21 Chicken Casserole Recipes That Make Dinner a Breeze to Prepare

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Casseroles have saved dinnertime at our place more times than we can count. They’re low-maintenance, great for feeding a crowd and often freeze like a charm. While we love a sausage-laced pasta or beefy cheeseburger bake, chicken just might be our favorite protein to use in them since it’s lean, filling and easy to cook (and easier still if you use a store-bought rotisserie bird). Whether you’re looking for something healthy or decadent to feed the fam, this list of 21 chicken casserole recipes has something they’ll love. Promise.

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1. Easy Green Chicken Enchiladas

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: high protein, beginner-friendly, one pan

Mix up your usual Taco Tuesday menu with these bright, zingy enchiladas smothered in salsa verde. Pile on all the red onion, jalapeño, avocado and sour cream your heart desires.

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2. Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, high protein, crowd-pleaser

Spicy, creamy and oh so cheesy. Might we suggest serving this baked masterpiece for game day instead of messy chicken wings?

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3. Low-Carb Zucchini Enchiladas

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, high protein, beginner-friendly

Looking to shave a few carbs off tonight’s dinner? Strips of summer zucchini can stand in for tortillas just fine. The filling is simple too, thanks to canned corn and beans and store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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4. Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, high protein, beginner-friendly

Think thin chicken breasts filled with mozzarella, Parmesan, spinach and breadcrumbs, rolled and doused in homemade tomato sauce. Serve it with pasta or Caesar salad.

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake

  • Time Commitment: 6 hours

  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, one pot, high protein, beginner-friendly

Pile in all your favorite enchilada ingredients and let your Crockpot do the rest. You could serve it by the slab, or use tortilla chips to scoop it up—just don’t forget the margaritas.

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6. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: Instant Pot recipe, high protein, kid-friendly

Between the Swiss cheese, diced ham and frozen chicken nuggets, we’re betting your picky eaters will have no complaints about this pressure cooker meal.

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7. Lemon Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: high protein, special occasion-worthy, one pan

Oh, hi, shatteringly crispy chicken thighs. The rice is flavorful, tender and rich, courtesy of cream of chicken soup, Parmesan cheese and dry seasonings.

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8. Chicken Caprese Pasta Casserola

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil is a timeless, flawless combination, but the addition of chicken and rigatoni makes this dish way more satisfying and comforting. Finish your plate with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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9. Healthy Chicken Pot Pie

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, dairy free

Yup, a lightened-up version of the iconic comfort food exists—and it’s just as tasty as its predecessor. Make it extra wholesome by subbing an almond milk roux for cream and using whole-wheat pie crust.

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10. Chicken Tetrazzini

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, high protein, special occasion-worthy

Because spaghetti and meatballs get boring fast. Here, the noodles are zhuzhed up with tender mushrooms, aromatic sage, sliced pimentos, dry sherry and all the Gruyère.

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11. Drunken Chicken Zoodle Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes

  • Why We Love It: Paleo-friendly, low carb, keto-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Pad kee mao but make it casserole—and low carb. There’s still plenty of lip-smacking stir fry sauce, only traditional extra-wide rice noodles are swapped in favor of zucchini noodles.

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12. Holy Mole Enchiladas

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

This 20-minute spin on mole sauce uses smooth almond butter and cocoa powder to get its uniquely nutty, chocolate-y flavor, along with a slew of warm spices.

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13. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, high protein

When a dish begins with garlicky, cheesy homemade Alfredo sauce, you know it’s going to be delicious. Ranch seasoning mix, crispy bacon and pasta are just a bonus.

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14. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

Make a double batch of the easy-peasy teriyaki sauce. It’ll taste divine on roasted Brussels sprouts, pan-fried tofu, baked salmon and grilled pork.

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15. Creamy Chicken, Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, high protein

It may sound excessively healthy, but there’s still lots of crumbled bacon and cheese mixed in. Balance is everything, no?

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16. Low-Carb Chicken Pesto Bake

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes

  • Why We Love It: low carb, keto-friendly, high protein, <10 ingredients, one pan

This recipe only calls for six ingredients, and three of them are cheese. Need we say more? (If so, know that you’re encouraged to use store-bought pesto for the sauce.)

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17. Chicken Parmesan Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes

  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, high protein, beginner-friendly

File this gem under Dinners Your Kids Will Never Get Sick Of. Come for the rotini, mozz and chicken, stay for the buttery garlic-herb breadcrumb topping.

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18. Chicken Alfredo Bake

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients

For when you’re craving an edible hug. Prepare the sauce first, stir in the cheese until it melts, then pour the mixture over the pasta and chicken. (You can also make the sauce ahead so you can assemble the bake whenever.)

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19. Italian Chicken Meal Prep Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: keto-friendly, low carb, high protein, <10 ingredients

Can you believe it only requires six ingredients? Go the extra mile by baking the zucchini slices before assembling—this will dry them out and prevent excess moisture in the casserole.

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20. Hashbrown Chicken Vegetable Pot Pie Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes

  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, high protein, kid-friendly

Your kids will be thrilled to see their favorite breakfast side make a dinner cameo. Use frozen hashbrowns instead of shredding your own spuds to save time.

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21. Paleo Chicken and Celeriac Rice Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Why We Love It: gluten free, Paleo-friendly, crowd-pleaser

For the uninitiated, celeriac is the root of the celery plant, and it has a subtle, celery-like flavor with hints of nuttiness. It’s just the pairing for baby Portobello mushrooms, spinach and coconut milk.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.