Super Easy Chicken Parmesan & Pasta Casserole

The Super Easy Chicken Parmesan & Pasta Casserole is a delectable and comforting dish, perfect for family dinners or special occasions. This dish starts with a base of al dente pasta, typically penne or rotini, which provides a hearty and satisfying foundation. The pasta is then layered with tender, breaded chicken cutlets, which have been pan-fried to a golden brown, offering a delightful crunch and rich flavor. The chicken is seasoned with a blend of Italian herbs and spices, enhancing its savory taste.

Over the chicken, generous spoonfuls of rich marinara sauce are spread, enveloping the dish in a vibrant, tomato-based sauce that’s infused with garlic, onions, and more Italian herbs. This sauce adds moisture and a tangy sweetness to the casserole, complementing the chicken and pasta beautifully.

The entire casserole is then liberally sprinkled with a mix of cheeses – typically mozzarella and Parmesan. The mozzarella provides a wonderfully gooey and stretchy texture, while the Parmesan adds a salty, nutty flavor that elevates the entire dish. As the casserole bakes, the cheese melts and browns, creating a bubbly, golden crust on top that’s irresistible.

Before serving, the casserole is often garnished with fresh basil or parsley, adding a pop of color and a fresh, aromatic finish. This dish is known for its comforting warmth, with each component – the tender pasta, crispy chicken, tangy sauce, and gooey cheese – coming together to create a symphony of flavors and textures. It’s a simple yet indulgent meal that’s sure to please a crowd, encapsulating the essence of classic Italian-American comfort food.


  • 1 small rotisserie chicken (pulled into small pieces)
  • 1/2 lb pasta (about 3 cups dry)
  • 1 (24oz) jar marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a medium size baking dish (I used a 7×9 dish).
  2. In a large pan or pot, cook and drain the pasta according the package directions.
  3. Place the drained pasta back into the pot and mix with the marinara sauce, chicken, HALF of the mozzarella, HALF of the parmesan, and 1-2 tsp of Italian seasoning.
  4. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes over medium-low heat and then spread it evenly onto the bottom of your baking dish; sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese over top.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the panko bread crumbs, melted butter and garlic powder; sprinkle it evenly over the top of the mozzarella.
  6. Bake uncovered on the center rack for about 15 minutes or until the panko crust turns golden brown.
  7. Serve alone or with salad, veggies and/or breadsticks. Enjoy!
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