Crack Chicken Casserole

Crack Chicken Casserole – creamy chicken casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. Use a rotisserie chicken for easy prep! Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch seasoning, sour cream, cream of chicken soup. The whole family LOVED this easy chicken casserole. It is already on the menu again this week! 

Crack Chicken Casserole - creamy chicken casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. Use a rotisserie chicken for easy prep! Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch seasoning, sour cream, cream of chicken soup. The whole family LOVED this easy chicken casserole. It is already on the menu again this week! #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole

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The BEST Chicken Casserole EVER

You are going to want to add this Crack Chicken Casserole to your menu ASAP! A creamy chicken casserole that is loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. YUM! I made this for lunch last week and we both absolutely LOVED it! I’m wishing I had the leftovers right now. It was seriously delicious.

Crack Chicken Casserole - creamy chicken casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. Use a rotisserie chicken for easy prep! Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch seasoning, sour cream, cream of chicken soup. The whole family LOVED this easy chicken casserole. It is already on the menu again this week! #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole

Use Rotisserie Chicken in Casseroles

To cut down on the prep time of this casserole, I used a rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken. Rotisserie chicken is my go-to for cooked chicken in recipes. We always buy a couple of rotisserie chickens on our Costco trips and keep the meat in the freezer. It makes casseroles like this a breeze to make! I had this ready to bake before the oven had fully preheated.

Crack Chicken Casserole - creamy chicken casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. Use a rotisserie chicken for easy prep! Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch seasoning, sour cream, cream of chicken soup. The whole family LOVED this easy chicken casserole. It is already on the menu again this week! #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole

Can I Freeze this Chicken Casserole?

Absolutely! I love to have easy casseroles in the freezer for a quick meal later and this casserole and it works great. I usually thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed below. If you are short on time, cover the casserole with foil and bake for about 20 minutes to thaw in the oven and then uncover and bake as directed. Just make sure the casserole is bubbly before removing it from the oven to serve.

Crack Chicken Casserole - creamy chicken casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. Use a rotisserie chicken for easy prep! Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch seasoning, sour cream, cream of chicken soup. The whole family LOVED this easy chicken casserole. It is already on the menu again this week! #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole

What to Serve with Crack Chicken Casserole

As I said, we LOVED this Crack Chicken Casserole. We served it with some Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms and a batch of 7Up Biscuits. OMG! Best meal ever!!! Thankfully we had enough for leftovers. It was all just as good reheated. Add this casserole to your menu. I promise it will be a hit!

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Crack Chicken Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Crack Chicken Casserole – creamy chicken casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch. Use a rotisserie chicken for easy prep! Chicken, cheddar, bacon, ranch seasoning, sour cream, cream of chicken soup. The whole family LOVED this easy chicken casserole. It is already on the menu again this week! #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1 (1-oz) package Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped cooked bacon
  • cups sour cream
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • cups crushed Ritz crackers
  • ¼ cup butter melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine chicken, Ranch seasoning, cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream and cream of chicken soup. Spread into prepared pan.
  • Combine crushed crackers and butter, sprinkle over chicken mixture.
  • Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes.

Notes:

If you are sensitive to Ranch seasoning mix, feel free to reduce the amount to your preference.
Can substitute turkey bacon for regular bacon.

Steph

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  1. This Chicken Casserole is so good! 😋 Next time I will not use a whole package of the Ranch Dressing, just a little to salty for me.

  2. What can be used to replace the sour cream? My family doesn’t like it and always knows when there is sour cream in a dish.

  3. I made this today!!!! So good! Everyone loved it!!!! 2 hours of crockpot lovin then I shredded the chicken then added Kroger real bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese then cooked another hour then added the crackers on top and served! Delicious! My one year old two year eleven year old mother and father in law and grandfather in law me and my hubby all gobbled it up with candied carrots! Yum! So so so good! Thank you :o)

  4. Just made this for dinner tonight and it came out splendid. My kids gobbled it down and the hubby liked it too. I often have a hard time getting them to eat chicken, but they loved it and had seconds. It will definitely make it's way to my table again. I only changed two things. I put it in a 13×9 pan and cooked it for 25 minutes and I used Italian break crumbs instead of crackers. So good and a big winner in our house.

  5. so the rotisserie chicken is already cooked and you just take the skin off and shred it and throw it in the casserole dish, right?

  6. Of I only have a cup of sour cream on hand may I use half a cup of mayo ? Also I’d like to add onion. Would you lightly sauté first. Thanks I’m so excited to try this tonight

    1. You can try the mayo. I haven't made this with mayonnaise, so I can't say exactly how it will turn out. It is your preference on sautéing the onions first. If you like softer onions, I would definitely sauté them first.

  7. I also love cooking with rotisserie chicken and who can beat those $5 Costco chickens? But, here's a question for you. When you freeze it, do you put it right into the casserole frozen and cook from there, or do you have to thaw it ahead of time? Thanks!

    1. I thaw the pulled chicken before adding it to the casserole. I put it in the fridge the night before I make the casserole.

        1. What a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  8. Thanks for verifying! Seems like most of your recipes I make are for 13 x 9 x 2 pan, which I put into two 8 x 8 pans so I can put one in the freezer. I made your Monterey Chicken Spaghetti last week – so good!

    1. not really – fit just fine in my 9×9 pan. You can certainly bake it whatever pan you wish. A larger pan will alter the cooking time, so make adjustments.

    2. Omg! I wish i could leave an actual picture! I really dont know why I have waited so long to make this! Thank you for your recipe! We LOVE IT!

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