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Freezer Chicken and Crescent Roll Casserole

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This easy make ahead casserole is comfort food at its finest. Made with Crescent Rolls, egg noodles, shredded chicken and even frozen tater tots, it is simple, delicious and a huge crowd pleaser (whether that crowd is your family, your friends or random people at a potluck). This recipe makes two casseroles, which is perfect for stocking your freezer or feeding a small army (or both).

HOW TO MAKE Chicken and Crescent Roll CASSEROLE

Ever have one of those days when you need a homerun dinner to feed your hangry crew? For us, that is usually called Thursday. This creamy dream of a dish combines crescent rolls with tater tots, egg noodles and shredded chicken to make a dinner that everyone will eat and eat and eat and eat.

Spoiler: don’t plan on having any leftovers.

First, you’ll cook and shred two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Watch the video below to see my favorite hack for shredding chicken like a champ.

And you can click here to see my tops tips for making delicious shredded chicken in a snap.

In a large saucepan, heat 6 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat until melted. Slowly add 1/2 cup of flour a little at a time, stirring constantly with a whisk or fork. As the flour starts to brown lightly, remove from heat and slowly stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream and 4 cups of chicken bone broth.

Add 1 cup of chopped tater tots (no need to cook them first), one cup of chopped carrots and 1/2 teaspoon each of pepper, parsley and celery salt.

Finally, add one pound of cooked egg noodles and two pounds of shredded chicken.

TO PREPARE FOR FREEZING

Cover with plastic wrap (we like Press & Seal) to eliminate any air that could cause freezer burn.

Then cover with foil. Clearly label the top with the name of the item, cooking temperature and time. Then pop in your freezer!

(You’ll add the Crescent Rolls when you bake it prior to eating). Store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

TO EAT

When you’re ready to eat your Chicken and Crescent Roll Casserole, remove from freezer and let thaw overnight in the fridge.

Once thawed, remove the layer of plastic wrap and re-cover with tin foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove cover and unroll crescent roll dough onto the top of the pan. Brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes – or until crescent rolls are golden brown.

If you don’t have time to thaw in advance, that’s okay! Remove the layer of plastic wrap, re-cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Remove cover and unroll crescent roll dough onto the top of the pan. Brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes – or until crescent rolls are golden brown.

ENJOY!

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Freezer Chicken and Crescent Roll Casserole


  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 80 min
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x

Description

This easy make ahead casserole is comfort food at its finest. Made with Crescent Rolls, egg noodles, shredded chicken and even frozen tater tots, it is simple, delicious and a huge crowd pleaser (whether that crowd is your family, your friends or random people at a potluck). This recipe makes two casseroles, which is perfect for stocking your freezer or feeding a small army (or both).


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs shredded chicken breasts
  • 1 lb egg noodles
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup frozen tater tots, thawed and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt

When ready to bake

  • Two cans Crescent Rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Cook and shred 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts. (Click here for an easy hack for making shredded chicken.)
  2. Prepare egg noodles per al dente instructions. Strain.
  3. In large saucepan, heat 6 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat until melted.
  4. Slowly add flour a little at a time, stirring constantly with a whisk or fork. The flour will start to brown slightly. Remove from heat.
  5. Slowly stir in chicken bone broth and heavy cream.
  6. Add chopped tater tots, carrots, salt, black pepper, parlsey flakes and celery salt. Mix well.
  7. Finally, add shredded chicken and egg noodles. Mix well.
  8. Pour mixture into two greased, 9×13 pans. At this point, you can either prepare the casseroles for freezing, or bake them.

PREPARE FOR FREEZING

Cover with saran wrap (we like Press and Seal). Press down into the sides of the cooking pan to ensure that no air is trapped under the wrap. This will protect your dish from freezer burn and prolong its freezer life.

Then, cover with foil. Write the name of the dish and baking instructions on the top along with the date.

Freeze.

TO BAKE

Thaw overnight in the fridge. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Remove saran wrap and re-cover with tin foil.

Cook covered for 20-25 minutes.

Remove cover and unroll crescent roll dough onto the top of the pan. Brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes – or until crescent rolls are golden brown.

To Cook from Frozen: Remove the layer of plastic wrap, re-cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Remove cover and unroll crescent roll dough onto the top of the pan. Brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes – or until crescent rolls are golden brown.


Notes

Dish can stay in freezer for up to 6 months.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Casserole, comfort food, chicken, crescent rolls, freezer meal, make ahead

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