Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole

chicken parmesan casserole recipe - no frying involved and it's perfect for a weeknight dinner!

This simple chicken Parmesan casserole recipe has all the flavors of traditional Chicken Parmesan without the mess of frying chicken!

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been rocking this domestic thing. Laundry, vacuuming (I just got a new vacuum and I LOVE it!), all that jazz. You guys, I even make my bed in the mornings. I have never been a make your bed type of person. Ever.

That’s not the confession, though. That was just me bragging.

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

The confession? I have been failing at dinner. Hardcore.

My husband works some rather unpredictable hours. When things go wrong at work, he has to stick around and fix them. It’s a bummer when it comes time to cook dinner.

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

I’ve told him that 6:30 is dinner time and he can either be home then or he can microwave left overs when he does decide to drop by. The thing is, on the nights that I’m pretty sure he isn’t going to make it on time, the kids and I eat random junk. Cereal, cold sandwiches, chips and salsa, oatmeal. Whatever, if it takes me less than 5 minutes, I serve it.

This Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole is my way of making up for the lackluster dinners we’ve been having. It’s full of melty cheese, healthy chicken, and the tomato sauce totally counts as a veggie.

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

Plus, pasta reheats like a dream and is usually even better the next day! My whole family ate this, although I did have to chop the meatballs up into tiny pieces for my daughter. She hates meatballs, unless she doesn’t know she’s eating meatballs and then she loves them. Kids are weird.

I think you’re going to love the traditional chicken Parmesan flavors in this recipe, especially because it’s so much easier than frying chicken! The meatballs bake in no time which make this a nice weeknight meal, too!

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole - all the flavor of chicken parm in a comforting casserole!

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Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:
1 pound lean ground chicken
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
For the casserole:
1 pound campanelle pasta (any small shape is fine, such as ziti)
1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook for 1 minute less than package directions state.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the meatballs. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and use your hands to mix them together well. Form into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Add the pasta sauce to a large bowl and stir in the cooked pasta and meatballs. Stir gently to coat everything in sauce.
Spread half of the pasta and meatballs into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Serve immediately.

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47 Responses to “Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness February 28, 2014 @ 5:26 am (#
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    An easy, weeknight meal that tastes like chicken parmesan? YES PLEASE!
    You are a genius.
    I love that little flower napkin you threw in..so cute!
    Pinned!

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  2. Bryn February 28, 2014 @ 6:31 am (#
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    Green can cheese? Freshly grated cheese?
    This looks so good and easy. Thanks!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Bryn,

    I used fresh Parmesan here, but if you wanted to save a few bucks, the green can would work just fine! :)

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  3. Donna Copping February 28, 2014 @ 12:40 pm (#
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    Could you just brown the chicken in a skillet and not make into meatballs?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Donna Copping,

    Yeah, I think that would work just fine. :)

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  4. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 28, 2014 @ 4:21 pm (#
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    oooh I love this! Everything I love in a dinner recipe-cheesy, chicken-y, pasta-y, and simple!!

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  5. Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet February 28, 2014 @ 5:46 pm (#
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    This looks absolutely amazing, Karly! Love great weeknight dinners like this!

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  6. Kari/sourdoughnative February 28, 2014 @ 8:04 pm (#
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    Wow! You def made up for making the bed Karly! This looks so good…

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  7. Nigel March 1, 2014 @ 2:30 pm (#
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    This sounds so so good; need to have some now! :D

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  8. Paula – bell’alimento March 1, 2014 @ 9:30 pm (#
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    Perfect weeknight dinner idea for those busy, crazy days of kid taxi driving! Pinning!

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  9. Lauren March 2, 2014 @ 12:35 am (#
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    OMG. The cheese on these are killing me!!

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  10. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes March 3, 2014 @ 3:04 pm (#
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    WOW. This looks insanely delicious! I love chicken parmesan and you’ve now smothered it in sauce…and…best of all…cheese!!! Yes! Thanks Karly!

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  11. Erika March 4, 2014 @ 10:44 am (#
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    Ha! I agree with your daughter about meatballs :)

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    Karly Reply:

    @Erika,

    You two weirdos! ;) Ground chicken would work just as well, if you must leave out the delicious balls o’ meat!

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  12. Melissa @ Bless this Mess March 4, 2014 @ 10:09 pm (#
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    Dinner perfection! I love that you made your own meatballs… those frozen ones in a bag are foul. My kids are going to be singing your praises on Friday because that’s when I I’m making this. Thanks a million girl!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Melissa @ Bless this Mess,

    Kids who love meatballs?? Wanna trade? ;)

    Hope you guys enjoy!

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  13. Heather March 9, 2014 @ 6:14 pm (#
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    Great dish!!! Even my picky 8 year old enjoyed it. Next time thou I’m going to add more seasoning. Thank you for sharing, definitely will be making it again.

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    Melissa Reply:

    @Heather, Heather i was wondering if you have made it again since and if so what type of seasonings did you add? Did you like those seasonings or would you try something different next time?

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  14. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven April 3, 2014 @ 3:43 pm (#
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    My family will love this! We love our chicken parmesan around here, but I personally like meatballs better. Yum-o! On my dinner menu!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven,

    Enjoy!

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  15. Danielle April 8, 2014 @ 1:28 pm (#
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    Does it matter on the type of pasta? I have mini farelle in the pantry, is a pound still needed? This looks amazing! And i have everything at home already! :)

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    Karly Reply:

    @Danielle,

    Sorry for the late reply! Any small shape of pasta, such as Farfelle, would work great!

