10 Easy Chicken Casseroles for Busy Weeknights

published Sep 10, 2017
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As summer draws to a close, you’ll want to pull out your casserole dishes that have been stashed away in the back of a cupboard all season. There’s nothing like a creamy, cheesy casserole to warm you up on a chilly evening. And because everything — protein, starch, and veggies — cooks in one pan, a casserole is the perfect meal for busy weeknights. Here are 10 favorite chicken casseroles to make for dinner this fall.

1. Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Casserole from Half Baked Harvest

With quinoa, broccoli, chicken, and plenty of cheese, this is healthy comfort food at its finest. Everything cooks in one skillet, starting out on the stovetop and finishing in the oven to get that golden-brown crust on top. You’ll definitely want to bookmark this one.

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This creamy chicken and rice casserole all comes together in one skillet. Because you’re stirring rice like you would risotto, the dish develops a luscious, creamy consistency without the need for a roux — which means it’s gluten-free!

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3. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Casserole from The Iron You

This magical skillet meal features quinoa, chicken, buffalo sauce, and plenty of blue cheese. It’s all your favorite elements of this classic bar snack, wrapped up into one delicious package. And after 30 minutes in the oven, you can bring the casserole to the table in the skillet and serve right out of it. What’s not to love about that?

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This is essentially chicken pot pie, in casserole form. The recipe calls for using frozen veggies, so your prep time is cut down significantly, making this a perfect meal for a weeknight. When you’re craving serious comfort food, this casserole simply can’t be beat.

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For this Greek chicken and rice casserole you simply bake jasmine rice, chicken breast, and chicken stock in a casserole dish for about an hour until everything is cooked. Once the casserole is baked, you top it with feta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, Kalamata olives, fresh parsley, and lemon juice. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

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This chicken Alfredo pasta casserole is the best gift you can give to yourself. It all cooks together in one pot and then it goes into a baking dish. You can either bake it right then and there to enjoy, or freeze the unbaked casserole. Then next time a particularly busy week rolls around, you can bake the frozen casserole — no defrost necessary! — and have dinner in no time.

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7. Chicken Parmesan Casserole from The Recipe Critic

This casserole features all the best parts of chicken Parmesan — the crispy breaded chicken, the flavorful marinara sauce, the melted cheese throughout and on top — but instead of serving it on top of pasta, you mix it in and bake it all together. It’s a total crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike.

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This from-scratch version of a retro casserole is destined to become a modern-day classic in your home. With chicken, peppers, tortillas, chili powder, sour cream, and cheddar cheese, it’s a Mexican feast all in one dish. Serve this on Taco Tuesday and no one will complain.

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9. Chicken Enchilada Casserole from Dinner at the Zoo

The process of making chicken enchiladas can be time-consuming if you’re cooking chicken from scratch and rolling each enchilada individually. But if you shred a store-bought rotisserie chicken and layer it with tortillas, beans, enchilada sauce, cheese into a casserole dish, it comes together in a snap!

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This is an updated take on a classic Southern recipe. It features egg noodles and chicken in a thick, creamy sauce, but the real delight here is in the topping. Crushed butter crackers (like Ritz), butter, olive oil, and poppy seeds are sprinkled on top and get crispy and golden in the oven while the casserole bakes.