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Chicken Penne Bake

This is one of my favorite go-to weeknight meals (and actually, what we’re having for dinner tonight) because it’s so easy to throw together. You only need a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand…and, since we never finish off a whole pan ourselves, we always have plenty of leftovers. It’s also a great dish to serve to company, or to bring to a potluck! Give it a try sometime this week.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a small baking dish, and bake the chicken 25-30 minutes or until it is no longer pink in the center. Cut into bite-sized pieces, and then shred using a fork.

At the same time, cook the pasta according to package directions.

When finished cooking the pasta, add the spinach into the hot water with the pasta and stir just until the spinach wilts. Pour the pasta and spinach into a colander to strain.

Pour the sauce into a large pot, and add the spices. Simmer over low-medium heat. Add in the shredded chicken and stir until well-combined.

In a large bowl, combine the chicken and pasta mixtures with half the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Pour into a greased 9×13″ baking dish, and sprinkle with the other halves of the cheeses.

Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.

Posted by on May 25, 2010.

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38 Responses

  1. So easy, and it looks DELICIOUS!!!!

    by julia on May 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

  2. Love how easy it is! Might be the inspiration for me dinner tonight. 🙂

    by Jessica @ How Sweet on May 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

  3. Wow! What a great dish. Not only does it look delicious, it looks easy and I love that you snuck in a little healthy with the spinach and it is a complete meal in one it! I will definitely try it. Thanks!

    by Raina @ The Garden of Yum on May 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm

  4. Oh that looks lovely!! Very nice darlin’ and I am picky about my Italian food 🙂

    by Tickled Red on May 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

  5. What a perfect looking dinner 🙂 YUM!

    by Jenny Flake on May 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm

  6. This looks really great and so easy! You just can’t go wrong with a cheesy pasta dish.

    by Sara on May 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

  7. Mmmm. Looks so yummy.

    by on May 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm

  8. Yum! I love your savory recipes too!

    by DessertForTwo on May 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

  9. This looks great ~ a perfect family meal! I will be making this for sure!

    by shelly (cookies and cups) on May 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  10. This is my kind of dish…something easy and good

    by Cupcake Activist on May 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm

  11. That looks wonderful! We make similar dishes — I love how easy, tasty and filling they are 🙂

    by SnoWhite on May 25, 2010 at 11:41 pm

  12. So yummy & cheesy & easy! i love penne pasta! i’m hungry now..esp. when it’s nearing lunch time..:(..

    by faithy on May 26, 2010 at 12:11 am

  13. We eat a lot of chicken and pasta, so this will definitely be a winner in our house. Printing this recipe now!

    by Lynda@meandmypinkmixer on May 26, 2010 at 9:18 am

  14. What I wouldn’t give for a big plate of this right now! Looks so good.

    by Maggy on May 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

  15. Oh yum! I can see why this would be one of your “favorites” in your family….I love how spinach is also in this dish!

    by Avril on May 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

  16. This dish is making me so hungry! I would love to have this for dinner tonight!

    by Jen @ How To: Simplify on May 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

  17. Great pics! I can’t wait to make this for dinner!

    by Kitty on May 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

  18. OK…now I’m starving! This looks terrific! I know my boys would love it, too!

    by bridget {bake at 350} on May 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm

  19. This is my kind of busy weeknight meal. What a great comfort dish!

    by Cookin' Canuck on May 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

  20. This looks great… We’ve been getting a lot of spinach from our CSA this season, so I am happy to have another recipe idea that uses spinach. Thanks 🙂

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on May 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

  21. A wonderful casserole! So flavorful and comforting!



    by Rosa on May 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

  22. Now this is my kind of pasta dish. It looks heavenly and I kinda wanna swim in it.

    by Eliana on Jun 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

  23. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful dish.. I know what I will be doing for dinner tonight. Thanks!!

    by Claudia on Jul 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm

  24. Thanks for this easy and tasty I really like cheesy pasta with chicken, and my son too 🙂

    by matt @ how to cook bake chicken on Sep 12, 2011 at 4:43 am

  25. Question-Is sauce,just plain tomato sauce or are you talking spaghettii sauce?Thanks

    by Diane on Feb 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  26. Diane – I usually use a chunky tomato-basil spaghetti sauce, but you can use whatever you like best!

    by Tracy on Feb 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

  27. Tasty dish! Thank you so much for sharing! I was in a hurry, so just popped it in under the grill/broiler until the cheese melted and we enjoyed it that way!

    by Monica on Feb 7, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  28. I am using a gluten free penne pasta to make it gluten free for my daughter and also adding some mushrooms and possibly olives just to add a twist! Looks wonderful, I can’t wait for dinner!!

    by Brittany on Sep 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

  29. Have you ever tried freezing it for a freezer meal? Thinking of making this for my brother and sis-in-law expecting baby #3 in a few weeks… thought freezing it might be easier for them to bake whenever they needed it.

    by Erin Raatjes on Sep 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm

  30. Can shredded Parmesan cheese be subbed for grated?

    by Courtney on Sep 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  31. Courtney – Sure can!

    by Tracy on Sep 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

  32. Really loved this dish,made it lastnight and my husband had two big helpings. Thank you, it’s hard finding a not so expensive meal that tastes this delicious ????.

    by vicki on Mar 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

  33. Is it possible to use alfredo sauce instead of tomato??

    by April on May 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm

  34. Thanks so much for sharing!! I made this for my dad and I when the rest of the family was out of town and we both loved it!!!!

    by Bh on Aug 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm

  35. It was a great meal and my kids loved it but I left out the spinach …

    by Jeff on Oct 5, 2015 at 8:10 pm

  36. At this time of year, what sauce substitution would you make for leftover turkey? I’m not very inventive when it comes to cooking!

    by Linda on Nov 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm

  37. Loved this recipe made this a few weeks ago, and making it again tonight for dinner thanks this one’s a keeper????

    by daniella on Mar 7, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  38. Just put in the oven but since im vegan I substituted homemade seitan “chicken”. Taste AMAZING!!!! Thanks for a great recipe!

    by Brian on Jan 5, 2017 at 1:11 am

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