Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole

With a family of TEN to feed, I’m often hunting around for new casserole recipes and often I come up with a few of my own. Casserole recipes are fairly simple: grain or pasta + meat + sauce + cheese = delicious dinner. I don’t have a name for this latest creation. Maybe I should just call this “Crazy Good Casserole” – It has chicken, bacon, cheese, creamy saucy goodness… It’s crazy good.

I threw this together one busy weeknight. I had a different casserole in mind, but I found I did not have all the ingredients. So I changed it up a bit and came out with a winner. This Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole is one of our favorites!

A printable recipe card can be found at the bottom of this post.

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Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 strips of quality bacon – cooked and crumbled
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 box (16 ounces) dried spiral pasta
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook and crumble bacon. While bacon is cooking, cut chicken into bite-sized chunks. Set cooked bacon aside for later use. In the same pan, cook chicken in bacon drippings. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.

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While chicken is cooking, prepare pasta according to directions. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400.

Drain pasta, return to pot. Add chicken, both cans of cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese – stir to mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish.

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Top with crumbled bacon.

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Top with remaining cup of Monterrey Jack cheese.

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Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes, just until cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top.

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Oh my goodness – this is crazy good! Creamy, yummy, bacony… We loved it!

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There are a number of ways to change this up and add new flavors: a packet of ranch dressing mix, green chilies, your favorite vegetables – check out the comments section below to see what other folks have added to this easy recipe!

Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole
Chicken, bacon, and creamy Monterrey Jack cheese come together for this delicious and easy casserole.
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Ingredients
  1. 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 6 strips of quality bacon – cooked and crumbled
  3. 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  4. 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  5. 1 box (16 ounces) dried spiral pasta
  6. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook and crumble bacon. While bacon is cooking, cut chicken into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Set cooked bacon aside for later use.
  3. In the same pan, cook chicken in bacon drippings.
  4. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. While chicken is cooking, prepare pasta according to directions.
  6. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Drain pasta, return to pot.
  8. Add chicken, both cans of cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese – stir to mix well.
  9. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  10. Top with crumbled bacon.
  11. Top with remaining cup of Monterrey Jack cheese.
  12. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes, just until cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top.
Notes
  1. http://www.thecoersfamily.com/cheesy-bacon-chicken-casserole-recipe
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202 thoughts on “Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole

  1. Cheyenne

    Looks great :)

    Cheyenne

    1. Brandy

      its so yummy have made it only once and it came out really good. Dont have the pasta so I am using biscuits. Will let everyone know if its good

      1. Brandy

        omg so yummy with breakfast biscuits. I added some broccoli to it as well and it made it that much better

  2. Cheyenne

    Looks Great! :)

    ,Cheyenne

    1. Tammey lewer

      I’m going to make it

  3. Michielyn Christmas

    This looks delicious! But then anytime bacon is involved you know it has to be good! Adding this to next weeks menu for sure.

    1. amandacoers

      I agree – if there’s bacon, it’s gonna be tasty! I’m so glad you stopped by our site :) And oh-my-goodness, I wish my last name was Christmas! That’s awesome.

      1. Chris

        Amazing

    2. Angie

      My last name is also Christmas. Where are you from?

  4. Tannen Cloward

    My first name is Christmas in German

    1. amandacoers

      Love it! :)

    2. Tannen Cloward

      I made this and it was really good, I am going to make it again tonight thanks for posting it :)

  5. Caitlin McKenna

    Made it last night, was delicious!!

    1. amandacoers

      Yay! I’m glad y’all liked it! :)

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    1. Jenny

      I want to make this for 4, is there a modified recipe for less?

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  9. Andi

    Making it now…. Can’t wait!

    1. amandacoers

      Hooray! :D I hope it’s yummy for y’all!

  10. carol

    do you make the soup as directed on can before you mix in casserole.

    1. amandacoers

      No, use it straight from the can – do not dilute.

  11. Carrie

    Have you tried it with chedder cheese instead?

    1. amandacoers

      No, I haven’t – but I bet that would be fabulous. You can’t go wrong with cheddar and bacon! :)

      1. Carrie

        I was also thinking about maybe adding some frozen peas

        1. amandacoers

          Sounds good to me :)

          1. Carrie

            Making it tonight will let you know.

