Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole


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This baked chicken noodle casserole will be on the dinner menu rotation all year long!

This cozy creamy casserole uses a shortcut to create a belly-warming meal in no time at all! Chicken, noodles, and peas are tossed in a creamy sauce and baked until bubbly.

Chicken noodle casserole being served.

Best Ever Chicken Noodle Casserole

Who doesn’t love chicken noodle soup? And who doesn’t love a hearty casserole? Two favorites are combined into one easy meal!

This casserole is made with pantry ingredients that you probably already have on hand!

It makes great use of leftovers from meats to veggies, it’s the perfect way to clean out the fridge.

This casserole can easily be prepared in advance with a variety of substitutions to use whatever you have on hand! Ready in 30 minutes it is a great weeknight meal.

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Ingredients and Variations

Keep the basics like cream of chicken soup and the meat, but feel free to substitute the add ins depending on what you have on hand!

PASTA Try substituting any medium pasta like fusilli, penne or even tortellini for the egg noodles.

VEGGIES Add any frozen veggies to the mix.

CHEESE Shredded mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar cheese adds a new flavor twist! For some extra kick try adding Monterey or pepper jack!

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How to Make Chicken Noodle Casserole

This easy comfort food favorite is ready in two steps!

  1. Combine all ingredients in a casserole dish.
  2. Sprinkle on toppings and bake.

It’s that easy to make a delicious weeknight meal!

Tips for Success

  • The best tips for making casseroles is to cook the pasta until it is just al dente. It will keep cooking in the oven.
  • Always start with pre-cooked meat.
  • If substituting fresh veggies, add them to the pasta water during the last few minutes until tender. This saves the step of cooking them.
  • Be generous with the cheese, nothing looks or tastes better than a super cheesy casserole!

A serving of chicken noodle casserole

How to Freeze Casseroles

Freezing casseroles is a great way to have a future dinner ready at the last minute or a potluck meal to go. Just be sure not to freeze a casserole with raw meat in it. Here’s an easy method for freezing any kind of casserole!

  1. Line the bottom of a casserole dish with aluminum foil and have it overlap by at least 6 inches on each side.
  2. Assemble the casserole as directed. Cover and chill the casserole overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Wrap the casserole tightly in plastic wrap and label it with the date on it.
  4. Place casserole in the freezer. Once frozen, the foil can be lifted out of the pan so your pan can be used again!

Our Favorite Casseroles

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5 from 25 votes
Review Recipe

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Casserole, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
This easy Chicken Noodle Casserole is topped with a delicious breadcrumb mixture and baked until bubbly!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry egg noodles
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas or frozen vegetables
Topping
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese optional

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Cook egg noodles al dente (firm) according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Combine egg noodles, chicken, soup, milk, and vegetables in 2qt casserole dish. Top with cheese if using.
  • Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle over the casserole.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly. Broil 1 minute to brown topping if needed.

Recipe Notes

  • Any pasta can be used in this casserole. Be sure to cook it until it is just al dente. It will keep cooking in the oven.
  • Always start with pre-cooked meat.
  • Easily substitute the peas for any vegetable you have on hand. 
  • If substituting fresh veggies, add them to the pasta water during the last few minutes until tender. This saves the step of cooking them.
  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese can be added to the sauce if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.25cups, Calories: 342, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 655mg, Potassium: 405mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 573IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 3mg
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    1. I’ve only tried the recipe as written, but I’m sure that would be just fine. If you find the mixture a little dryer (because the half and half is a bit thicker), add a couple extra Tablespoons. Let us know if you try it Anita!

  1. Yum!! Used a can of artichoke hearts in water, drained instead of peas. Cut up 2 chicken breasts seasoned with pepper and a little Montreal steak seasoning, and browned on the stove in olive oil. Used a hot dog bun crumbled and mixed with 2 Tbsp of butter for crumbs and more like a cup of finely grated Mexican blend cheese. This was super easy and we loved it!5 stars

    1. To print this recipe you can scroll down the recipe itself and select the print button at the top. I hope that helps Susan!

  2. This was delicious! I made it for my family and we just loved it. It is a shame it didn’t make more because everyone wanted the leftovers for lunch the next day.

    It’s definitely going into our dinner rotation.5 stars