Cheesy Italian Chicken Bake

Serves 6


Ingredients:

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 T olive oil
1 25 ounce bottle of your favorite marinara sauce (We used Victoria’s Marinara)
½ large sweet white onion, or about 1 C, rough chopped
1 5 ounce package baby bella mushrooms sliced
3 C grated mozzarella cheese
¼ C grated Kraft parmesan cheese
3 T butter
1 T dried oregano
1 to 1 ½ C panko crumbs
2 gloves of garlic, chopped
Fresh basil for garnish if desired
Salt and pepper to taste


Direction:

  • Cut thigh pieces into uniform sizes. I ended up cutting each about in half, trimming away extra fat. Arrange evenly over whole bottom of a large baking dish that has been rubbed with 2 T oil, or oil as needed. Salt and pepper generously.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the butter on high heat. Add the onion and mushroom and cook until they are seared and onions are very soft. Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute more, just enough time to cook away the raw garlic taste but don’t burn it. Add the bottle of marinara and stir to incorporate and heat, about 1 minute or so. Now, pour the marinara and vegetable mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle the panko crumbs on top, covering evenly, then cover with the mozzarella and the parmesan, and top with the oregano, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Cook in a 375 degree F oven for about 40 minutes, or until you see bubbling throughout. Turn the broiler on for the last minute to brown the cheese.
  • I served with couscous sautéed with red and yellow pepper and a Dijon mustard cream sauce and rustic mashed potatoes.

Variation:

You can add any kind of vegetable you want. Instead of mushrooms, try zucchini, or eggplant.




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