Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole

This Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole is both creamy and cheesy! With bite-sized chicken pieces, perfectly cooked pasta, and a rich, homemade white sauce, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. Easy to prepare and packed with amazing flavor, it’s perfect for any night of the week!

Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole in baking dish

This chicken pasta casserole recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken and makes an easy meal that the whole family will enjoy. It’s one of those easy chicken casserole recipes that’s perfect for weeknight dinners or for serving picky eaters who love creamy, cheesy comfort food.

Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole on a plate
How should I store my Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole?

Chicken and Pasta Casserole should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator
for 3-4 days. To Reheat: Reheat on the stovetop, or in the microwave. Add a splash of water, or heavy cream to loosen it up before reheaHng.

Can I freeze this casserole?

I do not recommend freezing this dish due to the sauce.

Can I use a different type of pasta?

Yes, you can use any pasta shape you prefer, such as rigatoni, fusilli, or ziti. Just adjust the cooking time as needed.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Absolutely! Chicken thighs can add more flavor and moisture to the dish. Just ensure they are boneless and cut into bite-sized pieces.

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Can I add vegetables to this dish?

Absolutely! Adding vegetables like spinach, broccoli, or bell peppers can enhance the dish’s nutriHonal value and flavor.

Substitutions:

  • Penne Pasta: substitute with any other pasta shape such as rotni, rigatoni, or farfalle.
  • Chicken Breasts: Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or a roHsserie chicken.
  • Heavy Cream: substitute with half-and-half or a mixture of milk and butter.
  • Parmesan Cheese: substitute with Pecorino Romano or Asiago cheese.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Use provolone, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican cheese blend.

Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cook the penne pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.ingredients for Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.chicken and seasoning added to pan
  3. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional 30-45 seconds unHl fragrant.minced garlic added to pan
  4. Pour in the heavy cream and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.cream being poured into the pan
  5. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. Continue stirring until the cheeses are melted and the sauce is smooth.Grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese added to pan
  6. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss until the pasta is well coated with the sauce.pasta added to pan
  7. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly. Top with the remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.pasta mixture  transfered to baking dish
  8. Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or unHl the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly around the edges.baked casserole in baking dish
  9. Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole in a baking dish
  10. Sprinkle the chopped fresh parsley over the top of the casserole and serve.Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole on a plate

What should I serve with my pasta bake?

  • Garlic Bread: Warm, crispy garlic bread is a perfect side to soak up the creamy sauce.
  • Green Salad: A fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette adds a refreshing contrast to the rich pasta.
  • Steamed or Roasted Vegetables: Simple steamed vegetables like broccoli, green beans, or asparagus add a healthy and colorful side.
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts: These add a savory, caramelized flavor that pairs well with the creamy pasta.
  • Caesar Salad: A classic Caesar salad with crunchy croutons and Parmesan cheese complements the pasta dish well.
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Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole

This chicken pasta casserole recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken and makes an easy meal that the whole family will enjoy.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cook the penne pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional 30-45 seconds until fragrant.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and sHr in the grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. Continue stirring until the cheeses are melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss until the pasta is well coated with the sauce.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly. Top with the remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly around the edges.
  • Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Sprinkle the chopped fresh parsley over the top of the casserole and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1251IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 1mg

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