Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole

A few simple ingredients quickly layer to create an easy Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole that the whole family will love!

Fork in a cheesy piece of chicken parmesan casserole with plenty of red sauce sitting on top of spaghetti on a white plate.

Easy Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipe

A perfect meal for busy nights this cheesy chicken is perfect eaten as is, but can easily be paired with pasta for a more filling meal.

Our meat and cheese combo with marinara sauce is similar to a restaurant classic of Chicken Parmesan but is so much faster to make in this casserole recipe.

Just like the leftover of Italian Baked Chicken I like to serve with salad for lunches throughout the week.

Whether you eat a whole cheesy chicken breast or slice it up to make smaller portions this meal is enjoyable. Just like our Spaghetti Pizza Casserole and Loaded Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac kids enjoy the familiar favorites as much as adults.

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Chicken breasts with lot of melted cheese and a little crunchy crouton layer on top of saucy chicken on top of spaghetti with a fork and the full dish of parmesan chicken casserole in the background.

If you like this Parmesan chicken casserole recipe you may also enjoy our Chicken Parm Stuffed Peppers and One Pot Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan.

Why This Recipe is Popular

  • The cheese and chicken mixture is perfect for adults and kids loving adding a side of pasta with the meat.
  • A restaurant quality meal that is easy to make at home to save money.
  • This casserole can be put in the oven faster than you can drive to an Italian restaurant to pick up some Chicken Parmesan.
  • The leftovers reheat well.
Serving spatula lifting a chicken breasts covered in parmesan and mozzarella cheese out of a pan full of marinara sauce on a red and white plaid n

Ingredients Needed:

  • Chicken Breasts – We always use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can season with salt and pepper for additional flavor, but we enjoy this recipe without the extra salt.
  • Olive Oil – Helps prevent sticking to the pan and helps distribute the garlic more evenly.
  • Minced Garlic – A couple cloves of garlic work great, but I typically use a jar of garlic to save time.
  • Red Pepper Flakes – Add a little heat to the recipe and are optional. I typically omit this spice for our family that has a more mild palate.
  • Marinara Sauce – Using a jar saves time, but if I can remember to defrost some frozen pasta sauce I like to use it.
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese – Adds some cheesy magic.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Yes there’s a lot of cheese, but it really makes this dish so amazing.
  • Italian Seasoned Croutons – Roughly crush croutons to quickly imitate the more traditional breading in chicken parmesan.
Ingredients to make chicken parmesan casserole are boneless, skinless chicken breasts, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, grated parmesan cheese, croutons, garlic and red pepper flakes on a white counter top.

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken Casserole

Spread a thin, even layer of olive oil in the bottom of a 9 x 13″ casserole dish.

Add at least 2 teaspoons or cloves of minced garlic and spread out as evenly as possible.

If you like some heat and spice add the red pepper flakes, but know this ingredient is optional.

Then add boneless, skinless chicken breasts with any visible fat trimmed to the dish.

Five boneless skinless chicken breasts filling a 9x13 casserole dish.

Space evenly. I like to pack the dish full with the intention of having leftovers. If you prefer a smaller batch allow an even amount of space between each piece of chicken.

Pour a jar of sauce over the top. Use a spatula to spread out.

Jar of marinara sauce poured over top of chicken breasts in a casserole dish.

Then sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese over the sauce. It will be difficult to move or spread, so sprinkle evenly.

Thick layer of grated parmesan cheese poured over top of pasta sauce and chicken breasts.

Next add half of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Chicken parmesan casserole with sauce, chicken, parmesan, mozzarella and no pasta in a glass dish.

Pour croutons into a plastic bag and using a rolling pin to roughly crush croutons.

Sprinkle those croutons on top of the mozzarella.

Crushed croutons sprinkled over top of shredded mozzarella cheese and garlic seasoned chicken breasts in a baking dish.

Repeat the layers of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese and place in a 350℉ preheated oven.

A second thick layer of mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top to raw chicken breasts sitting in marinara sauce in a 9 x 13" glass pan on a white counter top.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Take a peak around 30 minutes to check how brown the cheese is. If it’s fairly brown then cover with foil making a bit of a tent to prevent the foil from sticking to the cheese in the center.

Golden brown melted mozzarella and parmesan cheese generously coating chicken breasts in pasta sauce making an easy casserole on a red and white plaid napkin.

Recipe Tips & Tricks:

  • Baking time will be determined by how big and how tightly packed the chicken breasts are in the dish.
  • I like to make a big batch with about 5 pounds of chicken.
  • If adjusting the size of the recipe be sure to use twice as much mozzarella cheese as parmesan cheese.
  • Using a larger lasagna size pan can make preparing the recipe a bit easier if you have one.
  • If the cheese is beginning to get too brown while baking cover with foil, but create a little bit of a tent shape in the center so that the melting cheese doesn’t stick to the foil.
Close up tender and juicy slices of chicken served from a baked parmesan chicken casserole in the background.

More Easy Casserole Recipes the Family Will Enjoy

Ground Beef Pot Pie has layers of common ingredients to make a great meal.

Ground Beef Tortellini is a skillet casserole that mixes pasta, meat and cheese for another wonderful meal.

Hamburger Cabbage Casserole has rice, cabbage and ground beef coated in tomato sauce. And our classic Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole has beef, cheese and potatoes.

Hot Chicken Casserole is topped with buttery crushed crackers baked over top of classic cold chicken salad ingredients.

Close up cheesy chicken breast on a silver server being lifted above the full pan of the best parmesan chicken casserole with marinara sauce.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Servings 5 chicken breasts
Author: Jennifer
A few simple ingredients quickly layer to create an easy Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole that the whole family will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned croutons roughly crushed


  • Place olive oil in the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish; spread as evenly as possible.
  • Sprinkled minced garlic and crushed pepper flakes over oil.
  • Arrange chicken breasts evenly in the dish and cover with marinara sauce.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of parmesan over the sauce.
  • Then add 2 cups of mozzarella evenly over all. Spread crushed crumbs on and repeat last layer of cheeses.
  • Bake at 350℉ for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165℉.


Calories: 780kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 82gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 250mgSodium: 2218mgPotassium: 1402mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1727IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 845mgIron: 3mg

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