Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

I know I have had a lot of sponsored posts as of late, and not as many recipes, but things have been a little crazy around here.  My 5 year old has been sick for over 2 weeks now, and I just haven't had the time to do  the blog planning, menu planning, or cooking that I had been doing before.  My little one had been dealing with allergies, and was getting along pretty well, but then got a virus that went straight to his chest and caused  the worst asthma flare-up he has ever had.  We ended up in the ER for the first time ever.  Can I just say...NOT. FUN. As he was trying to get over all that, he has gotten a sinus infection on top of it. AND 'pink eye'...in both eyes. He is really having a hard time, and his poor little immune system can't take much more! So, say a little prayer for his health, and my sanity. He was up and down all night last night due to the fever and discomfort. Needless to say, mama is tired!  It's days like this when I love the ease (and comfort!) of a casserole.
I have seen a version of this recipe from numerous sources on Pinterest, and the first time I made it, I followed the directions and used raw chicken in the casserole...letting it all cook at one time.  The flavor was really good, but the casserole had a lot of "liquid" in it.  All I could think of is...'ewwww, chicken juice!'  The idea of my casserole floating in chicken fat just kind of grossed me out. However, I love Chicken Parmesan and decided to give the casserole another shot, but pre-cooking my chicken.
This is definitely my preferred method. Yes, it is an extra step, but it eliminates all the extra liquid.  I actually cooked my chicken in the crock pot, so all I had to do was shred the chicken when I was ready to prepare my casserole. However, I think I would prefer chunks of chicken in this, so next time I will just boil it. (I know, I'm picky right?!)

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
adapted from: Emily Bites

2 lbs cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts (shredded or cubed)
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
2 cups favorite pasta sauce 
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 oz Parmesan cheese, divided (I didn't actually measure this, I just sprinkled some on!)
3.5-5 oz bag of croutons, roughly crushed (I used a garlic and cheese flavor)


*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
*Spread the cubed chicken across the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish (lightly sprayed with cooking spray) in a single layer. 
*Sprinkle the garlic, red pepper flakes and basil evenly over the chicken. 
*Top chicken with the pasta sauce in an even layer.
*Sprinkle 1 cup of the Mozzarella and one ounce of the Parmesan evenly across the top. 
*Add the crushed croutons, then remaining cheese.
*Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 mins or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.


I am linking this recipe up at (Monday) The Tumbleweed ContessaHolly's Stamping AddictionThe Dedicated HouseHomemaker on a DimeSkip to my LouMaking the World CuterI Should Be Mopping the FloorThis Gal CooksWatch Out, Martha!, Huckleberry Love (Tuesday) Naptime CreationsMandy's Recipe BoxBlessed with GraceLove in the Kitchen, Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew Life (Wednesday) Fluster BusterMostly Homemade MomAdorned from AboveLady Behind the CurtainGinger Snap CraftsHungry Little GirlNaptime is My TimeCherished Handmade Treasures  (Thursday) Project Inspire ,Joyful HomemakingDesigned DecorMiz Helen's Country CottageThe Mandatory Mooch,  The Busy Bee's(Friday) Not Your Ordinary Recipes,  Simple Living and EatingJust Us FourBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HypoDiana RamblesThe Better Baker,CraftionaryMummy DealsOne Artsy MamaThe Best Blog RecipesOne Creative Mommy, Michelle's Tasty CreationsClose to Home (Saturday) Lemons for Lulu,  Or So She Says...Six Sisters' Stuff (Sunday) Mommy's Sweet Confessions 

Yay! This recipe has been featured at Nap Time Creations and the Weekend Potluck!

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24 comments:

  1. This looks so good! I love recipes like this.. =)

    Following you on Pinterest and Bloglovin from "Memories by the Mile".

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  2. Sorry to hear your kiddos are sick.
    This recipe sounds delicious! Always looking for something new and yummy. :)
    Kelly

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  3. Holy Moly my dear, That is Rick's favorite thing and now to make it in a casserole! OH yes going to make :)

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  4. Oh girl.. that looks delish!!!! I hope that your little man is feeling better.

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  5. This looks so yummy! I love the addition of croutons, I would never have thought to do that!

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  6. OMG this looks GoooooooD!!
    I'm visiting you today from Mostly Homemade Mom. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat). I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, link up and leave a comment, too!
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  7. OH I hope your little guy gets better quickly! It is so hard to see your babies be sick and not really be able to do much for them!!

    This casserole looks amazing. I think I would prefer the cooked chicken in it too!

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  8. This sounds yummy! I love chicken parm anything so I will be trying this one and I definitely agree about the raw chicken and the grease. I am anxious to try this recipe. We've got a couple of cool rainy days ahead and I have some chicken in the freezer. Sounds like a plan! I would love to have you share this at my Linky Party! Wicked Good Wednesday at The Wilderness Wife Blog - http://www.wildernesswife.com/its-wicked-good-wednesday-in-maine/

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  9. I've made this a couple times recently (from a pinterest recipe) and my family really liked it! Thanks for linking it up at Think Tank Thursday

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  10. you are being featured!! Saturday morning my Fathers Day featured will be up! I hope you will stop by, check it out and grab a featured button. Would love for you to add the featured button to this post :o) thanks! http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/05/Fathers-Day-food.html

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  11. Love this! I can't remember the last time we had Chicken Parmesan! Great idea to make it a casserole :) Pinned!

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  12. I love casserole recipes and this one looks really good! Thank you for partying with me.

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  13. Ah... chicken juice... yup, I hear you! Like the idea of cooking it like you did. Thanks for the idea!

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  14. Oh no! I hope your little one gets better soon. What a rough time for him :(
    This casserole looks perfect for those crazy nights. Thanks so much for sharing it on Foodie Friday

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  15. Looks very tasty. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Do trust your little guy gets to feeling better soon. I have granddaughter's with similar problems, and it certainly can be frightening.

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  16. I hope your little guy is feeling better!! That's the hardest part of being a mom!!!!

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  17. Congratulations! You had the recipe with the MOST clicks last week at Weekend Potluck and you are being featured today. :) Come on over and grab and "I was featured" button on my sidebar.
    Happy Friday!
    Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

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  18. I tried the Pinterest version too that was supposedly touted by Chef somebody and it was AWFUL! The crouton topping was pretty tasty and I decided that cooking the chicken first was the way to go~ BUT, I don't think I will ever fix chicken parm again in any way, shape, or form, it really turned me off forever! Ha! glad to know I'm not the only one! Sorry your little guy is having such a hard time,
    Jenna

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    1. YES! I bet that is the same one I made the first time! It was a "chef" and it seems like it had a video with it...but don't let that turn you off chicken parm forever, it's good stuff :-) And thanks, I'm hoping my little man is 100% very soon!

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  19. this cheese sucks and is not Italian

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