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Spicy Chicken Pasta Casserole


This is a recipe from my friend Chad Baker. He made this for us one night, after

we had the baby, and talk about a treat! It is a delicious casserole version of Chicken Parmesan with a nice spicy kick! I loved the idea of the breaded chicken chunks in the spicy sauce!

I added a handful of Spinach to this recipe to give it a kick of green or you can use broccoli too.
  • If you wanted to take this idea and make it a 10 minute meal. Simply use pre-breaded chicken tenders from the deli, chop into chunks, boil pasta, add pre-made sauce, mix together, top with cheese and bake. If you don't have a Jalapeno and want a kick use red pepper flakes.
Of course it won't taste like Chad's homemade version but it is a great idea for a quick meal!

Chad has a great website you should check out!
www.livingorlando.com

I would love to hear from you! Enjoy!

Total Servings: 8-10 Total Cost:$6.50

16 oz Penne, Ziti, Bowtie, or Shell Pasta - I used Wheat
2 Chicken Breasts-cut into chunks
8oz Crushed Tomatoes
16oz Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 Jalapeno-diced
2 Cloves of Garlic-minced
2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Cups Italian bread crumbs
2 Tbsp All purpose flour
16oz Shredded Italian Cheese Blend
Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional Veggie -Broccoli or Spinach
Sauce:

  • In Med saucepan over medium-high heat
  • Saute Jalapeno & Garlic with 1Tbsp of olive oil until soft
  • Reduce Heat to med-low
  • Add Tomatoes and seasonings to pan
  • Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally
  • Sauce can simmer while preparing chicken
Chicken:
  • In Med frying pan bring 1/4" of Vegetable oil to Med-high heat
  • In bowl scramble egg with milk toss chicken in mix to coat (remove any excess)
  • In another bowl combine breadcrumbs and flour toss chicken in mix to coat
  • Place chicken in hot oil, not crowded
  • Cook 1-2 min each side until lightly golden brown
  • Place chicken on paper towels to soak up access grease
Pasta:
  • Boil Pasta al dante and set aside.
  • Don't cook fully it will continue to cook when you bake
Bake:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In 8X10 Casserole dish Pour pasta, then chicken, then sauce, and top with cheese
  • Cover with foil and bake 20 min (make sure foil doesn't touch cheese)
  • Remove foil and broil at 500 degrees for 5 min to brown
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 10 min and serve
*If desired you can marinate chicken over night with olive oil, thyme, pinch of coriander and cayenne.

Comments

  1. I forgot to include that all important final step ... Cross your fingers. Glad you guys liked it, though. Spicy chicken pasta was a favorite of mine for a long time.

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  2. I stumbled upon your blog this week. Bless you for taking the time to write while caring for a newborn! I have a 2-year old and an almost-1-year old so your quick recipes are just what I like to make. I have my eye on several recipes already. I made this Spicy Chicken Pasta Casserole the other day -- great recipe, very forgiving -- I didn't have all the ingredients (nor the time) so I tweaked it and it came out very tasty. Oddly enough my baby loved it the most! I put in in a mini food processor and he couldn't get enough of it. I'll try the beer & chicken crockpot next. Thanks for easy recipes that both my kids and I will enjoy eating.
    A Reader in Virginia

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  3. Hi reader in Virgina! So glad you and your kids liked the dish! I know how hard it is to be in the kitchen with 2 kids especially the age of yours. So I try to make easy recipes that moms out there can make quick but stay healthy. And tweaking it is what I love. I try and encourage that with all the recipes and just give people the idea to get in the kitchen. So thank you for your comment and bless you and your children. Stay in touch and let me know how things are going for you :) Morgan~

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  4. I am cooking this tonight, I already cooked the beer crock pot chicken and using the left overs for this. I am really excited!
    I have a 21 month and he is such a handful when I start cooking!
    It's easy! thank you so much

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