Chicken Gratin With Fennel

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by justcallmetoni

I am always in search of baked pasta dishes that are not loaded down with large amounts of cheese. Found this one in an old magazine and it immediately appealed to me. The use of jarred marinara sauce and cooked chicken helps this savory dish come together rather quickly. Have not tried this yet but posting it here for safekeeping. (7 pts per serving)

Top Review by MarraMamba

delicious. I normally prefer loads of cheese but since i have to behave a little (and make room for kittens float your boat brownies twice a week) i tried this. Super super recipe. discovered my parmesan had fallen out of fridge to underneath it for at least a week and subbed asiago. Used chili flavor penne sent to me in a swap so did not include the dried peppers :) it had a nice kick from the chili pepper penne anyway. Really good, only tip i would give anyone, is that bc the sauce is jarred, and the chicken already cooked, you still need to put it all together and its not a "dump" dish. Its a sophisticated and yummy pasta dish that deserves excellent ingredients

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large saucepan parboil penne pasta in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned and softened. Add minced garlic, red pepper flakes, black pepper and crushed fennel seeds and stir for a minute.
  4. Add the white wine, to the pan and continue to cook until almost evaporated.
  5. Add the broth and marinara sauce and simmer for two or three minutes.
  6. Mix the sauce, chicken, parsley and penne together and pour into a two quart baking dish. Place cover on dish or cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Combine breadcrumbs, Italian herbs, oil and cheese in a small bowl.
  8. Remove dish from oven and uncover. Distribute the crumb mixture on top and return to the oven to bake uncovered for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

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