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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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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.
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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.
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For a really full-on Mexican vibe, try this chicken enchilada casserole recipe, made with sour cream, diced chicken, mushrooms, peppers, tortillas, cheese, and seasonings. The secret to its deliciousness is that the filled tortillas are cooked on a layer of sour cream.
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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, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.