Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Chicken Parmesan Casserole (Slow Cooker)

My family-favorite chicken Parmesan casserole. #recipe


A few months ago, I had volunteered to cook a meal for my large family and just as I pulled out my ingredients, I found out I had a big work project that had to be completed that day. I knew I needed to prepare something that would be quick with minimal fuss, but still, a meal that everyone would enjoy. Italian food is always a favorite around here, and I knew I could pull something simple out of my hat. Little did I know that it would be one of my family's new favorite dishes and when I blogged about it later that week, so many people asked for the recipe!

I'm sure there are probably a hundred similar recipes out there, but I wanted to tell you exactly how I made this dish so it can be replicated. I've actually done two variations since then. The first is the original dish that is done entirely in the slow cooker. The second one is finished in a casserole dish in the oven and has a "prettier" presentation in case you want to make it for company. Both variations resulted in people scraping their plates clean. 

My family-favorite chicken Parmesan casserole. #recipe


Chicken Parmesan Casserole (Slow Cooker)
YIELD: 8 SERVINGS  PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES  COOK TIME: 3 HOURS + 30 MINUTES 
TOTAL TIME: 3 HOURS 35 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1-2 lbs boneless chicken tenderloins, frozen (time adjustment for fresh, below)
  • 48 oz. tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 1 lb pasta, penne or farfalle work best
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus a handful extra for sprinkling
  • Italian seasoning blend (or any combo of basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme)
  • salt and pepper
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Place frozen chicken tenderloins in the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Top with tomato sauce, cover and cook on high for about three hours until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. (If you're using fresh chicken tenderloins, you can cut the cooking time down to about an hour.)
  2. Boil pasta according to package instructions and strain. 
  3. Option 1: Ladle a little sauce from the slow cooker and mix into pasta. Add Italian seasoning and 1 cup of Parmesan and mix until combined. Pour into 9x13 casserole dish and top with the chicken tenderloins. Pour tomato sauce over the casserole. Sprinkle on remaining Parmesan, cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350° for 30 minutes until cheese on top is melted and bubbly.
  4. Option 2: Remove chicken and chop into bite-size pieces. Return to slow cooker and add pasta, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, and mix until combined. Cover slow cooker and continue cooking until cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.

My family-favorite chicken Parmesan casserole. #recipe

However you decide to complete this meal, it always ends up being a crowd-pleaser. We've served this meal with a side salad, a green vegetable like Brussels sprouts or steamed broccoli, and a loaf of garlic bread. Hope you enjoy this quick and easy chicken Parmesan casserole if you give it a try!

What's your favorite cuisine to cook for family or friends?

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28 comments:

  1. Mmmm, I'm so hungry now that I've read your post. Looks delish. I'm making something similar tonight. :)

    Hope you're well Lecy xo

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  2. Chicken parmesan is my favorite but I've never tried making it in a slow cooker. How much Italian seasoning did you add? Definitely saving this recipe- thanks for sharing!

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  3. I added 1-2 teaspoons of the Italian seasoning. The great thing about this recipe is that you can tweak it to your own taste preference. Hope you enjoy! :)

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  4. I'm such a sucker for slow cooker casserole dishes!! So perfect for fall :) I Loe the idea of serving this with greens and garlic bread. Sounds like the perfect dinner

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  5. It's the perfect dinner for fall - comforting and no fuss!

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  6. I never thought to make chicken parm in a casserole. What a great idea! My family would love this!

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  7. I've never tried making chicken parmesan in a slow cooker, this recipe sounds so good!

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  8. This sounds so delicious! I haven't had a good chicken parm in awhile and it sounds amazing at the moment. We'll have to make some soon.

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  9. Yumm this looks so tasty!! I miss gluten so much being celiac pasta doesn't taste the same.

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  10. I just added this to my Pinterest board because I've been dying for more slow cooker recipes that aren't just cans of things or soup ahhaa. This sounds delicious!

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  11. Yummy! Sometimes this kind of comfort food is just what the tummy calls for. I'm going to try the slow cooker version.

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  12. Hope you enjoy it if you give the recipe a try!

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  13. Gluten-free pasta does have a different taste to it. I've had good luck with the Banza pasta made out of chickpeas.

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  14. Yum! Can't wait to make this! I'm always looking for slow cooker recipes for the fall.

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  15. This looks so yummy! Will have to make this sometime, my family loves it!








    Kileen
    cute & little

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  16. Oh yum, this looks so good. I'm pretty sure I could make it gluten-free too. :)

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  17. This sounds like my kind of recipe! I LOVE chicken parm and any type of slow cooker meal is a plus!

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  18. This looks AMAZING! I know my family would love it!

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  19. It's such an easy recipe with the slow cooker!

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