Million Dollar Chicken Casserole

Million Dollar Chicken Casserole – This is our go-to chicken casserole! SO easy to make and tastes like a million bucks! Chicken, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, onion, garlic, cream of chicken soup, topped with crushed Ritz crackers and butter. Can make this casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole #ritzcrackers

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Easy Weeknight Dinner

Chicken casseroles are a weeknight staple at our house. I am always thinking of ways to change them up so we don’t get bored with the same old thing. This Million Dollar Chicken Casserole is a kicked-up version of the classic Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole I ate growing up with cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream. This casserole is super simple to make and tastes like a million bucks! Serve the casserole with some green beans and crusty bread and dinner is done!!

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How to Make Million Dollar Chicken Casserole

This chicken casserole is super easy to make. Start with a rotisserie chicken. Remove the skin and pull the meat off the bones. Next simply combine the chicken, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, garlic powder, and onion powder. Spread the chicken mixture into a baking dish, top with crushed Ritz crackers and bake. 

Can this Casserole be Frozen?

This Million Dollar Chicken Casserole makes a great make-ahead meal and freezer meal. I usually double the recipe when I make this. I bake one and freeze one for later. You can freeze the casserole baked or unbaked. To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed below. To reheat the casserole after freezing, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cover the casserole with foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes.

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This Million Dollar Chicken Casserole is a family favorite. We make this at least once a month. We like to serve this with some green beans, asparagus or broccoli. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy chicken casserole:

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Million Dollar Chicken Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Million Dollar Chicken Casserole – This is our go-to chicken casserole! SO easy to make and tastes like a million bucks! Chicken, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, onion, garlic, cream of chicken soup, topped with crushed Ritz crackers and butter. Can make this casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. #chicken #casserole #chickencasserole #ritzcrackers

Ingredients:

  • cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 4- oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.5-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried onion powder
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine chicken, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, 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:

  • Use a rotisserie chicken for quick prep of the cooked chicken.
  • You want the cream cheese to be very soft so it gets fully incorporated into the casserole. Microwave the cream cheese for 15 to 20 seconds if you are short on time.
  • Can prepare through step 3 and refrigerate or freeze for later.
  • To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.
  • For a gluten-free dish, use gluten-free Cream of Chicken soup and crushed pork rinds instead of Ritz crackers.

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  1. I used whole milk ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Its what I had. I also added matchstick carrots and some peas. Garlic powder, thyme, and a little Lawry’s seasoned salt and pepper. Rotisserie chicken.

    Served over rice.

    Fabulous!!

  2. Made this for dinner tonight. Absolutely loved it. Followed the recipe exactly except for the cottage cheese because I was too lazy to go to the store. Will definitely make again. A great dish to take for a potluck.

  3. I used the chicken from left over wings we had at my pizza shop.
    Took forever to separate the chicken from the skin and bone BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT.
    I added a bit of canned corn and some of the liquid. This was totally delicious and I will try with rotisserie chicken next time.

  4. This is sooooooo Yummy!!! Only change I made was I added in a can of chopped chilis and this dinner was a HUGE hit. Will definitely be making this over and over! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for that tip on the green chilies. I am making it tonight and will add them to the recipe

  5. Look guys no one cares of you made changes and what changes you made . You want to share your recipes there has to be a better way than pretending to leave a review just so you can be “look at me my recipe is better” if you changed it then it’s not the recipe so don’t leave a review!!!!!

    1. You don’t speak for everyone, if you don’t like the changes then don’t read them and definitely don’t tell people what to do. Delicious recipe, have tried it several ways including the original or with a variety of changes. Thank you plainchicken!

  6. I made this for dinner tonight and my husband and our friend LOVED IT! I usually ask him even I make a new recipe if it’s a keeper or not. Tonight I didn’t even get to ask him, he mumbled as he was eating it, THIS IS DEFINITELY A KEEPER! Thank you for sharing!

  7. This was an absolute hit! I made a few alterations but they turned out great. I used cream of mushroom soup (instead of C.O. chicken), used fresh finely chopped onion, topped it with bread crumbs and added some broccoli and chopped carrots. Next time I think I will load this with even more veggies. It was creamy and rich and every last bit was gone.

  8. I think you could make amazing hand pies with crust or crescents and everything else as filing :0 Oh man… I’m gonna have to hit the store now.

