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My Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole is a favorite around here-it’s easy to make, warm and delicious, with a buttery cracker topping. True comfort food. I make this earlier in the day, and refrigerate until ready to be baked. It’s great the next day for leftovers (or later that same night for kids to re-heat when they come home from activities). I choose to go lighter on the chicken, and add more vegetables, but it’s a matter of preference, so feel free to improvise. If tiny vegetables make certain younger children make disgusted faces, omit them!
After cooking for almost three decades for my family, I only make fan favorites here-it’s too much work to cook up a whole dinner and have no one like it. I’ve experimented with some dinners that I thought would hit the spot, and appeal to all, and this is one of those recipes that definitely made it to the top.
The Ritz cracker topping is the extra buttery crunch that makes this recipe all the more special. I squish that roll of Ritz right in its wrapper and then mix with the butter and sprinkle on the casserole before baking. If you don’t have Ritz crackers available, any crackers will do, although the buttery flavor along with the salt is what makes these the best to use.
Chicken Noodle Casserole
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 8 oz egg noodles
- 6-12 oz mixed frozen vegetables (as preferred), thawed
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 roll Ritz (or other buttery) crackers, crumbled
- 1/4 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 casserole pan with non stick cooking spray.
- Poach (boil) chicken breasts in a large pot of water and cook until done (about 12 minutes).
- Remove chicken but keep water boiling-add pasta to this water and cook until al dente.
- Meanwhile, add soups, sour cream and vegetables together in a large bowl, and mix well.
- Cut cooked chicken into small bits (about 1-2" in size) and add to the soup mixture.
- When noodles are done, drain them well, and add them to soup and chicken mixture. Gently fold together.
- Place mixture in the baking dish.
- Melt butter and mix with crushed Ritz crackers. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the uncooked casserole.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes on middle rack of oven.
I hope you enjoy our easy Chicken Noodle Casserole as much as we do! Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.
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