Grandma’s Heirloom Country Chicken Casserole Recipe

By Ross Sveback, July 9, 2010

20130513_170932You can’t live in the Midwest and not have a couple of recipes that involve a potato, can of cream soup and a bag of frozen vegetables – it’s just par for the course.  Here is  my Grandmother’s timeless recipe for her Country Chicken Casserole.  It brings me back to the days when she would make this and bring it over for dinner, comforting and homey.

2.5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed (not peeled), boiled and mashed
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded, cheddar cheese
1 2.8 oz. can french-fried onions
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. coarse ground pepper

Combine ingredients and spread into the bottom of a baking dish or comparable oval baking dish.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1.5# – 2.0# boneless, skinless chicken breasts – poached and shredded
1 26-oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 16 oz. bag frozen, mixed vegetables – thawed and drained
1 c. sour cream
2 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 c. shredded, cheddar cheese – for sprinkling on top

Combine ingredients and spread over potoato mixture.  Sprinkle with additional cup of shredded cheddar cheese.  Bake in oven for 45 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly, serve and enjoy.


  1. Sharlene says:

    As a West Coast gal with southern roots, I don't have nearly enough of these kind of recipes. I bet Paul would love this. If you ever want any good dishes with a hispanic flare, you know where to find me. 🙂

  2. debi9kids says:

    Oh YUM!
    This looks DELICIOUS!

  3. Sandi says:

    I was shopping for the ingredients for this the other day (it looks great!) and noticed that the 28-oz. bag of French-fried onions is HUGE. . . I’m guessing that’s a typo of some kind because I can’t imagine all of those onions in one regular-sized casserole. . . . Can you tell me what it should be? 2.8, perhaps?


  4. Billie Jean says:

    Hi, im making this recipe now but I am curious. The potatoes should or should not be mashed?

  5. linda says:

    I sure do like the kind of recipes that I am seeing and will be trying many of them.

  6. Kim Leippert says:

    I’m making this for Dinner tonight! It looks great! Thank you for posting it!

  7. Nykiah says:

    Oh my word! This looks absolutely delicious! Casserole’s are always so easy and fun!


  8. Jessi Fox says:

    Just curious… how many people is this expected to serve?

  9. Darcy. E says:

    Hi Ross, I so love my Grandmas hot-dishes and she made the Best Ever brother and I had words on who got to take the left overs home..ha ha. I so enjoy watching you on Twin City Live–you have such energy and bubbly personality..don’t ever change you are a Doll!!!

    Keep up all the good cookin and tips for us.

    Have a DELISH DAY,

  10. Betty Cutietta says:

    Made your recipe and it is excellent. The flaver is delicious, in fact I’m making it for my garden club. Do you have any more recipes?
    Betty Cutietta

  11. Patty says:

    I would have this tonight if hubby was coming home to dinner. Really like the idea that I have everything already on hand

  12. Harold Dawson says:

    I have never poached a chicken. Is this easy

  13. Linda Miller-Scheib says:

    I finally got around to trying this recipe and only wished that I tried it sooner. I love it! The only change that I had to make was in substituting 2 – 10 oz. cans of cream of mushroom soup for the 1 – 26 oz. can. Since one of the cans that I had was mushroom and roasted garlic, I omitted the garlic powder.

  14. Andrev says:

    This is a very easy and tasty entree. My ten year old son said that he loved this chicken so much he would marry it if he could 🙂 Fro Step 6 in the instructions, I simmered the chicken for 20 minutes in a covered pan and then added some corn starch and simmered for a few more minutes to thicken the sauce. Next time I make this, I may double the amount of sauce. Thanks for a great recipe.

  15. Darlene says:

    Can you use tater tot potatoes instead of red potatoes mashed—-????

  16. Sandi says:

    How can I alert it for a family that only eats fish?

  17. Patricia Simpson says:

    I am anxious to try this recipe. I made a mistake when I hit the print key and got 8 pages of comments. I did not see any “print recipe” so that I would only get the recipe. anyhow, thanks for the scrumptious recipe.

