ago, but the memory still remains.
I still visit Cracker Barrel and enjoy myself!
When I saw this Copy Kat recipe, I knew we had to try it.

1 Cup yellow cornmeal
⅓ Cup flour
1 ½ Tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
½ Tsp salt
½ Tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
¾ Cup buttermilk
1 Egg
½ Cup butter (melted)
Chicken FIlling
2 ½ Cups cooked chicken breast (cut into bite sized pieces)
¼ Cup yellow onion (chopped)
½ Cup celery (sliced thin)
1 Tsp salt
¼ Tsp pepper
1 Can cream of chicken soup
1 ¾ Cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp butter

1. Mix all together (except ½ cup melted butter) in mixing bowl until smooth
2. Pour into a greased 8x8 inch baking pan
3. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes
4. Let cool completely
5. Crumble cornbread and toss with melted butter

1. In a sauce pan on medium low heat, add butter, celery, and onions. Cook until translucent.
2. Add chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, salt, and pepper
3. Stir until soup is dissolved completely
4. Add chicken and blend until mixture reaches a low simmer
5. Cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat
6. Place chicken mixture in a 2 ½ quart buttered casserole dish
7. Spoon cornbread over the top of the casserole
8. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes


Cornbread Ingredients

And butter too...

Chicken filling...

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  1. Thanks! sounds like something hubby would love.



  2. That sounds yummy! My husband love Cracker Barrel and any chicken pot pie type of dish so I just bet he would love this! Pinned.

  3. God bless you, woman! Printing and pinning this!

  4. We once had a bad experience at Cracker Barrel also, which was not the norm. This sounds like comfort food at it's best. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great week.

  5. This sounds amazing! We'll have to try it!

  6. Yum, looks tasty! Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  7. My husband would adore this!

  8. I have missed this one on the Cracker Barrel menu, but I haven't been to one in a while. I do love their food! I guess service is something you never know how it will be when you stop somewhere unfamiliar! I am glad it worked out okay. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  9. I haven't been to Cracker Barrel in years! This looks like a great comfort food recipe. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  10. Pinned! I bet this is amazing! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  11. Love this stuff. Thanks for sharing at To Grandma's House We Go.

  12. It looks so tasty. Very interesting recipe!

  13. This sounds so delicious. We love chicken casseroles so I'll be trying it for sure. I loved the story you shared about Cracker Barrel too. It's amazing how bad service can be turned around by the right attitude

  14. We will love this dish as we love to order it at Cracker Barrel! Hope you are having a fantastic day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Looks yummy and so happy you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party. Have a lovely week.

  16. Thanks for sharing at #OverTheMoon and have a lovely week!

  17. Sorry it took so long to visit – I’ve been off on vacation! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!