Old School Chicken Noodle Casserole

Old School Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe – comfort food at its best! Chicken and noodles loaded with cream cheese, parmesan cheese, sour cream, and topped with buttery Ritz cracker crumbs. YUM! Use a rotisserie chicken and this comes together in minutes! Chicken, egg noodles, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, butter & Ritz crackers. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

This Old School Chicken Noodle casserole is seriously delicious! We had this for dinner last week and absolutely LOVED it. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds! SO good! This dish is super simple to make and has tons of great flavor! Chicken and noodles loaded with cream cheese, parmesan cheese, sour cream, and topped with buttery Ritz cracker crumbs. Comfort food at its best! You must give this a try. It is sure to be a hit!

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How to Make Old School Chicken Noodle Casserole

This casserole is easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add a package of egg noodles and cook according to the instructions on the package for al dente. Drain noodles and set them aside. In a large bowl, stir together cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, sour cream, grated parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add chicken and cooked noodles to the bowl and stir to combine. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Spread the noodle mixture into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, combine melted butter and crushed Ritz crackers. Sprinkle cracker mixture over the casserole. Bake in a preheated oven until bubbly. 

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use a rotisserie chicken in this recipe. You can use any cooked chopped chicken that you prefer. Chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken tenderloins are all great.
    • Can substitute cooked chopped turkey.
  • You can use any combination of condensed cream of soup. Cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, and cream of celery soup all work great.
  • The cream cheese needs to be a room temperature so it can be fully incorporated into the dish. If you are short on time, microwave it for about 20 seconds in the microwave.
  • What veggies can I add to the casserole? 
    • Green peas
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Mixed vegetables
    • Spinach
  • Can use low-fat cream cheese and sour cream to reduce the calories in the dish.
  • I use grated parmesan cheese in this casserole. You can use freshly grated or the stuff in the green can.
    • Feel free to substitute your favorite cheese. Cheddar cheese would be good.
  • Can Chicken Noodle Casserole be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover with plastic wrap. Place the casserole in the refrigerator until ready to bake. 
  • Can Old School Chicken Noodle Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cool completely. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze until ready to bake.
    • When ready to bake, thaw and cook as directed.
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What to Serve with Chicken Casserole

This recipe comes from Plain Chicken reader, Kathy. She left a comment on another post with her recipe. It sounded so good, that we had to give it a try! I am SO glad that we made it! This has quickly become a weeknight favorite at our house!

This recipe makes a lot of food. It is great for potlucks or when you have to feed a crowd. Leftovers are equally delicious reheated. We usually serve this with some green beans or broccoli. This is also great with a salad and a roll

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Old School Chicken Noodle Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Old School Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe – comfort food at its best! Chicken and noodles loaded with cream cheese, parmesan cheese, sour cream, and topped with buttery Ritz cracker crumbs. YUM! Use a rotisserie chicken and this comes together in minutes! Chicken, egg noodles, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-oz) package medium egg noodles
  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (10.5-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10.5-oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • cups sour cream
  • 1 (8-oz) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • ¼ cup butter, melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Remove skin from rotisserie chicken and discard. Pull meat from chicken and chop.
  • In a large bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • Add cooked noodles and chopped chicken. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine Ritz cracker crumbs and melted butter. Top the casserole with cracker crumbs.
  • Bake uncovered for 45 to 55 minutes, until bubbly.

Notes:

  • I use a rotisserie chicken in this recipe. You can use any cooked chopped chicken that you prefer. Chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken tenderloins are all great.
    • Can substitute cooked chopped turkey.
  • You can use any combination of condensed cream of soup. Cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, and cream of celery soup all work great.
  • The cream cheese needs to be a room temperature so it can be fully incorporated into the dish. If you are short on time, microwave it for about 20 seconds in the microwave.
  • What veggies can I add to the casserole? 
    • Green peas
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Mixed vegetables
    • Spinach
  • Can use low-fat cream cheese and sour cream to reduce the calories in the dish.
  • I use grated parmesan cheese in this casserole. You can use freshly grated or the stuff in the green can.
    • Feel free to substitute your favorite cheese. Cheddar cheese would be good.
  • Can Chicken Noodle Casserole be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover with plastic wrap. Place the casserole in the refrigerator until ready to bake. 
  • Can Old School Chicken Noodle Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cool completely. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze until ready to bake.
    • When ready to bake, thaw and cook as directed.

Steph

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  1. This was very delicious. My only issue was that is needed more moisture, which I added maybe 11/2 cups, other than that,. great flavors, will make again!!!!

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