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  16. Danielle April 8, 2014 @ 1:29 pm (#
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    oops mini Farfalle* pasta :)

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  17. vadeem @vadeem April 11, 2014 @ 4:10 pm (#
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    Fascinating, something I’d consider making.

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  18. Wowguy April 17, 2014 @ 10:14 pm (#
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    omg to die for.. and the cheeeeeeese

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  19. Liz April 24, 2014 @ 1:13 pm (#
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    Thank you – nice and easy!

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  20. Mary Nahay May 5, 2014 @ 1:43 am (#
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    My husband and I made a double batch of your recipe today to share with our daughter who Blessed us with our new Grandson three weeks ago. It got at least 10 stars from Grandaddy and new Mom Catherine, and I’m sure new Dad will love it too.
    We thought it needed more sauce so we used about 32 oz. and adjusted the spices accordingly. Used a throw away pan with lid for the new Mom ( our daughter) and put some extra sauce in double zip lock bags just in case hubby needed more.
    Got a text tonight, it was PERFECT!

    Thank you! Not only are the new parents happy and well-fed, but the new love of my life will be, too! Grandparents are over the moon delighted! The prep is so easy.
    Line everything up beforehand hand, have trays prepared, preheat oven, put out measuring cups, have all ingredients in the counter, have a garbage bowl…… Ready….,set…go!!!!!! That’s how easy it is and it’s easy and DELICIOUS!!!!! Now I’ll have have ours with a quick salad, some crusty bread, ( just a smidge)! And plan more meals for my Grandson’s parents!!! Thank you, again!!!!! Mary

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    Karly Reply:

    Hi @Mary Nahay,

    I’m so glad you guys liked this! And congratulations on the new grandson. What an exciting time for all of you!

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  21. Aleksandra July 9, 2014 @ 5:42 am (#
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    Can I make this in the morning, store it, then heat it up later? I usually have a pretty busy day except for the mornings, and would like to know if heating this up would make the casserole… I don’t know, soggy or less pleasant?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Aleksandra,

    I don’t think it would get unpleasant. In fact, it’d probably be even better, much like spaghetti is the second day. :)

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  22. Aleksandra July 9, 2014 @ 11:22 am (#
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    Is it possible to make this, freeze it and then reheat later ? Or will it turn out soggy and…unpleasant? Loved this, btw !

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    Karly Reply:

    @Aleksandra,

    I don’t think this would turn soggy at all! I think it’d be a great candidate for the freezer. Here are some tips, if you’d like: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/B1306.pdf

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  23. Jenna July 15, 2014 @ 11:19 am (#
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    I make my own tomato sauce, how many cups would you suggest I need? In the past I have substituted homemade sauce and used 4 cups per jar required. However, sometimes it does not seem like I have enough sauce. Just curious.

    It look delicious and I plan on making it soon.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Jenna,

    You’ll need about 24 ounces of sauce or 3 cups. You can add more or less to your taste. It’d be hard to mess this recipe up. :)

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  24. Stephanie July 17, 2014 @ 1:51 pm (#
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    Super excited to make this. I LOVE chicken parm and my family loves spaghetti with meatballs so this seems like a great compromise! Also having a little one in a few months and looking for more recipes I can make ahead and throw in the freezer for later so I am not at the mercy of my husband ordering pizza every other night lol. Great pictures!

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  25. Cody July 21, 2014 @ 7:16 pm (#
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    Very good, everyone liked it. A little to much bread crumbs for me, but otherwise fantastic.

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  26. Erica August 10, 2014 @ 3:16 pm (#
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    My husband wasn’t so sure about this. He kind of rolls his eyes at ground meat that is not ground beef. I made this one night and he LOVED it. My almost 4 year old LOVES it. It is so easy and the meatballs are easy and taste great. I make extra and throw them in the freezer (what I don’t eat before they freeze). My husband requested the meatballs instead of ground beef to so into spaghetti. I make this every couple of weeks or so. I sometimes have a hard time finding the ground chicken so when I do find it I stock up just to make this and the meatballs. Thank you for such a great recipe.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Erica,

    I’m so glad to hear that you guys like this so much! I have a hard time finding ground chicken too and will often just use ground turkey. I can never tell a difference. :)

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  27. cloey August 12, 2014 @ 6:08 pm (#
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    Wonder if i can use ground beef for making meatball for this recipe. thanks!

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    Karly Reply:

    @cloey,

    Sure thing.

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  28. Cassie September 2, 2014 @ 11:22 am (#
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    What would you suggest if I wanted to use Shredded Chicken?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Cassie,

    I’m not sure I understand your question. If you want to use shredded chicken to make the meatballs, that won’t work. If you just want to replace the meatballs with shredded chicken, that would be fine. Just season it with a bit of Italian seasoning.

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  29. Yadira Ramos September 8, 2014 @ 6:56 pm (#
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    I loved this recipe but I think I needed to use either less pasta or more sauce. :)

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  30. Colleen September 11, 2014 @ 8:10 pm (#
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    Made this today and would add more sauce, really dry.

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  31. Am September 21, 2014 @ 10:28 am (#
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    What a wonderful meal. I loved that it was “lighter” for a casserole. Used Organic ground chicken — yummy. Thank you for sharing!

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  32. Erica September 24, 2014 @ 1:44 pm (#
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    What an excellent idea! I’m currently living with my in-laws and was given a package of ground chicken to make for dinner tonight. Definitely making this! Hopefully it’ll be a crowd-pleaser :)

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  33. bästa sms lånet October 11, 2014 @ 6:01 pm (#
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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about smslån. Regards

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