Absolutely creamy and comforting, this Million Dollar Chicken Casserole is super easy to make and perfect for freezing!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
MILLION DOLLAR CHICKEN CASSEROLE
This is my family’s go-to comfort food! Super easy to make and is everyone’s favorite creamy casserole. At least amongst my friends it is.
A hit at all the pot lucks, you can make it in advance, make a few of them, and freeze them for later!
Full of tender chicken, a thick and creamy sauce, and topped with a crunchy, buttery, Ritz cracker topping. Like a million dollars in your mouth!
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MILLION DOLLAR CHICKEN CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS
- cream cheese
- cottage cheese
- sour cream
- cream soup
- ritz crackers
Chicken – I like to use white meat from cooked chicken breasts. I like to make a batch in my slow cooker for later. Be sure to dice or shred chicken before adding to casserole. You can also use a rotisserie chicken!
Cream Cheese – Bring the cream cheese to room temperature before mixing. Feel free to use low fat or fat free versions.
Cottage Cheese – I like to use the small curd full fat cottage cheese. Feel free to use a low fat or fat free version.
Sour Cream – Sour cream adds a tanginess to the casserole. You can also use plain Greek yogurt instead.
Cream Soup – Cream of chicken soup is best but feel free to use any of the cream soups: mushroom, celery, onion, cheddar cheese, or broccoli cheddar.
Spices – The spices I like to use are garlic powder and onion powder but you can add a little chicken seasoning or even Italian seasoning.
Crackers – Buttery Ritz crackers are best for this but feel free to use soda crackers, Saltine crackers, and even corn flakes. You will need a sleeve of ritz crackers or roughly ~5 crackers.
Butter – Unsalted butter is what I always use so I can control the level of salt. Be sure to melt it first.
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HOW TO MAKE MILLION DOLLAR CHICKEN CASSEROLE
ONE: Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 9×9 baking dish with Chop or shred the chicken.
TWO: In a large bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, cottage cheese, chicken soup, sour cream, and spices. Mix to combine completely. Spread the cream cheese chicken mixture into the prepared 9×9 baking dish.
THREE: In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, melt butter in intervals of 20 seconds until melted. Add the crushed cracker crumbs to the butter and mix to combine.
FOUR: Sprinkle the ritz cracker topping over the top of the casserole. Bake in the oven uncovered at 350F for 30- 40 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown. Remove and serve warm. Enjoy!
For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.
CAN I FREEZE IT?
You can freeze this million dollar chicken casserole before or after you bake it. It’s great to make a double batch and freeze one for later!
What a life saver to have a casserole to pull out of the freezer when you don’t have anything ready for dinner.
If frozen unbaked, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking as directed.
If reheating a previously baked and frozen casserole, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then cover with foil and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED
TIPS FOR NO LEFTOVERS
- Use precooked chicken! I have a stash of shredded chicken in my freezer in 1 pound packages just for casseroles like this.
- Change the cream of chicken soup to cream of mushroom soup, or onion, celery, or cheddar cheese soup!
- Use saltine crackers or corn flakes for the crumb topping if you don’t have ritz crackers or butter crackers.
- Add in frozen peas, green beans, or corn for more veggies in this million dollar chicken casserole!
- Sprinkle a few poppy seeds on top for more texture and crunch.
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This delicious Million Dollar Ritz Chicken Casserole Recipe is the perfect weeknight meal that you can prep ahead of time. Serve with your favorite vegetable for an easy and complete meal during a busy week!
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