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How To Make Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Updated on September 9, 2012


This is a nifty little recipe I just sort of created to see how it would turn out. It is based on traditional Chicken Parmesan but with a couple twists.

First, I did not bread the chicken but instead used a tad of olive oil and olive oil cooking spray to brown boneless and skinless chicken pieces on both sides.

I made my own marinara sauce and had that simmered and cooked beforehand.

I also used one of my favorite pastas, which is organic brown rice sphagetti pasta noodles from Trader Joe's. This pasta is wheat free, sodium free, gluten free and cholesterol free.

Then at the very last minute, I decided to add thinly sliced organic zucchini and white mushrooms I had on hand.

The result was a wonderfully delicious casserole that took only minutes to prepare. For my next creation, I'm going to try doing a Chicken Alfredo casserole!

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Dinner Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Makes 4 servings


  • Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice Pasta noodles (or other spaghetti noodles) - enough for 4 servings cooked just to al dente stage
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken pieces such as thighs or half breasts
  • 2-3 cups of marinara sauce (homemade or prepared)
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese (substitute grated)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese or other Italian cheese
  • 1 large or 2 small zucchini
  • 1 cup or so of sliced mushrooms
  • Herbs to taste such as oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary
  • Salt if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray medium sized casserole dish with vegetable or olive oil spray.
  3. If making your own marinara sauce, prepare that and have ready.
  4. Have spaghetti pasta noodles cooked just to al dente stage, drained and rinsed and ready to use.
  5. In skillet sprayed with olive oil cooking spray, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Brown chicken pieces on one side, then turn and brown on the other side.
  6. Place cooked spaghetti noodles in prepared casserole dish.
  7. Sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese if desired.
  8. Top with a thin layer of sliced mushrooms.
  9. Top with thin layer of sliced zucchini
  10. Place 4 partly cooked chicken pieces on top of zucchini.
  11. Pour marinara sauce over chicken.
  12. Cover top with fresh mozzarella or other Italian cheese as to your own taste in terms of amount, then sprinkle with a bit more shaved Parmesan cheese.
  13. Cover - if using foil, spray the foil with vegetable spray to keep it from sticking to the casserole. Cook at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until zucchini is fork tender.
  14. Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

Serve this great casserole with a loaf of crusty Italian bread and a green salad. This makes an excellent dinner that is relatively quick and easy to make.

Tips and Ideas

  • You can always prepare the chicken the traditional way by dipping the chicken in Panko or bread crumbs and browning on each side
  • Try different Italian cheeses such as Romano or Provolone for a different taste
  • I've even used Gruyere because I happened to have that on hand and it was still delicious
  • Substitute carrots cut into super thin slices for the zucchini for a more bolognese type dish
  • Change up the noodles to rotini or bow-tie pasta if you don't have spaghetti noodles on hand
  • Substitute veal cutlets or thin sliced veal steaks for the chicken to make a Veal Parmesan casserole or substitute eggplant for an Eggplant Parmesan casserole for a meatless dinner choice
  • Be creative and make other substitutions!

Be sure and check out the video on youtube for a great quick and easy variation to Chicken Parmesan again with no frying and unbelievably short prep time!


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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Journey - it's a delicious way to go~

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      5 years ago from USA

      I enjoy a good chicken parmesan hero/sub sandwich. Preparing it in a casserole this way is a great idea. It looks delicious in the photo. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much Palak for dropping by - hope you like it!

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      Palak Verma 

      7 years ago from Sunnyvale

      Yummy hub! Will try it sometime.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Almost Lola - Glad you liked! Thanks for the read.

    • AlmostLola profile image


      7 years ago

      Definitely bookmarking this recipe! Thanks!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Katie for the read - it's a keeper!

    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      forwarding this dinner recipe for chicken Parmesan casserole to my sister. thanks for the cooking tips and recipe. :) Katie

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks again for the read, Katrinasui. Glad to share as I'm always in the kitchen it seems...or on here!

    • katrinasui profile image


      8 years ago

      It sounds delicious. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks ML - Hope you do. It was really delish and so easy!!

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      mysterylady 89 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Your recipe sounds yummy. I'll have to give it a try.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      HH - You are TOO kind!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds delicious but of course. I never seen a bad recipe from you you yet.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for dropping by Dolores - hope you enjoy it as those are some of my favorite ingredients as well. I think I must be Italian somewhere!

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I had to check this one out because it contains all of my favorite ingredients - chicken, pasta, and tomatoes. And, of course, cheese. Yum!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      BJ - We can always go with carrots - are you adverse to carrots? I can change up recipes like falling down stairs...well not quite but pretty close! Your wish is my command oh wise one.

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Ooh, chicken Parmesan a la Kirchner. I love veal and chicken Parmesan or maybe it's the breading I'm so fond of. Regardless, this is a very innovative recipe less breading which is probably much more healthful.

      Lose the zucchini and I will offer myself as your official taster.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Darski - But of course - that is half of the fun, cooking for other people!! Of course, Griffin wants me to cook for him as well the little bold darling but I told him he will have to do with the occasional crumbs that get dropped. Thanks for your devotion, Darlene!

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      You honestly are the best cook I know, truly no lie...would you adopt me? This sounds so yummy and I love Parmesan cheese, I will bookmark this recipe. Thumbs up, rate up peace and love darski

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Katie - Glad you like - let me know how the eggplant version turns out. I'm not a huge eggplant fan but I have a lot of friends who love it! Thanks for the read.

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      This sounds wonderful, I'm going to trade the chicken for egg plant and make chicken parmesan for the girls and eggplant parmesan for me. I love your amazing recipes and again I love Trader Joes as I shop there. Thanks :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Hi Prasetio - I'm sorry I always make you, I'm sending you a virtual taste right now! Seriously thanks for the read as always and hope your mom likes the recipe and you, too!!

      rkhyclak - Thanks for stopping by!

      Eiddwen - Hope you enjoy it! Thanks again for stopping by.

      Tonymac - Thanks for stopping in and hope you enjoy it as well. It even tastes good as leftovers!

      Izzy - Nice to see you - and thanks for the read!

    • IzzyM profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      This chicken recipe looks delicious and I'm saving it to try out. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Another chicken recipe to add to my collection - thanks! It looks wonderful.

      Love and peace


    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      Hi akirchner,

      Mmmm sounds delicious and will have to be a must. I will bookmark it so that I can refer back to it easily.

      Thank you for sharing and I'll let you know how it goes.

      Take care.

    • rkhyclak profile image


      8 years ago from Ohio

      Looks and sounds great Audrey! Thanks :)

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love chicken very much. Audrey, you make this recipes so special. You always made me hungry every time you share your recipes. Do you have some more for me? I'll show this recipes to my mom. Thank you very much. Take care!


    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Suziecat - You are too funny! I know what you mean though as I'm always looking for something different.

      Alekhouse - Thanks so much for stopping by - and hope you like it. I'm going to try the recipe in that vid too!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Really like your nifty little recipe. I will definitely try one or all of these. Thanks, Audrey.

    • suziecat7 profile image


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Another good one from my favorite recipe czar. I'm always looking for something different to do with boneless breasts.


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