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Paula Deen Chicken Casserole with Stuffing

This cheesy casserole will be your new weeknight go-to!

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Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated October 29, 2022

Paula Deen Chicken Casserole with Stuffing Recipe is the perfect quick and easy meal for families. This one-dish copycat recipe has something for everyone!

Paula Deen Chicken Casserole with Stuffing Recipe

Paula Deen is a popular American chef from Savannah, Georgina. She owns two restaurants in Georgia with her sons: The Lady & Sons and Paula Deen’s Creek House.

But it’s her TV shows and cookbooks that rocketed Paula Deen to international success. She’s best known for her Southern cooking show “Paula’s Home Cooking” and her 15 published cookbooks.

Her family-friendly and comfort food recipes feature simple ingredients but deliver big flavors! She likes to use inexpensive and easy-to-find ingredients that won’t break the bank.

This chicken and stuffing casserole is a spin on a traditional Southern casserole. Ready-made ingredients like canned soup, stuffing mix, and rotisserie chicken make this dish easy to make at the last minute.

From start to finish, this amazing chicken casserole recipe only takes an hour to prepare and cook. It’s a crowd-pleasing dish and the perfect solution for feeding the family on a busy weeknight.

All About The Paula Deen Chicken Casserole with Stuffing Ingredients

Chicken

This recipe makes use of shredded chicken, rather than chicken cubes. My favorite type of shredded chicken is from a deli-bought rotisserie chicken.

Rotisserie is a method of slow-cooking chicken on a skewer to tenderize the meat and caramelize the skin. Rotisserie chickens first became commercially available in Boston in 1985, and are now available at most grocery stores.

Rotisserie chicken is a family favorite because it’s inexpensive, flavorful, and there’s no cooking required! You can shred the chicken yourself, then use the bones and leftovers to make delicious chicken stock.
You can use regular chicken breasts if you want, just make sure they are well-seasoned. But always take the time to shred the meat, since shredded chicken can absorb more sauce and flavor.

Cream of Chicken Soup

No classic American casserole would be complete without the addition of canned condensed soup! This recipe uses Campbell’s brand Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup.

Condensed Cream of Chicken soup is made from a combination of flavorful chicken stock, cream, and chicken.

Condensed soup is a pantry staple used to make all sorts of dishes, from pasta to creamy chicken casserole. It adds a velvety rich flavor that ties all the ingredients together.

Stuffing

One of the most popular brands of stuffing is Stove Top stuffing. This stuffing mix was created in 1972 by General Mills and has become a mainstay at holiday dinners.

Stove Top stuffing takes all the work away from preparing regular stuffing. No cutting bread or mixing spices—just add water and butter and let the stuffing rehydrate!

Believe it or not, there is actually a patent on Stove Top stuffing bread crumbs. It’s because they are the perfect size to rehydrate on the stove or in the microwave in just minutes.

You can find Stove Top stuffing in a wide variety of flavors. Some of my favorites are Apple and Cranberry, Cornbread flavor, and Traditional Sage.

For this recipe, I’m using Chicken Stove Top Stuffing. This product includes ingredients like chicken broth, rosemary, and parsley which pair perfectly with chicken meat.

White Wine

White wine helps add acidity to dishes and complements white meats like fish and chicken. But with so many wine options, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose which one to use for cooking.

For the best-tasting chicken and dressing casserole, use a white wine that you would also like to drink. If you have an open bottle of wine in the fridge already, go ahead and use that!

Since you’ll only need a splash of wine for this recipe, don’t buy anything too expensive. The cooking process removes a lot of the complex flavors, so there’s no point in buying a high-quality wine.

I do recommend buying a dryer wine over a sweeter wine. The sugars in sweet wines will impose on the other flavors in the chicken and dressing casserole.

Chardonnay is a great white wine for this recipe. It has a full-bodied flavor that suits creamy dishes like pasta and casserole.

Use an unoaked chardonnay if you can find it. Oaky chardonnay is aged in an oak barrel and tends to taste bitter when cooked.

Swiss Cheese

Swiss cheese is one of the most popular varieties of cheese in the world. Its creamy and nutty flavor makes it perfect for sandwiches and pastas.

Swiss cheese in the US usually comes from large wheels of aged cow’s milk. The longer the cheese is aged, the denser it becomes.

Soft Swiss cheese is available, but hard to come by in the US. Swiss cheese has to be aged more than 60 days to be legally imported into the US.

The most popular type of Swiss cheese is Gruyere, which is known for its nutty taste. Emmentaler is a firmer variety of Swiss cheese known for its distinctive holes.

You can use whichever Swiss cheese you like in your juicy chicken casserole. I prefer Gruyere because the nuttiness goes well with the herbs in the stuffing.

