Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

My idea of chicken parmesan was buying breaded chicken tenderloins at Costco and putting them on top of spaghetti with sauce and some mozzarella. Then, I found this recipe. It is so easy, and it is so amazing. My husband put this in the "this is the best thing you have ever made" category. I choose not to serve with pasta because I think there are enough carbohydrates in the meal so I pair it with a green vegetable. I have tried a few different types of croutons; they can be a bit too salty so the search continues...not really wanting to make my own.

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • cayenne red pepper to taste (in our house, we use a lot)
  • 5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups marinara sauce (I used 2/3 of a spaghetti sauce jar)
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz Parmesan cheese (you can buy either shredded or the grated variety)
  • 1 package (5 oz) garlic croutons
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a casserole dish, pour olive oil.
  3. Add garlic and cayenne red pepper.
  4. Place chicken breasts in dish.
  5. Cover with sauce; spread over chicken.
  6. Top with basil.
  7. Layer with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  8. Top with croutons.
  9. Bake for 35-45 minutes (internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit, or cut it and check like me)
Difficulty: Easy
Time:10 minute prep time; 45 minutes baking time

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