Cheesy Spinach Baked Chicken Casserole
Easy baked chicken recipes are super easy to find, but when you find one with this much flavor, you don't let it go. Cheesy Spinach Baked Chicken Casserole is one of those easy dinner ideas that will have your family begging for seconds. Made with creamy Mozzarella cheese, bowtie pasta, fresh baby spinach, and boneless chicken breasts, this is one of the easiest casseroles you'll ever make. Simple ingredients and great flavor - what more could you want in a dinner recipe? And, did we mention it cooks in 30 minutes? That's right.
*You could substitute chicken tenders for the diced breasts if you wish.
**If you don’t have a large/deep enough skillet, brown the chicken, garlic and salt. Remove chicken to a large bowl using a slotted spoon and add wine and spinach to the pan, stirring until wilted. Combine all, including the pasta, in the large bowl and pour into the bake dish.
Cooking Time30 min
Cooking MethodCasserole, Oven
Cooking Vessel Size9x13-inch baking dish
- 1 pound bowtie pasta (sometimes called Farfalle)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts (diced)*
- 8 cloves garlic, minced very fine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 5 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed
- 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch bake dish with cooking spray.
Place a large stockpot filled with at 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt over high heat. When it comes to a rolling boil, drop in the pasta and cook for the time specified on the package. Drain.
While pasta water heats and pasta cooks, place a 12-inch round x 3-inch deep non-stick fry pan over medium high heat. Add the oil and cook the chicken, stirring frequently until chicken is nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and salt and stir, continuing to cook 2-3 minutes until chicken is cooked and very fragrant.
Stir in the wine over high heat, stirring to lift any browned bits in the bottom of the pan, then add the spinach and continue to cook and stir another 5 minutes until spinach wilts.
Turn off the heat, add the drained pasta to the pan and stir to combine. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake until hot and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
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