Chicken and Pasta Bake

Chicken and Pasta Bake


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This recipe was adapted from Giada De Laurentiis' from a show about cooking with kids. It's a great version of "mac and cheese" that pleases kids and adults alike.

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Northbrook, IL

Serving Size / Yield

1 Dish


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

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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.

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