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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

Sometimes I make dinner all fancy and stuff, and then other times I just throw some ingredients together and hope it tastes right. That’s just the life of a mom, I guess. And then other times, I depend on others to help me out a little. Like with this Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake from Betty Crocker. It landed in my inbox and I had to try it.

Throw this Skinny Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake together and let the oven to most of the work for you.


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Here’s a tip, y’all: If you hate cooking with raw chicken as much as I do, because let’s face it, raw chicken is kind of ewwww, this cutting board comes in extremely handy. Not only is it flexible, two-sided and so easy to use, it’s scratch resistant which means it won’t harbor any of that harmful stuff that sometimes comes with dealing with raw chicken. It has juice grooves on both sides so that the chicken juice stays contained, keeping the area around the cutting board clean. Less cleaning means more time for other things! It’s also dishwasher safe but can also be cleaned just by pouring boiling water on it.


We eat a lot of chicken around here and most of the family adores carbs. Like way too much. This Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake is lower in calories than your normal Chicken Parmesan, but it’s still pretty caloric. Serve it with a veggie filled salad to help round out the meal.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 jar (25.5 oz) tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lb uncooked bow-tie pasta
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup panko crispy bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and prepare a 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, mix pasta sauce and water; stir in pasta. Pour mixture into baking prepared dish.
  3. Rub chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in a single layer on top of pasta mixture in baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese and ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until pasta is tender and most of sauce is absorbed. Remove foil and let stand 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and stir to coat in butter. Cook for 1 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until toasted. Pour mixture into a medium bowl and stir in remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over baked pasta. Top with basil.
Notes
Toasting bread crumbs is an easy way to add crunch and flavor to this dish, but they cook quickly. Pay close attention to them, and stir frequently to prevent burning them.

I love easy recipes like this one that allows me to let the oven do most of the work. I like cooking for my family, but some days I need a break from slaving over the stove. It’s days like those when recipes like this Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake really comes in handy. Got ahead, pin it mom. Save it for later because you’ll need it. And if you’re not already, follow me on Pinterest.

Throw this Skinny Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake together and let the oven to most of the work for you.

If you have kids at home that are learning to cook, this would be a great recipe to get them started on. It’s not hard at all and the directions are really easy to follow.

The original recipe for this Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake only called for half a box of pasta, but since I wanted it to be more filling with leftovers for lunch, I went ahead and put in the entire box. It was more than enough for my family of five, plus lunch the next day, and then some. You can greatly reduce the calorie count per serving by cutting back on the pasta, if you’d prefer to go that route.

Throw this Skinny Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake together and let the oven to most of the work for you.

Either way, this Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake is pretty darn delicious, y’all. Give it a try and let me know how you like it below!

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About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.

Comments

  1. 1

    That looks delicious. I know my family will love it. Bookmarking it so I can make it later.

  2. 2
    Pam Wattenbarger says:

    I like pasta bakes and I like chicken parmesan. This definitely sounds right up my alley.

  3. 3

    That is a pan of delicious, cheesy goodness! This is the perfect thing to make on the weekend and then have for leftovers.

  4. 4

    I just bookmarked this to make it for the weekend. This looks so amazing! Om nom nom.

  5. 5

    That looks delicious! With a family as big as mine, this is exactly the kind of dish I make whenever possible. Mmmmm. Tasty!

  6. 6

    So much yum! The casserole concept makes this far easier to make than traditional chicken parmesan too.

  7. 7

    Chicken parmesan is one of my absolute favorite dishes and so I’m loving the fact that this recipe features it as a casserole. My stomach is rumbling!

  8. 8

    Chicken Parm is my favorite dish. So if you are substituting the pasta for the bread, I am even more happy! Thanks for this recipe!!

  9. 9

    That looks like a chicken parm recipe my 18 year old son might actually eat!!

  10. 10

    This is a great easy meal when you’re short on time. The only thing I would need to change is I would have to add my own sauce (Or my mom would kill me) .

  11. 11

    This is a nice spin on a classic dish. We use Chicken Parmesan dishes in restaurants just to compare the quality of two (or more 🙂 ) restaurants.
    At home, it has always been a trusty dish to prepare. I really want to try your rendition.

  12. 12

    This looks really good! I would love to try it this weekend!

  13. 13
    Wendy Polisi says:

    This turned out to be easier than I thought it was going to be! Absolutely delicious!

  14. 14

    Two of my favorite things in one dish. I have to try this ASAP!

  15. 15
    Our Family World says:

    Looks at all that cheese! This is one recipe that will be on our list of Pasta meal suggestions on our Pasta Fridays! Thanks for sharing it.

  16. 16

    Oh this looks so good and easy to make! I pinned so I can try it for us! Looks so yummy!

  17. 17

    I am always on the lookout for new recipes and this one sounds amazing! I will definitely be giving this one a try! Thanks for sharing.

  18. 18

    This recipe not only smells amazing but taste amazing !! Delicious

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