You Won't Believe How Julie Chrisley Made a Chicken and Stuffing Casserole in Prison

Julie Chrisley got inventive when she made a holiday meal for her fellow prison inmates. Find out exactly how the Chrisley Knows Best alum whipped up a crafty casserole behind bars.

By Brett Malec Apr 03, 2024 8:47 PMTags
Watch: You Won't Believe How Julie Chrisley Made a Holiday Casserole in Prison

Julie Chrisley is the casserole queen, even behind bars.

In fact, Savannah Chrisley recently revealed her mom did some crafty cooking over the holidays and whipped up a delicious meal for her fellow prison inmates using only the scarcest of resources.

"I decided to cook for Thanksgiving," Savannah, reading a letter written by Julie last November, recounted on the Apr. 2 episode of her Unlocked podcast. "I fought against it but I decided to do it. There was about 10 of us who cooked together. I made chicken and stuffing casseroles. There was chips and dip. Several ladies made dessert. It doesn't sound like much, but cooking anything in here is a chore."

Julie—who is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence in Kentucky for bank fraud and tax evasion—went on to explain exactly how she baked her Thanksgiving dish without a kitchen or utensils. (Her husband Todd Chrisley is also currently serving 10 years behind bars.)

Savannah Chrisley Through the Years

"Cooking is done on radiators in the winter and with hot water and a small Rubbermaid orange cooler in the summer," the 51-year-old wrote. "There's no refrigerator, no knives, of course, no staples other than a few spices from commissary. We made the best of it though and just sitting around a table was nice."

And despite it being her first Thanksgiving away from her family since she and Todd reported to prison in January 2023, Julie noted the celebration was a minor comfort.

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"There really are some great women in here," her letter concluded. "We are all so different, however prison unites you in a way. I made it through another holiday. Christmas is next and I'm not looking forward to it."

Savannah also noted she thought the "most touching" part of her mom's letter was that she stated she has "so much to be thankful for" despite her ongoing legal troubles.

"You expect her to be down in the dumps," the 26-year-old said. "I would be. I would be friggin' miserable."

Keep reading to look back at the Chrisleys' sweetest family moments prior to prison.

Couple Portrait

Chrisley Knows Best stars Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley smiled for a professional photo together in 2016.

Cast Photo

Todd and Julie were pictured along with Faye Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley and Grayson Chrisley ahead of season eight of their reality show.

Beverly Hills Outing

The spouses attended the 2014 Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. in 2014. 

Academy of Country Music Awards

The pair hit the red carpet for the 2017 Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The Concert For Love And Acceptance

Lindsie Chrisley—whose parents are Todd and Teresa Terry—joined her dad, Savannah and Julie at the 2015 Concert For Love And Acceptance at City Winery Nashville.

Sibling Bond

Savannah and Chase snapped a pic together in 2019 for E! News' Daily Pop.

Chrisley Knows Best

The couple appeared with granddaughter Chloe, who they adopted, on the "Build A Baby" episode in 2020.

Hollywood Game Night

Todd and Julie appeared with their daughter Savannah on Hollywood Game Night in 2018 for the "Chrisley's Believe It Or Not" episode.

Father-Daughter Date

The real estate mogul and his daughter were among the stars at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

New York Event

Todd and Julie kept their kids Savannah and Chase close at the 2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront in New York City.

Nashville Night Out

Todd and Julie were spotted at the 2019 grand opening of E3 Chophouse Nashville in Nashville, Tenn.

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