  9. Did you double your sour cream? How did it turn out?? I want to make this but don’t have cottage cheese either so curious if it worked or what you used.

  10. This recipe was delish! I added a layer of sharp cheddar cheese and then added doubled the ritz cracker portion. Delish!!!

  11. You could use GF condensed chicken soup and GF crackers. Obviously make sure the spices are GF too. This is so easy to make for my celiac people! Also it’s delicious!

  12. I made this for my daughter and son in law upon the birth of their baby. I made a bunch of freezable meals for them. I added chopped broccoli and I used garden vegetable cream cheese and everything Ritz crackers. They really liked it.

    1. This was an amazing dish!! I mistakenly thawed out shredded beef instead of chicken and made it anyway. Wow!! It was delicious!!! Thank you so much!!!

  13. This looks delicious. What if you used cut up chicken cutlets, raw? How much longer would it need to bake? Would that longer time make the other ingredients too dry? Add extra liquid to compensate?

  14. Our new favorite recipe! So easy and delicious. It was shared to me by my daughter, whose family loves it. I have made for and shared the recipe with my daughter-in -law, whose family loves it. I made no changes and only added some poppy seeds. Thanks.

    1. It would still be the same amount – just add more chicken next time until it reaches your preferred amount.

      1. Does the cream cheese need to be mixed in completely ? Or is it assembled in chunks? I watched the video, and I am still confused.

        1. I mixed the cream cheese in completely, but you can have some small chunks if you prefer.

  15. I absolutely loved this recipe! It was perfect for what I was trying to do which was make a casserole to bring to a potluck. It was quick it was easy and it actually surprised me a lot because I’m not a huge fan of cottage cheese but it’s a texture thing so in this recipe was completely fine.

      1. Here is a comment that might help you: “I made this the other night and it’s yummy! I put the cottage cheese in and trust me you can not tell it’s in there. It all melts together. I am 68 and wish we had had the sources for recipes like today!!”

      2. I don’t care for the texture of cottage cheese. I put the cottage cheese in the food processor first.
        I also added some penne noodles, fresh basil and parmesan cheese. I baked it in a 13×9 dish.

    1. I sprinkled it with dried parsley after it baked. It is just for color in the photos. It isn’t necessary.

  16. Fabulous dish and super easy !!! Get a Rotisserie chicken from the grocery store cut down the time very easy delicious dish

  17. Followed the recipe exactly as written and it turned out more liquidy than expected. Any suggestions? Other than that, it tasted wonderful….even my 5 and 4yo ate it!

    1. Maybe drain the cottage cheese some or try a different brand? I’m not sure what would have made it too liquidy.

    2. I added sautéed onions and celery to mine. Also added 1/4 mayonnaise. Used Panko crumbs. It was delicious. Definitely will make this recipe again. Thanks!

    3. I bet you did the same thing I did, and tried to serve it immediately! Mine was very runny! I let it set and cool down for about 10 minutes, and it had set up well! I served mine over wide egg noodles. Will probably add veggies to it next time. Was even better the next day!

    1. Any changes and substitutions to the recipe are completely up to you. I do not know you and do not know what you like to eat. This is how I made the recipe and we enjoyed it. I do not eat cottage cheese out of the container, but I enjoy it in baked casseroles. I have not tested this recipe with any other ingredients.

    2. Having made this recipe multiple times I can tell you that the cottage cheese adds creaminess to the recipe. As written the ingredients in this dish meld nicely providing great flavor!

        1. Check it at the time listed to see if it is warm and bubbly, If not, bake it 10 to 15 minutes longer.

        2. So do you cover it or no? The first half of the blog says cover with foil but the recipe part says to leave uncovered

        3. Well, I covered it to refrigerate it overnight and baked it uncovered. I don’t suggest leaving a casserole dish in the refrigerator uncovered.

  18. My husband and teenaged grandson LOVED this!! I wasn’t too crazy about it but that doesn’t matter cause they both said this is definitely in the rotation, lol. Thanks for making their evening 😋

  19. Made the casserole last night and it was very tasty,had to substitute cream of mushroom for cream of chicken and it was delicious will make it again with cream of chicken and add some peas. Thanks for a great recipe.

  20. I’m makin it now except I added a cup or so of a Mexican blend cheese to the mixture an im.waitin another 25 mins. An it will b done and im sure very yummy and if its not VERY YUMMY, ill leave another message OTHERWISE IT MEANS IT CAME OUT DELICIOUS! THANK YOU FOR THE RECIPE YUMMY IN THE TUMMY!!!

