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Chicken Noodle Casserole Made from Scratch

Chicken Noodle Casserole Made from Scratch

There's nothing quite like the comfort of a delicious chicken noodle casserole.  This classic casserole is filled with chicken, noodles, vegetables, and creamy made-from-scratch sauce. Topped with crunchy, buttery crackers this chicken noodle bake is packed with flavor.

There’s nothing quite like the comfort of a delicious chicken noodle casserole.  This classic casserole is filled with chicken, noodles, vegetables, and creamy made-from-scratch mushroom sauce. Topped with crunchy, buttery crackers this chicken noodle bake is packed with flavor.

Much like my Beef Noodle Casserole, this chicken and noodle casserole is sure to please. Whether it’s a cold winter day or you’re just in the mood for something cozy, this dish is sure to hit the spot. Plus, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

There's nothing quite like the comfort of a delicious chicken noodle casserole.  This classic casserole is filled with chicken, noodles, vegetables, and creamy made-from-scratch sauce. Topped with crunchy, buttery crackers this recipe is packed with flavor.

Chicken Casserole – An Easy Budget Friendly Meal

Chicken casserole is one of the most delicious, easy, and budget-friendly meals that you can make. It is perfect for a busy weeknight when you don’t have a lot of time to cook, or for a relaxed weekend meal with friends or family. Chicken casserole is also very versatile – you can use any type of noodle, chicken, and vegetables that you like. And if you want to save even more time, you can make the casserole ahead of time and just pop it in the oven when you’re ready to eat. So next time you’re looking for an easy, delicious, and budget-friendly meal, give chicken noodle casserole a try!

What to Serve with Chicken Noodle Casserole

This recipe is almost complete on its own. You just want to add some additional vegetables as a side. Of course you can add some crusty bread as well. My favorite ideas sides adding vegetables to this recipe. Some of my favorites are Simply Sautéed VegetablesBest Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe or Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan.

How to Make the Sauce Without Cream of Chicken Soup

I love that there is no cream of chicken soup, or cream of anything in the casserole. It is perfect for people who are avoiding processed food or looking to keep this made from scratch. There is just as much flavor in this casserole without the canned soup and it is healthier.

chicken noodle casserole made from scratch

How to Store Chicken Noodle Casserole?

This chicken casserole can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can move it to an airtight container or you can leave it in the casserole dish. Some casserole dishes come with storage lids, like this one, and then you can store it easily and protected in the same pan.

Can Chicken Noodle Bake Be Made Ahead of Time?

This chicken noodle casserole will last for about 5 days. It can be reheated easily in the oven or the microwave. If you want the best experience while making this casserole ahead, you can make it up to 24 hours before you want to serve it. I would make and assemble everything. Once you get to baking stage, cover and refrigerate. When you are ready to serve the casserole, bake until it is fully heated. If the casserole is cold, it might take a few extra minutes in the oven.

Variations

Noodles– I am using egg noodles, but you don’t have to. You can use whatever kind of noodles that you have on hand.

Vegetables– I am only adding mushrooms to my casserole, but you can. You can add whatever vegetables you like. You can use broccoli or green beans. Diced carrots or asparagus is another choice. Frozen vegetables is a nice shortcut for adding vegetables.

Cheese– I am using cheddar cheese but you can also use things like mozzarella cheese, Monterey jack or pepper jack cheese.

Rotisserie Chicken– This is a great time saver for making this chicken noodle casserole. I love grabbing a chicken that is already cooked, shredding it up and saving that time for making this casserole on a weeknight.

Ingredients

wide egg noodles

Salt and pepper

butter or margarine

green bell pepper

onion

all-purpose flour

half-and-half

chicken broth

boneless, skinless chicken breasts

sharp cheddar cheese

fresh mushrooms

Ritz crackers

ingredients

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How to Make Chicken Noodle Casserole

Bring 4 quarts water to boil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add noodles and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, stirring often, until just al dente, about 3 minutes (or follow package directions). Drain noodles and rinse with cold water until cool, about 2 minutes. Drain again and set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in now empty pot over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. In now-empty pot, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.

veggies in a pot

Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, for about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in broth and half-and-half and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, for about 5 minutes.

sauce

Add chicken and cook until no longer pink – 8 to 10 minutes.

shredded chicken

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove pot from the heat. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, transfer chicken to a plate, and shred into bite-size pieces. Whisk cheddar cheese into sauce until smooth. Stir shredded chicken, noodles, bell pepper mixture, mushrooms, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 1/4 teaspoons pepper into cheese sauce.

ritz cracker topping

Transfer mixture to 13 by 9-inch baking dish and top with crackers. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 15 minutes. Let casserole cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve.

chicken noodle casserole

There's nothing quite like the comfort of a delicious chicken noodle casserole.  This classic casserole is filled with chicken, noodles, vegetables, and creamy made-from-scratch sauce. Topped with crunchy, buttery crackers this chicken noodle bake is packed with flavor.

Chicken Noodle Casserole

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There's nothing quite like the comfort of a delicious chicken noodle casserole.  This classic casserole is filled with chicken, noodles, vegetables, and creamy made-from-scratch sauce. Topped with crunchy, buttery crackers this chicken noodle bake is packed with flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 708 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles 7 3/4 cups
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 green bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and chopped fine
  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise and trimmed
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 25 Ritz crackers crushed coarse

Instructions
 

  • Bring 4 quarts water to boil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add noodles and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, stirring often, until just al dente, about 3 minutes (or follow package directions). Drain noodles and rinse with cold water until cool, about 2 minutes. Drain again and set aside.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in now empty pot over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. In now-empty pot, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, for about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in broth and half-and-half and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, for about 5 minutes. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink - 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove pot from the heat. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, transfer chicken to a plate, and shred into bite-size pieces. Whisk cheddar cheese into sauce until smooth. Stir shredded chicken, noodles, bell pepper mixture, mushrooms, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 1/4 teaspoons pepper into cheese sauce.
  • Transfer mixture to 13 by 9-inch baking dish and top with crackers. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 15 minutes. Let casserole cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 708kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 37gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 816mgPotassium: 676mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 927IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 364mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chicken and noodle casserole, chicken noodle bake, chicken noodle casserole
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This recipe was first published in April of 2013 and has been updated with new images. However, the original chicken and noodle casserole recipe remains the same.

View Comments (55)
  • This looks and sounds really good. Casseroles are great for when you need something to warm their tummys up on a cold day. Comfort food like this. thanks for the recipe. This would be good for a bring a dish party too. Cant wait to try it.

  • I love casseoles! They are easy to make, and you can throw them in the oven, and come back. This seems like something my boys would eat too!

  • This sounds so good. I’m always looking for a new chicken recipe.

    Thsnk you for sharing

  • I just found your recipe on Pinterest. I can hardly wait to try it. I always have shredded chicken in the freezer. I do 10 or 12 chicken breasts in the crockpot then while still warm I use my mixer to shred it. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  • is that exactly how many cups of noodles you need? im trying to half this recipe and im not getting that 12 oz is 7 3/4 cups.

    • 12 ounces of the wide egg noodles measured out to just under 8 cups for us. With a casserole like this, I wouldn’t worry about being exact on those measurements. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you!

  • 5 stars
    This chicken noodle casserole turned out great and delicious! I doubled the cheddar cheese because we love it. Thanks for sharing!

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