Ultimate Chicken Casserole


  1. Cooked Egg Noodles (2 cups)
    • You can either use store-bought egg noodles or make them from scratch. If cooking from raw, follow the package instructions to ensure they’re al dente.
  2. Chicken, Cooked and Shredded (2 cups)
    • You can cook the chicken by boiling, baking, or using leftover rotisserie chicken. Shred it using forks or your hands once cooled.
  3. Corn (2 cups)
    • Fresh: If using fresh corn, remove kernels from the cob.
    • Frozen: Thaw before using.
    • Canned: Drain and rinse to remove excess salt.
  4. Milk (1 cup)
    • Any type of milk will work, but whole milk gives a richer flavor.
  5. Cream of Chicken Soup (2 cans, 10oz each)
    • This acts as a creamy base for the casserole. If you prefer, you can substitute with cream of mushroom or celery soup.
  6. Onion, Diced (1 onion)
    • Choose a medium-sized onion. Yellow or white onions work best for their milder flavor.
  7. Minced Garlic (1 tbsp)
    • Freshly minced garlic offers the best flavor, but jarred minced garlic is a convenient alternative.
  8. Shredded Cheese (½ cup)
    • Cheddar is recommended for its melting qualities and flavor, but feel free to experiment with other types like mozzarella or Colby.
  9. French-Fried Onions (¾ cup)
    • These add a delightful crunch and flavor to the top layer of the casserole.
  10. Saltand Pepper
    • Add according to your taste preference. Salt enhances the overall flavor, while pepper adds a slight kick.


  1. Preheating the Oven:
    • Turn your oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). This is an ideal temperature for baking casseroles, allowing for even cooking and a perfectly browned top.
  2. Baking Dish Preparation:
    • Take a 9×13 inch baking dish and spray it lightly with cooking spray. This helps in preventing the casserole from sticking to the dish, making serving and cleanup much easier.
  3. Mixing the Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, start by adding 2 cups of cooked egg noodles. These noodles are the base of your casserole and will absorb the flavors of the other ingredients.
    • Add 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken. This can be from a roast chicken, boiled chicken, or even leftover chicken.
    • Include 2 cups of corn. You can use whatever you have on hand – fresh, frozen, or canned. Each type will add its unique texture and sweetness.
    • Pour in 1 cup of milk and add two 10oz cans of cream of chicken soup. These ingredients will create a creamy, savory sauce that binds all the components together.
    • Dice 1 onion and mince 1 tablespoon of garlic, then add them to the bowl. These will give a depth of flavor to your casserole.
    • Add ½ cup of shredded cheese. Cheddar is a great choice for its melting qualities and sharp taste, but feel free to experiment with other types of cheese.
    • Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Remember, you can always adjust these to suit your taste preferences.
  4. Assembling the Casserole:
    • Once all your ingredients are mixed well, pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish. Spread it evenly to ensure a uniform cooking experience.
  5. Baking the Casserole:
    • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven. Bake it for approximately 30 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the top is golden brown, and the edges are bubbling.
  6. Adding the Final Touch:
    • After removing the casserole from the oven, sprinkle ¾ cup of French-fried onions on top. This not only adds a delightful crunch but also a burst of flavor.
  7. Serving:
    • Let the casserole sit for a few minutes after baking. This allows it to set a bit, making it easier to serve.
    • Cut into desired portions and serve warm. This dish is excellent on its own or paired with a light side salad or some steamed vegetables.

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