Chicken Penne Casserole Recipe
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Chicken Penne Casserole Recipe

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This is my family’s favorite casserole recipe. I make it every week or two and we never tire of it. I like that I can clean my kitchen and then relax while it bakes. It won’t disappoint! —Carmen Vanosch, Vernon, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 579 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 1357mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 47g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, peppers and seasonings; saute until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. In a blender, pulse tomatoes and tomato paste, covered, until blended. Add to chicken mixture. Stir in broth; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until slightly thickened, 10-15 minutes.
  3. Drain pasta; toss with chicken mixture. Spoon half of the mixture into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the cheeses. Repeat layers.
  4. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until heated through, 15-20 minutes longer. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Penne Casserole in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p35

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 261637
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2017

"So time consuming! I don't think the outcome was worth the effort. I forgot Romano cheese (which I didn't have anyway) so I sprinkled Parmesan on top which improved the taste. I'm sure the taste would be better had I remembered the Romano, but again lots of time required to make this."

DebSueWal User ID: 8449543 260144
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2017

"Awesome! My family nearly fought over who would get to take the leftovers to school and work with them, today! (Do yourself a favor ... double the recipe!) Absolutely one of the best pasta dishes I've had, EVER. Prep time takes a bit longer than noted, but worth every minute. Company and special occasion worthy, hands down!"

Robby1 User ID: 1478802 256945
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2016

"Love the flavors of this dish. As one Vernonite to another, thank you for this recipe!"

TheaB User ID: 6624387 256819
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2016

"Husband loves it"

Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 254918
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"Deconstructed Lasagna, I used cottage cheese as I didn't have any romano cheese."

NikNwo11 User ID: 8054203 252561
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"Yep, it's THAT good!!! :)"

Fee710 User ID: 8902616 251977
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

"I love this recipe, it was so tasty and delicious."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 250286
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"I made this recipe tonight and we thought it was delicious. I did read some of the reviews and made some changes. I used Italian style tomatoes without blending and I increased the basil and oregano to 2 teaspoons. It gave the dish plenty of flavor. I baked it for 30 minutes then removed the cover and finished cooking the last 10 minutes. It was perfect. We will be having this again. I highly recommend it.

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Aprillouisehoule User ID: 6671395 244880
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"Perfect dinner-spiced perfect-my husband loved it and wants it again soon. 5 stars!"

ssandige User ID: 8337723 244661
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"I made this last night, exactly as the recipe said (extra garlic just to use it up and no wine!). It was AMAZING! Reminded me of a lasagna with the cheesy goodness. I questioned only using 1 1/2 cups of dry penne pasta, but I'm glad I didn't use more. It filled an 8x8 pan to the top (put a sheet underneath to catch drips while baking) and easily serves 6. This is a keeper!"

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