The Best Parmesan Chicken Bake


This Parmesan-style chicken bake is done casserole style (so, no breading or frying!), but still offers up that irresistible combination of tender chicken, crunchy-cheesy coating, and flavorful sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 2 cups prepared marinara sauce

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 1 (5 ounce) package garlic croutons


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Coat the bottom of a 9x13-inch casserole dish with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic and red pepper flakes.

    Overhead of a baking dish drizzled with olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.

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  3. Arrange chicken breasts in the bottom of the dish.

    Overhead of raw chicken breasts in a baking dish.

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  4. Pour marinara sauce over chicken. Sprinkle basil over marinara sauce, and top with 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, followed by 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese, and croutons.

    an overhead view of an unbaked chicken casserole topped with marinara, fresh basil, cheese, and croutons

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  5. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheese.

    Overhead of cheese sprinkled over croutons and sauce in a baking dish.

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  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese and croutons are golden brown and the chicken is no longer pink inside, about 35 minutes to an hour, depending on the shape and thickness of your chicken breasts. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a chicken breast should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

    Overhead of a chicken bake with a cooking thermometer checking the temperature.

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Chef's Notes:

Use more marinara sauce if you like. And fake Parmesan will not taste the same… Go buy some real Parmigiano-Reggiano!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

477 Calories
22g Fat
28g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 1022mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 424mg 33%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 559mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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