Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

A quick and easy weeknight meal, Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe, made with rotisserie chicken and your favorite pasta, cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil!

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

Friends, today I’m sharing 3 things that I love. First, an easy dinner recipe, Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe. Second, my new stainless steel Le Creuset Shallow Casserole Braiser! It’s a beauty, 5-quarts, and you can cook on the stove or bake in the oven with it. Third, another beautiful Oregon hike with my husband and 2 cutie pups!

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

One of my go-to recipes is a delicious chicken pasta bake, with rotisserie chicken, fresh tomatoes and basil, and whatever cheese I need to use up in the fridge: Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe.

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

Of course, the secret is in the sauce. I combine 2 ingredients that make the sauce superb. A premium pasta sauce and a jar of pesto! Whip this recipe up on the stovetop, and then add the finishing touch of basil, tomatoes and cheese, broiled to perfection for only a few minutes!

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

Before our hike, I laid out all the dry ingredients on the counter, ready to whip up a delicious meal as we returned from our hike, hungry, of course.

Serve with a baguette and a large green salad? The perfect dinner, any time of year!

Friends, Le Creuset sent me a beautiful tri-ply stainless steel braiser, which I’ve been trying out for a few weeks now. From stovetop to oven, I couldn’t believe how easy (and light) the ergonomic handles were (hollow to minimize heat transfer), thus NOT burning my hands in transporting and serving this hot dish!

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

Y’all may remember many of my recipes cooked in my blue braiser (another classic from Le Creuset), but this time I’m adding to my collection this stainless steel braiser with a full aluminum core (easy heat distribution).

Oh, and what’s the clean up like? Easy! This line is bonded between two layers of professional-grade stainless steel, for a pan that’s durable and resistant to discoloration over time. Perfect!

The other thing I think about is scorching. The induction-compatible exterior is infused with titanium to prevent scorching. Another plus!

It specifically works great with tough cuts of meat and hearty vegetables, when you first sear the meat over high heat, then finish slowly in a flavorful liquid. I love the size of this pan with the wide base, perfect for casseroles, too.

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

Hiking Benham Butte

My hubby and I took a trail off the beaten path to Benham Falls, and hiked to the top of Benham Butte!

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

It was such a beautiful day, and of course the pups were in heaven on this 6 mile hike.

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

Look waaaaaaay down and you will see the tiny Deschutes River. So little in the picture, so big and peaceful when you’re floating on it in kayaks.

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

Of course the pups are always the happiest! (Alder is 9 months old this month! Here’s his 6 month post.)

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

A few hours later, very hungry, and home to whip up this fresh and lovely Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe for dinner. (One of the reasons I love to keep cooked chicken in the fridge.)

This hike spurred a hint of spring fever, I might add. The sun was so bright, and it happened to be such a warm day.

For a minute, it felt like May in February! :)

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

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Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

This recipe is made with Delallo pasta and sauce. Chicken is optional. Make sure the pasta is cooked al dente (a little undercooked).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz. bag/box whole wheat pasta I used DeLallo Farfalle, or bowtie pasta
  • 1 25 oz. jar of tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1 6 oz. jar Sun-dried Tomato & Olive Pesto DeLallo brand
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken chopped
  • 16 oz. fresh mozzarella sliced (or 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves chopped

Instructions

  • Make pasta according to package directions, making sure it’s cooked al dente; drain. Chop rotisserie chicken and basil and set aside. Chop tomatoes and slice mozzarella cheese (or get 2 cups grated cheese ready).
  • In a baking dish, combine the cooked pasta, tomato sauce, pesto, chopped chicken, and half the basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Heat lightly throughout on low heat.
  • Turn the oven on to broil. In the same pan add tomatoes and the cheese. Sprinkle with more basil.
  • Broil on HI for about 1-2 minutes, or until cheese begins to brown and is bubbly.
  • Serve sprinkled with the remaining chopped basil leaves.

Video

Le Creuset sent me their lovely new product to try out, but as always, all opinions are my own! I was not paid to write this post today.

More pasta recipes: Mexican Bowtie Pasta Bake [Noble Pig], Broccoli Pasta Salad [Your Homebased Mom], Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Salad [Foodness Gracious], Summer Avocado Pasta Salad [RE], Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad + video [RE], and 4 Ingredient Creamy Pasta Bake [RE].

Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe

2 comments on “Caprese Chicken Casserole Recipe”

  1. I work full time and have two active teenagers. I’m always looking for quick, easy meals. Tried this tonight and they loved it! There’s plenty left for tomorrow night, so it’s a win-win. Thank you!!

  2. Oh yum! I love a good pasta dish! And we love Benham Falls. We have hiked to the top but when we were there in September he went on quite a few bike rides and one was through Sunriver and up over to Benham falls. he put on quite a few miles that trip

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