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Cheesy Chicken and Waffle Casserole Recipe

A chicken and waffle casserole is one of the tastiest ways to serve a quick family dinner. In fact, it’s also pretty wonderful for those times when you’re entertaining friends and family!

This chicken and waffle casserole recipe combines the savory deliciousness of chicken and comforting waffle flavors into a single dish that is absolutely wonderful. Although there are various ways to make it, this is my favorite, partly because it’s so easy.

plate and forkful of chicken and waffle casserole

Chicken and Waffles Casserole

You need to do a little bit of prep work to make this particular recipe. I’ve made it with these oven fried chicken strips or chicken tenders. But this time, I decided to use shredded chicken. 

So you’ll need to cook and shred the chicken first or pick up some pre-cooked chicken. You can boil it, bake it, or cook it in the air fryer. Just do whatever is easiest for you.

pan of chicken and waffle casserole

Or if you prefer large chunks of chicken, you can cut it into bite-size pieces. That’s completely up to you. I’m using store-bought waffles, but you can make your own if you have a waffle iron. I’m just trying to keep this simple for people who have very little time to cook a meal.


All of the ingredients are available at most grocery stores, so you shouldn’t have problems finding any of them.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need. The exact measurements of each item are in the recipe card at the very bottom of this post.

  • Cooked and shredded chicken
  • Frozen waffles
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Half and half
  • Sour cream
  • Melted butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt (sea salt, or Kosher salt)
  • Shredded cheddar (or Colby)
  • Parsley (optional – fresh or dried)

Other Ingredient Options

If you want to make the cream of chicken soup from scratch, just follow my recipe for cream of mushroom soup (with or without the mushrooms). Then leave out the half and half and melted butter. Another option is to use popcorn chicken. This is good if you want an extra crunch.

Since I have to follow a gluten-free diet, I use either frozen gluten-free waffles or these basic chaffles that are super easy to make. I’ve also made it for other people with Belgian waffles.

basic chaffle with butter

When I’m out of cheddar cheese, I use whatever I have in the fridge. Since I almost always have low fat or whole milk mozzarella cheese, I’ve used that. But I prefer the flavor of cheddar in this dish. If you don’t have maple syrup, try a little brown sugar. It’s good, but I prefer maple syrup.

Here are other ingredients you may want to add:

  • Chili powder
  • Hot sauce
  • Mustard powder
  • Smoked or Hungarian paprika

I recommend following this recipe as-is the first time you make it. Then adjust, based on your own taste buds and the feedback you get from others.

How to Make Chicken and Waffle Casserole

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or grease the bottom of a 7” x 11” baking pan or casserole dish. Or if you prefer, you can line the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper

Toast waffles until they are a light golden brown. Cut the waffles into bite-size pieces (approximately 1-inch pieces). Place waffles in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. Set it aside.

bite-size pieces of waffle in pan

In a medium or large bowl, combine the chicken, condensed soup, half and half, sour cream, melted butter, maple syrup, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and half of the shredded cheese. Stir until well mixed.

Pour the creamy chicken mixture over the waffles in the pan. Cover and let the creamy mixture soak into the waffles for about 15 minutes.

uncooked chicken and waffle casserole in pan

Put on the middle oven rack and bake and bake waffles casserole for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over the top of the casserole.

shredded cheese sprinkled over casserole

Bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese melts. You can also leave it in the oven another minute or two so the cheese can turn a light, golden brown.

Now it’s ready to serve! The final result is absolutely delicious! Don’t be surprised if the whole thing disappears in one sitting.

baked and garnished chicken and waffle casserole

If you have more than 4 people at the table or want leftovers, you can double the recipe from the card at the bottom of this post, However, you’ll need a large casserole dish, preferably one that’s 9” x 13” to hold that much more food.

How to Serve Chicken and Waffle Casserole

chicken and waffle casserole beside green beans on plate

You can serve this casserole any way you like. What I typically do is plate everyone’s food and have other items they can add. Some favorites are hot honey, more maple syrup, and powdered sugar.

Questions You May Have About Chicken and Waffle Casserole

You may have some questions about this delicious chicken and waffle casserole. Hopefully, you’ll find the answers here.

chicken and waffle casserole on a plate with green beans

What is the Difference Between Regular Chicken and Waffles and a Casserole?

A chicken and waffles dish is typically fried chicken placed on top of toasted waffles. You can add either syrup or gravy over them, depending on your preference for savory or sweet. A chicken and waffle casserole is a mixture of both baked together with a sauce, either sweet, savory, or a blend. You can always add more gravy or extra syrup if you like.

Why Do Chicken and Waffles Go Together So Well?

One of the main reasons these two foods go so well together is that you get a blend of flavors that complement each other. It’s also a complete meal, especially if you add a side salad or vegetable.

Can a Chicken and Waffle Casserole be Made in Advance?

Yes, in fact, that makes meal planning so easy. Assemble this casserole, cover it, and put it in the fridge. Then all you have to do is pull it out and pop it into the oven when you get home at the end of the day. Dinner will be ready in less than an hour.

Can You Use Beef Instead of Chicken in This Recipe?

Yes, you absolutely can use anything you want. After all, if you’re cooking it, this becomes your recipe. Just remember that if you add beef, it’s beef and waffles, not chicken and waffles.

Can You Eat a Chicken and Waffle Casserole for Breakfast?

You can eat this for any meal you want. I like it for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast is good too.

Delicious Side Dishes 

Almost any vegetable or salad goes with this wonderful recipe. Here are a few to try:

Roasted Parmesan Carrots – The sweetness of the carrots is offset by the savory parmesan cheese. So good!

roasted parmesan carrots on a plate

Sautéed Spinach and Tomatoes – You won’t have to twist anyone’s arms to get them to eat their veggies with this one. It’s colorful, nutritious, and absolutely delicious!

sautéed spinach and tomatoes on a plate

Zucchini Parmesan Chips – Crunchy and yummy—the best description for these chips. Your biggest devious will be to dip or not to dip.

plate of zucchini parmesan chips

Pineapple Slaw – This yummy salad from Southern Bite is sure to make everyone at the table so happy! Watch their faces as they take their first bite … and take a picture if you’re able to. Their expressions will be priceless!

Broccoli Slaw – Here’s another crunchy option to go with your casserole. It’s delicious and so good for you!

bowls of broccoli slaw

Roasted Cabbage Steaks – Seasoned just right, these cabbage steaks add so much flavor and nutrition to your meal that you won’t need any other sides.

Cabbage steaks on a pan

Chicken and Waffle Casserole – Such a Satisfying Meal

pan, plate, and forkful of chicken and waffle casserole. Green beans also on one of the plates

This dish is a great option for those times when you want something delicious, but you don’t have much time. I’ve made it with fluffy original waffles from my waffle iron as well as frozen waffles. And it honestly doesn’t make that much difference. 

Yield: 6 servings

Chicken and Waffle Casserole

plate and fork of chicken and waffle casserole

Make this classic chicken and waffle casserole recipe for the ultimate comfort food.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 4 frozen waffles
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Parsley (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Grease bottom of 7” x 11” casserole dish.
  2. Toast frozen waffles until golden brown.
  3. Cut waffles into bite-size pieces and place in bottom of casserole dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine condensed soup, half and half, sour cream, melted butter, maple syrup, onion powder, garlic powder, half of the shredded cheese and salt. Whisk until well blended.
  5. Add chicken and stir.
  6. Pour creamy chicken mixture over waffles, making sure to thoroughly cover them. Let cooked casserole rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Return to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes until cheese melts.
  9. Remove from oven and garnish with parsley flakes.
  10. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 357Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 83mgSodium 729mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 0gSugar 10gProtein 17g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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