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Satisfying Chicken Casserole Dinners

Satisfying Chicken Casserole Dinners

When I don’t know what to make for dinner and want something hearty, I turn to a chicken casserole. Based on what ingredients I have in my kitchen, I can change the casserole’s flavor profile. These satisfying chicken casserole dinners are just a few I make.

“This a top-of-the-list casserole for my husband and me,” shares Mary Lundschen (San Antonio, TX). “It is something about the wild rice and the other ingredients that go so well with each other.”

Mary’s Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole reminds me of an old-fashioned chicken and rice casserole… with a twist.

Adding mushrooms, pimentos, and wild rice makes this a little extra special. It’s nice to prepare dinner and have meat and veggies combined… a delicious timesaver.

Lynelle Caldwell (Durango, CO) came up with her Easy Chicken Tetrazzini based on ingredients she had handy, and her family fell in love.

“[This]freezes really well, so sometimes I put half in the freezer in case of last-minute dinner or to take to a friend or neighbor,” reveals Lynelle.

That’s a great time-saving tip from Lynelle. Even if you have a small family make an entire casserole, and then freeze what you don’t eat. When you have a crazy day, simply thaw and reheat for an easy dinner.

Lynelle mixes jarred Alfredo sauce, cream of chicken soup, and cheddar cheese soup with chicken, spaghetti, and a few other ingredients to create the creamiest casserole.

Carla Skiles (Greeley, KS) posted her Chicken And Dumpling Casserole that’s a wonderful twist on chicken and dumplings.

“When I want comfort food, I usually make this,” shares Carla. “There are so many things about this recipe that take me back to my childhood.”

Fresh cooked onions and celery add the flavor you expect from the creamy casserole that’s full of chicken. The “dumpling” is like a drop biscuit that is infused with hints of basil. Once baked, the biscuit is firm but underneath is a little gooey like a traditional dumpling.

Victoria Ross (North Beach, MD) shared her Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole that’s amazing.

“Trying to figure out what to make for dinner one night and [I] just threw this together with items I had on hand,” explains Victoria. “[I] didn’t expect the reaction I got from the kids.”

This is hearty and bursting with flavor from chunks of bacon throughout the dish. The pasta is cooked al dente so, it stays nice and firm in the baking process. The cheesy bacon topping is perfect enough, but adding the French fried onions makes this amazing.

Jessica Taylor’s (Beaumont, CA) Mexican Chicken Casserole is ideal if you’re craving Mexican for dinner, but don’t feel like going out to a restaurant.

“This dish is my family’s comfort food and it is spicy,” says Jessica. “If short of time, I buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it up. One whole chicken is the perfect amount of chicken.”

If you start with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, as Lynelle suggests, prep for this casserole is a breeze.

I love the layers of tortillas and creamy chicken filling. The cheese on top is ooey gooey good. Serve with refried beans and Spanish rice, for a fun fiesta-themed dinner.

When I put a chicken casserole on the table, I always get a thumbs up. When you’re wondering what meal to make that your family will love, these satisfying chicken casserole dinners are a delicious option. Happy Pinching!