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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

1 cup: 343 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

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dublinlab User ID: 1682119 243092
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"

MaStarrr User ID: 8206511 217452
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!!"

[email protected] User ID: 3864962 204730
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"Good quick meal and the family loved it."

JulianneDecker User ID: 1451383 83094
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

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

cathiejr User ID: 1057680 204729
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."

icomefromalabama User ID: 6302868 99677
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."

1Heart4Jesus User ID: 2171354 40501
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!"

Chris Recipes User ID: 2594387 76303
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."

BevAnnAR User ID: 948280 130726
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."

1Heart4Jesus User ID: 2171354 34279
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!"

megans User ID: 5927418 33802
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

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

lap84 User ID: 2087212 43844
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2009

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

annieb314 User ID: 1061317 33801
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!"

Cottage1 User ID: 1698672 76301
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2008

"use poultry seasoning instead of savory"

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