Paula Deen Chicken Casserole with Stuffing

Paula Deen Chicken Casserole with Stuffing Recipe

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time45 min
  • Total Time55 min
  • Servings8
  • Yield8

Level: Easy

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Method


  1. Preheat the Oven

    Heat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Combine Chicken, Soup, Wine, and Seasoning

    Add shredded chicken, condensed soup, white wine, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Stir with the spatula until all the ingredients are fully combined.

  3. Spread Chicken Mixture in Casserole Dish

    Spray large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Empty the chicken mixture into the casserole dish and spread it evenly along the bottom.

  4. Layer Cheese on Top

    Sprinkle the shredded Swiss cheese on top of the chicken mixture.

  5. Sprinkle Stuffing Mix

    Add the dry stuffing mix on top of the cheese.

  6. Drizzle Melted Butter

    Drizzle melted butter evenly over the stuffing mix.

  7. Bake

    Bake the casserole for approximately 45 minutes. Cool, then serve.


Paula Deen Chicken Casserole with Stuffing Recipe Variations

Add Vegetables

Casserole recipes leave lots of room for personalization, which is why I love them! You can make this a more well-rounded and nutritious dish by adding in your favorite vegetables.

I find that chicken pairs well with vegetables like broccoli, chopped onions or mushrooms. You can use chopped fresh vegetables, or just add frozen vegetables right to the chicken mixture.

You could also add chopped white or sweet potatoes to make the dish more filling.

If you do add vegetables, you need to increase the amount of condensed soup, since they will absorb moisture. Using frozen vegetables will also increase the cooking time.

Cheeses

Swiss cheese has a smooth, nutty texture that is delicious with the creamy condensed soup. But if you have a hard time finding Swiss cheese, most other cheeses will work just fine.

Mozzarella cheese has a stringy texture when melted which gives your casserole that mouthwatering cheesy texture. Shredded cheddar cheese also melts well, and has a distinct salty flavor.

Soup Flavors

Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup is just one of the dozens of condensed soup flavors offered by Campbells. You can put a twist on this Paula Deen chicken casserole by trying a different flavor of soup.

Cream of Mushroom Soup has an earthy flavor that goes well with the herb-seasoned stuffing. Cream of Celery Soup or Cream of Broccoli are also delicious options, especially if you’re adding broccoli to the casserole.

Condensed Broccoli and Cheese Soup is one of my favorites for casseroles! This soup has the same creamy texture, but will give your Paula Deen chicken casserole an extra cheesy flavor!

Homemade Stuffing

Part of the appeal of this recipe is the quick and easy ingredients like Stove Top Stuffing Mix. But if you want a more homemade flavor and rustic texture, try making your own stuffing!

Making homemade stuffing is simple, and it’s a great way to use up leftover or stale bread. Simply cube your bread, and combine it with minced onion, celery, and poultry seasoning.

Fresh homemade stuffing will have more moisture than Stove Top stuffing mix. I recommend you omit the butter drizzle to keep the stuffing from getting soggy.

Serving Suggestions


  • This Paula Deen chicken casserole tastes delicious on its own, but it also goes great with so many different sides! To make this dish a bit healthier, I like to include a side of roasted vegetables or a fresh green salad.

  • If you’re feeding a family, add an extra carbohydrate to this meal to keep those bellies full. A bed of white rice is the perfect side dish and will help mellow out the casserole’s richness.

  • You can never go wrong with a side of warm crusty dinner rolls. Add a bit of butter and they’re perfect for dipping in the creamy casserole sauce!

  • For dessert, freshen up the palette with fresh sliced fruit. You can make fruit salad with honey and mint for a dish that’s a little fancier.

Storing Paula Deen Chicken Casserole with Stuffing

Casseroles are the perfect dish to make ahead and store for later. Whether you’re freezing or refrigerating this dish, these guidelines will help keep your casserole fresh.

The FDA states that chicken with broth or gravy can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you’re storing this chicken casserole in the freezer, it will keep for up to 4 months.

Before you refrigerate this casserole, wrap the casserole dish tightly with cling wrap to keep out bacteria. If you’re freezing this Paula Deen chicken casserole, it’s best to store it in airtight containers.

You can do this by cutting up the casserole into individual potions, then transferring the portions to containers.

To reheat your chicken casserole, first let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You can reheat the casserole from frozen, but it will take approximately 1 1/2 times longer to heat up.

You’ll get the best texture by reheating this Paula Deen chicken casserole in the oven. You can also use the microwave, but the stuffing topping will be soft instead of crispy.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 335Calories
  • 15.3g Fat
  • 22.1g Carbs
  • 24.3 gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings:
Amount per serving
Calories335
% Daily Value*
Total Fat15.3g 20%
Saturated Fat8.4g 42%
Cholesterol80mg 27%
Sodium806mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate22.1g 8%
Dietary Fiber1.3g 5%
Total Sugars2.3g
Protein24.3 g
Vitamin C13mcg 67%
Calcium178mg 14%
Iron1mg 8%
Potassium167mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.