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Crack Chicken Casserole Recipe

This crack chicken casserole is cheesy, creamy, and loaded with flavor. Chicken, bacon, ranch, and cheese come together to create the ultimate easy casserole recipe.

This casserole is the epitome of easy comfort food. Preparation takes less than 10 minutes, thanks to the pre-cooked chicken!

Homemade Crack Chicken Casserole Topped with Parsley
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Crack Chicken Casserole

This casserole has a creamy and cheesy chicken layer at the bottom and golden brown breadcrumbs on top.

The chicken and cheese component is flavored with sour cream, ranch dressing, and cream of chicken soup. It’s creamy, moist, and outrageously decadent.

The crispy crunch from the breadcrumb crust on top offers a wonderful contrast to the tender chicken.  Together, the two layers create magic. 

It’s so simple, and it’s an ideal dish for days when you’re just too lazy to cook. It feeds a crowd, to boot! What more can you ask for?

Crack Chicken Casserole Ingredients - Sour Cream, Cheese, Ranch Seasoning, Salad Dressing, Bacon, Chicken, Panko Breadcrumbs and Melted Butter

Ingredients

  • Sour Cream and Cheese – This recipe is loaded with dairy to make a super creamy and delectable casserole. Use full-fat for the best flavor.
  • Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix – This dry mix gives the casserole the best flavor. The wonderful blend of herbs and seasonings provides an earthy and spicy contrast to the otherwise purely creamy dish. 
  • Cream Of Chicken Soup – It adds even more creaminess to the dish.
  • Bacon – For crunch and a nice salty kick. Cook the bacon yourself or get store-bought bacon bits.
  • Chicken – Pre-cooked chicken is your best friend here. Rotisserie is always a great option for maximum taste.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs or Crushed Crackers – They give the casserole a sensational crunch.
  • Melted Butter – It’s mixed with breadcrumbs to add richness and flavor. 
Comforting and Crumbly Crack Chicken Casserole with Panko Bread Crumbs

Tips for Making the Best Chicken Casserole

  • Some recipes require covering the casserole with aluminum foil during baking. This is to keep the top from over-browning. But leaving it uncovered will ensure the top is extra crunchy. It’s totally up to you.
  • This casserole is 100% edible even if you don’t bake it, just as long as the chicken you’re using is completely cooked.

Variations

  • Make the casserole even heartier by adding rice, potatoes, or pasta. Be sure to use more sour cream and chicken soup to coat and moisten such additions.
  • If you’re adding pasta, use macaroni or any mini or medium-shelled noodles like penne, bowtie, or rigatoni.
  • Instead of chicken, use leftover turkey. Chunks of ham and sausage crumbles work well, too.
  • Make it more nourishing with vegetables. Bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, spinach, and asparagus all work great. Just be sure to drain the veggies well, especially those with high water content. Undrained vegetables will make for a runny casserole.
  • Add more seasonings. This is a great way to make the casserole your own. Try Italian, Taco, or even Cajun seasoning to make the flavors bolder and better. 

How to Store and Freeze the Chicken Casserole Leftovers

This chicken casserole will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days. Be sure to let it cool completely before storing. Place it in an air-tight container or cover it with plastic wrap.

Use the microwave to reheat it. If the casserole is dryer than before, transfer it into a skillet and cook it over the stove. Add some milk or cream of chicken soup. This should make it moist and creamy again.

The casserole also freezes beautifully, so be sure the dish you’re using is freezer-friendly. Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze it for up to 2 months. You can also freeze it in smaller portions for easier retrieval, following the same instructions.

Reheat it in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You won’t need to defrost it beforehand. You may need to add milk or more chicken soup if some of the sauce evaporates while reheating.

Crack Chicken Casserole Recipe

Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

Get ready to be addicted to this crack chicken casserole! Loaded with meat, sour cream, cheese, and bacon, it’s beyond irresistible!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix

  • 1 can cream of chicken soup

  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • 4 cups pre-cooked chicken, shredded or chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs or crushed crackers

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13-inch pan with baking spray or butter.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, ranch seasoning, chicken soup, bacon, cheese, and chicken. Spoon the chicken mixture into the bottom of the greased dish.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs or crackers and butter. Sprinkle the mixture over the casserole.
  • Bake it for 30 minutes or until it’s golden brown on top. Let it set for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Crack Chicken Casserole

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Hey there! I'm beautyeval. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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