Easy “Cheat” Chicken Casserole

Easy Chicken Casseroleeasy-chicken-casseroleThrow this easy, "cheat" chicken casserole together in minutes.  Perfect for those busy weeknights, when there's just not enough time.

Even though I am a stay-at-home housewife, I find myself more often than not, in some sort of time crunch.  Hey, I'm not knockin' us housewives – We know damn well it's hard work…But when I think of other people hearing the word "housewife" I tend to believe they are picturing Peg Bundy and her bon-bons :))  So like, here I am trying to justify myself, even though I know I don't have to haha.

 Okay, so the reason I dubbed this recipe "cheat" chicken casserole, is because we're using basic ingredients that many pantry's already have on hand.  So no, I won't be asking you to slow roast a 24 hour marinated chicken or pick the finest organic tomatoes you can find.  This is real life, buddy and sometimes real life involves just having to whip something up in a jif!

Alright, onto the recipe.   Feel free to tweak it however you like!

Easy "Cheat" Chicken Casserole

1/2-1 tsp Garlic Powder

5 Cups (Dried) Egg Noodles

2 5g Cans Flaked Chicken, drained

1/4 tsp Black Pepper (give or take)

1 Cup Frozen Veggies (your choice)

1 Jar Ragu Creamy Mozzarella Sauce

1 Tbsp Dried Onion Flakes, rehydrated

1 Cup Whole Wheat Panko (Or any bread crumbs)

1 Canned Diced Tomatoes (about 2 Cups), drained but RESERVE JUICE

Let's Begin..
•  Preheat Oven to 375°
•  Spray a 9 x 13 Casserole Dish
•  In a little bowl add 1 Tbsp water to 1 Tbsp Dried Onion Flakes
•  Boil noodles until al dente,
•  Transfer to sprayed casserole dish

Now Add..

Onion Flakes
Garlic Powder
Diced Tomatoes

…and give a little mix.

To Your Mixture Add..

1 Jar Ragu Creamy Mozzarella
About 1/4 Cup Reserved Juice from Canned Tomatoes

…Stir together until well combined.

Top with (approx) 1 Cup Panko, or your choice of bread crumbs.
Pop in the oven for 20 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and top is toasty.

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