Friday, August 28, 2009

Italian Baked Chicken and Pasta

I found this recipe on Food Network and thought I would give it a try. I found that I had almost everything I needed and usually would have had it all. It is pretty simple to make and we liked it. It has fresh, clean flavors and my kids all ate it. I will save this recipe for when I need to throw something together quickly with the ingredients I have on hand. I used elbow macaroni that I had leftover from the night before. It worked great. I doubled this recipe for my family and we have a small amount left.

  • 1 cup pasta (any small pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.


Tawnie said...

mmm. that looks yummy. I'm going to try it.

Lisa said...

i'm interested to know how the chicken fit in with the other flavors. was it good and could ground beef be swapped and be just as good?

Karey said...

This looks so yummy. I just might try this tonight. I have chicken thawing right now.

Scott / Lori said...

The chicken was yummy in it but if I only had ground beef on hand I think I would use that and I think it would be good!

Maria said...

Oh, that looks beautiful. I love pictures of food. It also sounds like something my family would like.

Scott / Lori said...

Just FYI.....I liked it even better for leftovers the next day. I will make it again.

Kristi said...

I always like sausage in my Italian-style food. I am going to make this this week. I can't wait!

Angie said...

oh. my. lands!

even though the ingredients are "all mixed together"... i think the kids MIGHT consider eating it.

And tom and i would looooove it.

cause there isn't any "casserole" in the title.