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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 Casserole Recipe, Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole, Chicken Casserole, Crack Chicken
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 958kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni


  • 12 slices bacon diced into 1-2 inch pieces


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


  • 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 (1oz) Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix optional
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup, condensed


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


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the macaroni as directed on the package. Aim for al dente, drain once done, and set aside.

Cook the Bacon:

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

Cook the Chicken:

  • Add the cubed chicken to the skillet, and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook stirring frequently, until golden and no longer pink in the center. Remove from skillet and add to a large bowl.

Cook Veggies:

  • Add the 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 the skillet and add to the bowl with chicken.

Cheesy Mixture:

  • In the same skillet, on medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the flour until paste forms.
  • Gradually stir in milk, beating with a whisk until fully combined.
  • Stir in the Ranch Seasoning Mix if using, condensed cream of chicken soup and cream cheese, and stir until fully combined.
  • Next, reduce the heat to low and add 3 cups of cheddar cheese, stir until fully melted. Remove from heat.


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


  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly and cheese is fully melted.
  • Let it cool for 10 minutes, after that serve and enjoy!



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