Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Campbell's Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Made Lighter
If you have a family and are on Weight Watchers it's important to find easy, healthy recipes that work for the entire family.
Image Source: Campbell's Kitchen
Not just important. Absolutely necessary.
Who has the time and energy to cook multiple meals?
Not me! So I try to find recipes that will work for everyone, Weight Watchers and non Weight Watchers alike.
I like to think of these dishes as Weight Watchers Family Meals (affiliate link).
One good strategy is to take your family's favorite recipes and lighten them up. This chicken noodle casserole recipe is a great example.
It's a lightened up version of Campbell's Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe perfect for Weight Watchers family meals (affiliate link).
You'll appreciate the simplicity of the recipe which can be assembled in minutes, provided you have cooked chicken on hand, which I often do because of my love for rotisserie chicken.
I made my lighter, healthier WW friendly version for dinner last night and it was easy, flavorful and a huge hit with my creamy, casserole loving husband.
Served with a big green salad, it made for one of my favorite Weight Watchers family meals (affiliate link) to date. It was also a hit with Laura T, who left this comment:
"Martha, Thanks for all the great recipes! I tried the chicken noodle casserole this week and subbed broccoli for the mixed veggies. It was great and even my husband loved it. I look forward to trying many more."
This brief video shows another way to make Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole at home:
Changes I made to this recipe to make it more Weight Watchers friendly:
- Substituted 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup for the cream of mushroom
- Substituted 1-½ cups whole grain no-yolk egg noodles for the noodles
- Used fat free milk instead of 2%
- Increased the mixed vegetables to 2-½ cups
- Used reduced-fat cheddar cheese
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Casserole?
According to my calculations, each serving (¼th recipe) with these suggested changes has 392 calories and
8 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
9 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe
- 1 can (10.5 ounces) Campbell's Condensed 98% Fat-Free Cream of Chicken Soup
- ½ cup non-fat milk
- 2-½ cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans, corn, peas)
- 2 cups cubed boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
- 1-½ cups medium no-yolk egg noodles, cooked and drained
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
- Here's a link to the original Campbell's recipe…Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole (Campbells Kitchen)
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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- Favorite Easy Delicious Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken for Weight Watchers
- Mini Chicken Pot Pies Made light & Easy
- Easy Slow Cooker Chicken & Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Chicken, Rice & Broccoli
- Mom's Chicken & Biscuit Pot Pie
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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I'm disappointed in today's email. I have been looking to this site for simple healthy meal ideas. But this is neither simple nor healthy:
Ingredients: Ingredients: Chicken Stock, Modified Food Starch, Wheat Flour, Cream (Milk), Chicken Meat, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Vegetable Oil, Mechanically Separated Chicken**, Monosodium Glutamate, Yeast Extract, Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Flavoring, Chicken Fat, Vegetable Oil, Beta Carotene For Color, Soy Protein Isolate, Sodium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Celery Extract, Chicken**, Butter (Cream), Butter (Cream, Salt)**, Cream (Cream, Soy Lecithin)**, Sunflower Oil, Buttermilk, Enzyme Modified Butter, Butter (Cream, Annatto), Whey Protein Concentrate, Onion Extract, Nonfat Dry Milk, Enzyme Modified Butter Fat And Oil, Whey. **Dehydrated.
Thanks for your comment. Not every recipe here on Simple Nourished Living is right for everyone. As you left yours, I also received this from Jordan in my email...
"Oh my goodness! I was making my grocery list tonight and was thinking how good chicken noodle soup sounded when I saw your noodle casserole recipe in the email--what perfect timing!! Gonna get the stuff for this recipe tomorrow. Thank you!!" ~Jordan
The journey to happy, healthy living is a deeply personal one. We are all at different stages in our journey and for some of us a healthy, balanced life includes the occasional can of creamed soup, in addition to kale and quinoa 🙂
OK thank you for printing my comment! I appreciate the reply and the openness
This was easy and delicious! Thanks for the idea! I interpreted 1 1/2 cups of noodles as 12 oz ( they come in a 12oz bag), it seemed like a lot of noodles, but the picture with the recipe has lots of noodles. When I added the recipe it came up as 13 points a serving, so I’m assuming my interpretation was wrong. Do you just cook the noodles and then measure out 1 1/2 cups?
Hi Ashlly, You measure out 1-1/2 cups of dried noodles and then cook them, drain them and use them. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Thanks so much!
I would have made the same mistake! Thanks for clarifying!
Both my husband and I give it 10 out of 10.
I’d like to try this recipe with zoodles And some pimentos. Or even a few noodles and the rest zoodles
Zoodles sound like a great idea!! I can't believe how good zucchini noodles can be 🙂 ~Martha
Just tried this for the first time last night and it was delicious and very filling. So easy to make. My husband and I really enjoyed this. Can't wait to share it with my family and friends.
Only thing I did different was to add some more seasoning . I used 1/4 teaspoon of salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder.
We enjoyed this yummy meal tonight! I love how easy it is and I always have the ingredients on hand. I did add some dried minced onion, thyme and garlic powder. Thanks for a winning recipe that will be repeated here!
This is a new favorite for us! I love easy recipes like this, especially ones that use the pre-cooked chicken I have prepped in the freezer. I used whole wheat egg noodles, unsweetened almond milk and added some onion and garlic powder for a very enjoyable meal! Thank you!