Easy One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake with Zucchini

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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan.  It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Can we have a little chat about this Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake?  I mean, it’s kinda the perfect dinner.  Everything, including the pasta, cooks in one casserole dish.  It has veggies, protein, dairy, and grains all in one.  Finally, it’s DOWNRIGHT DELICIOUS!  First, you get the flavorful, tangy pasta in tomato sauce.  Then you get the hearty zucchini and chicken topped with creamy and melty cheese.  Finally a crunchy breadcrumb topping is the perfect finish and brings in the traditional breaded chicken from Chicken Parmesan.  

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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake on a plate with casserole in back. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

One Pan = One Happy Mamma!

Yep, that’s right, every single piece of pasta, chicken, tomato sauce, and breadcrumbs cooks in this one casserole pan! 

Easy prep.  Easy cleanup!  And there are others like this out there!  Check these out:

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in the pan with spatula scooping. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large casserole dish that’s approximately 9×13 or similar.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR CHICKEN PARMESAN PASTA BAKE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Now when I tell you everything goes into one pan, I mean it!

First, add all of the Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Garlic Powder, Dried Oregano, Salt, and Ground Black Pepper to the casserole dish and then whisk together so the tomato paste is fully mixed in. Whisk in the water. 

Tomato sauce ingredients getting mixed in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

For the pasta, I love to use medium shells as they cook fast and easily mix into the sauce.  Stir them uncooked into the sauce. Finally, mix in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.

Hand holding uncooked shell pasta over tomato sauce in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Pasta and tomato sauce in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Cut your chicken breast lengthwise from the side to create 2 thin breasts.  Slice the zucchini in long, flat 1/4 inch slices, from stem to stem. 

Season both the zucchini and the chicken with a sprinkle of dried oregano, salt and pepper.

Raw chicken breasts being sliced from the side with knife for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Raw zucchini slices and chicken breasts seasoned for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Can I use whole chicken breasts, not cut?

You can, but it will take longer to cook.  Slicing the chicken thin or buying chicken cutlets that are already thin will cook faster.  If you want to leave the breasts whole/thick, you will need to first sear the chicken in a frying pan to give it a sear.  Preheat the pan to high heat, add enough oil to coat the bottom, than add the chicken breasts.  Cook on the first side for 4-5 minutes and then flip and do the same to the other side.  Then transfer it to the casserole and follow the recipe steps.  If there are any chicken browned bits and juices in the pan, you can add the broth from the recipe to the pan to scrape all of that goodness up first, then add it all to the sauce in the casserole dish.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN PARMESAN PASTA BAKE

Place the zucchini slices on top of the pasta mixture in a single layer, then top each with a pieces of chicken. Top with the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and Bake on the center rack 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.

Zucchini and chicken being layered on pasta in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

While the casserole is baking, make the breadcrumb topping by adding the panko breadcrumbs to a bowl and drizzling over the olive oil and stirring to combine. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, the 2 tablespoons of parmesan, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and dried oregano.

After 30 minutes in the oven, remove the casserole and sprinkle the topping all over the top. Place back in the oven for a final 10 minutes, until crispy and lightly browned (Note, you can also turn the broiler on for quicker browning, but watch closely so it doesn’t burn!).

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Once the casserole is cooked, you can freeze it after first cooling it and then tightly covering it. It can stay in the freezer for up to 4 months. To cook it again, cover with aluminum foil and bake 350 F for 1 hour if thawed, 1 1/2 hours if frozen.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
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Easy One Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake with Zucchini

This Easy One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake is kinda the perfect dinner.  Everything, including the pasta, cooks in one casserole dish, it's a balanced meal, and it's DOWNRIGHT DELICIOUS!  First, you get the shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce.  Then you get the hearty zucchini and chicken topped with creamy and melty cheese.  Finally a crunchy breadcrumb topping is the perfect finish and brings in the traditional breaded chicken from Chicken Parmesan. #chickenrecipes #easydinnerideas

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Baked chicken, chicken dinner, Chicken parmesan, pasta dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 521 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Casserole

  • 1-2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 28 oz Crushed San Marzano Tomatoes (1 large can)
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth (12oz)
  • 1/2 lb uncooked Medium Shell Pasta (or other short cut pasta)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Chicken & Zucchini

  • 1 Medium-Large Zucchini
  • 16 oz Chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 4 oz
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoons Dried Oregano

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Drizzle or Spray a 13×9 inch (or similar size) casserole dish with Olive Oil.
  2. Add all of the Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Garlic Powder, Dried Oregano, Salt, and Ground Black Pepper to the casserole dish and then whisk together so the tomato paste is fully mixed in. Whisk in the chicken broth. Then stir in the pasta. Finally, mix in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.

    Pasta and tomato sauce in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  3. Slice the zucchini in long, flat 1/4 inch slices, from stem to stem.

  4. Cut your chicken breast lengthwise from the side to create 2 thin breasts. Season both the zucchini and the chicken with a sprinkle of dried oregano, salt and pepper.

    Raw zucchini slices and chicken breasts seasoned for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  5. Place the zucchini slices on top of the pasta mixture in a single layer, then top each with a pieces of chicken. Top with the mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and Bake on the center rack 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.

    Zucchini and chicken being layered on pasta in casserole dish for Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  6. While the casserole is baking, make the breadcrumb topping by adding the panko breadcrumbs to a bowl and drizzling over the olive oil and stirring to combine. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, the 2 tablespoons of parmesan, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and dried oregano. After 30 minutes in the oven, remove the casserole and sprinkle the topping all over the top.

    Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.
  7. Place back in the oven for a final 10 minutes, until crispy and lightly browned (Note, you can also turn the broiler on for quicker browning, but watch closely so it doesn't burn!).

    Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake in casserole pan. It cooks entirely in one casserole dish, including the pasta! Shell pasta in flavorful, tangy tomato sauce is topped with zucchini, chicken, mozzarella, parm, and crunchy breadcrumb topping.

One thought on “Easy One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake with Zucchini

  1. 5 stars
    This is such an easy to make and delicious pasta recipe. I am absolutely going to try this at home. I love that it is nutritious too. Thank you for sharing this, you’re a lifesaver.

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