This baked Broccoli Chicken Noodle Casserole is the ultimate in comfort food. Made with chicken, pasta, broccoli, soup and cheese – it’s a family favourite that everyone will love.
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When I was sick, my mom would make heartwarming and soothing chicken noodle soup. This casserole version of a classic comfort food will bring on that same feeling of a tight warm hug.
When our days are at their busiest, a casserole is a great choice for being both a time saver and all-in-one meal. Just like our Tater Tot Casserole and Sloppy Joe Shepherd’s Pie, this dish is also a huge hit with the kids. This shortcut version is simple to make, can be made ahead of time, freezes well – and is as belly-warming as it is heart-warming.
Best Ever Chicken Noodle Casserole
Combining our love for chicken noodle soup and a filling casserole, this recipe will be on your dinner rotation all year long. Plus, it’s made with pantry ingredients that you’ll probably already have on hand.
How to Make this Recipe
If you already have cooked chicken on hand, this casserole dish will be even faster to put together and bake. Once you have cooked your pasta al dente, it a mix and dump meal that will be on your table in no time.
The ingredients are: Rotini pasta (though you can use a broad egg noddle too), chicken, mushroom soup, sour cream, broccoli, cheese, spices and crispy friend onions for that nice crispy topping.
Tips for Making this Recipe
- Use those chicken leftovers for this Homemade Chicken Noodle Casserole. I suggest boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs.
- If you don’t have Cream of Mushroom soup on hand, you can substitute with Creamy of Celery or Cream of Chicken.
- Everything is better with cheese, so feel free to add more if you wish!
- I seem to always have French’s crispy fried onions on hand, so that is what is in this recipe card. Yet you can also use panko bread crumbs or just crushed Ritz crackers as well.
Can I Freeze this Casserole
Not only can you make this casserole dish in advance and refrigerate until cooking, it also freezes well for later. Just make sure your pasta isn’t overcooked or else it’ll come out mushy. El Dente is key, and completely unthaw before baking.
Here’s the full recipe:
- - 3 cups dry rotini pasta
- - 2 tbsp olive oil
- - 1 large (or 2 medium) boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and cut into cubes
- - 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- - 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- - 1/4 tsp pepper
- - 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- - 3/4 cup sour cream
- - 1/2 milk
- - 2 cups broccoli florets
- - 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- - 1/2 cups French's crispy fried onions
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Boil the rotini as per package instructions, until the pasta is almost el dente.
- In a large pan over medium heat, add the oil and the cooked chicken cubes. Then add the spices and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes, to heat through.
- Add the broccoli and cook for another 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, combine the canned soup, milk, and 1.5 cups of the cheese. Add in the broccoli and chicken, and stir until combined.
- Drain the pasta and add to the bowl, and combine again.
- Add the casserole filling to the greased baking dish and top with the remaining cheese.
- Bake for 25 minutes, add the crispy fried onions to the top, and bake again for another 10 minutes.
- - If you don't have Cream of Mushroom soup on hand, you can substitute with Creamy of Celery or Cream of Chicken.
- - Everything is better with cheese, so feel free to add more if you wish!
- - Substitute the crispy fried onions with Panko bread crumbs or crushed Ritz crackers as well.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 844mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 22g
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More Casserole Recipes:
- Chicken Stuffing Casserole
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
- Tater Tot Enchilada Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole
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