Creamy Chicken Casserole

This Creamy Chicken Casserole Recipe with bacon, mushrooms, and cheese is a really, really great idea! Chicken in a cream of chicken soup sauce. The chicken becomes so tender and melts in your mouth. Serve casserole with a side of creamy mashed potatoes!

Though chicken is wonderful baked or with pasta, casseroles are always a hit with the family.

Chicken breast casserole in a baking dish.

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Oven Baked Creamy Chicken Casserole-

Amazing oven baked chicken casserole recipe! The chicken is marinated, then breaded and sauteed giving the chicken a crispy finish. The chicken is then baked in a creamy chicken sauce. Sauteed mushrooms and bacon top the casserole dish and then the entire casserole is loaded with grated cheese.

This chicken casserole recipe is absolutely amazing. Once baked, the chicken is so tender and flavorful and the sauce adds so much flavor to the dish.

Chicken casserole on a plate with mashed potatoes.

What can I serve with the Chicken Breast Casserole with?

  • Our favorite side for this easy casserole would have to be mashed potatoes. The casserole has the cream of chicken sauce that is served as gravy over the mashed potatoes. It’s amazing!
  • If you don’t like mashed potatoes, rice or pasta of choice may also be used. Pour the sauce from the chicken over the pasta or rice as gravy – so good!

NOTE: If you have picky eaters, you can skip the mushrooms or leave it on half of the casserole. My kids are not fans of mushrooms (no idea how they aren’t) so, I just load one side of the casserole with extra mushrooms for the Mr. and I, leaving the other half without mushrooms. (No complaints here).

Can I substitute the toppings?

The bacon and mushrooms and NOT a must for this recipe. If we make this on a weekday, I rarely add the bacon. We usually do bacon and mushrooms for special occasions. Just add extra cheese if you’re a cheese lover.

Step-by-step picture how to make chicken casserole.

Chicken Casserole for Parties-

This easy creamy chicken casserole dish is always a huge hit at our large family gatherings. We have this casserole at most of our family gatherings and parties. It’s so nice that you can prepare everything the night before and just bake it the day of the party.

What size Do I cut the Chicken?

The chicken breast can be cut into 1″-2″ pieces. The chicken may also be cut into thin tenderloins or precut tenderloins may be purchased (chicken tenders).

Chicken with mushrooms and bacon in a spoon.

Can I freeze Chicken Casserole?

  • Yes, this is a perfect casserole dish to freeze. Prepare per instructions. Cover dish well and freeze.
  • Remove casserole dish from the freezer and thaw before baking.

Can I make a smaller portion?

If this portion is too large for your family, just make 2 smaller casserole dishes instead of one large. Freeze one and bake the other. You’ll have a second casserole dish for a lazy evening when you don’t feel like cooking. You’re welcome;).

Creamy Chicken Casserole in a Dish.

This casserole dish is a great dish to use for this Creamy Chicken Casserole!

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Creamy chicken casserole recipe.
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5 from 10 votes

Creamy Chicken Casserole

Easy Creamy Chicken Casserole Recipe with mushrooms, bacon, and cheese in a cream of chicken soup sauce. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy chicken casserole
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 419kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

chicken & marinade-

Cream Mixture-

  • 26 oz cream of chicken soup can, family size
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Toppings-

  • 8 oz bacon, 1/2 pack, cooked
  • 6 oz mushrooms, sliced and sauteed
  • 6 oz shredded cheese, four cheese or mozzarella
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  • Cut chicken breast into medium pieces (About 6-7 pieces per chicken). 
  • Prepare the marinade. Combine the milk, eggs and salt. Place the chicken pieces into the mixture and let marinade 4 hours (or overnight).The longer it marinades, the softer the chicken will become.
  • Combine the ingredients for the flour mixture; the flour, paprika, pepper and salt.
  • Take the chicken from the marinade and coat generously in the flour mixture. (Discard of the marinade.)
  • Add enough oil to the skillet to completely cover the bottom of the skillet, turn on med/high heat. Once the oil is hot, fry 6-8 minutes, until chicken is crispy, turning as needed. Don't crowd the skillet. (Using two skillets works quicker.)
  • While chicken is frying prepare the cream mixture; combine cream of chicken soup, sour cream, water, salt, paprika and pepper.
  • Once chicken cooks, transfer onto a plate lined with paper towel. 
  • Cover the bottom of a 9"x13" dish with some of the cream.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the casserole dish. 
  • Completely cover with the remaining cream. (If preparing the night before and will be cooking it the following day, wait for the chicken to cool before covering with the cream.)
  • Add half of the cheese. Add the cooked bacon and sauteed mushrooms. Sprinkle remaining cheese. 
  • Bake 350° for 30 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil and continue baking another 15-20 minutes until cheese melts and cream bubbles everywhere. 
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Potassium 472mg13%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1340IU27%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 189mg19%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Eva 06/10/2018, 1:33 am Link Reply

    This was soooo good. Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for posting it.

