Looking for a meal that’s both kid-approved and satisfies the chicken lovers in your family? Meet the Chicken Nugget Casserole—a dish that’s fun to make and even more fun to eat. Perfect for busy weeknights or a cozy weekend dinner, this casserole combines crispy chicken nuggets with creamy, cheesy goodness.

Chicken Nugget Casserole

Ingredients List

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb frozen chicken nuggets (or homemade if you prefer)
  • 2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (10.5 oz)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings:
  • Crushed potato chips or breadcrumbs for added crunch
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Set your oven to 375°F (190°C) to start warming up while you prepare the ingredients.

Step 2: Cook the Chicken Nuggets

Bake or air-fry the chicken nuggets according to the package instructions until they’re golden and crispy. Set them aside to cool slightly.

Step 3: Prepare the Base

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, mixed vegetables, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheese, milk, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix well until everything is evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4: Assemble the Casserole

Spread the rice mixture evenly in a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange the cooked chicken nuggets on top, pressing them slightly into the mixture.

Step 5: Add Optional Toppings

For an extra layer of texture, sprinkle crushed potato chips or breadcrumbs over the top of the casserole.

Baking and Serving

Step 6: Bake the Casserole

Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the top is golden brown.

Step 7: Serve It Up

Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired. Serve it hot with a side salad or some garlic bread for a complete meal.

Customization Options

Make this Chicken Nugget Casserole your own by trying these variations:

  • Spice it up: Add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for some heat.
  • Healthy twist: Use low-fat cheese and milk, and swap out the cream of chicken soup for a homemade version.
  • Vegetarian option: Substitute chicken nuggets with plant-based nuggets and use cream of mushroom soup instead.
  • Flavor boost: Mix in some crispy bacon bits or sautéed mushrooms for added depth.


There you have it—a comforting, family-friendly Chicken Nugget Casserole that's as easy to make as it is delicious. Perfect for those who love convenience without sacrificing flavor. Give it a try and watch your family fall in love with this delightful dish. Happy cooking!

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