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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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This Chicken Parmesan Casserole is freezable and easy to put together. If you’re making a chicken the dish, just make extra chicken to use for this recipe.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 6

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 24 oz marinara no sugar listed in ingredients
  • 10 oz frozen bell peppers
  • 1 cup 100% whole grain breadcrumbs see notes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella grated

Instructions

Preparing the Casserole

  • Cook and shred chicken breasts. (See notes). While chicken is cooking, mix panko and italian seasoning; set aside. Place cooked, shredded chicken in the bottom of a 13X9 pan.
  • Sprinkle bell peppers over chicken. Pour marinara over chicken and peppers. Top with mozzarella. Top with panko mixture.

Cooking the Casserole

  • Preheat oven to 350. Bake at 350 30 minutes.

Freezing the Casserole

  • To freeze the casserole, cover tightly with foil. Label and freeze.

Cooking after Freezing

  • To cook after freezing, thaw casserole completely (about 24 hours in the refrigerator). Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Notes

If you have an Instant Pot, place chicken breasts and 1 cup water in the insert.  Lock lid, set valve to sealing and program for manual-high-15 minutes.  NPR 10 minutes.  Remove from instant pot and shred in a stand mixer or with two forks.
If you don't have an Instant Pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Add chicken breasts.  Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.  Remove chicken and shred in a stand mixer or with two forks.
If you can't find 100% whole grain breadcrumbs with no high fructose corn syrup, you can easily make your own: for each 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs you need, place one slice bread in the blender or food processor.  Process until crumbly.  These are easily made ahead and frozen for when you want to use them (I save the heels of the bread loaves and make breadcrumbs from them, and keep the breadcrumbs in the freezer.)
Variation: add 2 cups whole grain noodles, cooked and drained to the chicken for a heartier meal.
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