My friend posted the other night on her Facebook that she was having this for dinner. I asked how she made it and she gave me the steps on how she
made it. I winded up changing a few things however. I used homemade cream of chicken
and I used egg noodles instead of shell pasta. I also added bacon and cheese as a topper. I always find that with a creamy casserole egg
noodles are better. Regular pasta noodles in my opinion make it too heavy of a meal. The only "casserole" type dish I use pasta noodles in is my baked
macaroni and cheese. I will 99% of the time use egg noodles in a casserole but you can use whatever noodles you want in this. I think any would be
Chicken, bacon and cheese casserole
2 cups of chicken, cubed.
1 lb thick cut bacon
3 cups homemade cream of chicken soup
or 2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup.
1 1/2 cups of cheese and 1/4 on the side (you can use any cheese, my friend used cheddar. I used the Mexican shredded blend)
1 1/4 tsp minced garlic (she used powdered but no idea how much)
3 cups egg noodles
Cook bacon, crumble and set aside. Also set aside about 1/4 cup of the crumbled bacon.
Cook chicken in the same pan as the bacon, grease and all. Set aside.
Cook egg noodles for 2 MINS ONLY. You don't want them fully cooked.
Once chicken is done mix chicken, bacon, soup, garlic, noodles and cheese in a large bowl. I also added some of the bacon chicken grease.
Pour into decent sized casserole dish and top with the 1/3 cup of bacon.
Bake uncovered for 25mins at 400F (204C) At the 10min mark top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and finish baking.
Let sit for a few mins before serving, it's VERY hot!
My friend didn't do the toppings like I did. I added that. I love crumbled bacon on a casserole! I sometimes will mix it with panko and butter for
other casserole toppings. A nice little crunch on top is the perfect topping, like icing on a cake. lol
edit on 1/23/2014 by mblahnikluver because: Forgot the garlic!!