  21. Do you think it would be ok to make with cream of chicken with herbs soup instead of just plain cream of chicken?

    1. I made with Cream of chicken with herb soup . Thank you for the recipe, it is now my go-to for chicken casserole. Yummy 😋

  22. I made this last night and it was a hit! It has a different flavor that we aren’t used to, but it turned out being very delicious. We have enough leftovers that we will have it again tonight. I served it with broccoli/cheese sauce and a dinner roll. Tonight I’ll serve it with fruit and mixed veggies. Yummy.

  23. I only had one cooked chicken breast left from night before which barely made two cups shredded. So I added a can of tuna to the chicken and it was really good!!!! Thanks for the change of routine!

  24. I added frozen broccoli to this recipe. It was delicious. I just thawed and diced. Used half the chicken amt. And substituted the remaining amount with broccoli

  25. This is so good and so easy, I can’t imagine not using the recipe. Everyone in our family thought it had the correct name. I think any of the substitutions or additions other reviewers have mentioned would work. We like it just as it is in the recipe.

  26. I made this yesterday for thanksgiving & it was a hit! Easily the best chicken casserole I’ve ever had. I added 1 cup of finely chopped broccoli to add some color & it was delicious!

  27. Actually 4.5. I found it a bit soupy as one other reviewer mentioned. BUT, it was very good! Will have it for dinner tomorrow night, then freeze the rest. (shhhhh, I used canned chunk chicken breast as that s what I had at the time. Still was good.) Will make it again!

  28. I made this the other night and it’s yummy! I put the cottage cheese in and trust me you can not tell it’s in there. It all melts together. I am 68 and wish we had had the sources for recipes like today!!

  29. This has been a HUGE success when I make it!!! It is SO delicious. I even tried it with potatoes instead of chicken and it was good!!!

  30. This is almost identical to the chicken casserole I grew up on (chicken poo casserole we called it) the only difference is – it did not call for cottage cheese. Everyone asking for a sub, it’s fine without any substitute! I love cottage cheese and am going to try this version. I always serve over a bed of rice.

  31. I added rice, broccoli, Cajun seasoning a row of shredded cheese under the ritz cracker. It was sooooo good : )

  32. I added spinich and topped with Fried Onions – my men loved it. They asked that this be added to the menu rotation!

  33. Can I use plain yogurt instead of cottage cheese? Would it be the same amount as the cottage cheese?

  34. Made this a couple of weeks ago and everyone loved it. Served with egg noodles and a side of broccoli. Making again tonight and serving again with egg noodles as the sauce goes perfectly and will side with green beans! Thanks for the simple, yummy recipe!

  35. Great combinations, I made this recipe just as written, tasting it before adding topping and baking. For our family’s taste preferences, it was a bit bland, so I bumped up the powdered garlic to 1 1/2 teaspoons…. that was just the ticket! Lovely, bubbly rich goodness. Served with wild rice and green beans.

    1. As long as you didn’t change the quantity of the ingredients the serving size wouldn’t change. I’m not sure what your definition of “heeping” is, but this should feed 6 regular people.

  36. I was thinking of making this recipe into a chicken pot pie. Just add veggies. It’s very good. Made it for a neighbor tonight.

  37. I made this just as it says and it came out amazing!!I love it and will definitely make it again for family and or friends💖💖

  38. This was a huge hit at my house tonight! I didn’t have cream cheese so just added a bit more cottage cheese. Used cream of mushroom soup because that’s all the soup I had. Served it over white rice with a side of green beans. I was craving comfort food tonight and this was just perfect. Will make again for sure!!

  39. This is very good. I was skeptical because I do not like Cottage cheese but entire family was sold on this one!

    1. YAY! So glad you gave it a try with the cottage cheese. I also do not like cottage cheese, but it is delicious in casseroles.

  40. Very worthy and versatile, we added cooked wild rice and steamed broccoli. Will add more vegetables to lighten it up. You can add darn near anything I would imagine.

  41. I added some diced up mushrooms and some red hot sauce for a little spice! Very good! I wasn’t sure about the cottage cheese but it turned out great.

  42. I added a package of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and a can of mushrooms. Sooooo good.

  43. The casserole was delicious and so easy! I was wondering if you’ve ever tried adding prepared egg noodles to the dish for some extra texture? Thanks!

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