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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

There’s something truly magical about a dish that brings both comfort and excitement to the dinner table. Today, I am beyond thrilled to share with you a recipe that does just that—Chicken Parmesan Casserole. As we dive into this beloved classic with a twist, I’m reminded of cozy evenings spent around the table, filled with laughter and stories. This dish isn’t just food; it’s a warm hug on a busy day!


Imagine the crispy, golden crust of traditional Chicken Parmesan, but in a casserole form that’s perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying as leftovers. This Chicken Parmesan Casserole combines the crispy, satisfying allure of breaded chicken with the heartiness of pasta, all smothered in a rich marinara sauce and melted cheeses. It’s everything you love about the original, but with even less fuss in preparation!


To make this scrumptious casserole, you’ll need:

  • 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups penne pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped (for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, toss the cooked chicken with marinara sauce, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir in the cooked penne pasta.
  3. Layer the Casserole: Spread half of the chicken and pasta mixture in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat with the remaining chicken mixture and cheeses.
  4. Add Breadcrumbs: In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with olive oil until well coated. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the top layer of cheese.
  5. Bake: Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Remove from oven, let sit for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with fresh chopped basil before serving.

Helpful Tips

  • Ensure Even Cooking: Chop or shred your chicken into even pieces to promote uniform cooking.
  • Crispier Topping: For an extra golden crust, broil the casserole for the last 2-3 minutes of baking.
  • Make Ahead: Assemble the casserole a day ahead, refrigerate, and simply bake when ready to serve.


  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free pasta and breadcrumbs.
  • Vegetarian Option: Swap the chicken for sautéed mushrooms or roasted cauliflower.
  • Extra Creamy: Mix a half cup of ricotta with the marinara sauce for a richer flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use rotisserie chicken? Absolutely! Rotisserie chicken is a great time-saver for this recipe.

Can I freeze Chicken Parmesan Casserole? Yes, this casserole freezes well. Cool completely, cover tightly, and freeze for up to 2 months.

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until thoroughly warmed.

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Dive into this Chicken Parmesan Casserole and let it transport you to a world of comforting flavors and easy cooking. The smell when this is in the oven is incredible, and the taste? Pure joy. Enjoy, and happy cooking!

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a dish that screams elegance yet whispers simplicity. This Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe brings the freshness of the sea right to your dinner table. It’s not just a meal; it’s a dive into the refreshing, zesty ocean of flavor that only a combination of lemon and garlic can provide. Perfect for a quick dinner or a luxurious appetizer, this dish is sure to impress both your family and guests!


  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes (optional, for a spicy kick)


  1. Prep the Shrimp: Rinse the shrimp under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Cook Garlic in Butter: In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute—be careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Cook the Shrimp: Add the shrimp to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the shrimp turn pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Add Lemon: Pour in the lemon juice, and sprinkle with lemon zest. Stir well to combine all the flavors.
  5. Garnish: Remove from heat, toss with chopped parsley, and add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if using.


  • Choosing Shrimp: Fresh or frozen shrimp both work for this recipe, but ensure they are thoroughly thawed if frozen.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve over cooked pasta, rice, or with a side of steamed vegetables.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Seafood


  • Serving Size: About 4 ounces of shrimp
  • Calories: 237
  • Sugar: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 117mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 24g
  • Cholesterol: 182mg

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