Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

This Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole is quick and easy to prepare. With diced chicken, egg noodles, bacon and a creamy cheese sauce this dish will have you reaching for more!

Close up of chicken noodle casserole with panko topping


 

What could be better than a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup? How about an easy throw together casserole! That’s where this chicken noodle casserole comes in. After a busy day I’m all about getting an easy dinner to the table without too much fuss. Who doesn’t love easy casserole recipes??

This cheesy chicken casserole recipe is perfect because it uses pre-cooked chicken and bacon, which means less time preparing dinner. It’s actually a great way to use leftover chicken. The only thing you need to cook before it goes into the oven is the noodles and I use that time to prepare the sauce and chop the chicken. It’s something the whole family will enjoy.

white plate with chicken noodle casserole

We love this chicken casserole not only because it is easy to prepare, but the cheesy noodles pair so well with the chunks of chicken and smoky bacon. This dish is nice and creamy, but the panko topping ads a great, crunchy texture.

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole Ingredients

The creamy sauce in this easy Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole is made with simple ingredients and comes together in minutes. I use:

  • condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • sour cream
  • and eggs for a nice rich flavor
  • and then add Monterey jack cheese.

You can use any cheese you like in this dish, but I use Monterey jack because it melts so well, has great flavor and doesn’t leave the sauce oily like cheddar sometimes can.

glass mixing bowl with chicken noodle casserole ingredients

One thing I highly recommend is no matter what cheese you choose, make sure it is freshly shredded. Pre-shredded cheese contains added ingredients which will give your sauce a gritty texture.

The only vegetables I used were peas, but this cheesy chicken noodle casserole recipe would also be great with:

However, I recommend sautéing these vegetables to soften them before adding them to the remaining ingredients as the bake time is too short to cook them through.

baked chicken noodle casserole in a casserole dish

Pro Tip: Using a store-bought rotisserie chicken will save you time in the kitchen. Just remove the skin, shred the meat and it’s ready to use. Or you could easily make my Instant Pot Whole Chicken, too!

Last is the bread crumb topping which really brings it all together and gives it some crunch!

panko bread crumb topping for chicken casserole

How to Make Chicken Noodle Casserole

Start by cooking the egg noodles to al dente following package instructions.

In a large bowl, mix cheddar condensed soup, sour cream, eggs, milk, and spices until smooth. Stir in the chicken, bacon, cheese and peas until combined.

how to make chicken noodle casserole

Stir cooked egg noodles into the cheese mixture, then pour into a lightly greased 9×13 pan.

In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and melted butter. Then sprinkle on top of the casserole.

uncooked chicken noodle casserole in a baking dish

Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the top is golden brown. It will be tempting, but let it sit for a few minutes to settle and cool down.

Best Noodles to Use

I like using broad egg noodles for this cheesy chicken noodle casserole dish because they pair well with the creamy cheese sauce. But you can use any pasta you like such as penne, shells or bow-tie.

broad egg noodles in a mixing bowl

When you cook egg noodles, be sure to cook them just until al dente. They will continue to cook when the casserole is baked, so you don’t want them to get too mushy.

fork picking up chicken noodle casserole

Making Comforting Chicken Noodle Casserole Ahead of Time

You can certainly make this casserole ahead of time. In fact, it’s a great dish to make to take to someone in need like an elderly neighbor or new parents!

close up of chicken noodle casserole on a plate

Simply assemble the casserole and then store it in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the cook time if it is going into the oven cold.

If you’d like to freeze it, here are my instructions for how to freeze casseroles! And if you have any leftovers that you’ll eat within a few days, just be sure to store it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator.

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Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

4.86 from 7 votes
This Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole is quick and easy to prepare.  With diced chicken, egg noodles, bacon and a creamy cheese sauce this dish will have you reaching for more!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the egg noodles. Cook for about 6 minutes, then drain. They should still be slightly firm as they will continue to cook in the oven.
  • In a large bowl, mix condensed cheddar soup, sour cream, eggs, milk, and spices until smooth. Stir in the chicken, bacon, cheese and peas until combined.
  • Stir noodles into the cheese mixture, then pour into a lightly greased 9×13 pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and melted butter. Then sprinkle on top of the casserole.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the top is golden brown. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

Nutrition

Calories: 804 kcal, Carbohydrates: 56 g, Protein: 30 g, Fat: 51 g, Saturated Fat: 25 g, Cholesterol: 209 mg, Sodium: 968 mg, Potassium: 662 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 6 g, Vitamin A: 1344 IU, Vitamin C: 10 mg, Calcium: 465 mg, Iron: 3 mg
Author: Deanna Hill
Calories: 804
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy chicken casserole, chicken noodle casserole
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  1. 5 stars
    We love noodle casseroles in our house and the cheesier the better. This one was a huge hit with everyone!

  2. 5 stars
    I love classic chicken casseroles like this! It’s so easy to make and the whole family loves it!