This Chicken Parmesan Casserole recipe is a combination of homemade pasta sauce, pre-cooked chicken, spaghetti noodles, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese. Tossed together and baked in one dish, it will be ready to serve your family in just 30 minutes.
This short cut method to Chicken Parmesan Casserole is an easy delicious dinner. Instead of a frying pan, grease spatter and a few different dirty dishes it is all baked in one dish. This Chicken Parmesan Bake can be made ahead of time. Easy to reheat by popping in the oven as soon as you get home.
CHICKEN PARM FOR DINNER
Early in our marriage, I often would make Chicken Parmesan. I would bread seasoned chicken cutlets and fry them in a skillet. Next, I would place them in a casserole dish with a generous amount of parmesan cheese.
When that step was done, I would serve it with a side of spaghetti, also cooked in another dish. Needless to say, a delicious meal, but a lot of steps.
For family dinner night I needed a large volume of food. And, I didn’t want to be slaving in the kitchen for an extended period of time. So, I decided to bring the flavors of a chicken parmesan casserole recipe together in one dish.
I made the spaghetti noodles, then drained them. I then mixed all the ingredients for the recipe in the same pot I boiled the spaghetti in. Next, I transferred to the casserole dish for baking. There was minimal mess and a delicious meal.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE CHICKEN PARMESAN CASSEROLE
Pasta: I like the thick spaghetti noodles. For the casserole, I broke them up in quarters before placing them in the hot boiling water. This would make it easier to serve and eat.
Homemade Pasta Sauce: I like to make my own pasta sauce to have on hand. If you don’t make yours, any marinara sauce that you like will work here.
Chicken: I used baked chicken breast meat that I bought prepackaged. You can also use rotisserie chicken.
Parmesan Cheese: None of the dried stuff here. I buy a wedge of parm and shred it myself with my box cheese shredder.
Italian Panko or Bread Crumbs to sprinkle on top of the Chicken Parmesan Casserole before baking.
MAKING A KETO VERSION OF THIS CASSEROLE
Finding a way to take regular everyday recipes and making them keto-friendly can be a challenge. Especially when you are feeding a family of diverse diets. Most dinner recipes can be adapted easily to keto.
Zucchini Noodles: This particular veggie noodle releases a lot of water. I don’t recommend mixing it together the same as this casserole.
I recommend heating the pasta sauce and chicken in a skillet. Then, serve it over top of the cooked zucchini noodles and sprinkle it with the cheese.
Cauliflower: This versatile veggie would work great in bulking up the casserole. Substitute 4 cups of lightly steamed cauliflower florets for the spaghetti noodles.
Miracle Noodles: I don’t recommend this be used the same as pasta in this recipe. If you want to use it, I would assemble the recipe the same as suggested for Zucchini Noodles.
Crushed Pork Rinds: These can take the place of the Panko or Bread Crumbs. Toss with a little Italian seasoning to give the flavoring.
Extra cheese: You can afford a little extra cheese if you are keto and removing the pasta as an ingredient. The pasta is where all the carbs and calories are.
Other Casserole Recipes you may like
Low Carb Keto Casseroles
Low Carb Chili Dog Casserole puts all of the deliciousness of a chili dog in one dish without the bun. This is an easy meal to serve everyone. And, those who want a roll, you can put one out on the side for them.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole is one of my favorites. It has a cheesy cauliflower base and a filling of chicken and enchilada sauce topped with cheese. It is also easy to reheat in the oven or microwave.
Big Mac Casserole is my grandaughter's favorite dish. I love she loves this recipe and doesn't feel the need for all the bread that goes with a Big Mac.
Regular Diets Casseroles
Spaghetti Pie is layers of spaghetti, cream cheese, and sour cream combination, and beefy pasta sauce. Pure comfort food.
Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole is an old-time favorite. It was a staple in my mom's kitchen, especially for family gatherings.
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Casserole is delicious, whether it's Thanksgiving or not. The combination of flavors here is surprisingly delicious.
Light and Hearty Tuna Noodle Casserole, one of Grumpy's all-time favorite casserole recipes. While it has egg noodles, it is still a lighter recipe.
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Chicken Parmesan Casserole
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- 8 ounces dried spaghetti
- 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 pound roast chicken breast diced
- 4 cups pasta sauce
- 1-½ cups shredded parmesan cheese divided
- ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large stockpot, cook the spaghetti according to the package. Drain in a colander.
- Return the pasta to the stockpot and add the diced tomatoes with their juices, diced chicken, and pasta sauce. Toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with ¾ cup of parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
- Transfer chicken mixture to a 9x13 baking dish. Top with remaining parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes, or until casserole is hot and cheese is lightly browned.
- Chicken: Feel free to cook your own chicken for this recipe. I used precooked chicken for convenience. Rotisserie chicken also works well here.
- Substitute rotini or cavatappi pasta for the spaghetti.
- Use a blend of cheeses instead of just parmesan. Mozzarella or Monterey Jack works great also.