How to Make Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Transform the beloved Chicken Parmesan into an easy-to-make casserole with “Comforting Classic: Chicken Parmesan Casserole.” This dish combines tender chicken, savory marinara sauce, and melted cheese, all layered over pasta for a satisfying meal that’s perfect for family dinners or potlucks. Enjoy the classic flavors of Chicken Parmesan in a convenient, one-pan dish.

Why You’ll Love Chicken Parmesan Casserole:

  • Family-Friendly: A hit with both kids and adults.
  • Easy Preparation: Simple ingredients and straightforward steps.
  • Comfort Food: Rich, cheesy, and full of flavor.
  • Versatile: Perfect for weeknight dinners or special gatherings.

Ingredients Notes For Chicken Parmesan Casserole:

  • Chicken: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Pasta: Penne or rigatoni works well.
  • Marinara Sauce: Your favorite store-bought or homemade marinara sauce.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Shredded for gooey, melty goodness.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Grated for added flavor.
  • Breadcrumbs: Panko or Italian-style for a crispy topping.
  • Olive Oil: For sautéing the chicken.
  • Garlic: Minced for added flavor.
  • Italian Seasoning: A blend of herbs to enhance the dish.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste, for seasoning.
  • Fresh Basil or Parsley: Chopped for garnish.

Recipe Steps:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Cook the Pasta:
    • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook 12 ounces of pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Chicken:
    • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
    • Add 1.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Cook until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Assemble the Casserole:
    • In the prepared baking dish, combine the cooked pasta, chicken, and 3 cups of marinara sauce. Mix well to ensure everything is evenly coated.
    • Sprinkle 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the casserole.
  5. Prepare the Topping:
    • In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Mix until the breadcrumbs are evenly coated.
  6. Bake:
    • Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  7. Serve:
    • Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Garnish with freshly chopped basil or parsley before serving.
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Storage Options:

  • Refrigerate: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat: Reheat in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through, or microwave individual portions.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chicken shredded or diced
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil or parsley chopped, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Prepare the Chicken:

  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken with the marinara sauce. Mix well to ensure the chicken is evenly coated.

Assemble the Casserole:

  • Spread the chicken and marinara mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of the chicken mixture.
  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the mozzarella.

Prepare the Breadcrumb Topping:

  • In a small bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs, melted butter, garlic powder, dried Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix until the breadcrumbs are well coated with the butter and seasonings.
  • Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.

Bake:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown and crispy.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh basil or parsley, if desired.
  • Serve the Chicken Parmesan Casserole hot, with a side of pasta, a green salad, or garlic bread.

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