Dump-and-Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta

Dump-and-Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta

You don't even have to boil the pasta for this quick and healthy Dump-and-Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta! With only 5 minutes of prep, the easy, family-friendly recipe is a fresh and fast way to get dinner on the table!

Dump-and-Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta


THE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups diced, cooked chicken
  • 1 3/4 cups halved grape tomatoes (can substitute with a can of undrained diced tomatoes)
  • 12 ounces (about 3 cups) uncooked uncooked penne pasta
  • 3 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth*
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ½ cup chopped or torn fresh basil leaves divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt



INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In the prepared dish (or in a separate bowl), stir together cooked chicken, tomatoes, uncooked pasta, chicken broth, 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese, about half of the basil leaves, minced garlic, and salt.
  3. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Uncover; stir. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.
  5. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of mozzarella over the top. Bake uncovered for 5-10 more minutes (or until cheese is melted and pasta is tender).
  6. Garnish with remaining basil leaves just before serving.


This recipe and image adapted from: www.theseasonedmom.com

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