Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a quick and easy recipe, made with leftover chicken, parmesan, mozzarella and tomato paste. Minimum prep work and great taste.

Casserole recipes are perfect for busy weeknights when you are short on time and also want to have great leftovers. You should also try our Crack Chicken Casserole, our Famous Sweet Potato Casserole and the Mac and Cheese one.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Chicken Parmesan Casserole is full of flavors and it’s so easy to make. We love it that it’s so much easier than making the classic Chicken Parmesan, but it packs the same great flavors. This easy dish is made with pasta, leftover chicken, or you can even use turkey and lots of cheese. Everything is also coated in a tangy tomato sauce that and some panko breadcrumbs.

This recipe freezes well and it also makes great leftovers. If you are tired of boring dinners, this one is definitely one to try. It is delicious served with a simple salad on the side.

WHAT IS CHICKEN PARMESAN?

It is a classic Italian dish made of chicken cutlets that have been tossed in egg wash, breadcrumbs with parmesan and after that fried to crispy perfection. Next, the cutlets are later topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and baked until the cheese is bubbly. It is served with pasta on the side.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipe

Recipe Tips and Suggestions:

  • Can you make this casserole with whole wheat pasta: Yes, you can. You can also make it with spaghetti or other types of noodles.
  • Are other cheeses OK to use: Yes, you can. I have tried this casserole with mozzarella cheese, but you can use Gruyere as well or any other mild white cheese.
  • Can you make this casserole with other meats: Yes, absolutely, you can make this casserole with turkey as well, it even tastes better with leftover pork.
  • What veggies can I use in this casserole: You can use bell peppers and broccoli. Chopped zucchini are great and use spinach if you are looking to add more greens.
  • Can you prep this casserole ahead of time: yes, you can. Follow all the instructions and assemble the casserole fully. Then, cover with plastic food wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

CAN I MAKE IT DAIRY FREE?

Even though it might sound odd, but you could definitely make this recipe dairy-free and even gluten-free. Use gluten-free pasta and vegan cheese.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole Plate

DO YOU COVER THE CASSEROLE WITH FOIL?

If you cover with foil, the dish will not get the nice brown and crunchy top. It will cause the steam to be kept inside it.

HOW TO FREEZE CHICKEN PARMESAN CASSEROLE:

  • First, transfer the mixture to a buttered 9-by-13-inch freezer-to-oven baking dish.
  • After that, cover tightly with aluminum foil and wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Bake, frozen and covered with foil, at 350°F, for 1 hour.
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4.88 from 8 reviews
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups  cooked chicken  (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 3 cups  cavatappi pasta  (cooked and drained)
  • 1 cup  panko breadcrumbs 
  • 1 teaspoon  Italian seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon  paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 24 oz  marinara sauce  (or pasta sauce)
  • 3 cups  mozzarella cheese  (shredded)
  • 2 cups  parmesan cheese  (shredded)

Garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon  fresh parsley  (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil or with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. Place cubed chicken onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish and distribute evenly.

  3. Add cooked pasta. Sprinkle with 2 cups of parmesan cheese.

  4. Pour marinara sauce all over.

  5. In a small bowl combine breadcrumbs, garlic powder, paprika, and Italian Seasoning. Sprinkle on top of the sauce.

  6. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese and if desired a bit more parmesan.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly.

  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Calories: 381 Carbohydrates: 29 Protein: 40 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 64 Sodium: 1257 Potassium: 544 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 5 Vitamin A: 955 Vitamin C: 6.6 Calcium: 743 Iron: 2.7
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Amber Myers

Oh yes please! This is the perfect casserole for my family. We are all about chicken parm, so I'll have to try it in casserole form.

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Jeanette

Oh my gosh that looks phenomenal. That is definitely something new and interesting to do with chicken and I am looking for new and interesting.

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Mitch Chaitin

Thank-you. This sounds delicious. Chicken parm is one of my all time favorite dishes, and this is the perfect way to prepare it next time I cook!

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Sarah Bailey

I could most definitely tuck into this right now! What a great mix of ingredients, I have to admit I love a good casserole and this one sounds outstanding.

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cait

my family and i have really been into eating a few casseroles throughout the week and this looks SO yummy and easy to make- cant wait to try it and hopefully my family approves!

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candy

Making one big casserole or individual servings is perfect.  One recipe we all enjoy.

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Gisele

This looks like it would make a great dinner for a family on a cold winter night.

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Tasheena

This recipe would be perfect to make for my family. Especially with the cold weather we're having. Looking forward to adding this to our menu plan. 

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Marcie W.

What a perfect dinner idea! I'm a big fan of chicken parmesan, but find it to be so time consuming. This casserole version seems to make the process much easier.

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Shelley Zurek

I love the idea of this classic dish as a casserole. What a great way to conquer dinner.

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Hi Shelley and thanks for visiting. I am glad you liked it, this is a great meal to have for a family dinner!

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Pam

This looks really tasty. I am a big casserole fan, especially when the weather is gross and cold.

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Heather

My kids love when I make chicken parm. This is such a great alternative for them. 

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Lisa Martin

I love a good casserole. This seems really easy and fast to make. And having leftovers is even better!

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Terri Steffes

I love those curly noodles. This dish sounds like something my family would love. I love cheese and pasta and tomato sauce and parmesan...

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Ricci

OMG this looks so yummy! It's supposed to get cold again this weekend and this would be the perfect thing to make!!

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Ruth I

This makes me so hungry right now. Oh how delicious this looks!

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Shelley King

This looks awesome! I am looking for some new recipes and my kids would love this! It is supposed to snow this weekend so maybe we will add this to the menu!

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Ashley

This looks super tasty. I might have to adjust for keto but I love this idea.

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Allyson Zea

I love how much easier this is than regular chicken parm! Thanks!

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Tamara

Oh my yes this looks so good! This is the perfect casserole for my family for any night.

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I need to try this immediately, it looks so good!

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Melanie Bauer

Sounds so delish! I love quick and easy recipes like this, it will definitely put on our menu!

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Karly

I love a great casserole recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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Amy

I actually made this recipe and it turned out very good, my husband said maybe his new favorite dinner. I made a few changes. Only used about 1 cup of grated Parmesan, (I didn’t have shredded) and only used 2 cups mozzarella. I put the breadcrumb mixture on top because I wanted it crunchy. I also added chopped zucchini and mushrooms to the sauce. Baked an extra 10 min at 425 to get the top crumb mixture good and browned. Very good!

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I am very happy that you liked it!

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Jen D.

This turned out delicious. I did halve the parmesan cheese, skipped the paprika, and added 1 Tbsp. of dried parsley to the Panko bread crumbs. I will definitely be making it again.

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