This crock pot chicken casserole recipe combines juicy chicken breasts with crispy bacon, melted cheese, and a rich, creamy sauce that's just to die for. It's the ultimate one-pot dish, and you'll love how easy it is to make!
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The Best Crock Pot Chicken Casserole Recipe
If you love using the crock pot and casseroles, you're going to fall in love with this crock pot chicken casserole recipe.
It makes perfectly tender and juicy chicken, cooking it in a rich cream sauce along with cheddar cheese and bacon. Mix in some pasta and more shredded cheese and bacon, and you've got one of the most delicious slow cooker recipes ever!
This slow cooker chicken casserole recipe is seriously so good, and it's the perfect busy weeknight dinner since there's barely any hands-on cooking involved.
You can enjoy it alone or easily whip up this La Scala chopped salad to serve with the slow cooker chicken casserole while it's finishing cooking.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Fool-proof. The cooking process of this creamy chicken casserole is effortless, and it turns out perfect every single time.
All in one meal. Every ingredient for this casserole comes together with just one bowl and your crock pot. You can do all the prep work in the morning and then finish it just in time for dinner!
Family favorite. Warm, hearty, creamy, and satisfying, this casserole has everything you'd want in a comfort food meal. It's one of my family's favorite recipes, and adults and kids both love it, so you're guaranteed to have a hit at the dinner table.
- Chicken- boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces.
- Cream cheese- softened to room temperature.
- Cream of chicken soup- or cheddar cheese soup, cream of mushroom soup, or cream of celery soup.
- Chicken stock- or chicken broth.
- Bacon- cooked and crumbled.
- Sour cream- to add richness and creaminess.
- Salt and pepper- to taste.
- Elbow macaroni- or any short pasta you want.
- Shredded cheddar cheese- I like to use sharp cheddar cheese.
- Green onions- sliced for garnish.
By the way, you can use almost every single one of these ingredients to make this classic crack chicken casserole, so you'll want to check that out next.
How To Make Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole
1. Make the cream sauce: In a large bowl, mix together the sour cream, chicken soup, and chicken stock. Season it to taste with salt and pepper, then whisk to combine the ingredients together.
2. Add the chicken: To the bowl, add the sliced chicken, half of the cheddar cheese, and half of the bacon. Stir gently to combine everything, then transfer the chicken mixture to the crock pot and cover it with a lid.
3. Cook: Let the chicken and sauce mixture cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the chicken has fully cooked through.
4. Add the pasta: When the chicken has fully cooked, add the pasta to the crock pot and let everything cook for about 30 minutes more until the pasta is al dente.
5. Finish the casserole and serve: Add the rest of the shredded cheddar cheese and bacon and allow the cheese to melt on top of the cooked pasta. Serve the casserole warm, topped with green onions.
Storing and Reheating
In the fridge: Transfer the leftover crock pot chicken casserole to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for about 4 days.
In the freezer: To store it even longer, allow your casserole to cool completely, then freeze it in a freezer-safe container for about 3 months.
Reheating: Transfer the leftover chicken casserole to a casserole dish with a little chicken broth and pop it in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Let the frozen casserole thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating, or add more reheating time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use rice instead of pasta?
Yes, if you want to make a chicken rice casserole, substitute the pasta for rice. Cooked rice works great because you can just mix it in with the finished casserole and save some cooking time.
Can I add veggies?
Yes! You can add all sorts of veggies to this slow cooker chicken casserole, like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, or peas.
Is this a crock pot crack chicken casserole?
Not technically. This crock pot chicken casserole recipe has many of the same ingredients as a crack chicken casserole, except it does not have ranch seasoning. So to make it a crack chicken casserole, just add one packet of ranch seasoning to the pot while cooking.
Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker?
Absolutely! Raw chicken cooks really well in a slow cooker. You'll just want to cook it until the chicken shreds easily and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
Why is my chicken tough after cooking in a crockpot?
You either cooked the chicken too long or did not add enough liquid to the crock pot to keep the chicken moist and juicy. You can check the chicken throughout cooking and add more liquid as needed.
More Crockpot Recipes
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- Crockpot Buffalo chicken dip
- Crockpot cheesy potatoes
- Crockpot Mississippi chicken
- Crockpot Olive Garden chicken pasta
- Frozen chicken in the crock pot
- Crockpot Sirloin Tip
- 0.75 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4oz. cream cheese
- 6oz. can cream of chicken soup
- ⅓ cup chicken stock or chicken broth
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ½ cup sour cream
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¾ cup elbow macaroni
- 1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Green onions, sliced, for garnish
- Add sour cream, chicken soup, and chicken stock to a bowl. Season to taste and whisk to combine.
- Add chicken, half the cheddar, and half of the bacon. Stir gently. Transfer the chicken to a Crockpot and cover it with a lid. Cook the chicken on low for 5-6 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Add the pasta and cook for 30 minutes.
- Stir in cream cheese until melted.
- Add the rest of the cheddar cheese and bacon and allow the cheese to melt.
- Serve warm, topped with spring onions.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 615Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 44g