  18. Debbie says:

    Would love to try this but CANNOT copy it

  19. gloria says:

    If grandma was a good cook she wasn’t using cream soups, thought the recipe looked good but cream soup is a big turn off for me

  20. Norma says:

    Made this recipes and it was wonderful, the flavours and the complex the all
    ingredients were amazing.
    Good job.

  21. This really sounds good, I’ll try it on my family first and then make it for my Quilt Guild July picnic.

  22. Karyn says:

    I want to fix this for a Kentucky Derby party that we are going to this weekend. What is the serving size on this?

  23. Luann says:

    this looks deliciou and i want to make it but i have a question in regards too the preparation of the potatoes – 2.5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed – not peeled, boiled and mashed
    does this mean i cube the potatoes but not peel them but then boil and mash them. thank you

  24. Annie says:

    I love trying different recepies,What if you don’t have Yukon potatoes ,can you try white potatoes? I have seen the Yukon but not to often in the store I shop at.

  25. Tina says:


  26. Wa yne M says:

    To copy recipe without copy/paste procedure, simply press “Control and the letter P” simultaneously. When the print screen comes up, check Page (from 1 to 1) and then press OK. The printer will then print only the recipe with no comments.

  27. Martha Hadley says:

    I’m going to fix this for my Bible Study group the next time it’s my turn to cook. It can be hard to find recipes that are large enough to feed a group, and have flavors that will appeal to everyone. This sure looks like it fits the bill. Thanks for posting it.

  28. Trish says:

    This looks good. Can you make it and freeze it?

  29. Thelma says:

    I love your recipes

  30. LORNA says:


  31. Rodger says:

    Recipe looks great. But I have diabetes, a carb count would be very helpful.

  32. This recipe needs to be redone since it has errors.It plainly tells you NOT to mash the potatoes, but yet a reader asks about it and they get a response that the potatoes SHOULD be mashed.

  33. Marion says:

    Gloria, even grandmas who were great cooks might occasionally use cream soups either home made or from a can. It is called taking a break or maybe a treat or even just did’ have the time that day, so quit being so judgemental. I know because my nana was a great cook and occasionally did the above.

  34. Cindy says:

    Made this recipe for dinner tonight. Makes a bunch…way to much for 2 people. You might try cutting in half, which I thought about doing but did not 🙁 To much garlic flavor for my husband and I. And I even cut back on the 1 t. since I used the poaching recipe given, which also called for garlic powder. Potato mixture was yummy though!!

  35. Linda M says:

    I really love the sound of this recipe and I cant wait to try it . I bet it is simply delicious. Do you have other recipes like this one? I just love a good home cooked meal and Im always on the look out for recipes like this one. So thank you very much for sharing it with all of us.

  36. Tanya Adams says:

    It said boiled not pealed and mashed, and I can say it was delicious!
    Thanks for posting,I will be making this again and plan on inviting my Pastor and his Wife over when I do. 🙂

  37. Sharon says:

    I made this but didn’t bake as described.
    Also didn’t mash potatoes but left in cubes.
    I portioned it into individual Pot Pie dishes with both bottom and top crusts.
    Best Chicken Pot Pie ever!

  38. Kathy says:

    Sorry. Now I’m completely confused about the potatoes. Are you saying that we should just make mashed potatoes, butter, milk and all, but not peel them? Or should the unpeeled potatoes just be cubed and not cooked? Or should the potatoes be cubed and mashed up, but not made like mashed potatoes that you would serve as a side dish?

    Please clarify. I really hate wasting my money and time incorrectly following directions and ending up ruining a recipe. Thanks!

  39. Nancy says:

    I’d like this sent to my email, so I won’t lose it.

  40. Lucy says:

    Sounds good with chives 🙂

  41. Leigh says:

    Do the French fried on ions get mixed in with the potatoes?

  42. sharon says:

    Is there a substitute for the cream of mushroom soup?

  43. Laura says:

    I can not wait to try this I am adding it to my January freezer meals list

  44. made this and was wonderful. i did make a few changes i used frozen peas instead of mixed veg. aso used a stack of celery,and a half small onion and half a pepper sauted in butter and olive oil until tender,and a few slices of crisp bacon crumbled, into chicken mixture.also added a small handful of frenches onions on top with a little crisp bacon on top of cheese,to dress it up a little

  45. Kara says:

    For the mixed vegetables; is it peas and carrots or a broccoli mixture?
    This recipe sounds yummy. Any suggestions on how yall seasoned the chicken.

