Italian Chicken Casserole

Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta is your answer to “what’s for dinner” tonight! I love easy casserole recipes like this one. Prep this in the morning and pop it in the oven at dinnertime.

Chicken dinners are a favorite in our house. From this classic chicken tetrazzini recipe to our easy caprese chicken skillet. Something for everyone!

Creamy pasta filled with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach! Bake in a casserole topped with lots of cheese, YUM!


Casserole Recipes

The dreaded question. “What’s for dinner.” Sometimes it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard.

I am either super prepared…or not. I either have a menu plan for a month…or nothing in the fridge. Hot or cold. It’s how it works around here.

You would think as a food blogger that my menu is completely filled and organized for the month…or at least the week.

Ideally, you would be right (for the week anyways..never the month). If I don’t have a menu planned, then dinners end up being pancakes or waffles. Which is fine every once in awhile but if you do breakfast for dinner every day it loses some of its appeal!

That’s where casserole recipes like this one are a life saver.

This Italian Chicken Casserole can be prepped in advance, then everything bakes together in a single pan. No need to worry about side dishes to go with casserole–it’s a meal in and of itself

  • With creamy sauce, Italian seasoned chicken and linguini pasta, this casserole is a big hit in our house.
  • A generous helping of spinach mixed in with the noodles and creamy sauce means you get a full serving of greens on your plate, too!
  • A kid friendly meal that satisfies the adults is always a win, especially when it doesn’t take much effort at meal time.

There are so many ways to mix up the flavors and ingredients in your Italian chicken casserole, so this is really a few casserole recipes in one!

Italian Chicken Casserole Recipe

For the casserole, you need these ingredients:

  • Linguini noodles
  • Chicken breast – Cooked and cubed in advance, or grab a grocery store rotisserie chicken
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic cloves – pressed
  • Sun Dried tomatoes – Chopped
  • Cornstarch
  • Chicken broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Black pepper

How to Make Italian Chicken Casserole

STEP 1. Cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

STEP 2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Cook for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cornstarch and mix thoroughly.

STEP 3. Add chicken broth, heavy cream and milk to the skillet whisking quickly. Add salt and pepper. Heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

STEP 4. Add spinach and parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. Pour sauce over cooked noodles. Add cooked chicken and pour into a large casserole dish (13×9 size). Top with mozzarella cheese.

You can bake your casserole immediately, or cover with foil and place in refrigerator until dinner.

To bake immediately: Bake covered with foil at 350 degree for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes until cheese is browned.

To bake after refrigerated: Bake covered with foil in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is browned. Serve and enjoy!

Casserole Recipe Variations

Mix up the flavors: This recipe provides the perfect canvas for customizing your casserole to your taste, mood or the theme of your meal. Try these ideas for changing up the flavors:

  • Add a pinch of Italian seasoning to the garlic and sun dried tomatoes for even more Italian flavor. Sliced black olives folded in with the chicken and noodles are another great addition.
  • Like a little heat in your creamy pasta? A bit of crushed red pepper goes a long way in this pasta!
  • Veggies: Feel free to add more than just spinach to your chicken casserole. Sliced peppers or zucchini would be other great additions.

Rotisserie Chicken Casserole

Cooking chicken breasts doesn’t take long, but if you really want to save time, you can pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store! Remove the breast and dice it before adding it to the recipe.

Have leftover turkey to use? It would be delicious as a substitute for the chicken breast here!

Can you freeze chicken casserole?

I do not recommend this is a freezer casserole. Dairy based sauced will not hold up well in the freezer.

Leftover Italian Chicken Casserole does keep well covered in the fridge for a couple of days! Rehear single portions in the microwave or put the whole pan back in the oven for a few minutes to warm it through.

Creamy pasta filled with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach! Bake in a casserole topped with lots of cheese, YUM!

