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Chicken Pasta Bake

by Marsha Cook

Chicken Pasta Bake – Pasta and spiced chicken baked in a creamy herbed tomato sauce with a generous cheese topping. A comforting meal that is a family favourite!

Chicken Pasta Bake

Chicken Pasta Bake

A good pasta bake is the ultimate comfort food in our house, and is requested A LOT. Especially my recipe for Chicken Pasta Bake.

This recipe consists of pasta and spiced chunks of chicken baked in a creamy herbed tomato sauce, and topped with a generous amount of cheese (cheddar and mozzarella!).

If you are looking for a filling, comforting dinner that kids and adults will love, then look no further. This pasta bake recipe is for you!

Looking for more dinners? Check out our Honey Lime Chicken – pairs well with rice or in wraps.

Chicken Pasta Bake

Ingredients you’ll need

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this pasta bake. You can find the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list with their measurements.

For the Sauce

  • Diced onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Canned chopped tomatoes
  • Caster/granulated sugar
  • Dried oregano and thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Heavy cream

For the Chicken

  • Chicken breasts: Skinless and boneless.
  • Paprika
  • Ground cumin

For the Pasta

  • Dried pasta: Use your favourite! I used Rigatoni.
  • Mature cheddar: Grated.
  • Mozzarella: Grated.
  • Small bunch of parsley: Finely chopped.

How to make Chicken Pasta Bake

To make this pasta bake, let’s start by making the sauce. Simply grab a large frying pan or saucepan and heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.

Add the diced onion and cook for 5 – 10 minutes until just starting to brown. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.

Add the chopped tomatoes, sugar, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

Stir in the cream, then remove from the heat and set aside.

For the chicken, add 2 tablespoons of oil to a frying pan. Add the chicken, paprika, and cumin, and stir until completely coated.

Cook over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside.

For the pasta, cook as instructed on the packet. Drain and set aside.

Add the pasta to a large ovenproof dish, and stir in the chicken. Pour the sauce over the pasta, then evenly top with the cheddar, mozzarella, and parsley.

Bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Serve and enjoy!

The printable recipe card with the FULL list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.

Chicken Pasta Bake
Chicken Pasta Bake

This Chicken Pasta Bake is:

  • such a quick and easy meal to throw together
  • made with a creamy herbed tomato sauce
  • loaded with deliciously spiced chicken chunks
  • a comforting family favourite

Tips & Tricks for this recipe

Onion: You can either chop up 1 large onion OR you can buy already diced onion.

Make it spicy: Add 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes (or more if you prefer) to the sauce along with the herbs for an extra kick. Ideal if you are serving to people who love a little spice.

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Chicken Pasta Bake
Chicken Pasta Bake

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Chicken Pasta Bake

Chicken Pasta Bake

Yield: 6 - 8 servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Pasta and spiced chicken baked in a creamy herbed tomato sauce with a generous cheese topping. A comforting meal that is a family favourite!

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 1 cup (150g) diced onion - about 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 x 400g/15-oz cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon caster/granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream

For the Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless - sliced into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

For the Pasta

  • 14-oz (400g) dried pasta
  • 1 cup (100g) mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 cup (100g) mozzarella, grated
  • Small bunch of parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

For the Sauce

  1. In a large frying pan or saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 - 10 minutes until just starting to brown.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, sugar, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 - 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  4. Stir in the cream, then remove from the heat and set aside.

For the Chicken

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a frying pan. Add the chicken, paprika, and cumin, and stir until completely coated.
  2. Cook over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside.

For the Pasta

  1. Cook the pasta as instructed on the packet. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
  3. Add the pasta to a large ovenproof dish, and stir in the chicken. Pour the sauce over the pasta, then top with the cheddar, mozzarella, and parsley.
  4. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 29g

Nutrition information is automatically generated, and is an estimate only.

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