Chicken casserole dishes are versatile and a perfect way to curb that comfort food craving midweek. All you need is chicken, spinach, and a cheesy sauce. You can also add extras like mushrooms or veggies, especially if you have trouble getting your kids to eat vegetables!
If you are looking for a quick and easy cheesy chicken casserole recipe that can be changed to fit your wants and needs, you are in luck!
Can I put raw chicken in a casserole?
For this chicken casserole recipe, we normally use already cooked meat. You can use chicken breast, chicken thighs, or really any leftover chicken. It's safe to use raw chicken as all of the bacteria will be killed as soon as the dish reaches 160°F. However, you should bear in mind that raw chicken will take longer to cook.
How long does it take to cook raw chicken in a chicken casserole?
Using raw chicken in a chicken casserole will add an extra 30-40 min to your cooking time. If you do opt for raw meat, be sure to leave out the extra veggies. Vegetables like carrots, onion, broccoli, peas, etc. will end up overcooking and turn to mush which will cause them to lose their crispness and taste. In this chicken casserole recipe, we only used spinach, so raw chicken will work for this specific recipe.
What can I serve with a chicken casserole?
You can serve it with your favorite side dishes, like boiled or mashed potatoes, rice, a green salad, or roasted vegetables. If you want to up your veggie intake, feel free to mix them into your casserole. Extra mushrooms, onions, carrots, and celery will pair well with this Chicken Parmesan casserole.