Chicken Parmesan Bake (Easy One-Pan Meal!)
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Want a family meal that’s a cinch to bake?
Grab a casserole dish and try this simple Chicken Parmesan Bake One-Pan-Meal! This Chicken Parmesan Bake idea is easy to build and offers up an irresistible combo of tender chicken, crunchy and cheesy coating, and flavorful sauce, the entire family will enjoy.
Anything that can make a weeknight run smoother is a winner in my book!
Easy Ingredients, Easier Process.
Any dinner that calls for a jar of marinara sauce, pasta, and cheese gets my attention because I know it’ll get my kids’ approval! I’ve been on a Rao’s pasta sauce kick lately, but use your favorite brand. You’ll want to make sure to get very thinly sliced chicken breasts or tenders so they’ll cook faster than a thicker chicken breast.
As for cheeses, I’m using mozzarella and Italian Pecorino Romano; however, Parmesan can be used. Collin loves Pecorino Romano cheese so I decided to try some because it pairs well with pasta (and I agree – it’s way YUMMY)!
Good news – there’s no prep work involved! Yep, the uncooked pasta, sauce, and chicken are baked together first. I thought the result could turn out watery, but then I was happy when the result was perfectly cooked pasta and sauce! The casserole then gets topped with cheese, then Italian seasoned panko crumbs, and placed back in the oven to melt.
Hip Tip: Spray the top of the panko crumbs with olive oil, so they’ll crisp up nicely. I used my olive oil pump sprayer.
Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake
yield: 8 SERVINGS
A comforting meal with all the flavors of chicken parmesan, in an easy to build casserole!
- 1 lb. box rotini (spiral) pasta
- 3 cups water
- 24 oz. jar marinara sauce
- 1.25 pounds chicken tenders or thinly sliced breasts
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 and 1/4 cups Italian Seasoned Panko bread crumbs
- 1 and 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 3/4 cups Pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan, shredded
- olive oil spray
Such a yummy and satisfying meal!
Get excited for this result! The top layer has a nice crust of cheese, followed by the crumb topped chicken, and saucy noodles at the bottom. I mean, that’s perfection! Ha! 🙂 My family loved it – and it’s a lot of food, so there were leftovers for lunch the next day.
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.