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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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If you like Chicken Parmesan, you will love this easy Chicken Parmesan casserole with pasta and it’s crunchy and cheese topping!
Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Chicken Parmesan is an Italian classic. A pan-fried, crispy breaded chicken cutlet topped with Marinara sauce and melted mozzarella. Now think of a chicken parmesan casserole with pasta. A complete meal, topped with crispy breadcrumbs and melty mozzarella cheese. This healthy chicken parmesan casserole has no oil or frying involved!

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ingredients You’ll Need:

To make this easy chicken parmesan casserole with pasta you will need:

  • Rotini pasta
  • Leftover rotisserie chicken (or cooked chicken breast)
  • Marinara sauce
  • Italian style breadcrumbs
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning

How To Make Chicken Parmesan Casserole?

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente in a pot of salted boiling water. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl combine the cooked chicken, Marinara sauce, 1 cup shredded mozzarella, ½ cup grated Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and cooked pasta.
  3. Place this mixture in a 9×13 inch casserole dish, cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Take the casserole out of the oven and sprinkle the breadcrumbs, remaining mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses evenly on top. Continue baking it, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are slightly golden and the cheeses have melted.
  5. Serve with freshly chopped basil on top.

Make Ahead Method

To make this dish ahead of time, mix all ingredients (step 2), place the mixture in the casserole dish, cover with two layers of plastic wrap and one of foil, and refrigerate for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve this dish, bake it according to the instructions (step 3-5).

Storage:

If you have any leftovers, place them in an airtight container and in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months. Remember to always label the dish with the date so you know when you made it.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

If you like Chicken Parmesan, you will love this easy Chicken Parmesan casserole with pasta and it’s crunchy and cheese topping!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 580kcal
Author: Katherine - Yummfully

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • 9x13-inch casserole dish
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 16 oz (1 lb) Rotini pasta
  • 16 oz (1 lb) diced rotisserie chicken (or cooked chicken)
  • 2 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 32 oz (1 ½ jars) marinara sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup Italian style Panko breadcrumbs
  • Freshly chopped basil for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente in a pot of salted boiling water. Drain.
  • In a large bowl combine the cooked chicken, Marinara sauce, 1 cup shredded mozzarella, ½ cup grated Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and cooked pasta.
  • Place this mixture in a 9x13-inch casserole dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Take the casserole out of the oven and sprinkle the breadcrumbs, remaining mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses evenly on top. Continue baking it, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are slightly golden and the cheeses have melted.
  • Serve with freshly chopped basil on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 17g

Frequently Asked Questions

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

What is The Best Chicken For Chicken Parmesan Casserole?

I like to use leftover rotisserie chicken breast. If I don’t have any at hand, cooked and diced chicken breast or chicken tenders are my cut of choice.

What is The Best Marinara Sauce?

You can use your favorite sauce. I like Mezzetta marinara sauce because it has no added sugar, which makes it healthier, plus I love the taste. Sometimes I even use their spicy marinara sauce, or a combination of both.

Can I Substitute The Fresh Basil?

If you don’t have fresh basil, you can use fresh parsley. I do not recommend using dry herbs since we already added some to the casserole and their flavor is stronger than that of fresh herbs.

Can You Freese Chicken Parmesan Casserole?

Yes, you can. You can freeze it prior to baking it, or after. I recommend freezing it prio to baking it so you can bake it fresh on the day you plan to serve it. Also, if you are going to freeze it, I recommend cooking the pasta just a little under al dente. Pasta can become quite soft when you thaw it, so leaving it a little underccoked helps with the texture. Remember you are going to bake it. And, let it come to room temperature before baking it.

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