This creamy and comforting 4 Layer Turkey Stuffing Casserole is a delicious way to use up that leftover turkey (or rotisserie chicken) and prepared stuffing from the holidays. Freezing instructions are included.
The first meal I ever made for my now husband when we were dating was a version of this very casserole, albeit mine had chicken in it instead of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. But, maybe this slightly tweaked casserole can still be dubbed a “win your boyfriend’s heart” tactic, because we’ve been happily married for 21 years now. 🙂
Why I Love This Easy Casserole
In addition to my fond dating memories attached to this casserole, there are so many other reasons to love it!
- It’s cheesy, creamy, and super comforting! My kids were “oooing” and ahhing” last night when we had it hot from the oven.
- Only four layers. You can either make them yourself (a bit more time-consuming but healthier) or buy them from the store!
- Uses up leftover turkey and stuffing from Thanksgiving or leftover rotisserie chicken anytime.
- Can make it ahead and freeze one (or more) for later!
You’ll need four basic ingredients for this super easy dish. If you just made Thanksgiving dinner, then you likely have all of these on hand, too.
Shredded turkey – If you don’t have turkey, you can easily substitute shredded rotisserie chicken.
Cream of chicken soup – If buying this soup at the store, I recommend trying to find an organic brand in the health food section to avoid all the preservatives and additives. You can also make your own using our recipe in From Freezer to Table. We have an entire section of homemade staples like this recipe. You can also use cream of mushroom soup or even leftover turkey gravy as a substitute for this ingredient.
Shredded cheddar cheese – I’ve always used shredded cheddar cheese, but feel free to buy the kind you like best. Colby Jack would also be yummy.
Prepared stuffing – Use our delicious Homemade Stuffing recipe or you can always take the shortcut of using a boxed stuffing from the store.
How to Make Turkey Stuffing Casserole
In an 8×8 inch square casserole dish, you’ll layer the ingredients like this:
1) Leftover shredded turkey (or rotisserie chicken)
2) Cream of chicken soup (or leftover turkey gravy!)
3) Shredded cheddar cheese
If you want to include some veggies, you could even throw some chopped up, lightly steamed broccoli or cauliflower florets with the first (turkey) layer.
Check out how easy it is to throw together…
Then, just bake it in the oven for 30 minutes. It will come out cheesy and hot in the middle and a little crunchy on top. Yum!
How to Make It Into a Freezer Meal
This casserole is a perfect freezer meal. Simply coat an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Then, layer the dish according to the recipe. Cover tightly with an air-tight lid or with plastic wrap, label, and freeze.
When you’re ready to enjoy it, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then bake according to the instructions. So easy!
Side Dishes Go Well with Turkey Stuffing Casserole
Here are a few sides that would pair well with this casserole:
Whether you make Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup from our first cookbook, From Freezer to Table, and our Simple Homemade Stuffing recipe on our blog or just use shortcuts from the store, your family will enjoy this comforting, crowd-pleaser dish.Print
One of the easiest and most comforting casseroles you’ll ever make with leftovers. Freezing instructions included.
- 2 – 2 1/2 cup diced, cooked turkey (or rotisserie chicken)
- 1 1/2 cups (or one 10.5 ounce can) Cream of Chicken Soup (or leftover turkey gravy!)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 1/2 cups prepared stuffing (try our Simple Homemade Stuffing recipe)
Make It Now:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Layer the casserole dish evenly with the turkey or chicken, cream of chicken soup, cheese, and finally the stuffing. (Freezing instructions being here.)
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or until heated through and golden brown on top. Serve hot.
Freeze For Later:
Follow steps 1 and 2. Cover tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap or foil (or an air-tight lid) and freeze.
Prepare From Frozen:
Thaw completely. Preheat oven to 350°F. Set the casserole on the counter while the oven preheats and then bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until heated through. Serve hot.
Find a recipe for Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup in our cookbook, From Freezer to Table. It’s easy and delicious!