Chicken olive pasta bake is an easy casserole dish to put together when you've got a hungry family. Made with penne pasta, baby spinach, olives, green bell pepper, and chicken breast. To save time, cook the pasta in advance and use pre-cooked chicken.
In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the penne pasta according to package instructions. After cooking, drain and set aside.
Cook The Chicken Breast:
Place raw chicken on a baking sheet. Generously season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp basil and 1/4 tsp oregano onto each one. Bake chicken breasts in oven at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F when poked in the center with a meat thermometer. Once cooked and cooled, chop into small bite-size pieces.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large bowl, toss together cooked pasta, chicken cubes, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, baby spinach, sliced olives, green bell pepper, and onion.
Sprinkle dried basil, dried oregano over top of everything. Season with sea salt and pepper. Mix everything together.
Pour ingredients into a casserole dish and spread out evenly. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is warmed all the way through. Serve while still warm.
Pre-cooked chicken can be used instead of chicken breast. You'll need 3 cups of cubed chicken for this recipe.
Any type of cheese can be sprinkled on top. Feta cheese would taste great!
Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.
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