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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make this chicken parmesan casserole. It’s the perfect option for dinner on a busy weeknight.
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  1. CHICKEN PARMESAN CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN PARMESAN CASSEROLE RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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Chicken parmesan is a classic, hearty Italian dish made by combining 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. Simply dump all of the ingredients together and bake, and in no time you have a delicious meal.

If you like this flavor profile, you definitely don’t want to miss out on these two 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. 

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Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken | Chicken Parmesan


CHICKEN PARMESAN CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS

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You will need: 

  • 10 ounce penne pasta, cooked and drained (about 2/3 standard box/bag)
  • 2 24 ounce jars marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 1 to 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups diced, cooked chicken (chicken breast or rotisserie)
  • 3 cups grated, mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup herbed bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pasta: Any type of pasta will work for this recipe, but I do recommend sticking with a small pasta. Rotini, bowtie, shells, rigatoni, or ziti would all be great options.

Sauce: You can use whichever brand of marinara sauce you prefer. You could even choose to make a homemade sauce. If you prefer a white or pink sauce to red sauce, you could also substitute one of these in place of the marinara. 

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

Herbs: Adjust herbs (fresh and dried) to your particular taste.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN PARMESAN CASSEROLE RECIPE

STEP ONE: Cook pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain pasta and spread across the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.

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

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STEP TWO: Pour one 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce and one teaspoon of Italian seasoning over the pasta.

STEP THREE: Add ¼ cup chopped basil and diced tomatoes to the baking dish and stir to distribute ingredients evenly.

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STEP FOUR: Top pasta mixture with chicken. Pour remaining jar of marinara sauce over the chicken and spread gently to coat evenly.

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STEP FIVE: Top chicken and sauce layer with remaining ¼ cup of basil and mozzarella cheese.

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STEP SIX: In a small bowl mix together melted butter, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the top of the cheese in the casserole dish.

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STEP SEVEN: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cover for about the first 20 minutes and then uncovered for the final 20 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly, cheese is melted, and bread crumbs are golden brown.

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STEP EIGHT: Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Refrigerate for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this 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 the garlic bread to go along with your casserole! It’s the perfect side for scooping up all of the tasty pasta sauce. 

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

5 from 1 vote
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this chicken parmesan casserole. It’s the perfect option for dinner on a busy weeknight.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 10 oz penne pasta cooked and drained
  • 2 24-oz jars marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped and divided
  • 1 to 2 medium tomatoes diced
  • 2 cup cooked chicken diced (chicken breast or rotisserie)
  • 3 cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • 4 tbsp salted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup herbed bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain pasta and spread across the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
  • Pour one 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce and one teaspoon of Italian seasoning over the pasta.
  • Add ¼ cup chopped basil and diced tomatoes to the baking dish and stir to distribute ingredients evenly.
  • Top pasta mixture with chicken. Pour remaining jar of marinara sauce over the chicken and spread gently to coat evenly.
  • Top chicken and sauce layer with remaining ¼ cup of basil and mozzarella cheese.
  • In a small bowl mix together melted butter, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the top of the cheese in the casserole dish.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cover for about the first 20 minutes and then uncovered for the final 20 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly, cheese is melted, and bread crumbs are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

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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