Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

Chicken Noodle Casserole – cooked chicken and noodles in a savory flavored sauce topped with a cheesy bread crumb topping. This dinner makes a great weeknight meal and is even easier when you use a rotisserie chicken. 

Why didn’t my mom ever make this when I was a kid?

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It seemed like all we ever ate was Tuna Noodle Casserole and dry meatloaf.
Most likely because tuna was much less expensive than the chicken would have been.

Since I’ve “tweaked” those two recipes, I can now eat them and enjoy them without turning my nose up at the the thought.
LOL
Bless her soul, mom passed away in July of ’92.
She unfortunately (or fortunately, haha) has no idea of the changes I’ve made.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole.

What do I need to make this chicken casserole recipe?

  • butter
  • flour
  • poultry seasoning
  • chicken base dissolved in boiling water
  • milk
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cups bite-size pieces cooked chicken
    you can also use rotisserie chicken
    I usually make this recipe using chicken that I’ve seasoned with Montreal Chicken Seasoning and grilled using my George Foreman Grill (Oh, how I LOVE that thing!)
  • noodles
Process steps for making Chicken Noodle Casserole.

Making Chicken Noodle Casserole from scratch is easy!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare an 8 X 8-inch baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and blend in flour and poultry seasoning.
  3. Slowly stir in broth and milk, add salt and pepper, and heat, stirring until mixture thickens.
  4. Remove from heat and add the chicken and noodles. Gently stir well to combine.
  5. In a small microwavable bowl, melt the butter.
  6. Add the Panko bread crumbs and stir to coat.
  7. Mix in the cheese and then spread evenly over the baking dish.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.

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A skillet full of creamy noodles mixed with chicken.

Can you freeze this Chicken Casserole?

Sure can!
Once the chicken and noodles have been mixed together, pour into the prepared 8 X 8-inch baking dish.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap, then with tin foil.

Add a note to the top with the ingredients for the topping, and baking instructions.
When ready to bake, thaw overnight in refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 350° F, and remove the plastic wrap and tin foil.
Melt the butter and mix in the panko breadcrumbs and cheese.
Sprinkle over the chicken casserole and bake for 30-35 minutes.

A plate of Chicken Noodle Casserole.

Looking for things to serve along with this dish?

How about this easy Strawberry Spinach Salad? It’s always been a HUGE hit here at our house.
Some of our favorites are Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks, Skillet Mexican Street Corn, Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts.
Make this Easy Three Bean Salad, Roasted Parmesan Broccoli, Roasted Curry Cajun Cauliflower or Roasted Teriyaki Cauliflower.

A forkful of noodles and chicken.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole – cooked chicken, and noodles in a savory flavored sauce. This dinner makes for a great weeknight meal and will be even easier for you when you use a rotisserie chicken. 
Course Dinners
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken and Noodle Casserole, Chicken Casserole, Chicken Noodle Casserole
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 635kcal
Author Lynne Feifer

Equipment

  • George Foreman Grill
  • Large pot
  • Large skillet
  • 8 X 8-inch baking dish

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sifted flour
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons chicken base dissolved in 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated pepper
  • 2 cups bite-size pieces cooked chicken
  • 8 oz. thin noodles cooked according to package directions and drained

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Cheddar/Jack shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare an 8 X 8-inch baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over moderate heat and blend in flour and poultry seasoning.
  • Slowly stir in broth and milk, add salt and pepper, and heat, stirring until mixture thickens.
  • Remove from heat and add the chicken and noodles. Gently stir well to combine.

Topping

  • In a small microwavable bowl, melt the butter.
  • Add the Panko bread crumbs and stir to coat.
  • Mix in the cheese and then spread evenly over the baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 806IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 3mg

Oh. My. Goodness!
Yes, this is one of those recipes that IS a keeper!!
The whole family absolutely loved this dish tonight, and unanimously decided that it earned 4 rolling pins!

I used to rate everything that I bake on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the best of the best.
The sauce was so delicious and I think it was largely in part due to the fact that I used the Montreal Chicken seasoning.
That seasoning is great when we grill chicken, so I knew it would give this dish that extra boost I was looking for.

This was SO yummy!!!!!

This post was originally published 5/23/11. It was update 10/10/16, and again on 5/28/21 with pictures and in format.

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