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Tasty Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

Tasty Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

This tasty dish gets even better after it's been refrigerated a day or two, so the leftovers are always great. We eat it hot in the winter and cold in the summer.—Cheryl Watts, Natural Bridge, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:16-20 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) egg noodles
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 12 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup finely crushed cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  • 1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. In a large skillet, saute the red pepper, onion and celery in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add mushrooms; cook 2-3 minutes or until tender. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon; set aside.
  • 2. Add flour to the skillet; stir until blended. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Gradually stir in cream. Add the cream cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, salt, noodles, vegetables and cheese sauce. Transfer to two ungreased shallow 3-qt. baking dishes.
  • 4. Combine topping ingredients. Sprinkle over top. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until bubbly. Yield: 2 casseroles (8-10 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 399 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 455mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.

Reviews for Tasty Chicken Noodle Casserole

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senalb User ID: 7508174 235286
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"I think 12 cups of chicken is about 6 times too much! Typo?"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 35659
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"My 4 year old and I enjoyed this, picky 7 year old was not so keen, but he did eat it. I cut the recipe in half, except that I made the full amount of pasta and veggies. The cheese sauce could probably have used some other kind of cheese, I might add mozzarella or parm next time."

alalmy User ID: 4593001 134624
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"I enjoyed this recipe. Although I'm sure there is a typo in it. 2 cups of chicken is enough."

Bellamia2003 User ID: 6853152 42090
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"This is tasy but I didn't realize how much it made....I had to freeze some in singles sized ramekins. It's lots of prep work so it's not a weeknight venture."

cactuspat User ID: 5577866 99000
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"I followed the recipe except that I added some frozen peas. I cut the recipe in half and still had enough left over to freeze for another two meals. We both thought it was very good, and I think it was even better the next day."

jsturm6610 User ID: 5171687 86118
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Very easy to make and was a hit. Def. needs the salt I usually do not put salt in dishes I make. I used Fettuccine Noodles because those are my favorite and I think next time I am going to add a little hot sauce."

silly girl User ID: 5270321 62005
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"Great recipe! I left out the mushrooms, we don't care for them..and I halved the recipe and it still made tons! Yum, leftovers. Next time i will add more veggies like broccoli."

dctiki User ID: 3868054 128663
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"I think it was probably supposed to say 1-2 instead of 12 cups of chicken - that is an insane amount of chicken."

RandiEwing User ID: 5825929 98998
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"EXCELLENT! I used cans of cooked chicken to cut my prep time and substituted panko bread crumbs for the cornflakes in the topping and it gave it a little extra cruch. I did cut the recipe in half and it still be a huge amount! It is wonderful for leftovers though and I would absolutely make again!"

BrytEyz User ID: 2759683 98997
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"We enjoyed this; it was great comfort food for a cold Winter night. I cut the recipe in half to make just one casserole. Next time, though, I think I'll add more mushrooms and maybe double up on the veggies. (NOTE: We found the cornflake topping to be surprisingly flavorful thanks to the paprika and fresh parsley; it stayed much crunchier than breadcrumb toppings often do.)"

yoshe User ID: 6445785 35133
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"this was a grate dish for a church dinner"

jazzd User ID: 5472599 84676
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Forgot to mention, instead of salt, use Mrs. Dash to season!!"

jazzd User ID: 5472599 98986
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Halving recipe is no problem but suggest no yolk noodles, unsalted butter and broth, no fat milk instead of half and half, and of course, nechtafel or 1/3 less fat cream cheese. Poach chicken breasts in lo sodium borth and then cut up. These changes will make this more friendly to those of us with health concerns."

Lanaf User ID: 6181681 52344
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"I made this last night after seeing the recipe and the reviews. I made a couple slight changes, to accomodate my picky husband, and it was fabulous. He loved it! I cut the cream cheese in half, and added a cup of cheddar cheese to the sauce. Omitted mushrooms, even though I love them, and before I put the cornflake topping on, I sprinkled with another cup of cheddar cheese. It was delicious, and I will be making it again very soon!"

Turria User ID: 6423315 35656
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"This casserole sounds great, but do you think you can break it down for a regular dinner and not one to feed an army.?"

Livemore User ID: 2728637 62001
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Couldent stop eating it."

eringrimm User ID: 5551734 112636
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"It was ALOT of prep work and I didnt realize that it makes TWO..

so i thought it was just so so"

baharrig User ID: 4589730 35130
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Does this recipe really need 12 cups of chicken? That seems like a lot, even for 2 casseroles."

xicota User ID: 944314 62000
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"I plan on cutting the recipe in half, but it still seems like six cups of chicken is a lot of chicken."

gorbetz User ID: 1696964 112629
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"I'm guessing 12 cups, although I never made it. After all, it's 2 casserole dishes."

diligentfrog User ID: 569604 35631
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"12 cups of chicken??? or 2 cups???"

mwnyy User ID: 5613201 86116
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"My hubby wouldn't touch it, said it looked like tuna noodle casserole. I liked it, but I don't eat cheese, used cream of mushroom soup. Didn't like the corn flakes though, I would use potatoe chips instead."

dhuth User ID: 373522 35629
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Does this receipe really use 12 cups of cooked chicken?"

kimkenney User ID: 2674505 86004
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Excellent meal on a cold winter night! I will definitely be adding this to my regular repertoire."

bfrpa User ID: 312363 35626
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"The whole family loved it! Didn't have any paprika on hand, but I don't think it mattered. I don't even think anyone added salt or pepper to their meal."

amyalusa User ID: 3404632 61759
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"I have made some variations as well that work too....try using grated cheddar cheese, about 1 C in lieu of cream cheese. You can use sour cream if you do not have Half'n'Half, you can use 2 Tbsp of dried minced onion in lieu of an onion, and 1 Tbsp of Beau Monde if you do not have fresh celery. I use fresh ground pepper as well, and have used and not used paprika with good results."

jordasu1 User ID: 4269091 128641
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"Tried this recipte. I was told it was good, but it lacked something to me. I will try one more time using something to spice it up."

ajohomer User ID: 4874557 35624
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"Very good!!! I was really impressed. Great for pot lucks, or to freeze one for later :)"

Ofallon mom of 2 User ID: 4104825 84672
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2009

"Love this recipe! My co-workers love when I make this so they can eat the left overs!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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