Slow-Cooker Chicken Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours.
You'll need 10 minutes of prep time to make this Crockpot chicken casserole. Your trusty slow cooker will do the rest.

Updated: Mar. 12, 2024

You can’t beat the ease of this slow-cooker chicken casserole. This recipe feeds a crowd and it’s a cinch to whip up. Prep this recipe as directed or make the casserole all your own with our tips for adding or swapping ingredients.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Casserole Ingredients

  • Canned condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Chicken broth
  • Onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions, optional


Step 1: Slow-cook the chicken

In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Then add the chicken and cook on low until tender, about 4 to 5 hours.

Step 2: Shred the chicken

Transfer the chicken from the slow-cooker to a cutting board. Allow it to sit for a minute or two to cool slightly, then use two forks to shred the chicken. (Just be sure not to wait too long—shredding is easiest when the chicken is still warm.) When you’re done, return chicken to the slow cooker.

Step 3: Cook the pasta

Cook pasta according to the package’s directions to al dente. Be sure to salt your water—this gives noodles some flavor right from the start. Use 1-1/2 tablespoons of kosher salt for every pound of pasta or for every gallon of water in the pot. Drain pasta when it’s done cooking.

Step 4: Finish dinner in the slow cooker

Stir pasta, cheese and sour cream into the slow cooker, and mix well with shredded chicken. Cover and cook on low until the cheese is melted, about 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with green onions and additional cheese if you like.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Casserole Variations

This recipe is a fantastic base for putting your own spin on things, so get creative!

  • Add veggies: During step 4, add chopped veggies like bell peppers, broccoli or squash.
  • Reduce the fat: Simply swap in low-fat versions of the condensed cream of chicken soup, cheese and sour cream.
  • Change up the cheese: Swap some of the cheddar with another variety of cheese to adjust the flavor. Think pepper jack for extra spice, or smoked gouda for, well, smokiness.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Casserole Tips

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How should you store leftover slow-cooker chicken casserole?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Plan to eat them within the next three to four days.

Can you freeze slow-cooker chicken casserole?

In general, casseroles are ideal recipes for preparing ahead of time and freezing for easy meals. But this recipe in particular has quite a bit of dairy, which unfortunately doesn’t hold up well in the freezer. We recommend storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator and finishing off any leftovers within three to four days.

How should you reheat slow-cooker chicken casserole?

For multiple servings, reheat on low in the slow-cooker until warmed through. Or for individual portions, reheat either in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish, or in a saucepan on low on the stove, stirring consistently.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Casserole

Prep Time 10 min
Yield 12 servings.


  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each ) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • Chopped green onions, optional


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 6 ingredients; add chicken. Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender, 4-5 hours. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  2. Remove chicken to a cutting board; shred with 2 forks and return to slow cooker. Stir in pasta, cheese and sour cream. Cover and cook on low until cheese is melted, 15-20 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with green onions and additional cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/3 cups: 389 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 805mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.

Slow-cooker chicken casserole has all the classic comfort food ingredients. Change the flavor by switching up one or both cans of soup, the type of cheese or the seasonings. If you don't have macaroni on hand, other small pasta shapes could be used or even cooked rice or noodles. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen