Chicken Zucchini Casserole

6 portions
50 min

This Chicken Zucchini Casserole may become your favorite zucchini recipe. Learn how to make this quick, easy, and budget-friendly casserole for busy weeknight dinners.


Why you’ll love this

  • Incredibly tender and creamy – ground chicken in combination with soft baked zucchini under layers of sour cream and cheese – a total crowd-pleaser!
  • Budget-friendly – a few simple, economical ingredients make this casserole just from scratch without canned ingredients or cream soup needed!
  • Easy to reheat – this chicken zucchini casserole also re-heats super well – either in the oven at about 390 F (200 C) for approximately 10 minutes or simply pop in the microwave.



Ingredients

  • Zucchini – also called courgettes are the main ingredient that in my opinion is the best veggie to pair with chicken. If you haven’t yet tried my 4 ingredient Chicken Zucchini fritters then they’re about to become a hit in your family too. We make these often. Easy and kid-friendly too!
  • Garlic powder and onion – the essential combo you can’t forget in almost every savory dish.
  • Carrot – isn’t essential, but it does add a little pop of color and taste which in combination with zucchini tastes superb.
  • Ground Chicken – can be substituted with rotisserie chicken or diced chicken instead. But I prefer ground chicken as it is so tender and perfect for this type of chicken casserole recipe.
  • Italian herbs – another needed ingredient – will enhance any simple casserole! But not essential, if you don’t have it on hand it will still taste very good.
  • Cheese – make sure to cover the top generously so you’ll have a thicker layer of cheese once done. But it’s personal preference, you can also add the only ¾ of a cup or less depending on the baking dish. Cheese lovers will appreciate!


Instructions

In a medium bowl grate the zucchini and add 1 tsp of salt, set aside for 10-15 min to drain off the excess water.

Remove the excess water using a strainer and spoon or wrap the zucchini in a thin kitchen towel and squeeze thight to get rid of the water.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).

Once done, gather all the ingredients (except cheese and sour cream) in a large mixing bowl and stir with a spatula or hands until combined.

Prepare a smaller baking dish (I used oval about 11.5 x 7 inches) , spray with cooking oil, and transfer the mixture into the dish. Even out the top with a spatula and layer the sour cream on top.

Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the cheese, bake again for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Garnish with parsley or scallions, cracked black pepper. Enjoy!

Serving suggestions

Being loaded with plenty of zucchini, this dish doesn’t necessarily need a vegetable side dish or salad of some sort. But if you do wish to add a little fresh salad then I highly recommend this easy Marinated Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad – this goes with anything!

More Easy One-Pot Chicken Recipes:


Recipe details

  • 6  portions
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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Ingredients


  • 11-12 oz (300 g)Ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 carrot medium grated
  • 1 large zucchini grated
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste + for zucchini
  • 1 ½ cup Cheddar or Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 tsp of Italian herb spice or a mix of dried oregano, garlic, thyme

Instructions


In a medium bowl grate the zucchini and add 1 tsp of salt, set aside for 10-15 min to drain the excess water out.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
Remove the excess water using a strainer and spoon or wrap the zucchini in a thin kitchen towel and squeeze thightly.
Once done, gather all the ingredients except cheese and sour cream in a large mixing bowl and stir with a spatula or hands until combined.
Prepare a 9×13 or slightly smaller baking dish, spray with cooking oil, and transfer the mixture into the dish. Even the top with a spatula and layer the sour cream on top.
Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the cheese, bake again for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Garnish with parsley or scallions, cracked black pepper.

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