Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Cookbook tonight...I can't say I was excited about our theme tonight...because we made freezer meals for my family since my mom was diagnosed with leukemia last week :(  How is that even a normal sentence for me to say...UGH!  This was really easy to make up...I'll have to update once my parents taste it!!!

about 4 cups of shredded, cooked chicken
about 1 jar of marinara sauce
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
about 1 cup panko or whole wheat bread crumbs
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
fresh, chopped herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, etc)
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
Layer the chicken in the bottom. Dump in the marinara sauce and mix with the chicken. Next, top with cheese until all the chicken is covered.
In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, olive oil, fresh herbs and a dash of salt and pepper together.  Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumbs on top.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on top and bubbling on the sides.
Freezer Meal Directions: Put casserole together and freeze it before baking. When you're ready to cook it, let it thaw in the fridge over night. If it's still slightly frozen in the middle, you'll just have to cook it longer than the recipe calls for or defrost a bit in the microwave before baking. Cover it with foil if the top gets too brown in the oven.

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