Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

I found this surprisingly light casserole recipe on The Food Network.  The recipe was one of Giada De Laurentiis.

My family gave it mixed reviews.  The majority liked it.

We all agreed it was something different...a dish that would taste good on a cold, rainy day...or something for a potluck.

The tangy tomatoes gave it a nice kick and the bread crumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese made a warm, crunchy topping.

(I doubled all the ingredients, except garlic, to make a serving for 8.)


1 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)  *I could not find the pastina so I substituted with another small pasta.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 small onion) *I substituted with onion powder.
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 tbsp butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.  Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat.  Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more.  Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta.  Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine.  Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 2-inch dish.  (I used a 13 x 9 in pan for my doubled recipe.)

In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture.  Dot the top with small bits of butter.  Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time:  40 min.
Serves: 4

Our homeschool group has a rosary potluck the last Sunday of each month.  I'm planning on bringing this dish.


~  Patty  ~


  1. Happy Tuesday, Patty...this dish looks perfect for my family. Thanks so much for posting it. Today would be a perfect day for it here. It is rainy and a bit chilly. This is a definite keeper! Have a great day!

  2. Looks good! I'm going to pin it so I don't forget about it!


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