Top 20 Quick and Easy Chicken Casserole Recipes

These recipes make weekday meals a snap

Ritzy Chicken Casserole

The Spruce

Casseroles make weekday dinners easy because they are often a whole meal in one baked dish. Combining chicken, vegetables, and sometimes cheese and pasta, they are also a meal the whole family will love. For the busy cook, most of these chicken casserole recipes use cooked chicken, whether leftover or from a store-bought rotisserie chicken; you can even use convenient packaged cooked chicken breast strips. Some recipes include casseroles made with condensed soups and others are made with homemade sauces. Many of these dishes are a snap to prepare, making them excellent centerpieces for everyday family meals.

Most casseroles can be wrapped and refrigerated overnight, and many can be frozen for 2 or 3 months. When you make a family favorite, consider fixing two of them—one for now and one to freeze for later.


Watch Now: Dorito Chicken Casserole

  • 01 of 20

    Chicken a la King Casserole With Noodles

    Chicken a la King Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Chicken a la king is chicken in a cream sauce, often with mushrooms, frequently served over pasta. This casserole takes the dish to another level by adding pimientos and celery, along with cheddar cheese, and baking it all together under a layer of buttery breadcrumbs.

    Calling for cream of mushroom soup and cooked chicken, this is a great recipe to throw together on a busy weeknight when you have some leftovers in the fridge.

  • 02 of 20

    Classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole

    King Ranch chicken casserole plated.
    Diana Rattray

    This Tex-Mex creation has long been a family favorite. The King Ranch casserole is made with layers of chicken, tortillas, and sauce, making a lasagna-like casserole with tortillas instead of noodles. This will become a regular dinner request.

  • 03 of 20

    Creamy Chicken and Spinach Casserole

    Chicken and Spinach Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    If you love creamed spinach, then this casserole will become a favorite. Combining spinach, cream, Parmesan cheese, and cooked chicken, this one-dish meal is sure to satisfy, especially since it is topped with crispy breadcrumbs. 

    If you plan to make ahead, wait to add the breadcrumbs until it is ready to go into the oven. You can also easily double the recipe for a large crowd.

  • 04 of 20

    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

    The Spruce

    What makes this casserole a fan favorite are the Ritz crackers crushed and drizzled with butter on the top and bottom of the dish. The creamy filling made of cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and chicken broth is studded with pieces of cooked chicken, making for a rich and savory treat. Serve vegetables on the side—or add them to the casserole—for a complete meal.

    Continue to 5 of 20 below.
  • 05 of 20

    Chicken and Dressing Casserole

    Chicken and dressing casserole

    The Spruce

    Perfect when you have leftovers from a big holiday meal or weekend gathering, this casserole combines cooked chicken and stuffing into a cheesy, delicious bake. The cans of cream soups help to add moisture and richness to the dish, and the cheese makes this quite decadent.

  • 06 of 20

    Homemade Chicken and Biscuits

    Homemade Chicken and Biscuits

     The Spruce

    This traditional Southern dish is also a great casserole for a family dinner. The chicken "stew" is studded with peas and then topped with dollops of biscuit dough. Although the recipe calls for cooking the chicken and making the biscuits from scratch, it is still surprisingly easy to prepare, and it cooks quickly. You can, of course, use pre-cooked chicken and prepared biscuit dough if you are in a pinch. It just may not taste like Grandma used to make.

  • 07 of 20

    Simple Chicken and Rice Casserole

    chicken and rice casserole
    Diana Rattray

    With just 5 ingredients, this casserole is quick to put together—and you probably have what you need in your fridge and pantry. The onion soup mix is what gives the dish great flavor, and the cream of mushroom soup helps bring the rice together with the rest of the ingredients.

  • 08 of 20

    Suzi's Doritos Chicken Casserole

    Dorito Chicken Casserole

    The Spruce

    Your kids will come running to the table when you bring this casserole out of the oven. The crunchy Dorito chips top a creamy mixture of chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses flavored with chili and garlic powders.

    Continue to 9 of 20 below.
  • 09 of 20

    Savory Chicken Noodle Bake

    Chicken Noodle Casserole
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This tasty chicken noodle bake is easy to prepare and makes a great weeknight meal for the family, sort of like the iconic soup with more substance. Pimiento, peas, and Parmesan cheese give this casserole character.

