This easy cream of mushroom soup chicken bake takes 5 minutes to prep and is topped with a layer of melty mozzarella. Ready in about 30 minutes!
If you want a more fancy from-scratch version of this recipe with a sherry cream sauce, check out my Chicken Gloria recipe.
Cream of mushroom chicken
I'll be the first to admit that I usually prefer to make things from scratch, but sometimes there is a place for dump and bake recipes! I think we all know that shortcuts can be a lifesaver in the midst of busy family life, and this is one easy casserole that is going to be on repeat.
This the type of recipe that'll please picky eaters. This baked cream of mushroom chicken recipe also happens to be low carb, so it's suitable if you're on that diet too! Basically, it's a fast, hearty family meal that everyone is gonna devour, kinda like my Easy 3-Ingredient Shredded Chicken and Gravy.
What goes into this chicken bake
- Chicken - if your chicken breasts are on the small side, leave them whole and use 4 of them. Chicken thighs would work if you prefer those.
- Garlic powder - I can't resist infusing a savory, garlicky taste
- Italian seasoning - it's a blend of dried herbs like rosemary and sage that comes in a single jar in the spice aisle of your grocery store. So handy!
- Pepper - being generous with pepper really amps up the flavor
- Condensed soup - we chose mushroom for this bake. "Cream of" soups can be quite salty, so use a reduced-sodium variety if that's a consideration.
- Mozzarella - shredded mozza just pairs so well with baked chicken!
How to make it
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make 4 thinner cutlets, place them in a 9x13 casserole dish, and season with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Pour the condensed soup directly from the can onto the chicken.
Smother each piece of chicken with shredded mozzarella, cover with foil, bake, and you've got a perfect cream of mushroom chicken casserole! Use an instant read meat thermometer to ensure perfectly cooked chicken every time.
Substitutions and variations
- Don't like condensed mushroom soup? Try another variety. Cream of celery would work great, for example.
- Feel free to change up the cheese as well. Anything that melts easily would work, including a Tex-Mex or cheddar blend.
- This recipe is certainly easy to customize. It's is a very basic version that's a wonderful foundation for your favorite ingredients. Change up the chicken seasoning, add some lemon juice, throw in some fresh herbs, and so on. It's so versatile!
Leftovers and storage
- Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
- To reheat, warm through in a small saucepan. You could also microwave them in small increments.
- I don't suggest freezing leftovers. Creamy sauces don't usually do well, even with condensed soup.
Questions about this easy mushroom chicken bake? Let me know in the comments below!
Cream of Mushroom Soup Chicken Bake
- 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder optional
- 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning optional
- Pepper optional, to taste
- 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- Preheat your oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
- Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make 4 thinner pieces.
- Place the chicken pieces side-by-side in a casserole dish (9x13 or similar size) and season them with the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and some pepper.
- Spoon/pour the cream of mushroom soup over top and ensure each piece of chicken is coated, then top each piece of chicken with the mozzarella.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (165F). If desired, uncover and broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese (I did this step for the photos).
- You can use 4 smaller chicken breasts, just ensure they're cooked through (use an instant read thermometer). Or use chicken thighs if you prefer (cooking time may vary but they're less likely to overcook and go dry if you cook them for a bit longer than they need).
- Cream of mushroom soup can be quite salty, so that is why I don't add any extra salt to this recipe.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.