          2. Brandy

            Amanda I made this tonight and added mozzarella cheese and some frozen broccoli and cheese with breakfast biscuits and it came out amazing

          3. amandacoers

            Wow! That sounds awesome! :)

      2. Mary

        I just made this for dinner. I added a can of rotel tomatoes and used pepper jack cheese. It turned out wonderful. Has a really good kick. Thanks for the original recipe.

  12. Erica

    Making this now! So excited! Just hoping the bacon makes it to the dish and isn’t a cooking snack!!:)

    1. amandacoers

      LOL! I have the same problem! ;)

  13. Erica

    I made it and loved this! I am currently making a blog and was wondering if I could have your permission to share a link to your blog for this recipe! I would appreciate it!:)

    1. amandacoers

      I would be honored! :) Thank you!

      1. Erica

        Thank you so much!!

  14. Mark Mueller Jr

    added 8oz cream of celery
    very delicious

    1. amandacoers

      Yum! I love cream of celery :)

    2. Jeannine

      Was considering doing the same. I don’t have the cream of chicken in the cabinet.

  15. Lisa

    It is on the stove top and smells so yummy already! Can’t wait for it to go into the oven!

  16. Sandy brown

    Could you freeze this and, if so, would you freeze it cooked or uncooked. I’m trying to make a few freezer meals for my upcoming company. Thanks

    1. Jenny Hart

      Freeze with out the bacon and cheese on top add those when you are ready to re-heat and serve..reheated bacon has a different taste and texture.

  17. Kathy

    Going to try this for four picky-eater grand kids for lunch. It looks great. I like the idea of adding peas.

  18. leanne barnett

    cooking it right now for dinner so all the hubby has to do is put in the stove. i only have mozarella and cheddar cheese, which one would be better or should i use a little of both?

    1. amandacoers

      Either one, or a little of both, sound great to me!

    2. Tiffany

      Mines in the oven now and I added a little of both! I’m so excited. To entice my husband (as if the bacon wasn’t enough) I added a smoked chipotle seasoning to the chicken :-)

      1. amandacoers

        That sounds fabulous! :D

  19. Brandi Lee Curley

    I made this tonight but I used 4 cheese Mexican blend for the cheese. It has the Monterrey jack in it but others as well. Soooo good!

  20. Jana

    I made this! so good! Only if was alittle to dry for my hubby and my liking, so next time we will add a can of evaporated milk. Had it for left overs the next day, sooo yummy! The bacon makes it !

  21. Melissa

    Made this tonight. It’s super good! I tried to trick hubby by using turkey bacon but he could tell =P I didn’t have garlic powder so I used garlic salt which made it salty. I should have used fresh garlic instead. Anyway, excellent dish!

  22. Julie

    Do you think this would freeze well? Should I do anything different if I’m going to freeze it?

    1. amandacoers

      Yes, this should freeze well. Just don’t do the final baking steps. Cover with foil and freeze. To reheat place in oven, keep covered, and bake at 400 for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes.

    2. Ashleigh

      I would also not cook your pasta completely, if you’re going to freeze and reheat for that length of time! I would cook a couple mins shy of where you want it….and then cooking it for 45 min won’t over cook your pasta! Just a suggestion! :D

  23. Mellisa

    We used 1 cup of pepper jack and 1 cup cheddar….soooo delicious

    1. amandacoers

      Mmmm-mmm! I love Pepper Jack!

  24. Cindy

    Really good and quick to make with minimal list of ingredients. However, I did add the green peas and next time will try adding some sun-dried tomato.

    1. amandacoers

      I love that idea! Yum!

  25. Angie Grover Ridgeway

    Making this 2nite, but using “real bacon pieces” instead of frying the bacon. I find them at the store around the salad toppings. Less cooking & clean up time for this busy Momma & Gma.

    1. Brandi Lee Curley

      I considered doing that but then decided against it and glad I did. The recipe calls for you to cook the chicken in the bacon grease that is created when cooking the bacon. It gave the chicken awesome flavor. I could have eating the chicken by itself after that.

