Chicken Primavera Casserole

This sumptuous Chicken Primavera Casserole is a celebration of vibrant flavors and wholesome goodness, combining the comforting elements of a classic casserole with the freshness of a springtime garden. As you take your first bite, you are greeted by the harmonious medley of tender chicken pieces, bathed in a velvety sauce that encapsulates the essence of a luscious primavera.

The medley of colorful vegetables, from crisp bell peppers to vibrant cherry tomatoes, creates a visual feast that mirrors the diverse array of flavors within. Each vegetable, having absorbed the savory essence of the casserole, contributes its unique character to the ensemble, ensuring that every forkful is a symphony of textures and tastes.

The pasta, perfectly cooked and nestled between layers of succulent chicken and crisp vegetables, serves as the foundation that binds this culinary masterpiece together. It absorbs the savory notes of the sauce, offering a satisfying chewiness that complements the tender chicken and the crunch of fresh vegetables. The cheese on top, golden and bubbling, forms a delectable crust that adds a rich and indulgent dimension to each mouthful.

As the aroma wafts through the air, it hints at the delectable combination of herbs and spices that infuse the casserole with depth and complexity. The basil, oregano, and thyme weave together seamlessly, enhancing the overall flavor profile and transporting you to a rustic Italian kitchen where the art of seasoning is a cherished tradition.

This Chicken Primavera Casserole is more than a mere dish; it is a sensory experience that beckons you to savor the bountiful offerings of the season. With its vibrant colors, diverse textures, and a symphony of flavors, this casserole is a testament to the joy that can be found in wholesome, well-prepared comfort food. Each bite is a journey through the garden of flavors, a reminder of the simple pleasures that a well-crafted casserole can bring to the table.

Servings: Serves 6


– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
– 1 medium onion, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 red bell pepper, diced
– 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
– 1 zucchini, sliced
– 1 yellow squash, sliced
– 1 cup broccoli florets
– 1 cup carrots, sliced
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
– 1/2 pound penne pasta, cooked al dente
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
– 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, sautéing until translucent.

3. Toss in the red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, and carrots. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cook until the vegetables are just tender.

4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, cooked vegetables, and cooked penne pasta. Stir in the heavy cream and half of the mozzarella cheese until well mixed.

5. Transfer the mixture to a greased 9×13 inch casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese on top.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

7. Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

Variations & Tips

– For a healthier twist, whole wheat pasta can be used in place of traditional penne, and the heavy cream can be substituted with a lower-fat milk mixed with a teaspoon of flour for thickness.
– Feel free to swap the chicken with turkey or even leave it out for a vegetarian option. If you’re skipping the meat, consider adding cannellini beans for protein.
– To add a little crunch, sprinkle breadcrumbs mixed with melted butter over the top before baking.
– Remember to cut your vegetables in uniform sizes so they cook evenly and present beautifully.
– If you find yourself in the midst of spring and have access to fresh garden peas, asparagus, or artichokes, they would make delightful additions to this casserole, embracing the season’s fresh bounty.

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