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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Casserole, Chicken, Pasta
Servings: 6
Author: Lauren
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite size cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (24) ounce jar of store bought marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/8 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 12 ounces dry Penne noodles
  • Fresh chopped basil, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

    Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions in a pot of generously salted water. Set aside when cooked.

  2. In a small bowl, add Panko and Italian seasoned bread crumbs, ΒΌ cup of grated parmesan cheese and 1T of olive oil; stir (or use fingers) to combine until mixture resembles wet sand; set aside.

  3. Season diced chicken with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

  4. Heat olive oil and butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium high-heat, brown chicken in skillet until cooked through (about 5-6 mins). Add minced garlic and crushed pepper flakes; cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add in jarred marinara sauce, bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.

  5. Add cooked pasta and remaining parmesan cheese to skillet and stir to combine.
  6. Top pasta with shredded mozzarella cheese and bread crumb mixture.
  7. Bake uncovered for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and bread crumbs are golden brown.
  8. Top with chopped basil and serve immediately with garlic toast or salad.