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Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

I work at home while caring for our two children, so I have to be creative at mealtimes to fix something quick and nutritious that everyone enjoys. This homey casserole fits all the requirements." —Lori Gleason of Minneapolis, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles, cooked and drained


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add chicken; cook and stir until no longer pink. Add the broth, carrots, celery and savory. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Pour over chicken mixture. Add noodles; mix well.
  • 3. Transfer to a 3-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 343 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 95 mg cholesterol, 681 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"I used left over roast chicken so l did not fry. I added a tsp of sambal, should have been more.

It was very good, it took longer to make than said....but l boiled the noodles then did everything in the same pan, pot. I mixed the flour and butter so long didn't need to have another pot, added to the veg. And added the milk.
I would make this again. Janet. VFE"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"My 17-year old son has made this three times this winter and everyone who tries it, loves it! Thanks for sharing it with us! It's a winner!!"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"Good quick meal and the family loved it."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"I've made this several times, hearty comfort food! My family loves it!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"This recipe is also easily adapted for a gluten-free diet. Noodles made from brown rice can be used, and you can change the 3 tbsp of flour to 3 tbsp of corn starch."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"This recipe is easy, relatively quick, and the flavors were good. But I found the proportions to be off. There was far too much liquid, even after I removed some from the vegetable-and-chicken mixture, before adding the noodles and sauce. After baking for the designated time, the dish was soupy; after baking seven extra minutes, at which point the top layer started to get crispy, it was still not a casserole. It tasted good, but was not what I expected after reading the recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"This is one of my go-to favorites. I've made this many times and love it every time. It's filling without being too heavy. Great on those cold days/nights!"

Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"My family LOVED this simple casserole. Our store did not have savory, so I substituted a scant measurement of poultry seasoning & used about 1 cup mild cheddar."

Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"I didn't have savory, so used sage instead. It was absolutely delicious. My husband and I both went back for seconds."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"I've made this recipe several time! It's absolutely delicious! I had to buy savory for this dish, too, but it was well worth the investment. (I found it in the spice aisle - it's called "Summer Savory".) Absolutely a keeper!"

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"Savory is a seasoning. You should be able to find it at your regular grocery store."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2009

"what is savory & where do you find it?"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2008

"I purchased savory just for this recipe. This recipe is just delicious. I have made it for several potlucks and given it to several sick friends. Everyone who has ever tried it loves it, even my picky 5 year old!"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2008

"use poultry seasoning instead of savory"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.