    • admin 06/10/2018, 11:48 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Eva. Thanks so much for the awesome feedback. I’m so happy to hear that and thanks so much for visiting our online home. 🙂

  • Missy 06/07/2018, 8:55 pm Link Reply

    I made this but grilled the chicken but left the flour off. Then did the rest the same. It was a keeper.

    • admin 06/08/2018, 11:28 pm Link Reply

      I just love that, Missy. So much quicker and easier! Winner for sure. Thanks for sharing and visiting our online home! <3

  • Jo 06/06/2018, 7:16 am Link Reply

    This was delicimo!
    Added to our repertoire…
    All that lovely gravy to pour over the mash… mmmmm

    • admin 06/06/2018, 4:12 pm Link Reply

      You are so sweet, Jo! Thanks so much for the awesome feedback. I totally agree, all the leftover sauce as gravy is just DELICIMO;). Thanks so much for visiting our online home.

  • Sharon 05/26/2018, 1:16 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for THE new company dish at our house….cheese, bacon how can it be nothing but great.

    • admin 05/27/2018, 6:27 pm Link Reply

      Sharon, thanks so awesome to hear. Makes me smile REAL big!!! 🙂 Thank you for visiting our online home..

  • Rebecca 05/16/2018, 5:40 pm Link Reply

    Dumb question here. Does the chicken need to be cooked through in the pan or just browned?

    • admin 05/16/2018, 10:33 pm Link Reply

      Just browned, it will finish baking in the oven. And, there is no such thing as dumb question :).

  • Jody 05/08/2018, 8:25 pm Link Reply

    Delicious! I just won wife of the year with your recipe! Thank you for sharing.

    • admin 05/09/2018, 5:04 pm Link Reply

      Thanks just so wonderful, Jody! Seriously made my day, smiling ear to ear. Stop by and visit our online home again. 🙂

      • Jody 06/25/2018, 3:38 pm Link

        My husband has been asking for this dish so I am making this again tonight. For a twist I’m adding some rotini pasta! Maybe I will keep my wife of the year recognition going.

      • admin 06/26/2018, 10:11 am Link

        Jody, wife of the year away for sure! 🙂 I love the adding rotini, that would be wonderful and so creamy.

  • Brenda 05/07/2018, 8:50 am Link Reply

    Is it spicy bcs the paprika?

    • admin 05/07/2018, 1:59 pm Link Reply

      Not at all, Brenda:)!

  • Linda 05/06/2018, 6:12 pm Link Reply

    This looks delicious. Definitely will make it but will add penne pasta to it.

    • admin 05/07/2018, 12:10 am Link Reply

      I love where this is going, Linda;). I hope you love the recipe, stop back and visit our online home. 🙂

  • Amanda Welch 04/28/2018, 11:11 pm Link Reply

    Made this tonight. It was pretty good. The only thing I’d do differently is add broccoli and potatoes next time. New family favorite.

    • admin 04/30/2018, 2:12 pm Link Reply

      Oh I love the idea of potatoes and broccoli, Amanda! I am so going to have to give that a try and perhaps a new recipe will be born. Thanks for the inspiration and visiting our online home. 🙂

  • Sharon 04/24/2018, 4:55 pm Link Reply

    Hello. I made this tonight. It is delicious! The coating on the chicken was great!I only made one tweak. Instead of using reg milk I marinated the chicken in buttermilk. Only because I’ve used it before for marinating. It turned out wonderfully. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you.

    • admin 04/25/2018, 8:03 pm Link Reply

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback, Sharon. So glad to hear that <3. You are right, buttermilk is wonderful as a marinade, I'll add that to the post (Thank you.)! The chicken becomes so tender! Stop back and visit our online home again. 🙂

  • Erika 04/18/2018, 2:06 am Link Reply

    Does this dish freeze well?? Has anyone tried it? Im looking for good casseroles to freeze for thise busy nights.

