Baked Chicken Marinara

 

 I love finding new ways to sass up a family favourite meal! 

Take the classic Chicken Parmesan for instance. When I make this dish, I use whatever spaghetti or pasta sauce that I have on hand. Yet, I really have to spice it up to make it robust. 

A while back I had a jar of Marinara sauce to use up {from making my Zucchini Fries recipe}, and thought it would make a killer sauce for Breaded and Baked Chicken – score!

The flavour in this Baked Chicken Marinara recipe is THE BOMB. My husband’s take is that it’s ‘better than our favourite pasta restaurant’ {and he wasn’t even trying to get out of dishes-duty}. The kids? They requested it just a few days later again. #winning.

baked chicken marinara recipe

I am a complete pasta-lover, so it’s no surprise that this has become one of my favourite recipes – ever. This one will be up front and centre in my recipe book of go-to’s. 

Follow the recipe, complete with my tips to make it a success and you’ll have a favourite on your hands as well. I’m sure of it. 

If you have leftovers for the next day, just add more marinara sauce to the bottom of a deep dish and re-bake until a desired temp has been reached. When it’s done re-heating, I add more cheese to the top and bake uncovered until it melts. Yes, I said even more cheese. How could you not?  :) 

Baked Chicken Marinara
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Chicken Breast, sliced in half to make 8
  2. 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  3. 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  4. 2 tsp Oregano
  5. 3 tbsp Butter, melted (or olive oil)
  6. 3/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  7. 1 1/2 cup Marinara Sauce
  8. Fresh chopped Basil for garnish {optional but recommended}
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450° and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and oregano in a shallow bowl or deep plate
  3. Melt the butter in another shallow bowl or deep plate
  4. Dip the chicken into the butter and then into the dry mixture.
  5. Place on prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes, turning over if desired at 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and spoon marinara sauce over each piece of chicken and top each with preferred amount of mozzarella cheese
  8. Place back in the over and cook for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted
  9. Serve warm oven cooked pasta noodles with a sprinkle of Basil
Notes
  1. ~ You have to half each chicken breast to make 2 - or else it won't cook evenly and you might have an undercooked middle with burnt edges.
  2. ~The chopped basil is optional yet it does give a really nice flavour to the meal, I would personally make a trip to the store to get some if necessary, I very much like what it adds to the dish
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Comments

  1. Sandy Trojansek says:

    Looks delicious!!

  2. Looks amazing except I would go with unbreaded chicken!

  3. Melinda L. says:

    Sounds simple but delicious. A good way to get me to eat chicken breast for sure.

  4. Nancy Morrow says:

    This recipe combines all of my favorites, printing it off for the weekend. Thanks!

  5. kristen visser says:

    omg totally making this!!!

  6. Darlene Schuller says:

    Oh this looks amazing, thank you so much for sharing! I guess I know what’s dinner tomorrow night!

  7. Catherine Robichaud says:

    Looks yummy, now I’m craving pasta.

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