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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.

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.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Crack Chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 958 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

Bacon:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 slices bacon diced into 1-2 inch pieces

Chicken:

  • 1.5-2 lbs uncooked chicken cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika

Veggies:

  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

Cheesy Mixture:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 package Dry Ranch Mix optional
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup, condensed

Toppings:

  • Cooked bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko crispy bread crumbs optional

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package.

Cook Bacon:

  1. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt two tablespoons of butter and cook the bacon, stirring frequently, until crispy. Remove from skillet and set aside. Drain grease, leaving only about 2 tablespoons in the skillet.

Cook Chicken:

  1. Add the cubed chicken to the skillet, season with salt, pepper and paprika. Cook stirring frequently, until golden and no longer pink in the center. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Cook Veggies:

  1. Add diced onion, diced bell pepper and minced garlic to the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and tender. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Cheesy Mixture:

  1. In same skillet, on medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in flour with whisk until a paste forms.
  2. Gradually stir in milk, beating with the whisk.
  3. Stir in Ranch Mix if using.
  4. Stir in condensed cream of chicken soup and cream cheese until fully combined.
  5. Stir in 3 cups of cheddar cheese. Remove from heat.

Combine:

  1. In a large bowl combine: cooked pasta, chicken, veggies and cheese mixture. Stir well to combine and transfer to a 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish.
  2. Top with the cooked bacon, 1 cup shredded cheese and sprinkle some bread crumbs on top if desired.

Bake:

  1. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is fully melted.

  2. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 958 Calories from Fat 558
% Daily Value*
Fat 62g95%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Cholesterol 188mg63%
Sodium 1172mg51%
Potassium 590mg17%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 1710IU34%
Vitamin C 13.6mg16%
Calcium 577mg58%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.