      1. Gaela Ake Fisher

        I’m a southern girl…anything cooked in bacon grease is better! I keep a can of it next to the stove for seasoning and frying potatoes.

        1. Betty Merling

          I am a northern gal and also keep bacon grease next to stove for frying potatoes in. It is so good.

  26. Mary Elizabeth

    Made this tonight. I only had one can of cream of chicken soup so I used that and a can of cream of mushroom soup I also added mushrooms while I cooked the chicken and real garlic instead if powder. Was amazing will be on the dinner menu rotation as a regular. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Sandra

    Just thought you should know your recipe is being passed around Facebook and has thousands of likes! Trying this for dinner tomorrow!

    1. amandacoers

      That’s so awesome! :)

  28. kresta

    shazaam this looks delish! glad for pinterest and finding good dishes like this

  29. Jennifer

    Making this tonight actually right now lol!

  30. Christina

    Would pepperjack be good too? That’s what I have in the fridge

    1. amandacoers

      I think pepper jack would be very yummy! :)

  31. Debbie

    I made this today and it was a hit with my family. My older brother who is a very picky eater had many servings! Thank you very much for this recipe. (:

  32. Debra Dearie

    Would ‘real’ bacons bits work ok??

  33. Lisa

    I plan on trying this for dinner tonight. I have 5 children who never like to eat the same thing but by a small miracle, they ALL happen to like all the ingredients in this casserole. I’m hoping it’s a hit! Oh, I found you via Pinterest! ;-)

  34. Patti Teeters

    Thanks for the fabulous recipe! I found you on Pinterest. I have been wondering what I can do with chicken tonight. I have cheddar cheese I am going to use and I will be adding the frozen peas, like others suggested. Thanks again!

  35. Aline Chwist

    A hi from Brazil! This looks amazing! Going to do it today!

    1. amandacoers

      Hello there! :)

  36. Courtney

    I used chedder & I added some bread crumbs to the top before baking and it was delishhhh! :D

  37. Chelsea

    this was delisshhhh! made this for the boyfriend and myself tonight and my man LOVED IT!!! were definitely keeping this on our menu, super easy, not to expensive, great for leftovers and perfect to make when your just out on your own like us!

  38. Julie

    Can u somehow do this in the crock pot?

    1. amandacoers

      I’ll bet you could :) if I were doing this in the Crock Pot I’d cut up the chicken, mix it with the soup, cook on low for 6-8 hours. When ready to finish, cook noodles, cook and crumble the bacon. Then mix all together, pour into casserole dish, top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes.

  39. andria geiger

    This was amazing! Made it tonight. Added onion powder as well as the garlic and crumbled ritz crackers to the top! Will be adding this to the regulars for sure!

  40. Jordan

    I made this for dinner tonight. I was looking for something to make in less than an hour with no grocery shopping involved!

    I used cheddar cheese and it tasted great! I also halved the recipe, since it was just me eating and it made a bunch of left overs too!

  41. pearlie

    I’m trying this for dinner tonight.

    1. pearlie

      I made this for dinner last night my family loved it and it was delicious.

      1. amandacoers

        I’m so glad y’all liked it! :)

  42. taydayEmily

    Do I need to use creamof chicken? Can I use chicken broth instead ?

    1. amandacoers

      You could, but your filling may be a bit more watery. Be sure to drain excess liquid before spooning into pie crust :)

      1. Debbie

        Pie crust???

        1. amandacoers

          LOL! Oh my goodness, I’m sorry. I’m going to blame my pregnancy for rattling my brain. I was thinking of our chicken pot pie recipe.

          Yes, you can freeze this casserole. Assemble as directed, just don’t bake. Cover with foil and freeze. When ready to use, allow casserole to thaw for 24 hours in the fridge. Then bake – still covered – at 400 for 30-40 minutes. Remove cover and return to bake for an additional 15 minutes.

  43. Brittanie

    When you combine the soup and noodles and cheese are you heating it or only mixing it?

