Thursday, 14 January 2016

Chicken Parmesan Spinach Pasta Bake

An easy pasta dish thats a great twist on the traditional Chicken Parmesan. Thank you 365 Days of Baking

1 lb. pasta
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut up into 1-inch bite-sized pieces
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
6 ounce bag fresh spinach, chopped
2 24 ounce jars Pasta Sauce

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare a 9 X 13-inch baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
  • Boil pasta for 2 minutes less than what is directed on package. 
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a shallow dish, combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  • Working in batches, coat the chicken pieces in egg and then coat completely in the bread/cheese mixture.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Place half the chicken pieces into the skillet and cook about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  • Remove and place on a plate covered with a paper towel. 
  • Continue process with remaining chicken, adding remaining olive oil to the skillet.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, chopped spinach and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Add both jars of pasta sauce. 
  • Mix well.
  • Add chicken pieces and mix to coat.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cup of shredded mozzarella.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

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