Cheesy Potato Casserole is a cornerstone holiday recipe in the Midwest. This version has from-scratch cream of chicken soup and a crunchy cornflake topping.

A pile of cheesy potato casserole on a plate.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for cheesy potato casserole

Ingredient notes

  • Cream of chicken soup: 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup may be substituted for the homemade version written in to the recipe.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To make the cream of chicken soup, combine chicken broth, onion powder, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, parsley, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper) in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer.
Condensed cream of chicken soup ingredients cooking in a silver pot.
  1. Whisk together milk and flour until smooth. Pour into saucepan, whisking continuously, until the mixture bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Condensed cream of chicken soup in a silver pot.
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, add cream of chicken soup, hash browns, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper).
Cheesy potato casserole ingredients in a bowl before mixing.
  1. Stir to combine, then pour into prepared baking dish. Bake uncovered for 1 hour, then remove from oven.
Cheesy potato casserole before baking.
  1. Melt butter in the microwave. In a large bowl, add corn flakes. Drizzle with melted butter, then spread over the top of the casserole in an even layer. Bake uncovered 20 minutes longer, then garnish with parsley if desired.
Cheesy potato casserole

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes serving for at least 12, more if you have a bountiful buffet.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerated for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: Assemble the casserole through step 2 of the “casserole” section (step 4 overall). Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours in advance. Proceed with the baking instructions as directed in the recipe.
  • Freezer: Assemble the casserole through step 2 of the “casserole” section (step 4 overall). Cover and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then proceed with the baking instructions and directed in the recipe.
  • Mushroom soup: Substitute cream of mushroom soup for the cream of chicken soup.
  • Meat lover’s: Stir in cooked bacon or chopped ham with the hash browns.
  • Tex-Mex: Stir in one (4-ounce) can of diced green chiles or some cooked chorizo with the hash browns. Or, use the O’Brien style hash browns with the peppers and onions.
A pile of cheesy potato casserole on a plate.

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A pile of cheesy potato casserole on a plate.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Cheesy Potato Casserole is a cornerstone holiday recipe in the Midwest. This version has from-scratch cream of chicken soup and a crunchy cornflake topping.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 189

Ingredients 

For the cream of chicken soup (see note 1):

  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 pinch parsley
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the casserole:

  • 1 (30 ounce) package frozen hash browns thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cornflakes crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • fresh parsley minced, for garnish, optional

Instructions 

To make the cream of chicken soup:

  • In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan, combine chicken broth, onion powder, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, parsley, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper). Bring to a simmer.
  • Whisk together milk and flour until smooth. Pour into saucepan, whisking continuously, until the mixture bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

To make the casserole:

  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, add cream of chicken soup, hash browns, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper). Stir to combine, then pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour, then remove from oven. Melt butter in the microwave. In a large bowl, add corn flakes. Drizzle with melted butter, then spread over the top of the casserole in an even layer. Bake uncovered 20 minutes longer, then garnish with parsley if desired.

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Notes

  1. Cream of chicken soup: 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup may be substituted for the homemade version written in to the recipe.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes serving for at least 12, more if you have a bountiful buffet.
  3. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerated for up to 4 days.
  4. Make ahead: Assemble the casserole through step 2 of the “casserole” section (step 4 overall). Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours in advance. Proceed with the baking instructions as directed in the recipe.
  5. Freezer: Assemble the casserole through step 2 of the “casserole” section (step 4 overall). Cover and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then proceed with the baking instructions and directed in the recipe.
  6. Mushroom soup: Substitute cream of mushroom soup for the cream of chicken soup.
  7. Meat lover’s: Stir in cooked bacon or chopped ham with the hash browns.
  8. Tex-Mex: Stir in one (4-ounce) can of diced green chiles or some cooked chorizo with the hash browns. Or, use the O’Brien style hash browns with the peppers and onions.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 275mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 580IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 172mgIron: 2mg
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    1. Meggan, thank you for providing your own recipe for cream of chicken soup. There are many people with food allergies and having a good homemade version of popular “ingredients” is helpful to us out here who have one or more family members for whom we need to tailor our cooking. My wife and my granddaughter are gluten intolerant and I cannot use commercially prepared soups. However, I can take your recipe and replace the flour with gluten free flour and prepare this wonderful meal for my entire family. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness

      1. Thank you Pat for all of your comments! I appreciate your generosity and enthusiasm in the food world. I hope you and your family enjoy this modified version, please come back and let me know how it went! – Meggan

    2. The links are not working from the blog but can get to Recipe via searching. Regards from Thailand

      1. Hi Paul, sorry the link isn’t working for you! I’m going to have a copy of the recipe emailed to you directly. Sorry again – Meggan

    3. This has become our favorite potato recipe. Take some stress off and make it the day before as mentioned in the recipe. I added a little extra sour cream to keep it moist overnight. Next time I will try making your homemade cream of chicken soup instead of using canned. I wonder….is there a way to make your own hash brown potatoes instead of buying frozen??? Thanks for another great recipe!!5 stars

      1. Hi Barbara! It makes me so happy to hear that you love this recipe! I haven’t tried homemade hashbrowns in this myself, I imagine it would work though as long as the hashbrowns were cooked beforehand then added to the mixture. Otherwise, it might end up mushy. What a great idea, though! If you do try it, would you please let me know how it turns out? – Meggan

    4. You can buy a cheaper & smaller box of another brand of Corn Flakes at Dollar Tree for a $1. Then you don’t have the waste of a big box! They work just as well! This is one of our Family’s Favorite that everyone likes and yes I’m from the Midwest!!5 stars

      1. YES! That sounds like the best idea ever. You are my spirit animal! Thanks for the suggestion. -Meggan

    5. I use crushed potato chips on top instead of the cornflakes and so gud! Your recipe is wonderful!!!!!5 stars

    6. I love your variations that don’t contain the crappy canned soup! It is amazing to me how some recipes are so regional…

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