Overnight French Onion Chicken Pasta Bake

Overnight French Onion Chicken Pasta Bake – a new family favorite. Just dump everything in the baking dish and refrigerate overnight. No boiling the noodles ahead of time! Chicken, cream of chicken, french onion dip, milk, chicken broth, garlic powder, uncooked elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, and french fried onions. One bite and this is sure to earn a spot in your dinner rotation!

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No Boil Chicken Pasta Bake

This Overnight French Onion Chicken Pasta Bake is a favorite at our house. It is effortless to make and the whole family gobbled it up! Cheesy chicken pasta baked in a delicious creamy sauce and topped with crispy french fried onions. We LOVE all the flavors in this casserole.  The best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to boil the pasta before making it! Perfect for busy weeknights. Add this to your menu ASAP!

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How to Make Overnight French Onion Chicken Pasta

This casserole is very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large bowlwhisk together chicken broth, milk, cream of chicken soup, garlic powder, and french onion dip. Stir in cooked chopped chicken, and uncooked pasta. Season with salt and black pepper. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased baking dish. Cover this dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. 

When ready to bake the pasta, remove the pan from the fridge and uncover the casserole dish. Preheat the oven. Sprinkle shredded cheese and french fried onions over the top of the casserole and bake until bubbly. Garnish the baked pasta with parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use any cooked shredded chicken in this dish.
    • I use rotisserie chicken.
    • Cooked chicken breasts, chicken thighs, chicken tenderloins, and canned chicken also work fine.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-cream-of-chicken-soup/
    • Look for Unsalted Cream of Chicken Soup if using store-bought condensed soup.
  • This recipe uses uncooked pasta.
    • I use elbow macaroni. Mini penne pasta also works great.
  • It is important to use a container of refrigerated sour cream dip in this recipe. Look for Kraft, Barber’s, Dean’s, or Heluva Good Dip.
    • If you can’t find the sour cream dip, you can substitute sour cream and some onion soup mix.
  • I use shredded cheddar cheese. Feel free to use your favorite cheese. Mozzarella cheese, Colby-Jack, and parmesan cheese are all delicious.
  • Feel free to add some fresh spinach, diced fresh onions, or bell peppers to the pasta mixture.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
plate of chicken pasta and green beans

What to Serve with Chicken Pasta Casserole

Serve the casserole with your favorite veggies. Broccoli, green beans, asparagus, or a green salad topped with tomatoes are all delicious! Throw in some crispy bread and butter and you are set! One bite and this delicious chicken pasta is sure to earn a spot in your dinner rotation.

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Overnight French Onion Chicken Pasta Bake

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Overnight French Onion Chicken Pasta Bake – a new family favorite. Just dump everything in the baking dish and refrigerate overnight. No boiling the noodles ahead of time! Chicken, cream of chicken, french onion dip, milk, chicken broth, garlic powder, uncooked elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, and french fried onions. One bite and this is sure to earn a spot in your dinner rotation!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl combine cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, french onion dip, milk, chicken broth, garlic powder. Stir in uncooked pasta.
  • Pour pasta mixture into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove casserole from refrigerator and uncover.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Top casserole with cheddar cheese and fried onions. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour.

Notes:

  • You can use any cooked shredded chicken in this dish.
    • I use rotisserie chicken.
    • Cooked chicken breasts, chicken thighs, chicken tenderloins, and canned chicken also work fine.
  • This recipe uses uncooked pasta.
    • I use elbow macaroni. Mini penne pasta also works great.
5 containers of french onion dip
  • It is important to use a container of refrigerated sour cream dip in this recipe. Look for Kraft, Barber’s, Dean’s, or Heluva Good Dip.
    • If you can’t find the sour cream dip, you can substitute sour cream and some onion soup mix.
  • I suggest using Unsalted Cream of Chicken Soup in this dish to control the sodium.
  • I use shredded cheddar cheese. Feel free to use your favorite cheese. Mozzarella cheese, Colby-Jack, and parmesan cheese are all delicious.
  • Feel free to add some fresh spinach, diced fresh onions, or bell peppers to the pasta mixture.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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Comments

  1. I need to make a couple freezer meals and would love to make this. Do you think it would work to put in freezer instead of fridge then take out later? Thaw then bake? Or just bake from frozen for an extended period of time?

  2. Another fantastic recipe! Made as directed and was perfect! I loved not having to dirty a dish pre-cooking pasta.

    1. Did you try this?? Curious to see how it turned out. I was thinking of making for dinner tonight but wondering if it truly needed to be made the night before

  3. Hi! I plan on making this casserole later in the week. It sounds delicious and so easy! I do have a question–do I need to let the casserole come to room temperature before I put it in the oven, or can I put it in as soon as I take it out of the fridge?

      1. I made this last night, and it was so delicious! I followed the recipe exactly. I used fully cooked frozen chicken breast that I warmed and cut into cubes. This was so easy and so good. Even my super picky husband went back for seconds! I am definitely adding this to my rotation. Thank you! Love your recipes!

  4. We really loved your overnight French onion chicken pasta bake!
    We try to limit salt/sodium in our diet, so I appreciate your lower salt recommendations.
    I made my own rotisserie chicken breasts and followed your recipe for homemade cream of chicken soup.
    Thank you for posting this recipe!
    Stephanie Duncan

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