  • 10 of 20

    Chicken Rice Divan Bake

    Chicken Divan
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    Chicken Divan was created in the 1950s at a New York City restaurant by the same name. It is a combination of chicken, broccoli, and Mornay sauce (bechamel with Gruyere or cheddar cheese) and baked until browned and bubbling. This Divan casserole has the addition of rice, giving the dish a little more heft.

  • 11 of 20

    Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole

    Chicken Tetrazzini
    Kurtwilson/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    The favorite pasta dish has been transformed into a casserole and made a bit quicker and easier for a weeknight meal. Chicken and mushrooms are added to a white sauce tinged with sherry; this is then poured over cooked noodles, topped with Parmesan cheese, and baked until hot and bubbly.

  • 12 of 20

    Chicken and Macaroni Bake

    Chicken, Gouda, and Macaroni Bake
    Chicken, Gouda, and Macaroni Bake. Photo: Diana Rattray

    The smoked gouda cheese and the heavy cream turn what could be a typical macaroni and cheese with chicken into a rich, thick, and uniquely flavored casserole. With the addition of peas and carrots, this recipe is a one-dish meal the whole family will love.

    Continue to 13 of 20 below.
  • 13 of 20

    Chicken Pasta Casserole With Cheese and Bacon

    chicken pasta casserole
    Diana Rattray

    As the saying goes, everything is better with bacon—and casseroles are no exception. The smoky taste is just the right accent for this mixture of noodles, chicken, American and cheddar cheeses, and peas all topped with buttery breadcrumbs.

  • 14 of 20

    Easy Chicken and Penne Casserole

    Chicken and Penne Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    This is one of those recipes where you probably have all or most of the ingredients in your fridge, freezer, and pantry. Combining pasta, cooked chicken, mixed frozen vegetables, and condensed soup, this casserole is a cinch to put together. The sauce gains richness from the sour cream and Parmesan cheese.

  • 15 of 20

    Chicken and Rice With Curry Powder

    Chicken and Rice With Curry
    Chicken with rice and curry flavors. Diana Rattray

    This casserole offers something a little different, featuring the flavor of curry in a tomato-based sauce. The long-grain rice, chicken, vegetables, raisins, and almonds make this a healthy meal that will be a welcome dish at the dinner table.

  • 16 of 20

    Macaroni and Chicken Casserole

    Macaroni and Chicken Casserole
    Lara Ferroni/Getty Images

    This casserole is chock-full of textures and flavors, featuring cooked chicken, macaroni, onions, olives, cheddar cheese, sour cream, mushrooms, green bell pepper, breadcrumbs, and seasonings. If your family isn't a fan of any of these vegetables feel free to swap them out for something you love.

    Continue to 17 of 20 below.
  • 17 of 20

    Easy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

    Easy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Perfect for a cold, busy weeknight, this chicken and broccoli casserole has just six ingredients (most of which you probably have in your kitchen) and takes just a half hour to make. Simply combine all of the ingredients, pour into a buttered baking dish, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and bake until golden.​

  • 18 of 20

    Spicy Chicken Lasagna

    Chicken Lasagna With Tex-Mex Flavors
    Diana Rattray

    When your family can't decide between Mexican and Italian food, this is the dish to make. Tex-Mex flavors layer between lasagna noodles to create a hearty and spicy dish, sure to satisfy. A tomatillo salsa with green onion and cilantro add a fresh twist.

  • 19 of 20

    Chicken, Cheese, and Penne Pasta Bake

    Chicken, Cheese, and Penne Pasta Bake

    The Spruce

    The creole seasoning and artichoke hearts are what give this casserole character, and when combined with the pasta, chicken, mushrooms, and cheese, make for a filling and tasty dish. Serve this casserole to your family any day of the week, or take it along to a potluck.

  • 20 of 20

    Southern Chicken Casserole

    Chicken Casserole With Crumb Topping
    Chicken Casserole With Crumb Topping. Diana Rattray

    The corn and green beans in this casserole provide both great texture and color, as well as nutrition. This recipe begins with cooking a chicken, but you can easily substitute the meat from a rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken you may have leftover. The chicken is baked on the vegetables, covered with a thickened broth, and layered with an egg and breadcrumb topping, creating a stuffing-like coating.