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Chicken Pasta Casserole with Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping - chunks of chicken, oregano, fresh basil and a Parmesan breadcrumb topping make this easy pasta dish standout from the crowd

Chicken Cheese Pasta Casserole with Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2" cubes
  • a few shakes of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large jar organic marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • a few sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 16- ounce pack gluten-free pasta
  • 1 8- ounce pack shredded organic mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons organic butter cut into small pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together chicken cubes, sea salt and black pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet and sauté onion and garlic until fragrant. Add chicken and sauté until just cooked through. Add marinara sauce, oregano and fresh basil; heat through.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot; add chicken and sauce, along with mozzarella cheese; mix well. Divide between two 8-inch square dishes or pour the entire pot into a 13x9x2 inch casserole dish.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on top of casserole dishes. Place the pieces of butter on top. Bake for 15 minutes; then broil for a 2-3 minutes to brown the top.