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Cheesy Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole Recipe

Need an easy weeknight dinner? Throw together this cheesy chicken crescent roll casserole, pop it in the oven, and treat your family to some golden brown bubbly goodness. 

Cheesy Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole Recipe

Crescent roll dough is one of life's wonders—it's something like a blank canvas. The buttery, flaky pastry is perfectly good on its own, but there are possibilities for combining it with other ingredients and making something truly great. 

There's no need to overcomplicate. Take a sturdy baking dish, combine simple ingredients together, and you'll have an easy dinner that's a shoe-in for the next family favorite. 

Sound to good to be true? All you need is a great recipe—this crescent roll casserole can certainly qualify. 

Cheesy Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole Ingredients

When I say simple, I'm not kidding. There are fewer than 10 ingredients in this recipe, and that's even counting the salt and pepper separately! 

There are three simple elements at the core: crescent roll dough, chicken, and cheese. Easy—good for busy nights when you're looking to please the whole family. Here's their favorite new recipe!

Here's the full list of ingredients so you know what to scoop up at the grocery store:

  •  8 oz can crescent rolls
  • 1 lb chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 8 oz neufchatel cheese
  • 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

You'll also want to make sure you've got a 9x13 baking dish and cooking spray (or your favorite greasing option) ready to go. 

You might notice that cream of chicken soup is missing from this version. It's popular to add cream-of-everything soups to casserole recipes, but I find that the soup mixture has the potential to make the crescent dough too soggy for my liking. I'm sure there are great versions using that soup that you can try next time, but give this one a go and see how it works for you!

I note that you need a pound of cooked chicken breast. Of course, you can buy raw chicken and cook it for this purpose. However, this is a great way to use leftover chicken—a chicken casserole can really give it another chance to shine and help eliminate food waste!

How to make cheesy chicken crescent roll recipe

The first step of making this casserole: don't make crescent rolls. 

It sounds paradoxical, but this crescent roll casserole doesn't actually call for crescent rolls. Rather, you'll use un-rolled crescent dough as the base layer of your dish, creating a flat surface for the rest of your ingredients to build on. 

Here's the rundown of instructions for making this recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven to 365 degrees.
  2. Grease an 11 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Open the can of crescent rolls, unroll, and lay evenly on bottom of the casserole dish, covering completely.
  4. Put the block of neufchatel cheese in a microwave-safe bowl & microwave for 45 seconds to soften. Add the softened cheese, greek yogurt, and seasonings to a large bowl and mix well.
  5. Add the cooked, shredded chicken to the mixing bowl of cream cheese. Stir until well mixed and evenly coated.
  6. Spread the chicken mixture evenly on top of the crescent rolls. Use a spoon to evenly disperse.
  7. Sprinkle both shredded cheeses evenly on top of the chicken layer.
  8. Place into preheated oven and bake for 35-40 mins.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!

​Neufchatel cheese or cream cheese?

You can get a good rundown on the differences between neufchatel cheese and cream cheese elsewhere on the internet. I choose neufchatel for recipes like this for a lower fat content, as I try to make the nutrition information line up with my goals for daily values.

If you don't have neufchatel or can't find it, you can certainly substitute cream cheese without a problem!

​How to store chicken crescent roll casserole

​Casseroles and bakes are great for making large portions at once, but every once in a while you might shock yourself with leftovers (or even plan to have them with meal prep). For this, store in an airtight container, making sure to let cool before storing in the fridge. 

This yummy recipe will still be good the next day, and for at least a couple of days after that—I'd say up to 5.  

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Cheesy Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole

Need an easy weeknight dinner? Throw together this cheesy chicken crescent roll casserole, pop it in the oven, and treat your family to some golden brown bubbly goodness. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, chicken casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 444kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • 9x13 casserole dish (or similar)

Ingredients

  • 8 oz can crescent rolls
  • 1 lb chicken breast cooked and shredded
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 8 oz neufchatel cheese
  • 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 365 degrees.
  • Grease an 11 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Open the can of crescent rolls, unroll, and lay evenly on bottom of baking dish, covering completely.
  • Put the block of neufchatel cheese in a microwave-safe bowl & microwave for 45 seconds to soften. Add the greek yogurt and seasonings to the bowl and mix well.
  • Add the cooked, shredded chicken to the bowl of cream cheese mixture. Stir until well mixed and evenly coated.
  • Spread the chicken mixture evenly on top of the crescent rolls. Use a spoon to evenly disperse.
  • Sprinkle both shredded cheeses evenly on top of the chicken layer.
  • Bake for 35-40 mins.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 570mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 10mg
Recipe Rating




Jen

Sunday 1st of October 2023

Another 5 star recipe from Jordo’s World! This one was super easy to throw together and made plenty of leftovers for us. I used canned chicken and cream cheese because I couldn’t find the other cheese at my store. Otherwise followed the recipe as is. We will definitely be making it again!

Jordan Smith

Monday 9th of October 2023

Happy to hear this recipe worked well with the modifications! Thanks for trusting me in your kitchen :)

Pam

Tuesday 15th of August 2023

Excellent and easy to throw together during a busy season. My kids loved it (5 & 9). Jordo’s recipes are always their favorites! I served with a side salad.

Jordo

Thursday 28th of December 2023

@Pam, so glad this recipe worked well for you & your kiddos! Love the idea of serving with some veggies on the side!

Aimee

Sunday 4th of June 2023

Hi Jordan! This recipe sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it. Question, what do you think would happen if I put the crescent roll dough on top of the casserole, then baked?

Kat Murray

Monday 8th of April 2024

@Becky Wormsley, Hello... Can you tell me if you made this with the crescent roll on top? I've been looking for a recipe to use my crescent rolls and this one sounded like it could work, please let me know!:)

Becky Wormsley

Thursday 28th of December 2023

@Aimee, I just found this recipe and had the same thought. Did you try this?