    1. amandacoers

      Just mixing :)

  44. Jana

    I felt it was alittle dry the first time I made it, but we ate it ALL. so good! So the next time I made it, I added evaporated milk, but then it didn’t have enough flavor. Any recommendations? I’m thinking of doing 3 cans of cream of chicken to 1 or possible 1/2 a can of evaporated milk tonight. I will let you know how it comes out, but would also like your input :)

    1. amandacoers

      You might add 8 ounces of cream cheese. Heat the soups in a sauce pot on the stove. Cube cream cheese and add, stirring to melt. Then proceed with the recipe. Sour cream might be a good addition as well.

  45. rachel brennan

    hi you say cook at 400, can u tell me what gas mark that is in england

    1. amandacoers

      Howdy :) I’m not sure, I’ve never had the pleasure of cooking in England. But I did find a conversation chart that might help:

      http://m.joyofbaking.com/OvenTemperatures.html

      Let me know how it turns out for y’all :D

  46. Kim

    This recipe is wonderful! I made it a few weeks ago and loved it…made it again last night and added some powdered ranch to kick it up a notch…amazing!

    1. Sarah

      did you just add the ranch or also omit the cream of mushroom soup?

  47. Gail

    This looks really good. I think I’ll try it. I may also add some pineapple tidbits to make it a tropical chicken casserole.

  48. Paula

    I just made this for dinner and it was awesomely yummy :) I will definitely be making this again and sharing the recipe!

  49. jen

    I was really looking for a sausage casserole do you think this would be good with smoked sausage instead of chicken?

    1. amandacoers

      Sounds good to me!

  50. Penny Jennings

    My son found this on Pinterest and we cooked it tonight. We seasoned the chicken with Tony’s and used Mozzarella. But the family loved it. Thanks for sharing

  51. Kari

    Just finished making this tonight for Supper! So simple! Smells delish! I added peas & green onions. Instead of sprinkling the bacon on top I added it to the mixture and mixed it all together. Should be good!!

  52. katie fox

    During football season my cousin and I tag team dinners and are always trying to find recipes that are easy , quick and cheap and will satisfy our hungry boys. I made this and added broccoli and finished it with garlic breadsticks and it was a hit. thanks for sharing.

  53. jen

    It calls for 2 cans of cream of chicken soup but doesn’t say what size I used 2 10 3/4 ounce cans…it was good but not as creamy as I would have liked

  54. Mary Harris

    this looks so good, i am sure to make this for my family. can i use cream of celery
    soup without messing up the casserole?

    1. amandacoers

      Hi Mary :) I’ll bet that would be just fine

  55. Linda Pollack

    Hi Foodies….I just made this tonight. I used Swiss Cheese instead and added 2 cups of peas. I thought a bit of green veggie would brighten the dish. It worked…..yumm

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  57. Michelle C.

    In the oven as I type. I used cheddar cheese, and added a small amount of milk to mine. Smells delish, and I can’t wait!! Thanks for sharing :)!!

  58. Kyle Wooten

    I like this.

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  61. Michelle

    If I was too add Ranch package when do I add it and could this be made with broccoli added to it¿?

    1. amandacoers

      Hi Michelle :)

      I would add the ranch packet when adding the condensed soup and mix well. Broccoli could be added at that point too.

      1. Michelle

        OK well I opted out of that idea for now but I was going to try adding sour cream to the soup mixture….. Thank you

  62. Donna

    Made this for dinner tonight and even the fussy husband enjoyed it and ate a whole plate. Absolutely awesome dinner, thanks for sharing!!!!!

  63. Olivia

    This was delicious! Made this tonight. I added a half a cup of milk with the noodles because I wanted it more creamy and it helped. Nice flavor was great! The Bacon really added a lot to this recipe. I might add more cheese to the recipe next time. We love cheese! Thank you for sharing. :)

  64. cristin

    Try it was corn(either frozen or canned) and pepper jack cheese. Crumble some fritos ontop. TASTY! Also LOVED the main way also!!

  65. Valerie

    This is super easy to make and really good. I added more cheese to it and threw in some mozzarella cheese! Thanks for the recipe!

  66. Leanne

    Making this right now so we will see how it goes over with the family here in a little bit.

    1. amandacoers

      Hope y’all like it! :)

  67. thisthingcalledlifeandlove

    I made this but I substituted a 1/2 c of heavy cream for one of the cans of soup (Im just not a fan of using condensed soup to cook with) and I also used red and black pepper instead just regular pepper. I cut my bacon in small pieces before cooking it and used casserole cheese and it was good!

