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Creamy Chicken Noodle Bake

Talk about a potluck pleaser! This comforting, creamy casserole is bursting with tender chunks of chicken. Even the pickiest eater will gobble up this tasty bake. —Shirley Unger, Bluffton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings (1 cup each)


  • 4 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 jars (12 ounces each) chicken gravy
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 cup cubed process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 4 teaspoons butter, melted


  • Cook noodles according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In a Dutch oven, melt 6 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in chicken, gravy and pimientos.
  • Drain noodles; toss with remaining butter. Stir into chicken mixture. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Cover and bake 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Combine cheese, bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle around edges of casserole. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 345 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 555mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Linda
    Feb 15, 2021

    We love this recipe. Needs a little more salt. I add broccoli for a one dish meal!

  • JenniferRose
    Oct 26, 2017

    My family really liked this recipe. I, however, did not like the texture. The noodles were way to mushy for my liking. Has anyone tried it with the noodles not cooked at all? I'm thinking of maybe blanching them next time...maybe boil for half the time so they are still under cooked. I'm thinking that maybe some french fried onions on the top for some crunch would also help the texture. Will be tweeking this as the taste was nice just not right texture wise.

  • Deborah
    Mar 7, 2017

    I want to try it when I do I will let you know.

  • best of home cooks
    Sep 16, 2015

    Very creamy and different. We loved it. Has a cheesy crunchy topping that is amazing. I made 1/2 the recipe and had 4 huge servings. Will be making this again.

  • Moviemom92
    Dec 23, 2014

    Delicious ! It was a hit with the family. I was also confused as to whether the cheese needed to be melted. After cooking it I realized it should have been melted first because it didn't melt completely after having in the oven for over 10 min.

  • marelvis1
    Feb 17, 2014

    The only problem I had with the recipe is when it says combine the cheese, bread crumbs, and melted butter. Is the cheese supposed to be melted? I assumed so, even though it doesn't state that. BTW, I am an experienced cook and I was still confused.

  • pdarwin
    Jan 21, 2014

    I made this for friends and they loved. They all recommended making it again. For me it did not have as much flavor that I prefer, so next time may add a little more chili powder or Tabasco smoky chipotle sauce. TOH Editor

  • Xena7751
    Sep 1, 2013

    This was soooo good. I subbed pork as that is what I had and it had fabulous flavor.

  • angelmc18
    Apr 16, 2013

    No comment left

  • daisey5
    Mar 17, 2013

    I used a whole pre cooked chicken and it was very good Next time I will add another jar of pimientos.