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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

This gooey, cheesy, ultra-comforting Chicken Parmesan Casserole is quick and easy to make after work and is a family favorite. Plus, the leftovers keep well—just cover while reheating to maintain moisture. Our test kitchen suggests Rao’s marinara sauce for the most delectable Chicken Parmesan Casserole.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Casseroles are very simple to prepare for the family over the week!
  • Because this chicken parmesan casserole is semi-homemade, you may enjoy a wonderful meal in half the time.
  • This chicken parmesan dish has crispy and delicious chicken.
  • Pasta casseroles are our favorite!
  • The cheesiest of the cheese casseroles is this chicken parmesan casserole!

What Is Parmesan Cheese?

Parmesan is an Italian hard, granular cheese made from cow’s milk that has matured for at least 12 months. The provinces of Reggio Emilia, Parma, the section of Bologna west of the Reno, and Modena; and the part of Mantua on the right/south bank of the Po are named for the producing districts.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

This Chicken Parmesan Casserole bake is created with full ingredients that can be found at any supermarket! Everything you need is right here! 

  • Rigatoni pasta: We use rigatoni pasta, but you may substitute penne, fusilli, ziti, or another similar pasta.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into 1: inch chunks– classic chicken parmesan utilizes chicken breast, but skinless chicken thighs can also be used.
  • Big eggs: we recommend using large eggs, but medium or extra-large eggs can also be used.
  • Simple bread crumbs: We like plain bread crumbs for this recipe, although panko breadcrumbs can also be used.
  • Shredded parmesan cheese: as the name suggests, don’t scrimp on the parmesan cheese.
  • Italian seasoning: This dish may be made with any Italian spice. It’s a dry herb mixture comprising dried parsley, oregano, basil, and occasionally additional spices.
  • Garlic powder: garlic powder adds so much flavor to this dish, so don’t omit it.
  • Bell peppers: We increased the number of vegetables in the dish by including bell peppers.
  • Purple onion: I love a nice Italian onion dish. You don’t have any purple? You may use any sort of onion.
  • Marinara sauce: For this dish, we kept it simple and asked you to use your favorite marinara sauce. You may also use tomato sauce and season it with more Italian seasoning and sugar.
  • Olive oil: For this dish, brown the chicken in olive oil. Don’t muck about with the oil.
  • Optional garnishes: We recommend garnishing this chicken parmesan dish with fresh parsley or basil.

Can I Use Any Kind Of Pasta In This Recipe?

Yes, any type of pasta can be used in this recipe (except for spaghetti). We picked rigatoni because we love the shape and how well it holds the sauce in the center. Other pasta alternatives that we recommend are listed below.

How Long To Cook A Chicken Parmesan Casserole?

Bake a Chicken Parmesan Casserole in an oven preheated to 325°F. When baking a Chicken Parmesan Casserole, a good rule of thumb is to start at 375o F and then reduce to 350o F after 15 minutes and cook for up to 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 – 175o F on an instant-read thermometer.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Chicken Parmesan Casserole

How To Make Chicken Parmesan Casserole?

  1. Preheat the oven to 375oF and coat a 913-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Place aside.
  2. Boil a big pot of salted water and add the pasta. Cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the spaghetti is slightly uncooked. In the oven, the dish will cook for another 20 minutes.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing basin, whisk together the two big eggs. Place aside.
  4. Mix the breadcrumbs, 1 cup parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a separate basin.
  5. Prepare the chicken by putting it into the egg wash and then into the parmesan mixture, making sure everything is well covered. Place the coated chicken on a platter.
  6. Then, in a big skillet, heat the oil over medium/high heat. 1 tablespoon of olive olive
  7. When the olive oil is aromatic, add half of the chicken chunks and heat for 1-2 minutes on each side. Because the chicken will continue to cook in the oven, do not entirely cook it. Repeat until all of the chicken is browned. Turn off the heat.
  8. Remove the chicken and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the bell peppers and onion to the pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Scrape the brown pieces from the chicken off the pan’s bottom to flavor the peppers. Turn off the heat.
  9. Finally, put the pasta, partly cooked chicken, bell peppers, onion, and marinara sauce in the casserole dish and mix well.
  10. Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 375oF.
  11. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  12. Finally, take the casserole from the oven and set it aside for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • For this dish, you may use chicken breasts, chicken breast tenders, or even a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery. You’ll need around 3 cups total of cooked chopped/shredded chicken.
  • If you don’t have any pork rind, put some parmesan on top of the chicken casserole instead.
  • For non-keto dieters, serve this chicken parmesan (also known as Chicken Parmigiana) with low carb/keto sides such cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles, or just plain rice, pasta, bulgur, or quinoa.
  • Freshly shredded cheese is essential since pre-shredded cheeses are coated with starch, which inhibits them from melting correctly.
  • To save time and effort with dishwashing, always use a pan that can go from the stovetop to the oven.
  • You may make the casserole ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate it for later use.