    1. amandacoers

      Sounds super yummy! :)

  68. Cindi

    I have made this several times this time I addeda can of the progresso roasted garlic and a can of cream of chicken and a can of milk so creamy and as alway a crowd pleaser

  69. kaushay

    Love this recipe! I used cheddar cheese instead of Monterrey Jack, used turkey bacon to keep it a bit healthier, and added broccoli to add in some veggies! It was delicious!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  71. Teresa

    Very yummy, I must say! Thanks for a great recipe! I cut the recipe in half, since it’s just the two of us, and baked it on a 9 inch square pan. I also added chopped broccoli and a little milk so it wasn’t quite so thick. It was wonderful and I’ll be making it again.

    1. amandacoers

      Thanks! I’m so glad you like it :)

  72. Lindsay

    Do I have to bake it? Could you just eat it-as is, and just “melt” the cheese on top? (our oven is on the fritz right now waiting to be fixed!)

    1. amandacoers

      You sure could just go ahead and dig in – no baking needed, since everything is already cooked. Baking just helps develop all the flavors and plump up the noodles a little more. :)

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  75. Christina Johnson

    I made this tonight. My family loved it! I swapped garlic powder for minced garlic, added a bag of frozen broccolic, and added a can of cream of broccoli to it! Gonna try different seasoning next time for the chicken but it was still amazing! Thank you for sharing this!

  76. Savanna W.

    Do you drain the grease or mix it in? I know some recipes you leave the grease and some your drain

    1. amandacoers

      It’s best to drain off most of the grease from the bacon – but still leave a couple of tablespoons, to flavor the chicken. :)

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    Found your recipe on Pinterest! =)
    It sounds great, I re-pinned!

  80. Andrea

    I added spinach in with the chicken,soup, and cheese and also added green onion to the top. Delicious

    1. amandacoers

      Very yum! Great idea!

  81. Stephanie

    Made this tonight, it was really good however next time(yes a definate next time) I will use cream of mushroom or another cream soup not cream of chicken too much chicken flavor and I’m a chicken lover.

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  83. sierra

    I made this tonight and followed it for the most part…Instead of cutting up the chicken, I pounded 3 chicken breasts out to uniform thickness and cooked them whole then let them rest before slicing them up. Also, (and I am SO glad I did this) I poured about 1/4 cup chicken broth into the pan to deglaze and added most of that liquid to the dish. It really pumped up the flavor! This was delicious but I would only fix it once every few months because it is so unhealthy! I usually make my own cream of chicken soup since its so easy and simple, but today I bought the canned stuff for the first time in more than a year. Gotta live on the wild side every once in a while, lol!

  84. Kirstie

    This sounds delicious and super easy for a college gal like myself with zero cooking experience! I plan on making it tomorrow and throwing some peas in there too.

  85. Laurie

    Hi this was a wonderful dish. I had to substitute some of the chicken with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. It still turned out awesome. I find that chicken thighs have more flavor, and are more forgiving for dryness than chicken breast. I also used up some left over steamed carrots, (chopping the slices into little cubes), and threw in some frozen peas just for color. This was the main course last night, with a Caesar salad on the side. Thank you for this recipe, it will be a regular staple in our menu. Quick and easy for busy weeknights, and great for those lazy weekend nights too.

  86. Sara Brymer

    I just made this, its delicious. i would suggest to leave the juices from the chicken in the mix. the recipe didn’t specify what to do with them so i thought it would be to runny if i left the juices in there but it should give it just enough to make it juicy. :) it was still delicious.

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  88. Andrea

    I made this tonight and everyone from my picky twin toddlers to my not-as-picky school aged boys LOVED it! My husband is looking forward to taking frozen, individual servings to work for lunch. I didn’t use canned c/o chicken soup because I have a REALLY good c/o whatever soup mix. You store it dry and 1/3c mix plus 1 1/4c water = a 10oz can. You can tweak it by adding celery salt, dried mushrooms, etc.

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/160651911681893623/

    1. Andrea

      Oh, and I saved a cup of the water that the pasta was boiled in, and added it to the casserole. I find that adding back some of the pasta water makes a creamy dish, even creamier. Because of the starch, maybe?

