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This Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole combines tender pasta, pre-cooked chicken, and veggies in a creamy cheese sauce, topped with a Ritz cracker topping for a delicious twist on the classic soup. Ready for the oven in just 20 minutes of prep time, it’s a  family favorite that brings comfort and flavor to the dinner table.

Chicken Noodle Casserole in a white casserole dish.

There are so many variations of chicken noodle casserole out there. But this recipe combines the classic flavors of chicken noodle soup made into a casserole with a buttery cracker topping. And the best part is that this recipe is family-friendly and totally adjustable, too! 

Have a large crowd coming for dinner? Make a double batch! You can serve this recipe for an easy Easter Chicken Noodle Casserole or any weeknight. It is so easy and delicious!

Ingredient Notes

Labeled ingredients needed to make chicken noodle casserole.
  • Chicken | Cooked shredded chicken makes this recipe fast and easy.
  • Wide Egg Noodles | I love the way the wide noodles hold up in the dish. Cook al dente for best results.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup | Using the canned variety makes this recipe easy, but you can make your own roux and white sauce with chicken broth if you would prefer.
  • Milk | Use whole milk for the creamiest casserole.
  • Cheddar Cheese | For best results, use shredded sharp cheddar. There are plenty of great options for cheese if you want to change it up.
  • Chicken Bouillon |  Add richness to chicken dinners by using bouillon cubes.
  • Salt & Pepper |  Use salt and freshly ground pepper to season.
  • Veggies | Add in diced yellow onions, diced celery, and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables.
  • Ritz Crackers | Coarsely chop Ritz cracker pieces for the golden topping.
  • Butter | Divide up the butter for 2 uses.
  • Garnish | Green onions and parsley are optional as garnishes.

How To Make Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Prep the Chicken

Start by preheating the oven to 350°F and coat a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray, or prep a 12-inch skillet.

Cook Chicken Breast or strip a rotisserie chicken. Shred the tender meat with 2 large forks or with a stand or an electric mixer.

Cooked chicken added to a stand mixer and shredded.

Step 2 | Boil the Pasta & Make the Filling

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over medium-high heat. Add egg noodles and cook al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Egg noodles boiled in a pot and then strained in a colander.

In a large bowl, add the can of cream of chicken soup, milk, cheese, chicken bouillon, salt, and pepper, and stir together. Then stir in shredded chicken, onion, celery, and thawed frozen vegetables.

Chicken noodle casserole mixture ingredients in a bowl with veggies added into the bowl.

Gently fold in the cooked egg noodles with the cheesy sauce and veggies.

Cooked egg noodles added to chicken mixture.

Stir together Ritz cracker crumbs and Butter in a small bowl to make the topping.

Chopped ritz crackers in a bowl with melted butter added to them.

Step 3 | Assemble the Casserole

Spoon mixture into baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle the cracker mixture evenly over the casserole.

Chicken noodle mixture added into a casserole dish and then topped with cracker mixture.

Bake approx. 25-35 minutes, until topping is lightly browned. Remove the casserole from the oven when hot a bubbly, and let set for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and parsley. Serve and enjoy!

Removing a scoop of chicken casseroles with noodles from a baking dish with a spatula.

Tips

  • Plan your meal: Using pre-cooked chicken is so easy! So be sure to save some chicken from a previous meal or prep your chicken before starting to make the casserole.
  • Al Dente: Cook the noodles al dente style since they will cook more in the creamy casserole.
  • Make it Easy: This recipe is made fast and easy by using canned soup.
  • Thawed Veggies: Don’t forget to thaw the veggies so you do not end up adding extra water to the recipe with frozen veggies.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Kind of Chicken: Use leftover chicken from last night, sauteed chicken breasts, or store-bought rotisserie chicken for this easy dinner recipe. You can also boil the chicken and pull it with 2 forks.
  • Crunchy Topping: All out of Ritz? Try using panko bread crumbs or crushed potato chips!
  • Add-Ins: For a boost of flavor, feel free to add in some garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and any combination of fresh herbs to suit your personal preference.
  • Don’t want to add cheese? Give 1 cup of mayonnaise a try in place of the cheese for another creamy element.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use other cream soups?

Sure! Try cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup for this easy chicken casserole recipe.

How to make gluten-free Chicken Noodle Casserole?

There are a few things to adjust to make this recipe gluten-free. But it is not impossible! The ingredients you would need to find GF substitutes for include egg noodles, canned soup, chicken bouillon, and Ritz crackers. There are good options for all of those as long as you ensure they are all certified as gluten-free.

What other protein options can I use?

For an all-new recipe, try using leftover turkey, canned salmon, or canned tuna as a substitute for the chicken.

A serving of chicken noodle casserole on a blue plate.

Storage

Storage: Store your leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. In fact, some say this recipe is even better the next day!

Freeze: Put the casserole together, but leave the cracker topping off. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil or an airtight lid to freeze before baking. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

When ready to cook, thaw the casserole, add the Ritz cracker topping, and then bake as directed.

What to Serve with Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

This chicken casserole recipe si a meal all in one pan. So all you may want to add is a bread and a salad. Here are a few great options.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
This Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole combines tender pasta, pre-cooked chicken, and veggies in a creamy cheese sauce, topped with a Ritz cracker topping for a delicious twist on the classic soup.
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Ingredients 

  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar, (or favorite style)
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup finely diced yellow onion, (optional: saute for 2 minutes to reduce raw onion falvor)
  • 3 ribs celery, (finely diced)
  • 12 ounce bag frozen mixed vegetable, thawed
  • 1 ½ cups Ritz cracker pices, coarsley chopped
  • ½ stick butter, (5 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, (melted)
  • green onions and parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray, or prep a 12-inch skillet.
  • Cook Chicken Breast, or strip a rotisserie chicken. Shred tender meat with 2 large forks, or with a stand or an electric mixer.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over medium-high heat. Add egg noodles and cook al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add cream of chicken soup, milk, cheese, chicken bouillon, salt, and pepper, and stir together.
  • Stir in shredded chicken, onion, celery, and thawed frozen vegetables.
  • Fold in the cooked egg noodles. Spoon mixture into baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Stir together Ritz cracker crumbs and Butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture evenly overt he casserole. Bake approx. 25-35 minutes, until topping is lightly browned.
  • Let set for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and parsley. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Store your leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. In fact, some say this recipe is even better the next day!
Freeze: Put the casserole together, but leave the cracker topping off. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil or an airtight lid to freeze before baking. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
When ready to cook, thaw the casserole, add the Ritz cracker topping, and then bake as directed.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 328kcal (16%) Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) Protein: 17g (34%) Fat: 15g (23%) Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 77mg (26%) Sodium: 431mg (19%) Potassium: 295mg (8%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 1821IU (36%) Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) Calcium: 132mg (13%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was a delicious and filling meal for the family. I loved being able to have a complete meal in one dish.