Easy Million Dollar Chicken Casserole

With flavorful ingredients like rotisserie chicken, sour cream, and garlic powder, this Million Dollar Chicken Casserole is perfect for making ahead and freezing or for serving fresh when you sit down for a family dinner together. 

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Say hello to your new go-to dinner – Million Dollar Chicken Casserole! Not only is this casserole the ultimate comfort food and easy to make, but this one will have even the picky eaters asking for a second helping.

Much like my Ultimate Chicken Casserole, you will love this one too!

Million Dollar Chicken Casserole Recipe

During the week, there’s no easier dinner than casserole. With so many options to choose from, they’re a household staple to quickly prepare and refrigerate for days at a time and still maintain their flavor when reheated. 

My Million Dollar Chicken Casserole recipe is no different, it’s easy to make with common ingredients like a rotisserie chicken, cheddar cheese, cream of mushroom soup, and a few common spices.

All of these ingredients combined create the definition of a comfort food that your family will love. Pop this one in the oven and serve with your choice of greens or side dish!

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Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken breast – Any cooked chicken works, I recommend rotisserie chicken for extra flavor.
  • Cream cheese – Sub full fat, reduced fat, or fat free. Can also use cottage cheese, ricotta, or greek yogurt.
  • Cottage cheese – If you aren’t able to find cottage cheese, replace with Ricotta.
  • Sour cream – Full-fat sour cream is highly recommended in order to keep the flavor, or substitute with low-fat or fat free.
  • Cream of chicken soup Can substitute with cream of celery or onion. 
  • Cheddar cheese – If need be, substitute cheddar cheese with American cheese, which has a similar but milder flavor.
  • Garlic powder – If you don’t have it, substitute garlic powder with an equal amount of minced garlic.
  • Onion powder – Replace with minced onion if you prefer.
  • Melted butter – Unsalted is best.
  • Ritz butter crackers – Substitute with your favorite cracker or breadcrumbs.

How to make Million Dollar Chicken Casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 9×9 baking dish with non-stick spray. Chop or shred the chicken.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, cream of chicken soup, cottage cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, and cheddar cheese. Mix to combine completely.
  1. Spread the chicken mixture into the prepared 9×9 casserole dish.
  2. In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, melt butter in intervals of 20 seconds until melted. Add the crushed cracker crumbs to the butter and mix to combine.
  1. Sprinkle the cracker crumbs and butter over the top of the casserole.
  2. Bake in the oven uncovered at 350F for 30- 40 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown. Remove and serve warm. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Can I make this ahead of time?

This casserole is perfect for weeknight dinners because it can be made at any time and frozen either baked or unbaked.

Freeze Unbaked: Prepare and freeze before baking. When ready to cook, thaw overnight in the fridge and bake as directed.

Freeze Baked: Prepare as directed, cool completely, and freeze. Thaw overnight in fridge before reheating.

How long does it last?

The Million Dollar Chicken Casserole is similar to others in that it is typically good in the fridge for around 4 days. I recommend wrapping the top of your casserole dish in plastic wrap or an air-tight lid for the longest lasting time.

What to serve with Million Dollar Casserole

Since this casserole is a delicious comfort food, we recommend pairing it with other comfort-food style sides, such as spicy green beans, oven-roasted broccoli, or even a Southern Pear Salad.

scoop of million dollar casserole on a plate with green beans and fork

Best Casserole Tips

  • I love a rotisserie chicken in this! It makes prep so easy. I also prep a large batch of chicken breasts and freeze in 1 pound portions.
  • Substitute the cream of chicken soup to cream of mushroom soup, or onion, celery, or cheddar cheese soup!
  • Don’t have Ritz crackers? Use saltine crackers, corn flakes, or even bread crumbs for the crumb topping.
  • Sneak in some veggies! Add frozen peas, green beans, or corn.
  • Garnish with green onions for a pop of color!
  • Add a sprinkle of poppy seeds over the top for more flavor and texture.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, pin this to your favorite casserole Pinterest board and share it on your favorite social media channels!

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This easy to make Million Dollar Chicken Casserole recipe is perfect for those busy weekday nights, with its comfort food feel and flavorful ingredients. Prepare it ahead and freeze it or serve it fresh with a side of green beans or salad to make the whole family happy! 

Yield: 9 servings

Million Dollar Chicken Casserole

square casserole dish with cracker topping

Whether you make it as a delicious side dish or a main dish, this is a great addition to the table, with easy steps, a vibrant color, and a savory sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 sleeve Ritz butter crackers, approx 30 crackers, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 9x9 baking dish with non stick spray. Chop or shred the chicken.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese, and spices. Mix to combine completely.
  3. Spread the chicken cream cheese mixture into the prepared 9x9 baking dish.
  4. In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, melt butter in intervals of 20 seconds until melted. Add the crushed cracker crumbs to the butter and mix to combine.
  5. Sprinkle the cracker crumbs and butter over the top of the casserole.
  6. Bake in the oven uncovered at 350F for 30- 40 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown.
  7. Remove and serve warm. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use precooked chicken! I have a stash of shredded chicken in my freezer in 1 pound packages just for casseroles like this.
  • Change the cream of chicken soup to cream of mushroom soup, or onion, celery, or cheddar cheese soup!
  • Use saltine crackers or corn flakes for the crumb topping if you don't have ritz crackers or butter crackers.
  • Add in frozen peas, green beans, or corn for more veggies in this million dollar chicken casserole!
  • Sprinkle a few poppy seeds on top for more texture and crunch.
  • Recipe first appeared on LeftoversThenBreakfast.com
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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    9

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 534mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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    1 Comment

    1. Kathi says:

      One of my favorite chickens now in casserole form, I had to try it! So yummy and we through in some fresh garden peas like you suggested! Great pops of color and flavor!

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