Chicken Noodle Casserole is stick-to-your-ribs filling but pairs with almost every side dish. Not many chicken casserole recipes can say they bring so much to the table, but there’s a reason why chicken noodle soup remains a go-to comfort food: while other chicken pasta recipes overpower the flavor of chicken, chicken noodle soup is a testament to all that our favorite lean white meat has to offer.
Chicken Noodle Casserole is one of my easiest to make casserole chicken recipes and a true celebration of chicken. Pull up a bowl — trust me, you’ll want to dive right in!
Tender noodles, creamy cheese, delicate chicken pieces . . . I’m getting cozier just thinking about Chicken Noodle Casserole! There’s so much to love:
- Homey memories in every bite!
- Full-rounded chicken flavor
- Versatility for days
- Easy prep, cook, and clean up
If you’re reading this, you’re likely thinking “This recipe sounds like a cinch! I’m gonna dive right in.”
I, too, frequently find myself plunging willy-nilly into simple-sounding recipes like this cheesy chicken noodle casserole. This embarrassingly, often results in that heart-wrenching moment where I open the oven door and the casserole is inedible.
We can avoid that if we work together. Let’s go over a few notes to make sure your casserole turns out exactly as perfect as casseroles should.
Chicken and Noodle Casserole Ingredient Notes
Gluten-free fears. A lot of people looking for allergy-friendly recipes tend to skip over any type of noodle dish. That is such a mistake!
Alternatives can easily be found: simply swap the pasta for gluten-free noodles or even spaghetti squash (though the texture might be a bit on the mushier side) and use gluten-free canned soup.
What’s in a noodle? Spaghetti noodles are the traditional type of pasta used with chicken noodle soup, which is why that’s the type listed in the recipe. But if you find your pantry sadly lacking in spaghetti noodles, there is a modicum of wiggle room with the pasta type.
For casseroles, you’ll always want a type of noodle that can withstand the oven temps and not disintegrate (so angel hair wouldn’t be a good idea!). Try using ziti or bowtie, or get really unique with bucatini!
No soup? No problem! Don’t have canned cream of chicken soup? You can whip up a quick substitute by combining a couple tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup chicken broth, and the secret ingredient: 4 oz of cream cheese!
All about that crunch. Want to really jazz up this casserole? Sprinkle some crushed crackers over the top after baking, when the cheese is still bubbly and gooey. The extra texture is drool-worthy, while the added flavor of the cracker packs a fun punch. Try anything from Ritz crackers to Triscuits — or you could go really crazy and toss on some crunched Goldfish Crackers!
Chicken and Noodle Casserole Storing Tips
Casseroles and storing go hand in hand! Once completely cooled, transfer it to an airtight container.
Can You Freeze This?
Absolutely! Chicken Noodle Casserole can last up to six months if stored properly in an airtight container.
Make Ahead Tips
This recipe comes together so quickly once you start, but there are a few ways to speed things along if you plan ahead.
You can break down your rotisserie chicken up to four days in advance (make sure to store your chicken pieces in a sealed container in the fridge!). You can also prepare the sauce and store it up to four days as well.
One thing I love to do for meal prep help is to pre-chop all my veggies and store them in the fridge. A lot of vegetables can last up to a week or more if treated properly!
And if you know you’ll be pressed for time, you can always convert this recipe to a simmering Crock Pot dish with a few simple changes!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
Once finished, Chicken Noodle Casserole is safe to camp out in the fridge for up to four days.
This is the fun part! Once you’ve tried (and fallen in love with) Chicken Noodle Casserole, you gotta shake things up, right? It’s a perfect canvas!
What Other Recipes Use Spaghetti Pasta?
Some of my favorite casseroles are the ones that use spaghetti noodles. There’s just something so delicious about the deep, full-bodied flavor that oven baking gives to spaghetti — and having chicken spaghetti casserole is like deliciousness to the max! The chicken spaghetti pairing might be the best pairing since peanut butter and jelly.
What Other Cheesy Pasta Recipes Can I Try?
Asking the real questions now: how can I get more cheeeeese? Look no further than cheesy chicken casserole — or, even better, cheesy chicken enchiladas. Because the only thing better than cheese is cheese with chicken, and the only thing better than cheese with chicken is cheese with chicken and tomatoes.
Can I Use Bacon Ranch?
Name one recipe that wouldn’t be improved by bacon. You can’t, can you? Bacon is universal. Bacon is incomparable. Bacon is everything.
Which is why I can’t even say the name chicken bacon ranch pasta without a mouthful of drool falling out in a very uncooth fashion. But seriously — chicken bacon ranch. And did I mention there’s also the chicken bacon ranch casserole version? Yeah. YEAH. I defy any picky eaters to snub their noses at that meal!
Can I Make This With A Mexican Twist?
Of course! Mexican chicken casserole brings the zesty spices of delectable Mexican cuisine to the down-home goodness of chicken casserole. Or if you’re looking for a different angle, try chicken taco casserole. There’s nothing a good taco can’t do, even in casserole form!
Can I Use A Different Sauce For This Recipe?
One of the things I love most about chicken noodle casserole is that every part of it is swap-able. The sauce is no exception — want to make a chicken carbonara version? Hankering for a creamy, dreamy chicken alfredo? Swap away, my friends!
Chicken Noodle Casserole
- 8 ounces dried spaghetti
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cups fresh mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 cup yellow onion finely chopped
- 2 10.75 ounces cans condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 fully cooked rotisserie chicken shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a saucepan, melt butter then saute mushrooms and onion until both are nice and soft.
- In a large bowl mix soup and sour cream until blended. And cooked mushrooms, onion, chicken and spaghetti and fold until everything is evenly coated with sauce.
- Pour spaghetti into a 9x13 dish and top with cheese. Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until casserole is heated through.
The possibilities are limitless when it comes to chicken casserole recipes! If you’re hungry for more, check out these hand-picked favorites:
- Chicken Alfredo Casserole
- Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- Chicken Stuffing Casserole
- Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Chicken Noodle Casserole is basically the “starter” casserole, the same way chicken noodle soup is the “starter” soup for many people. It’s the perfect introduction, the tasty, pleasing way to say “Here is what a casserole can be.” A celebration of chicken’s rounded flavors, a versatile and satisfying meal to cap your day — Chicken Noodle Casserole really is that good!