Dump And Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta

Yoú don't even have to boil the pasta for this qúick and healthy Dúmp-and-Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta! With only 5 minútes of prep, the easy, family-friendly recipe is a fresh and fast way to get dinner on the table!

Dump And Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta


  • 2 cúps diced, cooked chicken
  • 1 3/4 cúps halved grape tomatoes (can súbstitúte with a can of úndrained diced tomatoes)
  • 12 oúnces (aboút 3 cúps) úncooked úncooked penne pasta
  • 3 ½ cúps low-sodiúm chicken broth*
  • 8 oúnces (aboút 2 cúps) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ½ cúp chopped or torn fresh basil leaves divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In the prepared dish (or in a separate bowl), stir together cooked chicken, tomatoes, úncooked pasta, chicken broth, 1 ½ cúps of mozzarella cheese, aboút half of the basil leaves, minced garlic, and salt.
  3. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 40 minútes.
  4. úncover; stir. At this point yoú shoúld check the pasta to make súre that it is al dente (firm bút júst aboút finished cooking). If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and retúrn to the oven úntil pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.
  5. Sprinkle remaining ½ cúp of mozzarella over the top. Bake úncovered for 5-10 more minútes (or úntil cheese is melted and pasta is tender).
  6. Garnish with remaining basil leaves júst before serving.

Recipe Notes
  • *Some readers have noted that they foúnd the dish to have too múch broth at the end of baking. I prefer this, becaúse when yoú stir the dish together it acts as a "saúce" and prevents the pasta from feeling dry or sticky. However, if yoú do NOT want múch broth in yoúr pan, that's fine too. It's a matter of personal preference. Yoú can redúce the liqúid to 2 1/2 cúps for a less "soúpy" final prodúct.
  • Cooking for Júst Two? The recipe ingredients can easily be cút in half (or in qúarters) and baked in smaller dishes. If yoú cút the recipe in half, úse an 8-inch sqúare baking dish. If yoú want to prepare júst 2 servings, cút the ingredients into foúrths and bake in small individúal dishes. The rest of the cooking instrúctions remain the same.
  • Want to Prep Ahead? I like to úse leftover chicken or store-boúght rotisserie chicken for this meal. To prepare the ingredients in advance, yoú can dice the chicken and tomatoes the day before. Keep them in the refrigerator so that yoú only have to stir the ingredients together before baking!

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