Make Ahead Chicken


Make Ahead Chicken

Make Ahead Chicken
6 Hr
45 Min

When you know you're gonna need to plan ahead for a one-dish dinner, this is the one! Mix up Make-Ahead Chicken and have it waiting in the fridge to pop into the oven and bake up fresh and hearty.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 (9-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10 -ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (see Options)
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs (for topping)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (for topping)

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except topping ingredients; mix well. Place in an 8-inch square baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Refrigerate 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Before serving, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cornflake crumbs and butter; mix well. Stir chicken mixture then sprinkle crumb topping evenly over top.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until golden.


  • If you don't care for the flavor of curry, try an equal amount of dried basil for an Italian treat, or dried dill for that "right from the garden" taste.
  • Make your desserts ahead of time too with our collection of 40 Extraordinary Make-Ahead Desserts!

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Not bad. Kinda like a cheesy pot pie without the pie crust. I didn't care much for the macaroni, might leave it out next time.

I used cream of celery soup 1 teaspoon sage and 1/2 teaspoon thyme 1 heaping teaspoon chicken granules mixed in the water a bit of salt pepper and it was pretty good!

I used Italian Seasoning instead of curry. It was extremely bland and the macaroni had a funny texture and a little on the top didn't cook through.

I made this in an 8x8 dish and it was brimming full but did not boil over. If more items are added then it would require a larger baking dish. Very good dish.

This is delicious! I will definitely make it again! I used a cup of heavy whipping cream instead of the milk and added a heaping teaspoon of chicken bullion granules and my DH and I devoured it! The noodles cooked nicely which amazed me. :)

Can I substitute the cream of mushroom soup with something else?

You can substitute with chicken gravy or a can of Cheddar cheese soup. :)

have tried to add to my recipe box with notes but don't find it when looking at recipe box...what happened?

Cukes, so sorry this happened to you! We just tested it to make sure the link was working properly and it seems to be fine. There may have been a glitch when you tried to add it. Give it another shot and please let us know if the problem persists so we can look further into it. Thanks!

Best chicken dish ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!m(and I cook a lot). I boiled 2 large chicken breasts, shredded them, followed recipe as written, substituted dill weed for cumin. After overnight, casserole looked a little dry, so I added about a cup of small curd cottage cheese and more sharp shredded cheddar cheese, covered all with a full can of crushed French onion rings (no need for butter) and baked for about 30 min. Need to use 9 x 13 in pan. Will make at least six LARGE servings. OOOOHHH SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Almost every other Sunday, I roast a chicken, so I'm always looking for recipes for leftovers. This one looks fantastic and I will make this very soon!

easy to make and great in friends loved it,thanks.

This is a five star dish So easy to make the night before baking while running to practice with kids and have a wholesome meal ready when you return.

I used some frozen pork instead of chicken, and the equivilant of Durkey's onion rings instead of corn flakes. My very critical husband just raved about this meal. Thankyou Mr Food.

I like the idea of the onion rings instead of the corn flakes. Thanks for sharing!

what combination of veggies work better with this dish?

I used PICTSWEET frozen mixed vegetables. I'm not usually into frozen veggies but I just love this mix.

this will not fil in an 8 inch pan, need 9x13, I used bran flakes for more fiber and increased them because of the larger size pan. It was delicious!


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