29 Nov

Prep Time: 15 -20 minutes

Total Cook Time: 1 hr. - 1 hr. 20 mins.

Serving: Big Crowd!


    • 4 lbs frozen hash browns (I use the diced kind and normally a generic brand)

    • 1 stick of no-salt butter (Real butter!)

    • 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup

    • 1 container of all-natural or fat free sour cream

    • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled Velveeta (You'd be surprised how many people are allergic to cheddar cheese so Velveeta is a nice alternative)

    • 1/4 cup diced onions (I use frozen chopped onion &  sauté them in a little olive oil before adding them to the mix)

    • A small box or bag of generic Corn Flakes

    • Season to taste. I use a little bit of salt (You can always add salt but you can’t take it away), pepper, garlic powder and Nature’s Seasoning (I use this in almost everything I cook)

    • One box of no-salt chicken broth (You will NOT use the entire box!)


  1. Defrost potatoes, melt ½ cup of butter, and mix together the hash browns, ½ cup of butter, soup, sour cream, onions (if you sauté, don't put the oil in the mix) and approximately ½ the bag of cheese ingredients. I gradually add a little chicken broth as I mix to keep the mixture nice and moist. Who likes dry potato casserole? Not me! You have to use your best judgement on this part, I don't have a measurement.

  2. Pour mix into a large dish. I normally use a disposable pan, especially if I’m taking it to a large gathering or potluck. No clean up!

  3. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, don’t get too carried away with the cheese. You want to be able to taste the potatoes!

  4. Melt the remaining stick of butter.

  5. Cover the top of your mix with Corn Flakes.

  6. Drizzle the melted butter on top of the Corn Flakes.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour to 1 hour & 15 or 20 minutes. You’ll need to watch it. The above recipe is more like a “double” batch. Watch for it to bubble and then you should be good-to-go! Or good-to-serve, I guess!

  8. Enjoy!

This recipe is definitely a crowd-pleaser! I don't think I've ever had leftovers. It's easy to make ahead of time too. If you want to make it the night before. Do everything with the exception of the Corn Flakes and butter the night before. Add the Corn Flakes, drizzle butter, and bake about an hour and half before you're ready to leave your house or serve it to your guests.

Sadly, I don't have a picture but someone asked me for a recipe they could take to a potluck so I thought I would go ahead and post it. Especially since the holiday season has begun, I thought some of you might need a recipe of this kind too!

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  • Crystal

    I need to make a yummy treat for our Sunday School class Christmas party and this sounds perfect! I just had a couple of questions– How big of a bag of cheese do you use? Just the standard 2 cups? Also, can you use Chicken broth with salt or does it ruin it? We have tons of broth left over from Thanksgiving but it’s not salt free. Thanks for you help and for sharing your recipe! :)

  • Jennifer

    I cannot remember a single holiday when my mom has not made this recipe. It’s a favorite of our family!

  • Jenny

    Hi Nina!

    Quick question about this recipe, when you say 1 container of all-natural or fat free sour cream, which exact size do you use?

    This recipe sounds AMAZING. I think I’ll try it Christmas morning because we always like to have fun, make-ahead food as we take a break from watching our kids open Christmas gifts :) .

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. My mouth is drooling so I must navigate away! Ha! Have a great day!


  • erin

    This is SUCH a crowd pleaser! I’ve always done the peel, boil, cool, and shred potato process so the hash browns could be great in a time crunch. Good tip!

  • Lindsey

    Re: A hard copy of your favorite links… maybe a screen shot?

  • Kirby Stuart

    My boyfriend will LOVE this dish!!! I might have to make this for him and his family. They love potatoes!

  • sarah k

    yummy! i just love hashbrown casserole. this has me craving a big bowl of it right now!