Crack Chicken Casserole is a delicious pasta dish that’s full of ooey-gooey cheese, tender chicken, and topped off with crunchy bacon. This casserole is the perfect quick and easy menu item for a busy night.
Keyword: Casserole, chicken, Crack Chicken Casserole, Freezer Meal, make-ahead, pasta
16slicesbaconcooked and diced (this measures 1 ½ cups once cooked)
1small yellow oniondiced
10.5oz cancream of chicken soupundiluted
¼milk or half-and-half
1ounce packetranch dressing seasoning
3cupsshredded cheddar cheesedivided
1green onionsliced thin
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish.
Fill a medium sized saucepan ¾ of the way with water. Bring to a low rolling boil and add elbow macaroni. Cook the macaroni until it is al dente. Drain the macaroni and set aside.
In a medium size skillet add the butter and diced onions. Cook over a medium high heat, stirring the onions with a wooden spoon to ensure even cooking for about 5 - 7 minutes. They should be translucent and starting to turn golden/light golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a medium size mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese,cream of chicken soup, sour cream, milk or half-and-half and the 1 oz pkg of ranch dressing powder.
Using a handheld mixer, combine the sour cream mixture on medium speed until creamy.
Continue mixing on low and add the kosher salt, black pepper and the onion powder. Mix until well combined.
Transfer the sour cream mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add in the cooked macaroni, the cubed chicken breast, cooked yellow onion, 1 ½ cups of cheddar cheese and ¾ of a cup of the cooked bacon. Using a large wooden spoon, stir until all the ingredients are completely combined.
Pour the chicken mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese, bacon and the thinly sliced green onion.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top layer of cheese is melted and gooey.
In the Fridge: Leftover casserole should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. This is one recipe that is just as great for leftovers as it is the first time.In the Freezer: This cheesy crack chicken casserole makes a wonderful freezer meal. Place in a freezer safe dish or container and cover tightly. Freeze for up to 2 months.To reheat: Simply pop it in the microwave until warm. To bake from frozen, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until hot throughout.