Donna's Smoky Baked Italian Chicken Casserole

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Donna Luckadoo

Comfort Food for a Crowd

Top Review by Neomia

Thought I would write a review up for this since nobody else has yet! It was delicious, but the recipe itself has a few issues. First off, the ingredients are not in the right order for how they are used, a pet peeve of mine. Also, this was way too much food for the size pan it suggested, which I suspected on first reading it. And when they say "large bowl", they aren't kidding! I didn't have one big enough! I think I might experiment with combining various things and doing it in layers. But as far as flavor goes - yummy!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350* and spray a 9x13 - deep dish glass baking dish - with a non stick spray.
  2. Using a very large mixing bowl, add Chicken, Sauce, minced Garlic, Pesto, diced Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar and Gouda.
  3. Add the Penne Rigate or Rotini noodles and mix well.
  4. Pour the mixture into the glass baking dish.
  5. Next mix the Romano or Parmesian cheese with the Italian bread crumbs and sprinkle over the top.
  6. Cover with Aluminum foil.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until the casserole is hot and bubbly.
  8. Remove the foil and add the 12 thick sliced tomatoes to the top of the Casserole ( make it pretty so each serving has a tomato on top )., Next drizzle them with the olive oil.,.
  9. Bake the casserole for 15 minutes more or until the tomatoes are roasted and pretty ( keeping a watch on them so the tomatoes are not over cooked ).
  10. Serve with a Simple salad and maybe some French Bread or Garlic Texas toast.
  11. Enjoy!

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