Recipe Variations

  • This is an excellent use for leftover turkey!
  •  Toss in some grated parmesan cheese. To make this quick chicken parmesan casserole even more decadent, top it with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese towards the end. It’s tasty and melty.
  • Herbs Use fresh thyme, parsley, freshly minced garlic, or garnish with fresh basil to add extra flavor.
  • Fill your casserole with veggies or different types of meat. When cooking this dish frequently, having a range of various add-ins makes it more enjoyable.
  • To make a healthy recipe, add whole grain or whole wheat pasta, as well as panko breadcrumbs.

Can You Make This Chicken Parmesan Casserole Ahead?

This can be done up to 24 hours ahead of time. Simply cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. You may need to bake it for a few minutes longer or let it out of the refrigerator for a few minutes before baking.

  • Allow it to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, covered. Remove the lid and bake for another 25 minutes.

What To Serve With Chicken Parmesan Casserole?

Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a simple Italian-inspired recipe. And what goes better with basic Italian than crispy garlic bread and a fresh green salad. Here are some serving suggestions:

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Chicken Parmesan Casserole

How To Store Chicken Parmesan Casserole In The Fridge?

A Chicken Chicken Parmesan Casserole can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days if it’s stored in an airtight container. To reheat the dish, place it in a 350°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until thoroughly warmed.

How To Freeze Cooked Chicken Parmesan Casserole?

If you want to preserve your Chicken Parmesan Casserole leftovers as is, I recommend allowing them to come to room temperature before wrapping them tightly or separating them into little parts, which I prefer for easier warming later. You can store this Chicken Chicken Parmesan Casserole in the freezer for up to a month.

How To Reheat Chicken Parmesan Casserole In the oven?

Allow defrosting overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Cover the Chicken Parmesan Casserole with foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees. After that, remove the foil and bake until the top is well browned.

How To Reheat Chicken Parmesan Casserole In the Microwave?

To reheat single servings or tiny amounts, use the microwave. Typically, all you need to do is place a serving of Chicken Parmesan Casserole in a microwave-safe dish and microwave it for 4-6 minutes, or until heated all the way through.

What Can Be Substituted For Marinara sauce?

  • Canned tomatoes: Canned tomatoes are one of the ingredients that can be used in place of marinara sauce. Tomatoes can be used whole, crushed, or diced. However, make sure that the canned tomatoes are unseasoned so that you may season them to taste. Simply drain the liquid from the can and reserve it for later use to modify the sauce’s consistency if necessary. Blend the tomatoes until they are smooth and uniform in texture, then sauté them and season with salt, basil, and oregano to taste. If the texture is too thick, add more liquid from the can or simmer it for longer if you like a thicker texture.
  • Tomato paste: Tomato paste is also an excellent replacement for marinara sauce. 1 cup tomato paste combined with 1 cup water can be used in place of 2 cups marinara sauce. You may change the texture by adding additional paste or water.
  • Tomato puree: Tomato puree is made from strained and cooked tomatoes. Season to taste and transform tomato puree into marinara sauce, changing the texture to the desired thickness.
  • Condensed tomato soup: Condensed tomato soup is milk or broth-based soup that has been seasoned with salt and other flavors. It has a thinner texture and a sweeter taste than marinara sauce. Make sure that the flavor of this soup will work in your recipe if you want to use it as a substitute for marinara sauce. You will also need to simmer it longer to achieve a thicker texture and lower the amount of salt applied. Furthermore, the flavor will be distinct from that of the marinara sauce.
  • Tomato ketchup: Tomato ketchup is a common item in most households. It lacks the flavor and texture of a marinara sauce. You may, however, add spices and herbs to your taste to achieve a comparable flavor. You may also cook it for a longer period to minimize the liquid and get a thicker texture.

How to Cook Chicken in a Casserole?

This wonderful chicken dish is made in just a few simple steps.

  1. Cook your pasta partially: This is a key step. You don’t want to cook your pasta until it’s done. You want to leave it crunchier so that it doesn’t go mushy in the oven!
  2. Crisp up your chicken as follows: Crisping up your chicken takes it to the next level! You want to just cook your chicken half so that it does not overcook in the oven! That might sometimes mean browning one side more than the other! Just be careful not to skip this step!
  3. Sauté your vegetables: After you remove the chicken from the skillet, quickly sauté the vegetables it necessary to sauté your vegetables? No. Should you cook your vegetables? Yes! Cooking your vegetables before adding them to the casserole adds so much flavor to the dish!
  4. Put it all together: All you have to do when everything is half cooked is to combine it all in a casserole dish!
  5. Bake + Cheddar: Because everything is halfway cooked, you only need to bake this casserole dish for 20 minutes, and then all you have to do is sprinkle on all the cheese and let it brown to perfection!

