Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 53 reviews

Casseroles Chicken Pasta

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole is the perfect dish to feed a large crowd. Deliciously cheesy and loaded with tender chicken and topped with crispy bacon.

Crack Chicken has been a hit on the blog since I posted this easy Instant Pot Crack Chicken that also includes a crockpot version. The recipe was so popular that you guys asked for a casserole version and here it is, an easy Crack Chicken Casserole recipe. Loaded with chicken, pasta, lots of cheese and obviously bacon.

Casserole Recipes are very popular on the blog. Our Sweet Potato Casserole was made by hundreds of people, and we have received many emails and comments about how great it is. This Chicken Spaghetti Casserole and Turkey Tetrazzini are great options for busy weeknights, making dinner easier and bonus points for delicious leftovers. Looking for more Mac and Cheese recipes? Our Mac and Cheese Casserole is incredibly popular, and it makes sense why it’s absolutely fantastic.

Easy Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole

Homemade Crack Cheese Casserole is a hearty dinner that is perfect to feed a crowd, or if you are looking to have some delicious leftovers for the next day. It reheats pretty well, and omg it just tastes amazing. This casserole is actually a baked chicken Mac’n’Cheese, but hey, Crack Chicken sounds so much more appealing, right?

Please don’t ask me how many calories this has, I honestly don’t care, because it’s that amazing. If you stick to normal portions, don’t worry, you will be fine. This recipe is pretty easy to make, you have a few ingredients to brown, after that, you combine everything and bake it. You can even make a Buffalo version, by mixing in a cup of Buffalo sauce, how tasty does that sound?

What do you need to make Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole Recipe?

  • Chicken – you can use breasts or the same equivalent of boneless/skinless chicken thighs. Use your favorite sausage in this recipe, just brown it a bit.
  • You will need cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Replace the cheddar cheese with Mozzarella, Provolone, Mexican blend cheese, Italian blend cheese, Gruyere or Pepper Jack Cheese if you prefer so.
  • Dry Ranch Mix – mmmm this is what makes this dish so amazing, but you can totally skip it if you don’t like Ranch.
  • Pasta – I used elbow pasta, shells will also work great!
  • Veggies – I used some bell pepper and onion, you can also add some carrot, green peas, corn or mushrooms.

Can you make Crack Chicken Casserole in the slow cooker?

Yes, yes  you can and here is how:

  • Do NOT cook the pasta.
  • Skip the flour.
  • Follow the instructions to brown all the ingredients.
  • Replace the 3 cups of milk with 2 cups whole milk and 2 12- ounce cans of evaporated milk and skip preparing the Cheesy Mixture.
  • Add the uncooked pasta, browned chicken and veggies to the slow cooker. Cube the cream cheese and add it to the slow cooker. Add the cream of chicken soup.
  • Add the shredded cheese.
  • Stir all the ingredients to combine.
  • Cook on low for 90 minutes to 2 hours. Check after 60 minutes and give the mixture a stir. After that check every 20-30 minutes and stir.
  • Serve when ready.

Can you freeze Crack Chicken Casserole?

  • To freeze, transfer the mixture to a buttered 9-by-13-inch freezer-to-oven baking dish.
  • Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Bake, frozen and covered with foil, at 350°F, for 1 hour.

Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole Tips:

  • You do not have to cover the casserole with foil when baking.
  • Skip the panko bread crumbs and use this Buttery Cracker mixture for extra flavor like in this Pineapple Casserole.
  • You can eat this Crack Chicken casserole without baking it, just make sure the chicken is fully cooked before adding it to the dish.
  • If you want a truly creamy texture, like unbelievably creamy, it is best to not use pre-shredded cheese. Take the extra few minutes and shred your own cheese.
  • You don’t need to rinse the cooked pasta for this recipe especially if you will be using pre-shredded cheese, this way the starch from the pasta will thicken the sauce.

