Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole

This easy chicken noodle casserole is the perfect comfort food dinner for when you want a delicious and quick meal that everyone will love. You can prepare this in under an hour, so gather the family around the table and enjoy!

chicken noodle casserole on a plate and in a baking pan.

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Chicken and Noodle Casserole

This simply baked chicken noodle casserole is the perfect dish for the weeknight or even a potluck dinner. Easy to make, and you can put this dish together ahead of time if you like and reheat it when you are ready to serve.

This is a great way to stretch your cooking budget too. Chicken, noodles, a couple of cans of soup, and some frozen vegetables can go a long way.

What Makes This Recipe So Good 

Casseroles, or hotdishes if you are from the Midwest, are classic comfort food for a very good reason. Not only are they filling and taste great, but they’re inexpensive, easy to make, and can feed a small army.

It is time to bring back these wonderful weekday meals, and one of the best recipes to get you started is this easy chicken noodle casserole.

Why This Is the Best Ever Chicken Noodle Casserole

This recipe is an absolute blast from the past and a genuine part of Americana. It may be a little more complicated than the official Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Casserole that graced millions of dinner tables over the years, but the additional ingredients make all the difference when it comes to taste.

Even if casseroles were never part of your childhood, go ahead and bake this Chicken Noodle Casserole. It is certain to become a new family favorite.

Ingredients For Chicken and Noodle Casserole

To make chicken egg noodle casserole, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breast, skinless
  • White onion, chopped
  • Celery, chopped
  • Unsalted butter
  • Salt
  • Can of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • Sour cream
  • Mixed frozen vegetables (green beans, carrots, peas, corn)
  • Egg noodles
  • Cracker crumbs
chicken noodle casserole ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes, Additions, and Substitutions

You can use any butter cracker you’d like, such as Ritz crackers, to make the cracker crumbs. Alternatively, go with Panko or unseasoned bread crumbs. 

You can use the store brands of soup. There isn’t a great difference when making casseroles.

You could also use some leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken instead of poaching chicken breasts. Leftover ham and turkey work nicely too.

You can bulk up this casserole with additional frozen vegetables, or you could even add some more celery. You may be able to use any leftover steamed or roasted vegetables.

For a cheesy chicken noodle casserole, add some cheese to this recipe. Monterey Jack or Sharp Cheddar cheese are great options.

How To Make Chicken and Egg Noodle Casserole

To poach the chicken breasts:

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a medium pot. The pot needs to be wide enough to prevent the chicken breasts from overlapping and deep enough to allow you to cover the chicken by an inch. Season the chicken with some salt. If you want, you can add a little pepper or fresh herbs. 
  2. Cover the chicken by about an inch with cold water. Optionally, get a little fancy by adding half a cup of white wine. 
  3. Bring the water to a boil, and reduce it to a simmer. Skim off any scum that appears on the surface of the water. 
  4. Cover and cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Timing can vary depending on the thickness of the chicken, but you can start checking after about 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove the chicken from the liquid, reserving the liquid for later, and cool the chicken breasts on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. 
  6. Chop the chicken into medium dice. 
cooked chicken pieces in a pan.

To prepare this easy Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe:

  1. Boil the egg noodles according to the directions on the package. You can use the reserved poaching liquid to enhance the flavor.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, place a large skillet over medium heat and saute the onions and celery in butter until translucent. Season the vegetables with a pinch of salt.
cooked onion and celery in a skillet.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Blend the cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups with the sour cream in a large bowl until smooth. 
cream of chicken and mushroom soups in a bowl.
  1. Add the sauteed and frozen veggies to the sauce.
chicken noodle casserole mixture in a bowl.
  1. Drain the cooked egg noodles and add them to a large casserole or baking dish. Stir in the sauce and the diced cooked chicken. Stir the chicken mixture until it is well blended.
chicken noodle casserole mixture in a baking dish.
  1. Sprinkle the cracker crumbs on top of the casserole and bake uncovered until hot, about 20 minutes. 
chicken noodle casserole serving on a plate.

A Favorite Recipe Variation

In the casserole heyday, Campbell’s chicken noodle casserole may have been king, but chicken broccoli noodle casserole ran a close second. It is a classic family dinner based on the same recipe as above and is a great way to introduce your kids to broccoli.

To make chicken broccoli noodle casserole, replace the frozen mixed vegetables in the recipe with an equal amount of frozen broccoli and keep everything else the same.

What To Serve With It 

Casseroles are so popular because they are a one-dish meal, but you can always add a salad or a bowl of soup to help round out dinner. 

How To Store Leftovers

Allow any extra casserole to cool before putting it in an airtight container or covering it with plastic wrap. The chicken and egg noodle casserole will keep in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer for up to three months. 

What Is the Best Way to Reheat Chicken Noodle Casserole

An excellent way to warm up leftover casserole is in the oven:

  1. Thaw leftovers in the fridge overnight. 
  2. Remove the casserole from the fridge and transfer it to a baking dish with a lid. You can use aluminum foil if your baking dish doesn’t have a cover. Leave the casserole on the counter while the oven heats up.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of water or chicken stock over the casserole.
  5. Cover the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until it is hot in the middle. 
chicken noodle casserole on a plate and in a baking dish.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

The best ever homemade Chicken Noodle Casserole is creamy, easy to make, and perfect for a family dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Casserole Recipes, Chicken Noodle Casserole, Chicken Recipes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 463kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 medium chopped white onion
  • 2 ribs chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 12 ounces mixed frozen vegetables
  • 6 ounces egg noodles , cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups cracker crumbs (you can use Panko crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  •  If you need to cook the chicken place chicken into a large stock pot with enough water to fully cover the chicken breasts. Cook chicken on a medium-high heat until the chicken is cooked through. Depending upon the thickness of your chicken this can cake 20 to 30 minutes. When chicken is done remove from water and cut the chicken into bite-sized cubes. If desired you can cook the noodles in the water that the chicken came out of for additional flavor. 
  • While the chicken is cooking, saute onions and celery together in a tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook onions and celery until both are tender and the onions become translucent. Cook noodles according to package directions. If you cooked the chicken you may want to cook the noodles in the water the chicken came out of for additional flavor. 
  • Drain noodles after they have cooked. Prepare the creamy sauce by combining the two cans of soup mix and the sour cream together. Blend until you have a uniform mixture. Add onions and celery to the sauce. Add frozen vegetables to the creamy mixture and stir them in well. Fill a 2-quart casserole dish with cooked noodles, and add creamy sauce and combine noodles and sauce in the casserole dish. In a small dish combine cracker crumbs and melted butter and blend until cracker crumbs are coated with butter. Spoon cracker crumbs on top of casserole. Bake casserole for about 20 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1033mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2710IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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