Ultimate Chicken Casserole

This ultimate chicken casserole recipe sets the bar pretty high. Because everyone knows what an ordinary chicken casserole tastes like. But to be extraordinary, then it means going the extra mile. A chicken casserole full of melted mozzarella cheese, corn, and seasoned chicken with creamy noodles goes there, and beyond.

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Ultimate Chicken Casserole Recipe

And to be extraordinary, it must excel on all counts. This chicken casserole must…

  • Be easy to make, can be made ahead of time, and is easy to pop in the oven and bake
  • Have easy to obtain ingredients
  • Taste better than any classic chicken casserole recipe
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ultimate chicken casserole ingredients in individual bowls

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken breasts – seasoned rotisserie chicken makes great shredded chicken too
  • Wide egg noodles – Sub any shape of pasta
  • Cream of chicken soup – Can sub mushroom, celery, or onion.
  • Mozzarella cheese – Cheddar cheese works great too.
  • Corn – canned or frozen – be sure to drain
  • Milk
  • Onion – sweet or white works best
  • Garlic – fresh minced works best
  • Bacon – cooked and chopped
  • French fried onions

How to make Ultimate Chicken Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Cook the egg noodles al dente according to package directions. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, corn, milk, cream of chicken soups, onion, garlic, and milk.
  4. Add in the egg noodles and gently stir to mix. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  1. Place in the prepared baking dish. Top with cheese, crumbled bacon, and fried onions.
  2. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Remove and serve warm.
casserole with scoop missing

Storage

Leftovers: Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until warmed through.

You can also reheat in the original dish in the oven at 350F until bubbly and warmed through. The internal temperature should be 165F.

Can I freeze it?

I recommend freezing the unbaked casserole in a freezer safe casserole dish wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and then foil. Freeze for up to 2 months.

When ready to bake, thaw overnight in the fridge, top with bacon and fried onions, and bake as directed.

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Variations On Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

If you want to put a spin on this classic creamy chicken noodle casserole, then you have all sorts of options.

  • Add some broccoli or green peppers or other types of veggies to it.
  • Use different styles of cream soups (mushroom or celery soup works nice!)
  • Make it vegetarian by using a mix of mushrooms instead of the chicken. If you want it to be vegan then use a veggie broth based potato soup for the creamy soup component.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley, basil, or cilantro .

Best Casserole Tips

  • Make sure to preheat the oven to at least 350 degrees.
  • Spritz with non stick cooking spray in the bottom or your 9 by 13 baking dish to make it easier to serve and to clean the dish afterwards. A greased pan is a good one!
  • You can substitute other meats for the chicken in this dish. Pork, shredded beef or turkey all work great too.
  • Egg noodles are great but if you need to use a different style noodle because flat egg noodles are not handy, then that is ok too.
  • You can do variations on this dish by using different cans of cream soups, like cream of mushroom or cream of asparagus, cheese soup, etc.

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Yield: 8 servings

Ultimate Chicken Casserole

casserole dish with chicken

A chicken casserole full of melted mozzarella cheese, corn, and seasoned chicken with creamy noodles goes there, and beyond.

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

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces egg noodles
  • 2 ½ cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 2 cups corn, canned, fresh, or frozen
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 (10.5 ounces) cans cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups (6 ounces) french fried onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Cook the egg noodles al dente according to package directions. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, corn, cream soups, onion, garlic, and milk. Stir to combine.
  4. Add in the egg noodles and gently stir to mix.
  5. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with cheese, crumbled bacon, and fried onions.
  6. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  7. Remove and serve.

Notes

  • Make sure to preheat the oven to at least 350 degrees
  • Spray non stick oil in the bottom or your casserole dish to make it easier to serve and to clean the dish afterwards.
  • You can substitute other meats for the chicken in this dish. Pork, shredded beef or turkey all work great too.
  • Egg noodles are great but if you need to use a different style noodle because flat egg noodles are not handy, then that is ok too.
  • You can do variations on this dish by using different cans of cream soups, like cream of mushroom or cream of asparagus, cheese soup, etc.
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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 491mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 21g

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