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Chicken Mozzarella Bake

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Chicken Mozzarella Bake is an easy to make meal that is seasoned chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pasta sauce baked together in one skillet. Serve alone or over pasta for a complete meal in minutes.

overhead view chicken mozzarella in cast iron skillet with napkin, plates, and serving spoon

Who doesn’t love a quick meal?

Especially during the workweek when time is limited. That is when you need a meal in a hurry and I have just the right one for you. It includes chicken, cheese, and sauce. Seriously, what is there not to love about the combination of those three ingredients.

This cheesy chicken recipe is baked to perfection, made tender with the addition of your favorite pasta sauce, and topped with two different types of cheese. Warm, comforting and delicious!

What ingredients do you need for mozzarella chicken?

ingredients to make baked chicken mozzarella

  1. Chicken breast
  2. Salt
  3. Ground black pepper
  4. Pasta sauce
  5. Parmesan cheese
  6. Mozzarella cheese

How to make chicken mozzarella:

Begin the recipe by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F. and season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.

raw chicken on plate seasoned with salt and black pepper

Add the oil to a medium skillet, preferably one that can easily transfer to the oven to make this a one-pot meal. The skillet should be on medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot add in the seasoned chicken. Sear the chicken on one side undisturbed for 5 minutes before flipping to the other side to cook for another 3 minutes.

seared chicken breast in cast iron skillet

Turn off the heat and carefully add the pasta sauce making sure to spoon sauce evenly over the chicken. Top with the Parmesan cheese and place into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

chicken in cast iron skillet topped with pasta sauce and parmesan cheese

Carefully remove the pan from the oven and spread the mozzarella cheese evenly on top of each piece of chicken.

chicken topped with mozzarella cheese

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. If you prefer, you can place under the broiler for a few minutes until the mozzarella cheese has lightly browned. Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite pasta or on its own for a low carb option. Enjoy!

close up side view chicken mozzarella bake in cast iron skillet

What to eat with baked chicken mozzarella?

  • Serve this recipe over your favorite pasta such as penne or spaghetti.
  • Enjoy on its own for a low carb option.
  • Serve with a delicious salad on the side.
  • Pair it with some garlic rolls.

close up side view chicken mozzarella in cast iron skillet with serving spoon

overhead view chicken mozzarella in cast iron skillet with napkin, plates, and serving spoon

Chicken Mozzarella Bake

Chicken Mozzarella Bake is an easy to make meal that is seasoned chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pasta sauce baked together in one skillet. Serve alone or over pasta for a complete meal in minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken mozzarella
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 416kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Begin the recipe by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F. and season both sides of the 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Add the 2 tablespoons olive oil to a medium skillet, preferably one that can easily transfer to the oven to make this a one-pot meal. The skillet should be on medium-high heat.
  • Once the pan is hot add in the seasoned chicken. Sear the chicken on one side undisturbed for 5 minutes before flipping to the other side to cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and carefully add the 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce making sure to spoon sauce evenly over the chicken. Top evenly with the 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese and place into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the pan from the oven and spread the mozzarella cheese evenly on top of each piece of chicken.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. If you prefer, you can place under the broiler for a few minutes until the 1 cup mozzarella cheese has lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite pasta or on its own for a low carb option. Enjoy!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Notes

  • Baking time may vary depending on size and thickness of chicken, please check with a meat thermometer to make sure it is done at 165 degrees F. 
  • If you prefer not to sear the chicken in the pan, add the raw chicken into the skillet with the sauce and parmesan. Add an additional time of at least 10 minutes to the baking time. 
  • Use your favorite jar sauce or a homemade version

Nutrition

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1336mg | Potassium: 970mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 746IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 2mg
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piece of finished chicken mozzarella on white plate with fork and knife

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Dennis T
    May 23, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    5 stars
    Awesome sauce !

    • Reply
      LaKita
      May 24, 2020 at 10:26 PM

      Thank you Dennis!

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