Friday, April 20, 2018

Chicken Parmesan and Pasta Bake

A hearty casserole stuffed with all of those popular flavors, this chicken Parmesan and pasta bake is the perfect fill'em up dinner!



      A filling dinner that's quick and easy is a must at our house. We tend to come home HUNGRY at the end of the day and usually tired too. So a pile of pasta with chicken and plenty of cheese like this chicken Parmesan and pasta bake is a welcome sight for famished eyes!


      I like to cook a ton of chicken breasts at once. While I'm doing it, I might as well go for the gusto, right? I think so! Sometimes I do it in the slow cooker, other times in the pressure cooker. I just add a bit of water and a little chicken base and let them do their thing.



     After the chicken is cooked to tender perfection, it can be chopped or shredded and added to any number of things. Add lime and Mexican seasonings and you have the perfect filling for enchiladas or tacos.  Throw it in some soup, stew, egg noodles or white chicken chili!



     You can always freeze some to have ready when you need it too. I happened to have a few cups of shredded chicken and a hankering for chicken parm.  I could have easily adapted the recipe for chicken parm sandwiches, but I didn't have any buns or rolls and serving it on bread just didn't seem the same.

     I always have plenty of pasta though, so I knew something could be done. Taking a nod from MiMi's baked ziti, I stirred in a bit of sour cream to make it a bit creamier. Then I added some buttery cracker crumbs as a nod to the crunchy coating on most restaurant parm. Of course a healthy dose of cheese was needed too!



      The resulting casserole was a hit.  There was plenty for everyone to eat their fill plus plenty for a few lunches as well. Now that is what I call a win-win!


Yield: 10 servings

Chicken Parmesan and Pasta Bake

A hearty casserole stuffed with all of those popular flavors, this chicken Parmesan and pasta bake is the perfect fill'em up dinner!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 65 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 24 ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup buttery cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9x13" pan. 
  2. Cook pasta to al dente according to the package directions and drain. 
  3. Stir together pasta sauce, garlic, oregano, sour cream and Parmesan cheese.  Mix with pasta and spread in prepared pan. 
  4. Top with shredded chicken, then cheese.  
  5. Mix together cracker crumbs and garlic salt and sprinkle over the top of the casserole. 
  6. Bake covered for about a half hour and then uncovered for about 15 minutes or until cheese is golden. 
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If you are craving chicken parm but had something different in mind, you should check out the chicken parmesan meatloaf!



Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

18 comments:

  1. Mmm Chicken Parm in a pasta baked form....so yummy sounding and looking!!! I'll try it!! Well, I try most all your recipes! Have a great weekend friend! It's warming up..I think, lol!

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! You are the best!

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  2. Yummy! I love this idea for a quick, weeknight supper. I too love making lots of chicken at one time so I have some ready to go for quick suppers, salads, etc.

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    1. Isn't it the best way to feel a little prepared ahead of time? Thanks, Val!

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  3. Quick weeknight dinner recipes for the WIN! I'm with you, I love food prep and often cook up chicken in advance too! I'm loving this recipe idea and can't wait to try it!

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  4. Pinning this and putting it on my dinner rotation! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy!

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    1. Yay! Thank you, I hope you love it!

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  5. Such an easy meal to prepare! I will be trying this out in a couple days!

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  6. I love the cracker crumb topping- great little salty crunch!

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  7. We will really enjoy your Chicken Parmesan and Pasta Bake! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday for the party this week. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. I love that you called this the fill-em-up dinner. Sometimes that is just what we need - something to fill up that empty spot! This Chicken Parm and Pasta Bake really sounds good. I believe that it will be a new staple here.

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    1. I hope you love it! Thanks, Amy!

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  9. I like your idea of precooking the breasts in the slow cooker. My days are to long anymore for chicken to survive in the slow cooker, but precooking it on the weekends would be a huge help!

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    1. Plus there are so many ways to fix it during the week, you won't even get tired of it!

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