I haven't done a recipe in awhile.
I don't know why.
Maybe because I've been dieting and by the time dinner is ready to eat I want to shove it in my face, instead of taking a picture?
Oh and by dieting, I mean not eating as much.
I am not a fad dieter.
Chicken Pineapple Casserole has been in my mom's recipe box since the 1970s as far as I know.
She says she got it from her sister, but for whatever reason, my aunt claims she never made anything this fattening, so it's a mystery as to where it came from, but it's usually made for a girl's night in, watching something fun like the Oscar's (Academy Awards).
Weird fact... 99% of men hate it.
Just like they hate award shows and the red carpet.
Anyway, here it is before it's baked.
And here's the recipe card.
Yeah... not exactly clear directions.
I guess I was in a hurry.
Just a warning for all you purists (which I usually am too)... it's an old recipe and I've learned the hard way that if you mess with them, they don't taste the same.
So, mess with it at your own risk.
Basically, this is mostly a one bowl and two casserole dishes (although you could make it one if you use the same one to cook the chicken) dinner, now that I've gotten my hands on it.
First, bake about three or four (if small) breasts of chicken, with olive oil, salt and pepper, at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Then shred or cut it up and put it in a large bowl.
Preheat or turn down the oven to 325.
Then cut up and throw in a couple stalks of celery in the same bowl with the chicken and add 1/3 cup Catalina dressing, two small bags of slivered almonds, 1 1/2 cups sour cream, a 1/2 teaspoon mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, 20 oz can pineapple chunks drained, and about 1 1/2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese (I hand grate mine). Then stir together and put in a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
In the same bowl, mix together one bag of crushed Ruffles potato chips and 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese and spread on top.
Put it in the oven for 45 minutes.
It should look like this when it comes out:
And these are all the dishes you'll end up with aside from the plates and silverware.
Easy peasy, right?
I hope you like it ;)