Italian Chicken Casserole


Posted: October 1

Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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Italian Chicken Casserole is a fantastic twist on the classic chicken casserole, infused with incredible Mediterranean flavors! The chicken is crispy and juicy, the pasta is tender and smothered in a rich sauce and sharp cheese, and every bite is herbaceous and hearty. The Italian Chicken Casserole is a creamy casserole that will have you craving it both before and after eating it!


Ingredients

• 8 ounces bowtie, farfalle, or preferred shaped pasta, uncooked • 2 tablespoons butter • 2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, and cut in 1/2-inch cubes • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 small onion, chopped • 1/4 cup red bell peppers, diced • 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of chicken soup • 1 cup milk or half-and-half • 1/2 cup chicken stock • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed • 2 tablespoons dry Italian dressing mix • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated and divided

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Prepare a 2-quart casserole dish (11x7- or 9x9-inch) with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 3

Cook the pasta according to the package directions to 2-3 minutes shy of al dente.

Step 4

Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Step 5

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 6

Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 4-5 minutes.

Step 7

Add the garlic, onion, and bell pepper to the skillet and sauté until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.

Step 8

Add the cream of chicken soup, milk, and chicken stock, whisking until smooth.

Step 9

Add the cubed cream cheese, stirring until it's melted and fully combined into the sauce.

Step 10

Add in the dressing mix and 2 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese, stirring until fully combined.

Step 11

Add in the partially cooked pasta and toss until well coated and heated through.

Step 12

Place the chicken/pasta mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

Step 13

Sprinkle the casserole mixture with the remaining 1 tablespoon of the parmesan cheese.

Step 14

Bake until the pasta is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling, about 30-40 minutes.

Step 15

Serve.


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