How to make chicken Parmesan casserole

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Chicken Parmesan is one of those dishes that pretty much everyone loves. It's hard not to love cheesy, saucy goodness wrapped around chicken. How could you say no? Making chicken Parmesan can be a bit daunting, though, what with breading the chicken, frying it and making the sauce. In the recipe below, we make an easy and delicious chicken Parmesan casserole that takes all the work out of a traditional Parmesan and keeps all the flavor!
We start by mixing marinara sauce with tomato paste to thicken the sauce while it bakes in the oven. Slicing the chicken into thin strips lets the meat soak up all the flavor of the sauce and herbs. A layer of panko breadcrumbs mixed with Parmesan, mozzarella, oregano and Italian seasoning bakes to a nice crisp crust on top. We like to top the casserole with fresh basil straight out of the oven, but feel free to leave it out if you prefer.
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How to make Chicken Parmesan Casserole
10 minutes
1 hour
1 hour, 10 minutes
1½ cups marinara sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
½ cup roughly chopped fresh basil (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a bowl, add marinara sauce and tomato paste. Mix well so that the tomato paste is fully incorporated into the marinara sauce.
Add chicken, salt, pepper, 1 cup Parmesan, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 teaspoon oregano and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Mix well.
Pour chicken-marinara mixture in a casserole dish.
In a bowl, mix together remaining Parmesan, mozzarella, oregano, Italian seasoning and panko breadcrumbs.
Sprinkle Parmesan-panko mixture evenly on top of the chicken.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until chicken is fully cooked and the top is golden and bubbly.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh basil.
Serve with garlic bread and or a side of pasta.
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