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Skinny Chicken Parmesan Casserole
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4.35 from 83 votes

Skinny Chicken Parmesan Casserole

This casserole is a nutritious and delightful way to get all the flavors of a traditional Italian dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, High Protein, Kid-Friendly
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Gale Compton


  • 1 pound penne pasta whole grain
  • 1 jar marinara sauce 24-25 ounce jar, no sugar added
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes optional
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup skim mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs whole wheat
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning optional, ground oregano


  • Cook pasta according to the package directions, drain.
    Preheat the oven to 375°. In a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish combine the cooked pasta, marinara, tomatoes, and chicken. Stir well. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and seasoning.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the casserole and stir in the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly over the top. Leave uncovered, return to the oven, and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the top is crispy.


  • We've made the casserole with and without the diced tomatoes. It's delicious either way. It really depends on how much tomato flavor you prefer.
  • For an even cheesier casserole, add an additional 1/4 cup Ricotta and 1/4 cup cottage cheese. Stir in along with the mozzarella.
  • For a vegetarian dish, leave out the chicken and follow the directions as indicated.
  • Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.
  • This casserole is truly versatile. :)


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 542IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 3mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10