Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Easiest Chicken Parmigiana

The ingredients shown below are among those I try to keep on hand at all times:
Parmesan cheese, black olives, Classico pasta sauce, onions, garlic, canned sliced mushrooms, canned chicken breast, Gluten-free pasta of some sort (in this case rotini), and mozzarella cheese.

I know, we all like really fresh ingredients, but this little group of canned goods is great to have on hand for those times when you get home, it's nearly time for dinner, and you know you're going to open that bag of chocolate chips if you can't come up with something pretty fast!

This is so simple, I'm sure it shouldn't qualify as a recipe. Then again, it's a couple levels up from plain old Mac'n'Cheese in a box!

Easiest Chicken Parmigiana:

Cook gluten-free rotini according to package directions. I like Tinkyada. It's my favorite.

Saute a chopped onion and minced garlic in a T. olive oil.

Place cooked, drained rotini in a large bowl. Add in the onion and garlic. Mix in drained canned chicken which has been broken up with a fork. Pour pasta sauce on top, add drained and sliced black olives, drained sliced mushrooms, and 3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese. Stir carefully so that you can mix all the ingredients without breaking up the pasta.

Place half of the mixture into a baking dish that's been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the top. Make a second layer with the remaining chicken/pasta mixture.

Cover with a lid or aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes until bubbly at edges. Remove cover and sprinkle more shredded mozzarella cheese over the top. Return to oven, uncovered, to melt the cheese and bring it to just slightly golden at the edges.

Serve with a green salad.

This is definitely comfort food.

Don't forget to enter my handcrafted soaps giveaway. It closes tomorrow at midnight and I will announce the winner on Thursday's post.

This post is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
and Tasty Tuesdays
and Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods
and Tuesdays at the Table 
and What's Cooking Wednesday
and Lisa's Gluten Free Food and Health Blog
and Fun with Food Friday
and Fat Camp Friday


Unknown said...

It's true that fresh ingredients are always the best, but sometimes you just gotta use what you have and it's perfectly fine :) I think this looks and sounds fantastic! I know it's only 6am, but I'd love a big plate of that right now!!

Caution/Lisa said...

I love meals where all the ingredients are in the house. That happens here once in a great while.

partialemptynester said...

Mmm, definite comfort food...and I have definitely learned the hard way about mixing up ingredients with pasta so as not to break up the pasta...kinda comes out looking like goolash! Looks delish...and thanks for letting me know about the giveaway, gotta love that! I've been off again...thought I'd be settled into the new year by now, but it's taking some time!

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing, sounds delicious.

Leah Beyer said...

This looks kid tested and mom approved. Now if I could just get my husband to not grumble every time we have chicken!

Anonymous said...

That does sound easy, and it looks so good!

Lisa said...

yum! Looks easier than I thought and I know I'd love it! Thanks!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Yeah thats a pantry pleaser for sure :) My family would go crazy for that deliciousness!

Traci Michele said...

This looks so good! Thank you! Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

Karen Harris said...

I'm always in the market for a new fast "go to" recipe and to top it all off, I think my son would like it. Thanks!

Candace said...

This looks sooo good! If I had those ingredients on hand tonight, I would have had a homecooked meal rather than pizza from down the street. :)

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

Judy - what a great recipe! I keep most of those items on hand too. Especially in the Winter when there is much in season.
Thanks for linking up!

Judy S. said...

That looks yummy. We use Classico tomato and basil also; it has the lowest sodium of any tomato sauces we've found. Tinkyada spaghetti is good too. Now if I could only find some non-dairy cheeses!

Katherine said...

Oh this looks so yummy! I'm blog hopping today, so happy I found your lovely blog. Hugs, Katherine

Michelle said...

Mmmm, that looks good! I love chicken parm and I've never made it with black olives but I love those too.

J_on_tour said...

My kind of thing. Sounds delicious..... "Save as" to desktop for maybe next week.

Lorraine Erickson said...

Thanks so much Judy for the great recipe - made it tonight and it was just delicious and so easy to do.....yum....leftovers tomorrow :)

Linda... said...

sounds easy and looks GREAT. Unfortunately, I do not have all of the ingredients on hand so can't make it tonight. Don't want to go to the market cause it's snowing and icy out there. Perhaps tomorrow.

Tiffanee said...

YUM!! I am loving this. Perfect for me, quick, easy and delicious! Thanks. I can't wait to try it out!!

Unknown said...

That looks so good! Especially with the olives! Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday!

Gluten-Free said...

Another amazing recipe, keep up the good work.
Thank-you for linking up with my food and health carnival.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Lisa's Gluten-Free Advice and Healthy Living

Gay Vaughan said...

Thank you for linking to my party! Just popping in to let you know that I featured you on my wrap-up. Thanks again.


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