  89. Meagen

    Its in the oven right now, cant wait to eat it :)

  90. Wanda

    Thank you so much for sharing! I made this last night and my husband wants me to make it a usual now :-)

  91. Tammie

    I made two of these today and sent one to a friend of my son who had a death in the family and he sent him a text saying the casserole was awesome and all gone. My husband and son’s rated it a nine. The only thing different I did was seasoned the chicken with maple bacon seasoning. Thank you so much for sharing. It is a keeper.

  92. Addison

    This is fantastic! I love how easy it is. I did 1 can of cream of chicken and one of cream of mushroom, used cheddar instead, also cut up some tomatoes, sweet onion and topped it with chives. Also added a bit of ranch to it.
    DE-LICIOUS!!!!!

  93. Scottee Maddox Meade

    Your recipe popped up on my Facebook news feed, but not credited to you and with a different photo. It is on this website: http://www.ilgilibilgili.com/en/crazy-good-casserole-recipe.html
    The recipe looks very good!

    1. amandacoers

      Thanks for letting me know :) It’s always an unfortunate annoyance when other websites take recipes, remove or crop out watermarks, and don’t give credit to bloggers.

  94. ashley

    Making this as i type and i cant wait to try it, it smells amazing !!

  95. Susan Gaskins

    It is 8am in Soledad, Califorina…And I am about to get up and go to the grocery store to buy everything I need to make this today! Sounds awesomely yummy! can’t wait…

  96. loa337

    I made this tonight with my teenage daughter. The only thing we did differently was to use one large can of cream of chicken soup instead of 2 small cans. It was delicious! The whole family loved it. It will be added to my permanent cookbook – which doesn’t happen very often! Thank you.

    1. amandacoers

      I feel very honored! Thank you!

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  99. Dodg3r

    Could you use hamburger instead of chicken?

    1. amandacoers

      Sure! I’d bet that would be super yummy. Be sure to drain the grease from the ground beef to keep it from being too oily. :) Great idea!

  100. Ashley Huisenga

    Im going to try making this but with a few tweaks to the recipe.. i was thinking of using one can cream of chicken one cream of celery, and then add chopped onions cooked with the chicken, and some dry ranch seasoning (:

    1. amandacoers

      Sounds awesome! :)

  101. Nikki

    I made this for dinner tonight. It was very easy to make, but it didn’t taste as good as I had thought. The bacon in it was delicious and that’s what gave it most of the flavor. I thought it was a little bland, but has potential. Definitely worth trying the other ways.

  102. Carrie

    I’m planning on making this for dinner tomorrow, but as I’m in the UK I just wanted to ask something about the soup? Over here we have two types, one where you need to add water before eating and one where you just need to heat it and eat it. Which version will I need?
    Thank you! This looks so delicious!

    1. amandacoers

      You’ll need the soup that needs water added, but don’t add the water :)

      1. Carrie

        Thank you :)

  103. Shirley Wood

    This really does sound delicious. I’m sure the bacon makes it even better! I saw it on Pinterest :-) Please come link up with us at The Yuck Stops Here ! Here is the link. http://wp.me/p4fJXd-R4

  104. Ashlyn Fellman

    This looks really good and I can use my gluten free noodles.

  105. Keirsten

    mmm.. this looks so good. I can’t wait to try it!

  106. Courtney

    I just saw this recipe and I want to try it so bad, but we are having oven issues right now. Only the top and the broiler works. I was wonder if there was anyway I could still make this dish without cooking it in the oven, either stovetop or cooking it under the broiler, maybe on low? Please advise, thanks so much

    1. amandacoers

      Yes, everything is cooked before you bake it, so you could just pop it under the broiler for a bit and it will be just fine :)

      1. Courtney

        Thank you so much for your quick response! I will definitely try that then, xx

        1. amandacoers

          I hope y’all like it! :)

  107. Rachel

    I just made this today. It was delicious! My family loved it and has requested it be added to the rotation. :)

  108. India R. Petty

    I made this last night and was quite disappointed with the bland taste. Maybe cream of chicken isn’t my thing.

