Casseroles make weekday dinners easy because they are whole meals in one baked dish. Combining chicken, vegetables, cheese, and egg noodles or pasta, they have something for everyone. Some recipes below are casseroles made with condensed soups and others are made with homemade sauces. Many of these dishes are a snap to prepare, making them excellent options for busy weeknights. Check it out!
Chicken a la King Casserole With Noodles
Chicken a la King is chicken in a cream sauce, often with mushrooms, frequently served over pasta. This casserole takes the dish to another level by adding pimientos, celery, and cheddar cheese and baking it all together under a layer of buttery breadcrumbs. You need 55 minutes for this great recipe to come to life. Serve with a simple salad and fresh bread.
Classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole
This Tex-Mex creation uses corn tortillas as you’d use lasagna noodles and creates layers with cheese and creamy, spicy chicken. You just need 10 minutes to prep and 50 in the oven for this delightful bake. Use any kind of chicken meat, from breast to thighs, or leftover rotisserie chicken. Serve with a cactus salad if you can find nopales to bring some crunch and tanginess to your creamy main.
Creamy Chicken and Spinach Casserole
Combining spinach, cream, Parmesan cheese, and cooked chicken, this one-dish meal is sure to satisfy, especially since it’s topped with crispy breadcrumbs. Make ahead and put in the fridge for up to a day, then top with breadcrumbs and bake. The dish is ready in just 45 minutes, and it goes with any starch that you’d like, from pasta to rice (or combine rice and veggies with this beautiful rice salad on the side).
Chicken and Dressing Casserole
This chicken and dressing casserole is perfect for when you have leftovers from a big holiday meal or a weekend gathering. It combines cooked chicken and stuffing into a cheesy, delicious bake. You need two bowls, one baking dish, and 45 minutes to serve this easy and tasty recipe. Combine liquids and add cooked chicken. Add butter to stuffing mix and combine with chicken.
Doritos Chicken Casserole
Doritos and creamy chicken come together in 50 minutes in this filling and tasty bake. It also incorporates sour cream and cheese. Leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or store-bought chicken strips work very well in this dish. You can add chopped jalapeños, make a cilantro-based dressing to add on top after baking, or pan fry some bacon and top the casserole with it for a little extra decadence.
Macaroni and Chicken Casserole
This casserole is chock-full of textures and flavors, featuring cooked chicken, macaroni, onions, olives, cheddar cheese, sour cream, mushrooms, green bell pepper, and breadcrumbs. This is an all-in-one, one-hour-in-the-oven, weeknight bake. Add more or skip any of the vegetables according to your preferences.
To save time, most of these chicken casserole recipes use cooked chicken, whether leftovers or store-bought rotisserie chicken or chicken strips. Most casseroles can be wrapped and refrigerated overnight, and many can be frozen for 2 or 3 months.