Is it a regular Tuesday night or Thanksgiving? It will be hard to tell when this holiday-worthy chicken dressing can be on the table in just 40 minutes.
Chicken and Cornbread Casserole Recipes
Credit: Ralph Anderson

It's mid-August and you're suddenly craving Thanksgiving turkey and dressing. Turkey Day is still three months away and that is three months too long to wait—what do you do? You cook up this quick and easy Chicken-and-Cornbread Casserole.

Give Chicken Dressing a Try

This is essentially chicken dressing. You can satisfy your craving in half the time by using store-bought rotisserie chicken and packaged cornbread. Even if you decide to use homemade ingredients, the prep couldn't be easier.

And perhaps there should be room for a bit of practice prior to the holiday season, right? Not only will you be giving yourself a little pre-holiday treat, you will also be brushing up on your chicken dressing skills for that upcoming holiday potluck.

Best Tips for Tasty Chicken Dressing

Take a deep dive into this chicken dressing recipe and bookmark it for future use. Now onto the tips that will take your effort to the top!

  • Start by sautéing the celery and onion in a skillet until the vegetables are tender—probably around 7 minutes.
  • Combine the crumbled cornbread and poultry season in a bowl.
  • Add half of the cornbread mixture to the bottom of a greased baking dish.
  • Grab your sautéed onions and celery and combine with chicken, chicken broth, sour cream, egg, sliced mushrooms, dried crushed red pepper, and salt. Spoon the mixture over the cornbread.
  • Next, layer on the remaining half of the cornbread mixture and drizzle with butter.
  • Bake the casserole at 350 degrees covered for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Remove the cover and top with shredded sharp Cheddar cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese is golden.
  • You can garnish with flat-leaf parsley if you prefer.

Make Ahead Tips

Some of the best recipes can be made ahead and frozen. This satisfying dish is no exception. To make the recipe ahead, simply prepare through step 4—but don't top the cornbread with butter just yet.

Cover it with heavy-duty aluminum foil and place in the freezer for up to a month. Let the casserole thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Just before baking, drizzle the butter on top of the cornbread. Follow the baking instructions as directed.

Credit: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Embrace Dressing for Everyday Cooking

Dressing is comfort food, and is often the most popular thing included in a holiday spread. Why relegate this popular dish to a specific event? Serve it up whenever you like, and take some time exploring recipes from Southern Living that will not only satisfy, but boost your dressing game.

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These casseroles belong on your holiday and on your everyday dinner table!