Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

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This recipe for Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan is an easy, cheesy dinner where everything bakes together in one dish.  Just dump and bake and your dinner is ready!

Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

Oh my goodness – I have one of the easiest dinner recipes ever to share with you all today!  And guess what?  You can’t mess it up.  This Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan is fool proof and DELICIOUS!

This is definitely my kind of recipe!  It’s quick, easy, and only takes about 5 minutes to throw together – or should i say dump together.

Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

I’m not sure what I love most about this recipe – the fact that the chicken doesn’t have to be pre-cooked, all the cheese that you get with every bite or the fact that it’s super easy to just dump and bake.

Ingredients needed to make Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

  • Penne pasta – I always use whole wheat pasta but you can use your favorite type of pasta
  • Your favorite pasta sauce
  • Water
  • Chicken (cut into small pieces)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper

How to make Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

Want to know how easy this dinner is to make?  Just dump the uncooked noodles, pasta sauce, water, chicken and mozzarella cheese in baking dish. Mix ingredients together in baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.

That’s how easy this dinner is to make!  No need to cook the pasta or chicken ahead of time.  It all bakes at the same time in one baking dish.

Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

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Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan

Dump and Bake Chicken Parmesan - An easy, cheesy dinner where everything bakes together in one dish.  Just dump and bake and your dinner is ready!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 12 ounce package whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 24 ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 pound of chicken cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Dump uncooked noodles, pasta sauce, water, chicken and 1/2 cup mozzarella in baking dish. Add salt and pepper. Mix ingredients together. Make sure liquid covers pasta and chicken.
  • Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
  • Spread breadcrumbs, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese over pasta dish. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread crumbs are golden brown.
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  1. Mine comes out perfect every time! We love the recipe! It is my go to for pot lucks and church events! I’m making it tonight for small group!

  2. Mine needed extra time too, but I added more sauce. It turned out great and was a hit with everyone. Love how easy it was ❤️

  3. I cooked my pasta aldente and used pre cooked frozen chicken also kept a cup of cooking liquid added all together with sauce. baked. 400 for 30 n uncovered with breadcrumb topping for 10-15 min. Nextime i think id add more sauce. But it turned out excellent!

  4. This took FOREVER to cook, both the chicken and noodles! Had to add more water and turn the oven temp up to 450. It also turned out really bland. Liked the easiness of it but this took well over an hour to cook. Kept my guests waiting for too long.

  5. So i think it’s very important to mention that the order of the cheese and breadcrumbs is very important. I put the breadcrumbs on first and then the cheese on top and the breadcrumbs did not bake at all. Also the amount of water i out in was 3 cups because it said chicken and pasta should be covered. That was absolutely too much and I think only the amount of water to cover just the pasta would have been enough. Other than that it was good. Probably will not make again but if I do it will definitely be tweaked.

  6. I’ve made this once before and loved how easy it was.
    Today I changed a couple of things and it went over Great. Today I marinated the cut up chicken in Italian Dressing and since we didn’t have mozzarella and didn’t feel like running to the store, I used Colby & Cheddar !! It still worked out perfectly!!

  7. I used a foil disposable pan and cooked it for the alloted time and I turned out sooo good!!

  8. This was tasty and so easy. It took about and hour and 20 minutes to good though. I will make it again.

  9. Quick preparation and cooking time great for quick meal for unexpected guests. Good flavour very tasty and filling. Yum!

  10. Love this recipe! I make it at least once a month because it’s so tasty and easy, although I leave out the chicken to cut out a step and make it more budget friendly. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Followed recipe to a tee but chicken didn’t cook so had to cooked extra and then macaroni over cooked.

  12. Pasta wasn’t anywhere near cooked in the recommended cooking time. Had to add about 30 minutes to make sure it was done.

  13. I was so nervous when I put it in the oven THEN areas the comments. 😂 I did make a few tweaks – added 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder before it went in the oven; used Italian bread crumbs because it’s all I had, used the full three cups of water; cooked it covered for 45 mins , uncovered for 10 and 10 once I added the topping in this order – mozzarella cheese, the breadcrumbs and park mixed together then added on top. I know everyone makes their own updates. It turned out PERFECT, melted and flavourful!!

  14. I suggest that you pre cook the chicken. I prepared this recipe per instructions
    The chicken was raw I cooked an additional 30 minutes and it still was under cooked
    My husband declined to eat it , and I just ate the pasta and cheese

  15. My mom loved this so much, she went back for seconds and thirds! I’m terrible at cooking but this recipe was super easy to follow and very straightforward. We added extra panko and mozzarella.

  16. Hi! I am excited to try this recipe! I have a question- for the topping, so you mix the mozzarella cheese, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan, or layer them as the recipe says? I’m unsure how the breadcrumbs will brown if they are buried under the cheese…

  17. I want to try chicken thighs next time. The chicken was a little dry. Otherwise it was really good and my husband loved it. I always use extra cheese.

  18. After reading the comments about the cooking time, I threw everything in my insta-pot for 15 minutes. Then broiled the cheese and breadcrumbs for just a minute and it turned out great!! Hubby added some red pepper flakes for a kick of added flavor.

  19. After reading the comments, I got nervous to prepare as instructed. So I cooked for 15 minutes in the instant pot and then transferred to a pan to bake with breadcrumbs and cheese. Turned out perfect.