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Main dishes

Chicken & Penne Pasta Bake

Chicken & Penne Pasta Bake recipe
photo by:kraft
Marinara sauce and a crunchy Parmesan bread crumb topping give this easy weeknight chicken and pasta bake terrific flavor.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
40 min
servings
total:
6 servings, about 1-2/3 cups each
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What You Need

3-3/4
cups  penne pasta (12 oz.), uncooked
1
Tbsp.  olive oil
1
lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1
jar  (24 oz.) marinara sauce
2
cups  loosely packed baby spinach leaves
1
pkt.  SHAKE ‘N BAKE Seasoned Panko Seasoned Coating Mix
1/4
cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
2
tsp.  Italian seasoning
1/4
tsp.  garlic powder
3/4
cup  KRAFT Finely Shredded Italian* Five Cheese Blend

Make It

HEAT oven to 400ºF.

COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, heat oil in large ovenproof skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 to 6 min. or until evenly browned. Stir in marinara sauce.

DRAIN pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Add pasta and reserved water to chicken mixture in skillet along with the spinach; mix lightly.

COMBINE coating mix, Parmesan and seasonings in medium bowl; stir in shredded cheese. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.

BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until heated through.

* Made with quality cheeses crafted in the USA.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Note
We really love this recipe which was originally developed using our recently discontinued FRESH TAKE Cheese Bread Crumb Mix. We revised it to use KRAFT Shredded Cheese, SHAKE 'N BAKE Coating Mix and seasonings. Our Kraft Kitchens team has developed substitutions for the entire FRESH TAKE lineup so that you can continue to enjoy the great taste of these products. Click here for our Italian Parmesan substitution guide. Give it a try!
Note
If you don't have an ovenproof skillet, you can use a regular skillet instead. Just wrap handle with several layers of foil before using as directed.
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