Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

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With only 4 ingredients, this chicken parmesan pasta bake might be the easiest recipe on my blog. And that’s saying something because I made some seriously minimal recipes when I first started blogging about food!

I’ll walk you through the recipe below and cover ingredient substitutions as we go. There’s a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post as well. Let’s get it. 

Step 1: Mix your choice of pasta and marinara together in a baking dish.

baking dish with marinara next to a box of Banza cavatappi

Make sure your baking dish is similar in size. More surface area will likely reduce the cook time and less surface area will increase the cook time. Don’t worry—you can always cover and bake a bit longer if your pasta is undercooked. 

And feel free to use another pasta. 

Step 2: Top with shredded cheese.

pasta and marinara mixture in the baking dish next to Tillamook Italian cheese blend

Okay, I know I always talk about how freshly shredded cheese is so much better than pre-shredded, and it is. I just wanted this pasta bake to be as simple as possible. I’d still recommend grating some fresh mozzarella and parmesan for best results.

And as far as cheese options go, the version in the finished recipe photos actually used Trader Joe’s quattro formaggio cheese blend (asiago, fontina, provolone, parmesan). It’s hard to go wrong here! 

Step 3: Add Perdue Farms Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks.

pasta and marinara topped with cheese next to Perdue Simply Smart lightly breaded chicken breast chunks

Since you can’t have chicken parmesan without the chicken, the recipe calls for Perdue Farms Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks. This is one of my favorite products from Perdue. The chicken gets crispy golden brown on the outside while staying juicy on the inside. And that’s straight from the freezer! 

Where to buy: Target is my go-to for frozen Perdue chicken, but you can use the store locator on the product page

I’ll add that I’m a Perdue Farms ambassador and you can use my affiliate link (perduefarms.com/mason) to get a free box of this diced chicken breast and 15% off your order. Then you can make other recipes like my honey sesame chickenbuttermilk pan fried chicken, or chili garlic chicken fried chicken cauliflower rice.

Step 4: Top with more marinara and cheese, cover, and bake.

fully assembled chicken parmesan pasta before covering and baking

I added some crushed red pepper flakes and dried parsley, but that’s totally optional. 

Step 5: Uncover and continue baking for a melty, crispy top. 

Parmesan and hard cheeses will give you the extra crispy look in the photo above. While a softer cheese like mozzarella will be more melty and give you that cheese pull effect. There is no right or wrong here. 

Final Recipe Notes

I guess it wouldn’t technically be chicken parm if you added a bunch of stuff. Still, I wanted to toss out the idea of adding some extras like mushrooms or cherry tomatoes like in my Italian Sausage and Veggie Pasta Bake. Or if you like extra spice, a little Italian Bomba Pepper Sauce like I used in my Sausage and Mushroom Cauliflower Gnocchi might tickle your fancy.

These suggestions are purely speculation, but I bet extra goodies would increase the amount of diggity exponentially. 

That’s a wrap. If you have any questions about this recipe, drop a comment below or join my Facebook group. There are more than 12k awesome home cooks in the group to help you out!

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Frozen chicken breast chunks baked with Banza chickpea pasta, marinara, and a cheese blend.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Dry Pasta (I used Banza Cavatappi)
  • 24 oz jar Marinara
  • 16 oz Perdue Simply Smart Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks
  • 1 1/4 C (140g) Shredded Italian Cheese Blend
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper and Parsley Flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 450F.
  2. Mix 3/4 of the marinara with the dry pasta in a 13x8 baking dish.
  3. Add 3/4 C (84g) cheese on top of the pasta and marinara, followed by the chicken. Pour remaining marinara in the gaps and top with remaining cheese and the optional red pepper and parsley flakes.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the cheese on top is melted and the chicken is crispy golden brown.

Notes

Each serving has 12 WW SmartPoints (blue plan).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Servings Serving Size: 240 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 17gCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 31g

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16 thoughts on “Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake”

  • Wow. What an eye-opener. I prepared this meal some time ago but I did not bake after the first 20minutes. My chicken parmesan pasta was okay but not completely cooked. Now I know why. I am going to try it again. Thanks for this explicit recipe.

  • ANOTHER HIT! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ the only modification we used was with the Purdue chicken. We used the Purdue nuggets instead of chunks Bc Costco had them on coupon last month and we stalked up. My son devoured this dish. We had zero left overs which made me sad 🥺. We’re going to make it again this week.
    I’m obsessed with the banza pasta. Thanks Mason for all your effort and time creating these master pieces!

  • This was SO GOOD! The only change I made was I used 6oz of pasta (barilla protien noodles not Banza) instead of 8 and that was borderline not enough sauce. I thought it was good but if I would have used any more noodles it would have been way too dry so I think 6oz is perfect without adding more sauce! This will be a new regular meal into rotation!

  • I made this as part of my weekly new recipe challenge. Overall it tasted good and the family enjoyed it and was super easy to prepare. I would suggest cooking the noodles prior as there wasn’t enough sauce to cover all of the noodles and some ended up more crunchy and burnt than cooked. If you want to continue to make this a dump and go dish, consider adding additional marinara sauce or tomato sauce to the pan prior to adding the chicken and cheese.

  • I’m just going to echo what the others have said. The pasta didn’t cook in the marinara and much of it was left crunchy, and scorched pasta at the sides of the pan. Definitely will reconsider using half cooked noodles or soaking the noodles prior to combining the dish. Love the simplicity, however!

  • Love recipes that don’t have a lot of ingredients or steps! One piece of advice, use the amount of sauce Mason lists. I didn’t “to save carbs” and my pasta didn’t cook all the way. I didn’t realize it until I platted the fish and was too late to put back. Still yummy though!

  • I’ve made this a couple times and it’s easy and delicious. Just thought I’d share a bonus too for anyone who ran into a problem with dish size like me. I have a 9.25 x 13.25 and 8 x 11 baking dish. First time I used the bigger dish and that worked great for fitting the chicken but since the pasta was so spread out with the sauce some pieces we’re definitely undercooked. Seconds time I used the smaller dish and the chicken was a lot more cramped in there but the pasta cooked perfectly. If you run into this I’d definitely use the smaller dish and just cram the chicken in, works and still tastes amazing!

  • This was so good and so simple! I added a little extra sauce because I like my noodles drowning, but I’d say it was helpful and the pasta soaked it right up, so you could probably add some sauce and a bit of water!!

  • I had no problems with this recipe following it the way Mason says to make it. I love how you don’t have to cook the pasta before hand, the less steps a recipe has, the better LOL I have already made this 3 times!

  • This was definitely a crowd pleaser – my kids asked for it to be added to the regular rotation. Next time I make it I will need to do something to add more volume to my portion…I’m a volume eater, lol.

  • Made this for my family the other night and it was amazing!! They didn’t even know it was some what healthy!!! Tricked them!!

  • Made this last night for dinner. Loved how quick and easy is was to make after work and my picky kids loved it!! Will definitely make again!

  • Such a quick and delicious recipe! I added extra sauce and used the Barilla protein pasta but it lasted the week!

  • Amazing dinner boyfriend and picky kid approved! I used pre prepped chicken breasts and it was super fast and delicious.

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