This chicken parmesan casserole for two is a low-prep dinner that takes all of ten minutes to get in the oven. All of it – including the pasta and chicken – cook together in one baking dish so there’s no need to use different pots and pans to boil the pasta and bread and fry the chicken. It has everything you love about a classic chicken parm – including a crispy breadcrumb and cheese topping – without all the extra work.
- 1 cup store-bought marinara
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 ounces penne
- 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes and seasoned with salt
- 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (see note)
- 2 pinches of salt
- 2 pinches of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Chopped parsley, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Pour the marinara into a 7-inch square baking dish (see note). Add the water and stir to combine it with the sauce. Add the uncooked pasta and stir it into the sauce so it’s completely submerged. Nestle the chicken into the pasta and sauce ensuring that the pasta stays submerged. It’s okay if some of the chicken is not totally covered with sauce.
- In a small bowl, toss the bread crumbs with the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs in an even layer over the top of the pasta and chicken. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of the breadcrumbs.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and bake the casserole for 35 to 40 minutes. Uncover the baking dish, turn the broiler on, and place the dish below it. Turn the oven to broil and broil the top of the casserole for a few minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden and toasty. Let the casserole stand for a few minutes before garnishing with the parsley (if using) and serving.
- I don’t recommend using store-bought dried breadcrumbs (the ones sold in the canister). The texture is not right for this recipe. Instead, use day-old bread and just cut it up into tiny cubes. It can be any kind of bread or rolls – sandwich bread, leftover slider rolls or hamburger buns, and hot dog buns all work really well. I’ve only tested this recipe with white bread, but I imagine whole wheat bread would work well, too.
- I used a 7-inch square baking dish, but I’ve also tested this recipe in a 9×5-inch rectangular casserole dish. You want to use a dish small enough so the pasta is completely submerged in the sauce, so keep that in mind. Most of us have an 8×8 cake pan hiding in the recesses of our dark cabinets so if you use that size you may want to add just a tad more sauce to ensure the pasta is covered.
- Recipe inspired by Food Wishes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
- Calories: 517
- Sugar: 9.5g
- Fat: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 67.1g
- Fiber: 5.3g
- Protein: 39.3g
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