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 whole meals in one baked dish. Combining chicken, vegetables, cheese, and egg noodles or pasta, they have something for everyone.

Some recipes below are casseroles made with condensed soups and others are made with homemade sauces. Many of these dishes are a snap to prepare, making them excellent options for busy weeknights. To save time, most of these chicken casserole recipes use cooked chicken, whether leftovers or store-bought rotisserie chicken or chicken strips.

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 to keep one in the freezer and bake when needed.

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  • 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, celery, and cheddar cheese and baking it all together under a layer of buttery breadcrumbs.

    You need 55 minutes for this great recipe to come to life. Serve with a simple salad and fresh bread.

  • 02 of 20

    Classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole

    King Ranch chicken casserole plated.
    Diana Rattray

    This Tex-Mex creation uses corn tortillas as you'd use lasagna noodles and creates layers with cheese and creamy, spicy chicken. You just need 10 minutes to prep and 50 in the oven for this delightful bake.

    Use any kind of chicken meat, from breast to thighs, or leftover rotisserie chicken. Serve with a cactus salad if you can find nopales (use cubed jicama if you can't) to bring some crunch and tanginess to your creamy main.

  • 03 of 20

    Creamy Chicken and Spinach Casserole

    Chicken and Spinach Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Combining spinach, cream, Parmesan cheese, and cooked chicken, this one-dish meal is sure to satisfy, especially since it's topped with crispy breadcrumbs. Make ahead and put in the fridge for up to a day, then top with breadcrumbs and bake.

    The dish is ready in just 45 minutes, and it goes with any starch that you'd like, from pasta to rice (or combine rice and veggies with this beautiful rice salad on the side). If you're pressed for time, make creamy sandwiches by placing a serving of the casserole in a toasted baguette or ciabatta.

  • 04 of 20

    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

    The Spruce

    The Ritz crackers crushed and drizzled with butter on the top and bottom of the dish make this casserole a fan favorite.

    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. Use leftover chicken, or buy a rotisserie chicken. You need 45 minutes, and patience, because the crakers' aroma is just unbelievable!

    Serve with a fruity salad to offset the saltiness of the bake, like this fall fruit salad with veggies and blue cheese.

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  • 05 of 20

    Chicken and Dressing Casserole

    Chicken and dressing casserole

    The Spruce

    This casserole is perfect for when you have leftovers from a big holiday meal or a weekend gathering. It combines cooked chicken and stuffing into a cheesy, delicious bake.

    You need two bowls, one baking dish, and 45 minutes to serve this easy and tasty recipe. Combine liquids and add cooked chicken. Add butter to stuffing mix and combine with chicken. Bake. That. Is. All.

    Serve with a refreshing kale salad and crunchy breadsticks.

  • 06 of 20

    Homemade Chicken and Biscuits

    Homemade Chicken and Biscuits

     The Spruce

    This traditional Southern dish is perfect for a family dinner. The chicken is cooked in a tasty broth and then covered in a rich creamy sauce with peas. This stew is then topped with dollops of biscuit dough.

    Although the recipe calls for cooking the chicken and making the biscuits from scratch, it's still surprisingly easy to prepare. Once prepped, it cooks fairly quickly in 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can, of course, use pre-cooked chicken and prepared biscuit dough if you are in a pinch.

  • 07 of 20

    Simple Chicken and Rice Casserole

    chicken and rice casserole
    Diana Rattray

    With just 5 ingredients, this casserole is fast to put together: onion soup mix, rice, chicken, water, and canned cream of mushroom soup. Mix everything and bake covered for 1 hour.

    And while you do, make some vegetable sides like this pungent broccoli rabe or a flavorful Indian cauliflower with fenugreek.

  • 08 of 20

    Doritos Chicken Casserole

    Dorito Chicken Casserole

    The Spruce

    Doritos and creamy chicken come together in 50 minutes in this filling and tasty bake. It also incorporates sour cream and cheese – sounds like a layered dip!

    Grab leftovers from Game Day, or use that bag of Doritos left unopened from a party. Leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or store-bought chicken strips work very well in this dish. There are no set rules: add chopped jalapeños, make a cilantro-based dressing to add on top after baking, or pan fry some bacon and top the casserole with it for a little extra decadence.

    Serve with a refreshing green papaya salad.

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  • 09 of 20

    Savory Chicken Noodle Bake

    Chicken Noodle Casserole
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    Pimiento, peas, and Parmesan cheese give this chicken casserole character, but the egg noodles are the key to making it come together. Use pappardelle pasta for a new take, and add cubed carrots or chopped spinach for extra crunch and color.

    Take advantage of the same oven and make stuffed tomatoes to serve with your casserole.

  • 10 of 20

    Chicken Rice Divan Bake

    Chicken Divan
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    Chicken Divan is a combination of chicken, broccoli, and Mornay sauce (bechamel with Gruyere or cheddar cheese). For our bake, we chose rice to make a rich casserole but stuck closely to the original set of chicken ingredients.

