Easy Weeknight Cornbread Chicken Casserole Recipe (2024)

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Chicken cornbread casserole made with a quick and easy homemade filling is topped with a cornbread crust box mix and baked to perfection.

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This recipe happened quite by accident. Chicken pot pie is one of our favorite recipes. But dealing with the pie crust is somewhat of hassle. One evening I really wanted to make chicken pot pie but not mess with a crust. My neighbor had recently moved and gave me the contents of her pantry which included a box mix of honey cornbread.

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So I whipped up my pot pie filling, mixed up the cornbread and baked it all together. It was magic! There is no worrying whether the crust is soggy, either. Because it’s not technically a pot pie, we named Chicken Cornbread Casserole.

Easy Weeknight Cornbread Chicken Casserole Recipe

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Make the Filling

The filling for the casserole is made from scratch, but it’s super easy. Even if you’ve never made anything from scratch before, you can handle this. A bag of frozen veggies means you can skip any chopping.

Melt butter in a large pot on the stove over medium high heat. Add onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Add in bag of frozen vegetables and cook until warmed through and no longer frozen. You can also use frozen diced onions instead of fresh to make this recipe even easier.

You can cook chicken the night you make the casserole, but it’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken. Even better, plan ahead and make sure to have leftover chicken. Cook a Slow Cooker Whole Chicken or Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken one day and make a casserole within the next week.

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Cornbread Topping

Once the filling is done pour it intoin a casserole dish.As written, the recipe will easily fit in to a 2 quart dish and will feed 2-3 people. Double it to feed more. You can also bake it in individual ramekins so everyone gets their own casserole. Kids love the individual servings!

Mix up the cornbread mix. We used a 15 oz box of Krusteaz Honey Cornbread mix. The smaller Jiffy mixes can be used, but use at least two boxes. Top the casserole with the prepared cornbread mix by dropping in spoonfuls and gently smooth out. Bake for about 20 minutes until the cornbread is browned and cooked.

This recipe takes about 15-20 minutes hands on time and another 20 or so minutes to cook so it’s pretty quick to make even on a busy weeknight.

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Freezing for Later

If you’d like to freeze this, we suggest making the filling and freezing that. Warm up on the stove and add cornbread to bake.

Gluten Free Option

Yes you can make this gluten free! Substitute a gluten free flour in the filling and use a gluten free cornbread mix for the top.

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Chicken Cornbread Casserole has been our top recipe for years! It’s been pinned almost half a million times on Pinterest. Many of our readers have made and love this casserole. Find some of their ideas and suggestions below.

  • Add a can of chopped green chilis to the cornbread for a little kick.
  • Add a can of creamed corn to the cornbread mix before baking.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey in the Jiffy cornbread mix.
  • Use your favorite homemade corn bread recipe instead of a box.
  • Use whipping cream instead of milk.
  • Make gluten free by using gluten free cornbread and flour for the filling.
  • Add a can of cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup to the filling.
  • Add mushrooms to the filling.
  • Chop up 6 baked chicken thighs for the chicken.
  • Use turkey instead of chicken.
  • Triple the recipe to make a 9 x 13 pan to feed a crowd.

Yield: 4-6 servings

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Chicken cornbread casserole made with a quick and easy homemade filling is topped with a cornbread crust box mix and baked to perfection.

Prep Time20 minutes

Cook Time25 minutes

Additional Time5 minutes

Total Time50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in to cubes OR 2 cups cooked chicken in bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 box cornbread mix (1 large or 2 small) prepared according to directions on box

Instructions

  1. If cooking chicken: heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a large pot. Add cubed chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook until chicken is done, about 10 minutes. Drain chicken from the pot and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large pot on the stove over medium high heat. Add onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Add in bag of frozen vegetables and cook until warmed through and no longer frozen.
  3. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  4. Whisk in chicken broth about 1/2 cup at a time to avoid lumps. Once all the chicken broth is added, add in the milk and whisk to combine. Allow mixture cook for a few minutes to thicken. Stir in cooked chicken and cook for another minute or so until the entire mixture is hot. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour the mixture in to a 9 x 9 square baking pan or any baking dish similar in size.
  6. Top the mixture with the prepared cornbread mix, smoothing the mix out to cover the top of the pie.
  7. Bake according to the directions on the cornbread mix. My mix said to bake at 400 degrees for 22-26 minutes. Make sure to bake long enough so that the bottom of the cornbread bakes through.
  8. Once the bread is done, remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 559Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 734mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 49g

Easy Weeknight Cornbread Chicken Casserole Recipe (2024)

FAQs

What does cornbread go well with? ›

Chili, bacon & eggs, maple syrup, lots of butter, beef stew, chicken stew, turkey dinner, pretty much any food you like goes well with corn bread. You can also just have it, buttered, of course, for a snack. If you are not vegetarian, any type of prepared meat or fish.

Is cornbread a healthy food? ›

Although it's relatively high in carbs and sodium, it contains several important nutrients, including phosphorus, selenium, and B vitamins. It's also versatile, easy to make, and can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet.

Do you serve cornbread hot or cold? ›

Bake until the top is golden brown and the edges have pulled away from the sides of the pan, 30-40 minutes. Transfer the baking dish to a wire rack and sit for 30 minutes-1 hour, until just warm. The cornbread is best served warm. Place leftovers in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Is cornbread good for your bowels? ›

A. Cornbread contains fibre, which is not easily digested or absorbed by the body and passes through the digestive system relatively intact. Fibre also controls bowel motions by softening and increasing the weight and size of the stool, all of which make it easier to pass stool.

Is it good to eat cornbread everyday? ›

Yes! Cornbread is a nutritious, whole-grain food that can offer various health benefits. It can be a delicious way to improve your overall health. Eating cornbread offers benefits from reducing the risk of heart disease to promoting digestive health.

What does eating cornbread do? ›

It's an excellent source of phosphorus, a mineral necessary for the formation of teeth and bones and the metabolism of carbs and fat in the diet. Depending on the recipe used, cornbread can also be high in sodium.

Is cornbread a side or appetizer? ›

Cornbread is a dinner classic. Homemade cornbread can be easily made and added as a side for most meals.

Is cornbread considered a side dish? ›

This custard-based cornbread is a scoopable side dish you'll want to make throughout the year. The addition of garlic and thyme adds bright, herbaceous flavor. Serve it warm with a drizzle of honey for the perfect sweet and savory bite.

What to serve with cornbread brunch? ›

Add eggs and cooked veggies or cheese to go the savory route. Feeling sweet? Serve with jam, fruit compote, maple syrup, and honey.

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