  109. Leticia Honesto

    I found your recipe on Pintrest. I am always looking for new things to try on my gunny pigs….aka family..lol. I love pasta chicken and bacon since I’m a Texas gal I love grease. I went to the store and purchased Mexican blend cheese, ranch dressing and the pasta. I will be back later on to let you know how it turned out.

    1. Leticia Honesto

      I made the dish and my gunnie pigs loved the dish. I will fix it for a board meeting in two weeks from now.

      1. amandacoers

        Hooray! :) I’m so glad you liked it!

  110. Dorene Nelson

    Made this tonite and it was good but the garlic powder was overpowering. In the top recipe it says 2 tsp but when you print it out that one says 1 tbs. The tablespoon is way to much. Can you fix that on the printed recipe please.

  111. Erin

    So I made this tonight for dinner. My whole family loved it, even my 5 year old and 2 year old! Instead of adding seasoning to the sauce, I seasoned the chicken with garlic powder, onion power, and black pepper. I threw in a pinch of salt while the chicken was cooking. I added green onions and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. I also used baby farfalle instead of the spiral noodles because I figured my kids would have more fun eating those. Everything else was as the recipe read and it was fabulous! This tastes like an American version of Bowtie Festival from Johnny Carinos :-) Thanks for a great recipe!!

  112. Charissa

    Yum! How many does this serve? I’m just making it for me and my husband our little boy. Thanks!

    1. Amanda Coers

      You may want to cut this in half :) tgis serves 6-8, with some leftovers usually.

  113. Kristin

    I messed up quite a bit on this, but it still came out great! I did not put the bacon on top, I mixed it in with everything and I only had one can of cream of chicken soup so I used a can of cheddar cheese soup. My kids just gobbled it up! Thank you for such a quick and easy recipe!

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  115. Jeanne Durrence

    Found this recipe on Pinterest while looking for a way to stretch boneless skinless chicken breasts. We are a family of 5 and after work all day I can’t wait to get this started for tonight. Not sure I have all the exact ingredients but will make this work as the base. Sounds like the kiddos will love since their favorites are cheese, noodles, chicken, and bacon – will fix broccoli to go along with it.

  116. Kate N.

    I found this recipe when I was looking for something to do with my leftover rotisserie chicken and some extra cooked bacon I had from breakfast. I followed the recipe and used a packet of ranch dip mix. It came out awesome! Definitely something we’ll be making again. Thank you for sharing!

  117. Michelle

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. I made this gluten free by using GF penne and making my own cream of chicken soup. Yum!

  118. Jennifer B.

    Do you drain the chicken drippings or mix them in?

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  121. Sue L.

    I have tried using cream soups in a few pasta dishes, only to have my kids snub it. I pretty much gave up. I came across this recipe on Facebook, and decided it was worth a go, given the ingredient list. I must say, this was a hit, even with my picky girlie girl. The only thing I did differently, is I used fresh garlic instead of powdered, but that is just a personal choice. I cut the recipe a bit, as we are only a family of four, (used the same amount of bacon and cheese though.. Lol) Very flavourful and super filling. Will definitely make this again!

    1. Andria Geiger

      This is still a family favorite of ours! We now substitute extra sharp white cheddar for the colby!! Delicious!

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  123. colleen

    I made this tonight and it’s amazing and super easy to make. I changed it up a bit and sauted the chicken with Italian seasoning. I added in 1/2 can drained tomatoes and then topped off with a can of pilsbury croisants 1/2way through baking. I used tortiglioni pasta which didn’t soak up so much of the sauce. This is a must make again for my family

  124. Taylor

    Making This right now!! I am so excited! It’s gonna be so yummy!

  125. Hailey Parrish

    Do you cook the soup before you put it in the casserole?

    1. Amanda Coers

      Nope! :) straight out of the can

      1. Hailey Parrish

        Thanks!

  126. Nichelle Musick

    Is there a way to make the recipe for less people?

  127. Casey

    Hi,

    I made this last night, and modified it a little bit, but am wondering what the best way to reheat it would be? If you could let me know, I would greatly appreciate it.

    1. Amanda Coers

      Hi there :) if you’re reheating a large amount, you could cover the pan in foil and heat at 400 for 20 minutes


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