easy chicken casserole

Chicken casserole is one of the classic comfort foods that you remember from childhood. It’s as cozy as mac and cheese, but usually a bit more nutritious, and as warming as a bowl of soup, but normally a little heartier. Often made with rice, pasta, or potatoes, the combination of tender chicken and a sauce (or cheese) is a simple dish that you can share with a crowd and easily make in advance.

Check out these takes on chicken casserole for a winning combination that your family and friends will love.

Baked Chicken and Artichoke Casserole

Baked Chicken and Artichoke Casserole

Chowhound

Frozen artichokes are the star of this recipe – they’re easy to throw in straight from the freezer, and mixed with fresh fennel, cremini mushrooms, garlic, leeks, spices, and breadcrumbs, this casserole tastes like a great updated take on Thanksgiving in a dish. Get our Baked Chicken and Artichoke Casserole recipe.

Chicken Tamale Casserole

Chicken Tamale Casserole

Laa Loosh

Described as a “Mexican tamale in casserole form,” this chicken tamale casserole is a quick and easy dinner solution that you can easily customize. Cornbread mix adds substance and two jalapenos pack a punch. Get the recipe.

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Pinch of Yum

If that sounds good but you want to make it a little healthier, use quinoa as the base and pile a colorful jumble of bell peppers on top. Get the recipe.

Sweet Potato and Chicken Casserole

Mexican Chicken Casserole with Sweet Potato Noodles

Skinny Taste

Or, go with sweet potato noodles. This Mexican sweet potato casserole is flavored with cumin, four dried guajillo peppers, and a healthy serving of pepper jack cheese along with some chopped scallions. Get the recipe.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry Casserole

Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry Casserole

Foxes Love Lemons

Brown rice, boneless skinless chicken breast, carrots, bell pepper, snap peas, and seasoning make for a very healthy casserole stir fry that you can whip up with whatever you have in the fridge. Get the recipe.

Baked Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

Baked Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

Life in the Lofthouse

This is a quick and simple recipe that makes the most of packaged stuffing, turning a bag of breadcrumbs into a delicious casserole packed with creamy chicken. If you want to get a little fancier, feel free to add onions and melted swiss cheese. Get the recipe here.

Buffalo Chicken Paleo Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Paleo Casserole

Paleo Leap

Cubed sweet potatoes mixed with boneless chicken breasts and seasoned with paprika, garlic powder, hot sauce, salt, and pepper make a great match for bacon, scallions, and cheddar cheese. Get the recipe.

Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake

Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake

Damn Delicious

A great weeknight choice, this chicken casserole is seasoned with oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese. Tons of vegetables are thrown in the mix–artichoke hearts, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes–it’s a simple and healthy pick that makes for great leftovers. Get the recipe.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Chowhound’s recipe for chicken and wild rice casserole combines wild rice, Arborio rice, and 12 drumsticks: a pretty unbeatable combination. Dried porcini mushrooms add a hint of umami. Get our Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole recipe.

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Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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