Chicken & Cornbread Casserole is one of those dishes that just screams comfort food! Every time I eat it, I’m transported back to my grandma’s kitchen!
I’ve been obsessed with Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House for years. Mike’s been to Miss Mary Bobo’s twice on trips to the Jack Daniel’s distillery. Oh, and he’s met Lynne Tolley both times. Yeah. He knows I get jealous, so every time he goes he brings me a new cookbook from their gift shop. This last time, he texted me pictures of the books they have, just to make sure I didn’t have the one he wanted to buy already. I’ve got about 4 of the Miss Marry Bobo’s and Jack Daniel’s cookbooks. This last trip, he got me the Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Cookbook and it’s amazing. It’s all the southern food I grew up loving when my grandma would cook.
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So this casserole is amazing. It’s creamy and has cornbread, which is never a bad idea and is just insanely good. Mike’s not into traditional Thanksgiving dressing, and the sage cornbread combo reminded him a little too much of that flavor. If it’s not your thing, you can leave out the sage and everything will still taste awesome! I’ve made this casserole both ways and love them both.
I like to do a little pre-prep when making this dinner. I bake my cornbread oon the morning of or even a day or two before. You’ll need an entire 9-inch by 13-inch pan of it. Then you can leave the cornbread hanging out in the pan on your counter until you’re ready to make dinner. Another way to hurry things along is to grab a rotisserie chicken from the store, ditch the skin, shred the chicken, add that to the sour cream mixture, and layer it all up in a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish. I’m all about saving time on weeknights.
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Chicken & Cornbread Casserole
- 6 cups cornbread crumbled
- ¾ teaspoon seasoned salt
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 ¼ cups chicken stock
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 chicken breasts cooked and diced
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
- Salt to taste
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine cornbread, seasoned salt, and sage. Pour in melted butter and chicken stock. Gently stir to moisten cornbread.
- In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, and mayonnaise. Add chicken, onion powder, and red pepper flakes.
- Coat the bottom of a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish with half the cornbread mixture. Gently press the crumbs into the dish. Don't pack them in, just a little smoosh. Top crumbs with all of the chicken mixture. Spread chicken evenly over cornbread. Top chicken with remaining cornbread, spread evenly, and don't press the crumbs...just leave them as is.
- Top casserole with cheese and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven, and serve warm.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
Does the cornbread have to be precooked ? Or an I use polenta and it will cook while in the oven ?
The cornbread does have to be pre-cooked. I would not use polenta. It’s not the same as cornbread, and will give you a totally different dish (and potentially a big mushy mess).
I agree with your comment—cornbread and polenta are not in the same catagorey in this recipe! Why do people ask these substitution questions?
Diana Fulton says
Made this for a potluck and they raved about it. Had to add extra cornbread because it was way too wet with the broth and butter.
I LOVED this recipe. I did however, tweek it a little bit. Instead of onion powder, I used fresh onions, and added celery, too. I left out the red pepper flakes, (couldn’t imagine spicy dressing), and also added boiled eggs to the cornbread mix. This recipe is fantastic! Enjoy!
How do I read the reviews for the chicken and cornbread casserole recipe? I signed up for your website hoping the would take me to the reviews.
Julie Espy says
Hi Lynda! Star ratings on the recipe can be given by readers without having to leave a comment. That being said, I would definitely read the other comments left on this post for some insight. Pinterest is also a great place to see reviews as readers can review AND leave images of their dish. Here’s the pin with revies and image for ya:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/324611085628546325/ Hope this helps!
Does it need to be covered while baking?