Chicken a la King Casserole With Noodles

Chicken a la King Casserole
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
931 Calories
66g Fat
43g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 931
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 66g 84%
Saturated Fat 32g 160%
Cholesterol 207mg 69%
Sodium 896mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 42g
Calcium 431mg 33%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken noodle casserole is filled with all the flavors of classic Chicken a la King, with pimientos, celery, and an easy, creamy sauce. We used wide noodles, but medium or wide may be used. 

We adapted the recipe from a vintage community cookbook from North Carolina. It's an easy preparation and makes an excellent family meal for any night of the week. It's great for potlucks, too. 

Convenient, condensed cream of chicken soup makes the sauce super easy, and the ingredients are quite versatile. Add some canned or sautéed mushrooms or sauté some green onions and add them to the sauce. We used sharp cheddar in the casserole, but you might have another favorite cheese. It would be great with American cheese or a cheddar jack blend. It's also a great way to use leftover turkey or ham.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt (plus more, to taste)
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups noodles (uncooked, about 6 ounces)
  • 2 large ribs celery (diced)
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk (or light cream)
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimientos (drained)
  • 2 cups chicken (cooked, diced)
  • 1 cup/4 ounces cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup slivered almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cup soft fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oven to 375 F. Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Put about 2 to 2 1/2 quarts of water in a large saucepan with 2 teaspoons of salt. Place the saucepan over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Add the noodles and reduce the heat to medium. Boil the noodles following the package directions.

  4. Drain well and transfer them to a large bowl. Set aside.

  5. In the same saucepan, combine the celery with the condensed soup and evaporated milk or light cream; simmer over low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes.

  6. Add the pimientos, diced cooked chicken, and cheese. Continue cooking, stirring, until the cheese has melted. 

  7. Pour the sauce over the noodles and stir until well combined. 

  8. Spoon the chicken and noodle mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds, if using.

  9. Combine the fresh bread crumbs with the melted butter. Stir with a fork until the crumbs are well coated with butter.

  10. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the casserole.

  11. Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the bread crumb topping is browned.

Tips

  • Use poached or baked chicken breasts, the meat from a rotisserie chicken, or convenient fully cooked chicken breast strips.
  • To toast slivered on the stovetop​ put them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, shaking the skillet and stirring frequently until the nuts are golden brown and aromatic. 

Variations

  • Add 4 to 6 ounces of sautéed sliced mushrooms to the sauce mixture or add 1 small can or jar of drained sliced mushrooms.
  • Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion to the sauce along with the celery.
  • Replace the chicken with diced leftover turkey or ham.