Chicken-Noodle Casserole


Flavorful Chicken-Noodle Casserole comes to life with this diabetes-appropriate recipe. Select light sour cream to lower fat and calorie content.

Chicken-Noodle Casserole
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 4 stalks celery, chopped (2 cups)

  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • 2 pounds chicken legs and/or thighs, skinned

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 slice bread

  • 10 ounces jumbo or extra-large egg noodles

  • 1 (8 ounce) carton light sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a Dutch oven cook two-thirds of the celery and onion in hot oil over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add chicken, pepper, thyme and salt to Dutch oven; cook for 2 minutes. Add the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes until chicken is no longer pink.

  2. Meanwhile, for topping, tear bread in small pieces. Finely chop remaining celery and onion. In a small bowl toss together the bread, celery and onion; set aside.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a cutting board to cool slightly. Add noodles to simmering broth in Dutch oven; boil gently for 7 to 8 minutes, just until tender, stirring occasionally. With a slotted spoon transfer noodles, celery and onion to a 3-quart baking dish.

  4. For sauce, in a bowl whisk together sour cream, flour and garlic powder. Gradually whisk in 1 cup of the hot broth until smooth. Add sour cream mixture to broth in Dutch oven; cook and stir until boiling.

  5. Meanwhile, remove chicken from bones; discard bones. Chop chicken and add to noodles in baking dish. Gently stir in sauce. Sprinkle with bread topping, then lightly coat with cooking spray.

  6. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until casserole is heated through and topping begins to brown. Top with parsley just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

288 Calories
9g Fat
33g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 288
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 19g 39%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Vitamin A 309IU 6%
Vitamin C 3mg 4%
Folate 160mcg 40%
Sodium 340mg 15%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 44mg 11%
Potassium 389mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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