  46. Lin says:

    This recipe looks incredible I am trying it next weekend the only question I have is I will be preparing this dish for twenty five people. Is there any way you could help me with the amount of each ingredients I would need fot this number of people
    Thank you for your help

  47. Lisa says:

    Thank you! This casserole is scrumptious. I fixed it tonight and we all loved it. I often substitute mashed potatoes for rice so it is nice to see someone else does this as well. This recipe does make a lot and I am going to try and freeze some if there is any left. After supper, people keep eating “just a bit more” out of the casserole dish. Again, thanks for posting this recipe.

  48. Kelly says:

    I feel this recipe should be written out clearer. I read the potatoes as cubed NOT peeled, boiled & mashed. Which would mean put them in raw. I am an experienced cook & against my better judgement, I did followed the way it was written. The entire dish was a total waste. Good flavor but very RAW POTATOES.

  49. Faye Hart says:

    I was wondering does any of your recipes have the calories, carbs per serving? The recipes I have seen I haven’t seen that. All the recipes looks so good.
    Thank you

  50. Grace Boruff says:

    People seem to be confused about preparation of the potatoes. Perhaps you should type it to read: “…potatoes cubed (unpeeled). Then boil and mash…”
    You have the comma correctly placed but maybe some don’t realize how that should the be interpreted.

    Recipe looks delicious and I like the suggestion for the Frozen Peas used in place of Frozen Mixed Vegetables.

  51. Misty says:

    The recipe should read: 2.5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cubed (not peeled), boiled and mashed. For those of you that are confused by the wording. (I was confused at first too, lol) So basically you are supposed to cube, boil, and mash the potatoes, but you’re not supposed to peel them. Hope this helps! It sounds delicious and I will be trying this recipe soon. Although, I may make a few adjustments. Such as, I will most likely peel the potatoes before boiling and mashing them simply because my girls won’t eat this if the peel is left on. Also, I may add some broccoli florets along with the vegetable mix and 1 and a half to 2 cans of cream soup. I figure I’ll need a bit more soup since I’m adding more vegetables than the recipe calls for. Can’t wait to try this!

  52. Judy says:

    This looks delicious and comforting for cold weather

  53. Val says:

    Sounds delicious but I don’t understand how much chicken is used in this recipe ?

  54. Gary P southern virginia says:

    As do most the cooking here..this sounds really good..i,m gonna fix it for my midwestern wife..along with fried apples and southern biscuits on the side..freeze therest..Thank you

  55. Gary P southern virginia says:

    As i do most the cooking here , this really sounds good .im gonna fix this along with fried apples and southern biscuits on the side..freeze the rest Thank you

  56. irene says:

    so you leave the skins on the potatoes then boil and mash .I cant get the canned onions so can i fry onions and mix them in Thank you very much Irene

  57. irene says:

    Can i fry the onion instead of the can onions i cant find them in my store thank you

  58. carol says:

    This recipe looks really good and I’m making it tonight for supper. It has all that I need for a complete meal, meat, potatoes, and vegetables. Plus, I’m also going to try it as a pot pie too. Thank You!!!!

  59. Denise says:

    Made this last week. Very tasty! Will be making again. Thank you for sharing!

  60. Bonnie Proctor says:

    It looks like it would really be so good. I am going to have to make it .

  61. Thelma says:

    I understand about how to prepare the potatoes but do not understand how much chicken to use.

  62. Judy Fisher says:

    What size baking dish do you use?

  63. Sandra haymart says:

    Why not some good instant mashed potatoes?

  64. Pat Smart says:

    The dish was delicious! I prepared it per your instructions (no confusion there) for my husband and son. They both thought it delicious, so will be making it again. Thanks!

  65. Sherrie says:

    When I make mashed potatoes,I use a mixer and I add butter and milk to the potatoes. Do you do that with this recipe or just hand mash them plain with nothing added.

What do you think?

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