chicken parm baked pasta

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • ½ pound bowtie pasta
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast tenders
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese grated + divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup fresh basil chopped


  • Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Add 1 jar marinara sauce, ½ pound pasta, and 1 cup water to baking dish and carefully stir to combine.
  • Season 1 pound skinless chicken breast liberally with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken (in single layer) on top of pasta mixture in baking dish.
  • Top with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 35 minutes or until pasta is tender and most of the sauce is absorbed. Remove foil; let stand 5 minutes. Meanwhile increase oven temperature to broil.
  • In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ cup bread crumbs, remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle evenly across the baked pasta.
  • Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes (watching closely), until breadcrumbs are toasted.
  • Finish by topping with ½ cup chopped fresh basil.


  • To complete this meal serve with garlic bread or breadsticks and a big Caesar salad.


  • Protein: The chicken can be substituted with 1 lb. any cooked ground protein (beef, pork, turkey, etc.) or protein substitute.
  • Vegetarian: Rather than using chicken in this recipe, stir in a 5 oz. bag of spinach.
  • Other: You can use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken torn into pieces in this recipe. Aim for 2-3 cups of chicken.


  • Entire dish can be prepped up to 3 days in advance before baking. Reserve the breadcrumb mixture.


Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1100mg | Potassium: 756mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 2mg