The recipe takes advantage of frozen pre-breaded and cooked chicken fingers to take the mess and hassle out of frying chicken and turns the classic dish into a delicious casserole your family will devour. My family absolutely adored this and they’ve been constantly asking to have it again. Y’all just have to try it. It’s saucy, cheesy goodness for real.
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Chicken Parmesan Bake
- 1 lb (6 to 8 strips) frozen fully cooked breaded chicken tenders (I used Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips)
- 1 (16-ounce) box penne pasta
- 1 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 (8-ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cook the chicken and pasta according the directions on the packages.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the cooked and drained pasta with the spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce. Pour it into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Chop the cooked chicken into 1-inch pieces and sprinkle over the pasta. Cover with the mozzarella cheese and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese has melted.