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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make this classic chicken parmesan casserole, and it’s the perfect option for an easy dinner on a busy weeknight.
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  1. Chicken Parmesan Casserole Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Chicken parmesan is a classic, hearty Italian dish that combines tender chicken, tangy red sauce, and perfectly melted parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. This casserole version is a quick and hassle-free way to make the beloved dish, and in no time, you have a delicious meal.

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 8 ounces of rotini pasta
  • 24-ounce jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups diced, cooked chicken (boneless skinless chicken breasts or rotisserie)
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese, divided
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil

PRO TIP:

Note that 8 ounces of pasta is HALF of a standard box. If you use a whole box of pasta, it will fit in your 9×13 dish, but you do need to double the sauce, chicken, and cheese for proper balance.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BREADCRUMBS: You can add more flavor to the breadcrumb topping by adding garlic salt, parmesan cheese, and or additional Italian seasoning to the breadcrumb mixture.

SAUCE: This is a nice balance of sauce, pasta, and cheese. For a saucier parmesan chicken casserole, add an additional ½-1 jar of marinara sauce or add a can of drained tomatoes.

PASTA: Any type of pasta will work for this delicious dinner recipe, but I do recommend sticking with a small pasta. Bowtie, shells, rigatoni, ziti, or penne pasta would all be great options.

CHICKEN: To make this a vegetarian pasta casserole, leave out the chicken and add vegetables such as mushrooms, onions, or baby tomatoes. You could also swap out the chicken for ground beef or sausage if you prefer.

How to Make This Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This casserole cooks up quickly in the oven because the main layer is already warm (from the cooked pasta) going into the oven. You can prepare the whole casserole in advance and refrigerate it overnight. Cover and bake for 45-60 minutes until the casserole is bubbly and heated through and the cheese has melted.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

STEP TWO: Cook pasta to al dente in a pot of salted water according to package directions. Drain pasta and return to the pot.

PRO TIP:

The pasta will cook further while baking the casserole, so it’s best to cook it al dente beforehand if you don’t want it overly soft.

STEP THREE: Add marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, chicken, 1 cup of mozzarella, and ½ cup parmesan.

marinara sauce, italian seasoning, chicken, mozzarella and parmesan combined in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Stir mixture together, then transfer into a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish.

mixture stirred in a casserole dish

STEP FIVE: Top with remaining cheeses (1 cup mozzarella and ½ cup parmesan).

topped mozzarella and parmesan cheese

STEP SIX: Mix melted butter and breadcrumbs in a small bowl. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the casserole.

bred crumbs mixture sprinkled over the top of the cheese

STEP SEVEN: Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your casserole as the suggested cook time approaches. 

STEP EIGHT: Remove the aluminum foil and broil for 3 to 5 minutes longer to toast the breadcrumbs. 

STEP NINE: Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil.

top casserole with chopped basil

How To Serve

This delicious cheesy casserole is the perfect dish to make on busy weeknights that the whole family will love. Add a Caesar side salad and garlic bread or a crusty loaf of Dutch oven bread on the side.

If you like this flavor profile, you definitely don’t want to miss out on these two easy recipes. One pot chicken parmesan pasta is easily made in a single pot, and meatball parmesan uses hearty meatballs instead of chicken. Both offer the same mouth-watering flavors. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Refrigerate leftover chicken parmesan casserole for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze this delicious chicken parmesan casserole for up to three months in an airtight container.

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It is so simple to make this hearty and flavorful pasta dish. It’s a meal that the entire family is sure to love. Don’t forget to add crusty bread that’s perfect for scooping up all of the tasty pasta sauce. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I know when my pasta is al dente?

To test your pasta for al dente, take a bite of the pasta a minute or two before the package instructions indicate it should be done. When you bite into it, and your teeth feel some resistance, but the pasta is still tender, your pasta is al dente.

Can I freeze this pasta dish?

You can freeze the leftovers of this easy chicken parmesan casserole recipe. This pasta dish is great to make ahead and freeze to bake later. It will last up to three months in the freezer.

Why is my chicken parmesan recipe dry?

There are a few reasons your baked pasta dish is dry. First, there may not be enough sauce in the dish. Second, the noodles aren’t cooked until just al dente and end up overcooking while baking. Third, the noodles aren’t thoroughly and evenly coated with sauce. Finally, the edges of the noodles are exposed and may dry out.

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

5 from 1 vote
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this classic chicken parmesan casserole, and it’s the perfect option for an easy dinner on a busy weeknight.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced (chicken breast or rotisserie)
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese, divided
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook pasta in a pot of salted water according to package instructions. Drain pasta and return to the pot.
  • Add the marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, chicken, 1 cup of mozzarella, and ½ cup of parmesan.
  • Stir the mixture together, then transfer into a 9×13 casserole dish.
  • Top with the remaining cheeses (1 cup mozzarella and ½ cup parmesan).
  • In a small bowl, mix together melted butter and breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the cheese in the casserole dish.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the aluminum foil and broil for 3 to 5 minutes longer to toast the breadcrumbs.
  • Remove from the oven and top with freshly chopped basil.

Notes

  • Note that 8 ounces of pasta is HALF of a standard box. If you use a whole box of pasta, it will fit in your 9×13 dish, but you do need to double the sauce, chicken, and cheese for proper balance.
  • This casserole cooks up quickly in the oven because the main layer is already warm (from the cooked pasta) going into the oven. You can prepare the whole casserole in advance and refrigerate it overnight. Cover and bake for 45-60 minutes until the casserole is bubbly and heated through and the cheese has melted.
  • The pasta will cook further while baking the casserole, so it’s best to cook it al dente beforehand if you don’t want it overly soft.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your casserole as the suggested cook time approaches.

Nutrition

Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 749mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1128IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 463mg | Iron: 3mg
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