What to serve with pasta

More Easy Dinner Recipes

Italian Chicken Casserole

4.75 from 16 votes
By: Aimee
Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta is your answer to "what's for dinner" tonight! I love easy casserole recipes like this one. Prep this in the morning and pop it in the oven at dinnertime.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound cooked and cubed chicken breasts or use a rotisserie
  • 1 box linguine noodles 16 ounce
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 ounce package fresh spinach
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided

Instructions 

  • Cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Cook for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cornstarch, mix thoroughly.
  • Add chicken broth, heavy cream and milk, whisking quickly. Add salt and pepper. Heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. Pour sauce over cooked noodles. Add cooked chicken and pour into a large casserole dish (13×9 size). Top with mozzarella cheese. You can bake immediately, or cover with foil and place in refrigerator until dinner.
  • If baking immediately, bake covered with foil for 350 degree for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes until cheese is browned.
  • If baking after the dish has been refrigerated, bake covered with foil in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. ENJOY!

Notes

Mix up the flavors: This recipe provides the perfect canvas for customizing your casserole to your taste, mood or the theme of your meal. Try these ideas for changing up the flavors:
  • Add a pinch of Italian seasoning to the garlic and sun dried tomatoes for even more Italian flavor. Sliced black olives folded in with the chicken and noodles are another great addition.
  • Like a little heat in your creamy pasta? A bit of crushed red pepper goes a long way in this pasta!
  • Veggies: Feel free to add more than just spinach to your chicken casserole. Sliced peppers or zucchini would be other great additions.

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 138mg, Sodium: 701mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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If you have noodles, cooked chicken and a few other staples, you can make this creamy chicken casserole tonight!



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Posted on March 10, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. I love pasta and this dish looks so good. I’ve never had pasta with sun-dried tomatoes before. Chicken, spinach, and Parmesan cheese, some of my favorite foods right there.

    1. Hi Aimee, I wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe tonight for dinner and my family and I loved it. This past week I wanted to try a few recipes that I’ve saved from food blogs that I frequent and this dish was awesome. Pasta is something that I love and this recipe is a keeper. I’m a blogoholic and visiting food blogs is something that I enjoy, but I also like to try other people’s recipes. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

  2. What a great recipe! I just love meals that you can make the morning of. Such a life saver! These looks incredibly creamy and comforting!

  3. Such a perfect recipe! And I know what you mean, after 10am all bets are off. Today I had one job: put the chicken in the crockpot by 1. It was 2:30 before I remembered! 🙂

  4. I’m the same way-I panic when I think about what to make for dinner! This pasta looks suuuuper simple and delicious, though!

  5. This looks so incredibly good! I love pasta for weeknight meals, I’ll definitely be trying this one out!

  6. This looks so good and so easy to make. I am with you, either there’s a meal or grilled cheese sandwiches. Why must it be so hard?? 🙂

  7. This looks amazing and I agree with you, I also need to have our main meal prepped before it´s time to eat otherwise I feel totally overwhelmed 🙂

  8. This looks fantastic!! Question for you – where did you get the ruffled white baking/casserole dish in the pictures??

  9. yes to the casserole! we love our pasta, but when I can make dinner ahead of time, that will win in my book every time. LOVE this Aimee

  10. I’m sure my family would love this recipe and it’s great to have a simple yet pretty and flavorful recipe to go to when I need to bring a meal to someone.

    1. It’s still a pasta dish…but offers a different flavor than the typical spaghetti or lasagna 🙂

  11. I despise menu planning and can never figure out what’s for dinner. Simple yet comforting dishes like these are always welcome additions so I don’t have to research what to make!

  12. My husband calls me every day from work at 10 a.m. to ask the dreaded question….what’s for dinner! Drives me bezerk. I feel like singing “let it go” just to drive him nuts back. This pasta dish looks so splendid, I think when you have young children running around the home driving you batty, you have to eat well or you will go insane! Can I get an amen?!?

  13. This Italian Chicken Casserole is calling my name! I want it for dinner tonight!! 🙂

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