If you want to Bake Chicken for this recipe or any other recipe, and you are not sure for how long to cook it, then you might want to check, How Long To Bake Boneless Chicken Thighs At 375 or How Long To Bake A Whole Chicken At 375.

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FAQ Section

What Kind Of Marinara Should I Use?

You may use whatever canned marinara sauce you like. We recommend going with a low-sugar, organic brand!

Can I Cook Raw Chicken In A Casserole?

Yes, you can cook raw chicken in a casserole, but not in this one since we recommend breading and sautéing the chicken beforehand.
Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is 165oF whenever you cook it.

How Do You Keep Chicken Parmesan From Getting Soggy?

The crispy crust on chicken parm is the finest part! But how can you avoid it from becoming mushy and soft?
Chicken parmesan is traditionally breaded and fried, much like fried chicken! However, if you don’t cook it properly, it might absorb too much sauce or become soggy while resting.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 335.2
  • Total Fat 11.0g
  • Cholesterol 84.8mg
  • Sodium 1.51mg
  • Potassium 10.1mg
  • Dietary Fiber 4.0g
  • Sugars 10.7g
  • Protein 39.2g
  • Vitamin A 14.4%
  • Vitamin C 23.5%
  • Calcium 18.4%
  • Iron 7.1%

Nutrition Facts Source: Source

Cheesy Chicken And Rice Casserole

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 30 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 1 minuteServings:4 servingsCalories:335.2 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

This gooey, cheesy, ultra-comforting Chicken Parmesan Casserole is quick and easy to make after work and is a family favorite. Plus, the leftovers keep well—just cover while reheating to maintain moisture. Our test kitchen suggests Rao’s marinara sauce for the most delectable Chicken Parmesan Casserole.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375oF and coat a 913-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Place aside.
  2. Boil a big pot of salted water and add the pasta. Cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the spaghetti is slightly uncooked. In the oven, the dish will cook for another 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare the chicken by putting it into the egg wash and then into the parmesan mixture, making sure everything is well covered. Place the coated chicken on a platter.
  4. In a medium-sized mixing basin, whisk together the two big eggs. Place aside.
  5. Mix the breadcrumbs, 1 cup parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a separate basin.
  6. Then, in a big skillet, heat the oil over medium/high heat. 1 tablespoon of olive olive
  7. When the olive oil is aromatic, add half of the chicken chunks and heat for 1-2 minutes on each side. Because the chicken will continue to cook in the oven, do not entirely cook it. Repeat until all of the chicken is browned. Turn off the heat.
  8. Finally, put the pasta, partly cooked chicken, bell peppers, onion, and marinara sauce in the casserole dish and mix well.
  9. Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 375oF.
  10. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  11. Finally, take the casserole from the oven and set it aside for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • For this dish, you may use chicken breasts, chicken breast tenders, or even a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery. You’ll need around 3 cups total of cooked chopped/shredded chicken.
  • If you don’t have any pork rind, put some parmesan on top of the chicken casserole instead.
  • For non-keto dieters, serve this chicken parmesan (also known as Chicken Parmigiana) with low carb/keto sides such cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles, or just plain rice, pasta, bulgur, or quinoa.
  • Freshly shredded cheese is essential since pre-shredded cheeses are coated with starch, which inhibits them from melting correctly.
  • To save time and effort with dishwashing, always use a pan that can go from the stovetop to the oven.
  • You may make the casserole ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate it for later use.
  • Recipe Variations:
  • This is an excellent use for leftover turkey!
  •  Toss in some grated parmesan cheese. To make this quick chicken parmesan casserole even more decadent, top it with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese towards the end. It’s tasty and melty.
  • Herbs Use fresh thyme, parsley, freshly minced garlic, or garnish with fresh basil to add extra flavor.
  • Fill your casserole with veggies or different types of meat. When cooking this dish frequently, having a range of various add-ins makes it more enjoyable.
  • To make a healthy recipe, add whole grain or whole wheat pasta, as well as panko breadcrumbs.
Nutrition Facts

Servings 4


Amount Per Serving
Calories 335.2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.0g17%
Saturated Fat 3.7g19%
Cholesterol 84.8mg29%
Sodium 1.53mg1%
Potassium 10.1mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 19.1g7%
Dietary Fiber 4.0g16%
Sugars 10.7g
Protein 39.2g79%

Calcium 18.4%
Iron 7.1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

laurent

Friday 28th of October 2022

Your picture shows spaghetti and complete chicken breasts...your recipe says rigattoni and chopped chicken...confusing...