Chicken Parm Baked Pasta – Deconstructed chicken parmesan made with chicken tenders, pasta, sauce, and lots of cheese. It’s easy, cheap, and delicious!

Chicken Parm Baked Pasta

Kyle and I agree about lots of things. Paint colors. Home decor. The insanity that will be our garden this year.

Sometimes I wonder if he’s really just yes-ing me to death. But either way, it makes for an easy marriage so I don’t complain.

Making it a little easier is our agreement on the fact that chicken parm may just be the most perfect meal on earth. It was always, always, always my birthday meal of choice growing up.

Chicken Parm Baked Pasta

So you could imagine how completely smitten I was the first time I heard him order this off a menu at dinner back in our early dating days. And it should be no surprise how much we both loved this chicken parm baked pasta.

It’s a deconstructed version of our favorite meal, is quick to throw together, and it will continue to make the rounds on our menu for ages to come – I’m quite sure of it.

Sooo simple to make, you’ll boil the pasta in a quick homemade tomato sauce, just like this one-pot creamy sausage pasta (major winner around here!), and then toss in some cheese and chicken before topping with more mozzarella cheese – it IS chicken parm, after all! – and baking until bubbly and delicious.

How could you possibly go wrong with this chicken parm baked pasta?!

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Chicken Parm Baked Pasta

Chicken Parm Baked Pasta

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This meal is like making deconstructed chicken parmesan! It's made with chicken tenders, pasta, sauce, and lots of cheese. And it's easy, cheap, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 (28-oz) can whole peeled fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ⅛ to ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes, depending on your heat/spicy level preference
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 oz pasta shapes (rotini, ziti, penne, etc)
  • 2 oz grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 1 lb cooked chicken tenders, chopped into bite-sized pieces (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475° F.
  2. Puree the tomatoes and their juices in a food processor until finely pureed.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomato puree, water, broth, and pasta. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook, covered and stirring often, until the pasta is cooked through 15 to 18 minutes.
  5. Stir ¾ cup of the Parmesan and the chicken into the mixture. Transfer the mixture to a 13×9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining ¼ cup Parmesan over the top. 
  6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Sprinkle the chopped basil over the top of the dish before serving.

Notes

If you want to make this a completely one-pot meal, be sure to use a skillet that is oven-safe to at least 475° F to cook the pasta and sauce on the stove top. Cast iron, enameled cast iron, or stainless cookware would be perfect for this. Then, in Step 5, skip transferring the mixture to a baking dish and proceed with the recipe in the skillet.

adapted from Pasta Revolution by America's Test Kitchen, via Pink Parsley

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  • Tracey
    April 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    This is one of our favorite quick and easy weeknight meals! Love that you tried it with whole wheat pasta, I haven’t done that yet.

  • April 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Chicken parm in a pasta bake?! Yes, please! Love it!

  • Erica
    April 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I made this and if was so good, and easy to make. It was even better the next day!

    • taraliptak
      April 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      I agree – definitely better the next day!

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