Colorful Chicken Casserole Recipe
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Colorful Chicken Casserole Recipe

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In Marshfield, Missouri, Bernice Morris combines chicken and pasta with a variety of colorful vegetables to create this all-in-one entree. "It's a nice change of pace from the usual creamy casseroles," she comments. "I make one for dinner and keep the other in the freezer for unexpected company
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 295 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large skillet, saute the celery, green pepper and onion in butter until tender. Add the broth, corn, peas, salt if desired and pepper; heat through. Stir in chicken and macaroni.
  2. Divide between two 11x7-in. baking dishes coated with cooking spray. Top with mushrooms and cheese.
  3. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the second casserole at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through.
  4. To use frozen casserole: Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (4 servings each).
Originally published as Colorful Chicken Casserole in Quick Cooking November/December 1998, p52

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prodtohreg 244030
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"Nice recipe"

katlaydee3 225637
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"I really liked this recipe and have no idea why others complained that it had no flavor. I added a little extra salt and pepper due to other comments and I left out the mushrooms because I don't like them; other than those small changes I followed the recipe. It was delicious and a nice change from all the typical creamy casseroles."

pinkgramma 24700
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"I used wacky pasta because that is what I had. Next time I will omit the broth and add a can of cream of something soup. Needed more seasoning also. Maybe some herbs."

alidoremi 65321
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"I wasn't impressed with this recipe. As others have said, it didn't have much flavor. With only the chicken stock added in the skillet, I wanted a more creamy sauce so I added some heavy cream. That helped but I wouldn't make this again."

hildybean 69359
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"I must admit that when I mixed it together, I didn't think it was going to be a keeper. I didn't have frozen peas so I substituted a can of them instead. Other than that, I followed the recipe. My hubby & I both thought it was quite good... 4-5 star recipe."

sday5 51665
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"I have made this many times. We really enjoy this recipe because it does not require canned soups. It is like a very healthy chicken soup."

trainwat 55920
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"This tasted like everything in the kitchen sink poorly thrown together. It needed creaminess to it, and more cheese."

rach45 24698
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"I really like this recipe. I didn't make it myself, but my mother made it for me and sent it to school with me for a quick meal when I didn't have time to cook for myself. In the future when I make this myself, I will probably add even more vegetables than what it calls for. Also, I found that it took longer than stated to heat the frozen casserole."

jbeztoo 31062
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"It was easy to add more flavor. When sauteing the celery, bell pepper and onion, I just added 1/2 teaspoon of crumbled sage and 1 teaspoon each of dried thyme and parsley. We also skipped the butter. Nice recipe."

jellybeancy 24627
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2010

"Hi! This was an ok recipe. I would change a few things tho. i would omit the green peppers. They seem to me to over power the recipe. I would also add a can of mushroom soup to it. just to give it a creamy texture."

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