    Replace broccoli with cauliflower, or add other vegetables of your liking for a heartier dish. Use microwavable, ready-to-use rice to cut down your cooking time. Double the cheese if you'd like a bounty of bubbling goodness.

    Try our halloumi and green bean salad on the side for a complete meal.

  • 11 of 20

    Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole

    Chicken Tetrazzini
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    This all-time favorite pasta dish has been transformed into a casserole and made quicker and easier for a weeknight meal. While cooking pasta, you make chicken in a sherry-mushroom white sauce, top the pasta with it, and add Parmesan. Bake until hot and bubbly!

    Very few steps are required and the wait is only 30 minutes of oven time. Use the final 5 minutes of waiting time to make this carrot salad and dinner is served!

  • 12 of 20

    Chicken and Macaroni Bake

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

    This recipe's smoked gouda cheese and 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, it's a one-dish meal the whole family will love (use vegetables like broccoli florets or cauliflower instead depending on your family's preferences).

    A simple white sauce binds the rest of the ingredients, and although we use macaroni, try any short pasta like shells or butterflies. Prep and cook in 50 minutes. Serve with a pear and greens salad.

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  • 13 of 20

    Chicken Pasta Casserole With Cheese and Bacon

    chicken pasta casserole
    Diana Rattray

    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.

    The dish takes 45 minutes in the oven while you toss a salad. Make this avocado and romaine salad for a tangy and flavorful counterpart to your casserole.

  • 14 of 20

    Easy Chicken and Penne Casserole

    Chicken and Penne Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Combining pasta, cooked chicken, mixed frozen vegetables, and condensed soup makes this casserole a cinch to put together. Its sauce gains richness from sour cream and Parmesan cheese. After just 15 minutes of prep and 45 minutes in the oven, you can serve a filling dinner that everyone will love.

    Use any short pasta that you have at hand, and add fresh herbs to the mix if you have them. Try full-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a lighter version. Make the dish your own by exchanging the mixed frozen veggies for another green like a bag of stir-fry veggies or riced broccoli or cauliflower for extra fiber.

    Serve with a side of grilled asparagus and this tarragon mustard aioli dressing.

  • 15 of 20

    Chicken and Rice With Curry Powder

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

    This casserole adds the aromatic flavor of curry to a tomato-based sauce. The interesting set of ingredients also includes long-grain rice, chicken, vegetables, raisins, and almonds.

    Use whole grain rice for a richer texture, or make it with 1/2 cup of long-grain and 1/2 cup of wild rice for a beautiful presentation. Experiment with cranberries instead of raisins, or go for tart unsweetened cherries for a tangy addition. If there are allergies to tree nuts, use pepitas or sunflower seeds instead.

    Pair your curry flavors with this mint lassi (yogurt smoothie).

  • 16 of 20

    Macaroni and Chicken Casserole

    Macaroni and Chicken Casserole
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    This casserole is chock-full of textures and flavors, featuring cooked chicken, macaroni, onions, olives, cheddar cheese, sour cream, mushrooms, green bell pepper, and breadcrumbs. This is an all-in-one, one-hour-in-the-oven, weeknight bake.

    Add more or skip any of the vegetables according to your preferences, and play with other olive dishes to pair with your casserole, like this Moroccan olive tapenade, which you can generously spread on a baguette and serve with your creamy casserole.

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  • 17 of 20

    Easy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

    Easy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Perfect for a 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. Conveniently mix in just one bowl!

    Serve with a side of steamed rice or some bucatini with red bell pepper marinara sauce. Top either with a handful of arugula drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

  • 18 of 20

    Spicy Chicken Lasagna

    Chicken Lasagna With Tex-Mex Flavors
    Diana Rattray

    Layer Mexican-inspired flavors between lasagna noodles to create a hearty and spicy dish. It's creamy and cheesy – a great change of pace for a weeknight.

    A tomatillo salsa with green onion and cilantro adds a fresh twist, and the Mexican cheese blend brings in some welcome tanginess and freshness. Cut your time in the kitchen by using oven-ready lasagna noodles, and serve dinner in 1 hour tops after prepping.

    Serve with a citrusy kale and orange salad.

  • 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 a lot of character. When they are combined with the pasta, chicken, mushrooms, and cheese, the resulting casserole has a great creamy texture and a bite thanks to the vegetables.

    Add celery or asparagus for extra crunch, and don't forget the sweet addition of paprika on top before baking. After 20 minutes of prep, you just need to bake this dish for 35 more minutes before sitting down to a true feast.

    Serve with this easy summer slaw recipe.

  • 20 of 20

    Southern Chicken Casserole

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

    Although time-consuming, this recipe is worth every minute in the kitchen. Slowly cook a whole chicken in a tasty broth and then place the shredded meat over green beans. Eggy breadcrumbs top the dish for a stuffing-like finish.

    Use rotisserie chicken instead if you don't have the time and make the sauce in store-bought chicken stock.

    Use the same oven to make these roasted chateau potatoes that you can serve along with a fresh salad of mixed greens and sesame vinaigrette.