This is very similar to a salad served at a neighborhood restaurant. I love the combination of the cheese, bacon and honey salad dressing. Prep time includes the overnight refrigeration of the salad dressing.
This is a great make-ahead dip and a welcome change from the basic cheese and sour cream type dips that show up a every gathering. The nice thing is the longer it marinates, the better it gets. Frees up your time for other dishes. It's also a very "forgiving" recipe...get creative and add or delete vegetables to suit your taste. I particularly like to serve this with Fritos but again, choose the chip of your choice. :-)
The water chestnuts and sliced almonds gives this dish a nice "crunch". I cook the chicken and rice the day before I plan to serve. Then the next day, I just throw it all together and bake. Serve this casserole with a side dish of cooked broccoli. Makes a wonderful meal.