Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti Bake
There's a reason why chicken parmesan is one of the most popular comfort foods of all time. When push comes to shove, is there a better combination than a couple of tender chicken cutlets paired with flavorful tomato sauce and melted cheese? It's as close to perfection as anything in this world. But if you would allow us to be nitpicky for just a moment, we have an idea that could make it even better. Reach chicken parm nirvana by adding pasta to it and turning it into an epic spaghetti bake!
For the chicken parmesan:
- 2 chicken breasts
- ¾ cup flour
- 4 eggs, whisked
- 1 cup parmesan + 3 cups bread crumbs to bread the chicken
For the pasta:
- 3½ packages of spaghetti noodles (56 oz)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated parmesan
- 5 eggs, whisked
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
For the tomato sauce:
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 14 oz tomato sauce
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp pepper
- 4 slices of mozzarella
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 9 inch x 9 inch pan
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and cook the spaghetti noodles in salted water according to the package. Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise so that you have 4 cutlets. Pound the cutlets with a meat tenderizer and season with salt and pepper.
2. Combine the parmesan with the bread crumbs. Dredge the cutlets in flour, dip in the whisked eggs, and coat in the breading. Then shallow fry the breaded chicken cutlets in hot oil until golden brown on both sides.
3. Put the cooked spaghetti into a bowl and add the heavy cream, parmesan, eggs, salt, and pepper and mix until everything is well incorporated.
4. Add half of the noodles to a square pan and put 2 slices of mozzarella on top.
5. Place the breaded cutlets on top of the cheese.
6. Place the other 2 slices of mozzarella on top of the cutlets and add the rest of the pasta.
7. Put the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.
8. In the meantime, you can get started on the homemade marinara sauce. First sweat the onions and garlic in a little bit of oil and then add the tomato sauce. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, sugar, and pepper. Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes. Then pour it over the spaghetti in the pan, sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top, and bake in the oven for another 25 minutes.
You can also use pork instead of chicken if you feel so inclined. The only question you should ask yourself is how you could possibly resist a chicken parmesan spaghetti bake? And because it all gets baked in one pan, even the cleanup is easy – winner winner, chicken dinner!
Get the recipe for the Meaty Pasta Roll featured in the bonus video.