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Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

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Welcome to our comforting and hearty casserole recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a classic recipe for Chicken Noodle Casserole. This dish features tender egg noodles, juicy rotisserie chicken, creamy soup, and a crispy Panko topping. Perfect for a cozy family dinner, this casserole is sure to be a hit. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 oz) egg noodles, cooked and drained
  • Meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 2 cans (10 oz each) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots, corn, and green beans)
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Cook Egg Noodles: Cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Mix the Casserole

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded rotisserie chicken, cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, milk, finely diced onion, shredded cheddar cheese, and frozen mixed veggies. Stir until well combined.
  2. Add Noodles: Add the cooked egg noodles to the mixture and stir gently to combine.

Step 3: Assemble the Casserole

  1. Pour Mixture into Dish: Pour the noodle and chicken mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.

Step 4: Prepare the Topping

  1. Mix Panko and Butter: In a small bowl, mix the Panko bread crumbs with the melted butter until the crumbs are evenly coated.
  2. Sprinkle Topping: Sprinkle the Panko mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.

Step 5: Bake

  1. Bake Casserole: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown.

Step 6: Serve

  1. Serve Hot: Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy this comforting and delicious Chicken Noodle Casserole!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Noodles: Egg noodles work best for this casserole, but you can also use other pasta shapes like rotini or penne.
  • Chicken: Rotisserie chicken adds great flavor and saves time, but you can also use any cooked chicken you have on hand.
  • Veggies: Use your favorite frozen mixed veggies or substitute with fresh veggies. If using fresh, sauté them slightly before adding to the mixture.

Variations

Spicy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes or a few dashes of hot sauce to the mixture for a spicy kick.

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Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Add an extra cup of shredded cheese to the mixture for an even cheesier casserole.

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Herb Chicken Noodle Casserole

Add 1 teaspoon of dried thyme or rosemary to the mixture for a herby flavor.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Casserole

Use gluten-free noodles and gluten-free cream of chicken soup to make this casserole gluten-free.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this casserole ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the casserole up to the point of baking, then cover and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, add the Panko topping and bake as directed.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Yes, you can freeze the assembled (but unbaked) casserole. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking as directed.

What can I serve with this casserole?

This casserole pairs well with a simple green salad, garlic bread, or steamed vegetables.

How can I make this dish healthier?

Use low-fat mayonnaise and reduced-fat cheese. You can also add more vegetables and use whole wheat egg noodles.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole is a comforting and hearty dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With its tender chicken, creamy sauce, and crispy topping, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious casserole with your family and friends!