I had this at a potluck over the weekend and promised my husband I'd make it--until I got the complete recipe from the woman who made it. Now I need a way to lighten it up. It's apparently a popular Southern potluck dish called "Hot Chicken Salad Casserole." I was enthusiastic when the cook told me she used turkey, celery, onions, almonds, and wild rice (an addition that she happened to have on hand). Great. I've got all those. But then she told me later it calls for a cup of mayonnaise, cream of chicken soup, and shredded cheddar--and she also threw in sour cream. Topped with crushed potato chips.
I bought panko crumbs to replace the chips, but what should I use to bind the chicken, sliced almonds, sauteed celery and onions, and wild rice? I really don't want to use mayo or sour cream. And I also don't think the cheese is all that necessary--but I do have some mild white cheddar from a local dairy.