When I was a teenager, my girlfriend’s mother would always make these wonderful Casseroles with sausage, turkey or tuna. As an adult I have found it difficult to find really good casserole recipes. So here is a really great Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe I developed after my friend Katherine had her baby and I wanted to bring some comfort food to her and her husband.
- 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (enough to yield 3-4 cups cooked meat)
- 6 ounces egg noodles
- 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/4 Parmesan cheese
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup crumbled Ritz or social crackers
- 1/2 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil for cooking the chicken. I usually use about 4 quarts of water and add a little chicken bouillon, a quartered onion and maybe a carrot or celery if I have some. Cook the chicken, simmering until it is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken to to a plate to cool. When the chicken has cooled, cut/chop it into small pieces.
- Using the water in which you cooked the chicken, return to a boil and cook the egg noodles per their package instructions. Drain and reserve.
- In a large bowl, mix together the soups, sour cream, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese salt and pepper. Add the chicken and mix gently. Fold in the the noodles and mix gently.
- Melt the butter over low heat, remove from the heat and add the the crumbled crackers.
- To assemble, place the casserole mixture in a greased, 2 quart baking dish and top with the top the casserole with the butter/cracker mix. Place in the 350 degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes until the casserole is heated through and the top has browned.
- If you want to avoid cooking the chicken, you could use a rotisserie chicken or other cooked chicken. However, you would also lose the extra treat of cooking the noodles in the chicken broth.
- You can also add peas and other veggies, if you like.