    • admin 04/18/2018, 2:03 pm Link Reply

      Hi Erika, I have a section that talks about freezing the dish, scroll through the post and you’ll find it. 🙂 Enjoy.

  • Kim 04/16/2018, 6:01 am Link Reply

    Tried this for dinner. It was very tasty! We try to eat a lot of poultry vs red meat and this will definitely be added into a regularly scheduled meal.Thanks!

    • admin 04/16/2018, 7:11 pm Link Reply

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback, Kim! I so appreciate it and am so glad to hear this recipe will be a part of your regular schedule. Makes me smile, REAL big! 🙂 Have a lovely week.

  • Lexi 04/15/2018, 10:57 pm Link Reply

    Hello! I’m really excited to try this recipe out, however, on hand I only have boneless skinless chicken thighs. Do you think these would subsitute ok?

    • admin 04/15/2018, 11:13 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Lexi. They will work great. I’ve done that many times. I’ll add that to the notes as well. Thank you. Hope you love the recipe:)!

  • Elizabeth Collins 04/13/2018, 6:51 pm Link Reply

    I made this just now… haven’t tasted it yet but my chicken looked much more ‘Paprika-ey’ than your photos? I followed the recipe to a tee should it really be 2 tablespoons?

    • admin 04/14/2018, 10:15 pm Link Reply

      Elizabeth, it could just be the camera setting. That is the correct amount. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the recipe and thank you for visiting our online home.

  • Deb 04/07/2018, 11:31 am Link Reply

    Do you have to use egg?
    It looks amazing.

    • admin 04/07/2018, 12:18 pm Link Reply

      No, the eggs may be omitted completely. The marinade may be skipped altogether, if in a hurry.
      You are in for a treat, Deb. This is soo delicious. 🙂

  • Lily 03/28/2018, 5:29 pm Link Reply

    I made the recipe today and it’s soooo delicious
    I was worried my husband won’t like it but he ended up loving it
    Especially the mushrooms

    • admin 03/28/2018, 11:47 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing, Lily. I loved hearing your feedback. Makes me so happy. 🙂

  • Inna 09/18/2016, 1:45 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valentina, ? just came across this recipe. Looks amazing!! Chicken, bacon and cheese. …Yuuuuum!! Gotta give it a try one of these days since I have all the ingredients on hand. I was also wondering, can this be a freezer friendly meal?

    • admin 09/19/2016, 2:31 pm Link Reply

      HI Inna. Sure is freezer friendly. ☺ If your children don’t like some of the ingredients on top, you can just leave them off. Enjoy.. ☺

  • Irina 01/16/2016, 1:25 am Link Reply

    I was wondering if you mistakenly wrote for the marinade to combine flour, eggs,salt? I think you meant milk instead of flour 🙂 I might be wrong. I’ll be making it tomorrow ????

    • admin 01/16/2016, 1:46 am Link Reply

      Hehe, you’re right Irina!. 🙂 Thanks for catching that. Good thing for step-by-step pics:). You’re in for a treat. Love this casserole..

  • julia 06/19/2015, 9:06 pm Link Reply

    Made this casserol but my family did not care for it, i think because cream of chicken soup has specific taste and smell to it they did not like it. It’s not something i use in my cooking or feeding my family on regular basis, wonder if it can be replaced by something else… maybe?

    • admin 06/19/2015, 11:03 pm Link Reply

      Hi Julia!. I’m so sorry you didn’t exactly like. No idea what u could do differently. :/ We don’t use the cr. of chicken soup often either but this dish is a must at so many family gatherings and we have it all the time too:/. Prob. nothing u could really substitute, just a recipe u shouldn’t add to ur recipe book, hehe. Gatta keep that family happy=)..=)..=)..

      • Kim 03/24/2018, 12:11 pm Link

        Try cream of mushroom soup. Its what I use to substitite the chicken. Making your own is even better than canned.

      • Na'imah 06/28/2018, 1:35 am Link

        How about some homemade gravy??!! Would that be feasible

      • admin 06/28/2018, 10:51 am Link

        Agreed! 🙂

  • Lily K 04/14/2015, 1:50 am Link Reply

    Yummy! That looks delicious! Definitely will make this tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe:)

    • admin 04/14/2015, 11:56 am Link Reply

      I think you will really enjoy it..:).

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