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5 from 53 reviews

Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole is the perfect dish to feed a large crowd. Deliciously cheesy and loaded with tender chicken and topped with crispy bacon.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

Bacon:

Chicken:

Veggies:

Cheesy Mixture:

Toppings:

Instructions

Cook Bacon:

Cook Chicken:

Cook Veggies:

Cheesy Mixture:

Combine:

Bake:

Nutrition information

0 Calories: 958 Carbohydrates: 58 Protein: 40 Fat: 62 Saturated Fat: 30 Cholesterol: 188 Sodium: 1172 Potassium: 590 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 8 Vitamin A: 1710 Vitamin C: 13.6 Calcium: 577 Iron: 2.7
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carly

Amazing meal OMG

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Sarah Diak

DELICIOUS!!!!! But I will say the prep time was NO WHERE near 30 mins. I'm so glad it tasted so good after all the hard work. Gonna figure out an easier method next time! But I highly recommend!

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I am so happy that you loved the recipe. Thank you for the feedback!

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Jerianne M Bateman

Delicious! Followed recipe as wrote. Burt didn't add green peppers. Plenty for my family of 5 (21, 19 and 18). And had leftovers! Perfect on a cold winter night when the kids are home from college. Thank you!

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I am so happy that you loved the recipe. Thank you for the feedback!

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Debbie

I had a dinner party and this was perfect for it! Easy to make ahead of time. I didn't have panko breading so I used corn bread stuffing instead, used spiral noodles which I found held the cheese sauce on it better, added mushrooms and other veggies. Perfect for leftovers. And, since I have a fussy husband, he doesn't like many veggies. I made a separate bowl and just didn't add those veggies he doesn't eat. Very versatile.

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Christina Gaudreau

This is super good, but prep time is waaay more than 30 mins. I'm an accomplished cook, and it took over an hour.

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Celeste Honea

I made “fiesta crack chicken”. I substituted ranch packet for fiesta ranch packet I used hot jalapeños and habanero jack cheese instead of cheddar cream of bacon instead of cream of chicken (only because I forgot to buy it😭). It was very good with spicy corn on the Cobb and a baked potato!

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Jackie

I’m a big fan of baked macaroni and cheese and was hesitant on adding all these extras into an already delicious classic but, this was delicious! I followed the recipe and it turned out to be a hit with my partner and 3 year old! We all loved everything about this hearty one pan. I was also afraid of the ranch flavor being overpowering but it complimented it well. We have added this into our rotation since we were in a “meal rut” with covid and having many repeat meals. Can’t wait to get sick of this one.

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Thank you Jackie for your feedback. Glad you loved this recipe, one of our favorites as well :)

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Brenda

Can I double this Recipe as it only serves 8 it looks like ? If so do I need to change any ingredients Or the length I cook it ? Thanks

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Yes, you can easily double, you may increase the cooking time, by 20-30 minutes. Just keep an eye on it!

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This was so tasty..my family loved it easy and fast dinner ..loved it

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Very happy that you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for the feedback!

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Pamela Holland

My family loved this dish!! I snuck in a package of mushrooms and no-one noticed! Next time I'll add even more veggies. There's plenty of sauce to hide all the veggies without suspicion!!

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Happy that you loved it!

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Beth

Do I cook the butter with the bacon ?

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you can skip the butter :)

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Joni R.

Absolutely delicious!!! I used a pound of shredded rotisserie chicken and a bag of shrimp and it tasted amazing! I made it for the fam since I eat more on the healthier side but needless to say I made a special exception for this dish. I couldn't stop eating it once I started. The combination of ingredients is PERFECT!!

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Janet

This is amazing. It was a huge hit with a crowd. Just one heads up if you’re freezing it. Freezer to oven is at “least” an hour and a half, not 1 hour. My propane oven temperatures at our cabin are hotter than normal and it took that much longer. This is now one of our favourites.

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Taylor

Big hit! Even my picky eater said it was "busin" which I found out means delicious lol! A new family fave! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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Deniece Safewright

You mention sausage in this recipe but then it dies not show up anywhere on the actual recipe.....

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There is no sausage in this recipe, it is mentioned as an alternative to chicken.

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