Swiss chicken casserole is an easy, yet incredibly satisfying dish featuring melted Swiss cheese, juicy chicken, and savory stuffing.
This recipe is always a family favorite at dinner gatherings and a crowd-pleaser during potluck parties.
Easy-to-follow chicken recipes always hit the spot, so let’s get cooking!
What’s a casserole?
A casserole is a one-pan meal that combines meat, vegetables, and grains in a single baking dish. It has an incredibly long history, dating back for centuries, and is used in various cuisines, including Greek, Italian, and French.
Casserole recipes are highly cherished for their convenience and ability to feed a crowd in no time. Their versatility and endless possibilities for flavor combinations make them a go-to dish for both everyday meals and special occasions.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
There are plenty of things to love about this creamy and cheesy casserole recipe!
- It’s super convenient to make. Simply prepare all the ingredients in your casserole pan, and the oven will do the rest!
- You can prepare this dish ahead of time. All you have to do is assemble the ingredients in your casserole and then bake it just in time for lunch or dinner.
- With this recipe, your leftovers will still taste as delicious. They pair amazingly well with white rice and also make a great filling for wraps!
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The ingredients for this creamy Swiss chicken bake are very easy to find at your local grocery store.
- Chicken: I highly recommend using chicken breasts or tenders for this recipe as they’re easy to arrange and have a juicy texture.
- Shredded Swiss cheese: This adds a rich and nutty flavor to your dish. If you can’t find pre-shredded Swiss cheese, you can always buy a block of cheese and grate it yourself.
- Stovetop stuffing: Some people prefer preparing the stuffing beforehand by following the label on the box, but I personally skip doing that step. The dry stuffing mix still gets perfectly cooked and becomes soft even when you bake it unprepared.
- Cream of chicken soup: This serves as the base of your casserole’s thick and creamy sauce.
- Water or milk: Use water for a neutral and lighter base and milk for a richer sauce consistency.
See recipe card for quantities.
Chicken: Turkey works as a great substitution for chicken in this recipe. If you’re vegan, tofu would be a suitable option.
Swiss cheese: If you can’t find Swiss cheese, you can use Gruyere or Mozzarella.
Stovetop stuffing: Instead of this ingredient, you can use herbed breadcrumbs drizzled with melted butter.
Cream of chicken soup: Cream of mushroom soup also works for this recipe.
🌈 Variations / Options / Add-Ins
Try out these variations to give your creamy Swiss chicken bake that extra burst of flavor and uniqueness!
- Spicy Kick: Add some diced jalapenos or chilies and sprinkle them into your casserole along with the shredded Swiss cheese to give it a spicy kick.
- Veggie Delight: Add raw or sautéed vegetables such as mushrooms or zucchini to make this dish healthier.
- Taste of Italy: Add a dash of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and dried basil to your dish to give it that familiar Italian taste.
Speaking of an Italian-tasting dish, I highly recommend making this Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni for your next special weeknight dinner.
🥄 Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools
Ready to bake this mouthwatering main dish? Prepare these helpful tools, and you can immediately get the oven rolling.
- Casserole dish: For this recipe, a 9″x13″ casserole works best.
- Small bowl: You’ll need this to mix your soup mixture later.
- Meat thermometer: Checking the internal temperature of your chicken is crucial to ensure that it’s completely safe to eat.
- Aluminum foil: Covering your dish with foil ensures that it retains its moisture and cooks evenly.
🔪 How to Make Swiss Chicken Casserole
In less than an hour, you can finish this easy recipe and get it plated for everyone to enjoy.
Step 1: Preheat your oven
Set it to 350°F and let it heat up while you arrange the content of your casserole pan.
Step 2: Arrange ingredients in your casserole dish
Grease your casserole dish with cooking spray, then place the chicken slices you prepared at the bottom of the pan.
Once you’ve evenly laid the meat, sprinkle the top of the chicken with shredded Swiss cheese. Then, evenly distribute the unprepared Stovetop stuffing on top of the cheese.
Step 3: Prepare sauce mixture
In a small bowl, whisk together the cream of chicken soup and water/milk.
Step 4: Pour sauce over ingredients
Evenly pour the sauce mixture over the ingredients in the casserole dish. Make sure it covers the stuffing completely, then cover the dish with aluminum foil.
Step 5: Bake the casserole
Bake your casserole for 30 minutes. Once the timer is up, check the internal temperature of the chicken. If the meat hasn’t reached 165°F yet, continue baking it for another 10 minutes until it reaches this safe-to-eat temperature.
❓ Recipe FAQs
Yes, freezing is a great way to prepare your Swiss Chicken Casserole beforehand or store your leftovers to enjoy later. To freeze Swiss chicken leftovers, simply transfer them to an airtight container or use a freezer-safe bag, and they should last for up to 3 months.
No, washing your raw chicken is not recommended. In fact, rinsing your chicken before cooking spreads bacteria and contaminates your cooking utensils. So instead of washing, cook chicken until the appropriate temperature of 165°F to ensure those harmful bacteria are destroyed.
The safest way to properly defrost your chicken is inside the refrigerator at a temperature of 40°F. Simply remove it from the freezer and put it in a plastic bag or container. Then, let your chicken thaw overnight or for several hours. This method ensures even thawing and prevents bacterial growth.
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Swiss Chicken Casserole
- casserole dish
- Small bowl
- Meat thermometer
- Aluminum foil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease your 9"x13" casserole dish.
- Place the chicken breasts or tenders on the bottom of the casserole dish.
- Sprinkle the chicken with shredded Swiss cheese.
- Distribute the Stovetop stuffing evenly over the Swiss cheese.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cream of chicken soup. Pour the mixture over the casserole – covering the stuffing completely.
- Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the tinfoil and check the internal temperature of the chicken with a meat thermometer. If it hasn't reached 165 degrees F, return the casserole dish to the oven and continue cooking for up to 10 more minutes or until chicken reaches the correct temperature.
🛑 Food safety
- Clean and sanitize all surfaces, utensils, and cutting boards that come into contact with raw chicken to prevent cross-contamination.
- Make sure your chicken reaches a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it is fully cooked.
- Store leftovers promptly in the refrigerator, preferably within two hours of cooking, to prevent them from going bad.