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Easy Baked Chicken and Pasta

Easy Baked Chicken and Pasta (adapted from Giada)

It's time for IHCC's monthly Mystery Box Madness Challenge again! This exciting challenge started in November 2014 and we're entering the ninth month this month! :)

Modus operandi is the same: we can choose a dish from one of IHCC's twelve chefs. This time round, the chosen dish must contain at least three of these mystery ingredients: chicken, seaweed, sesame seeds, parsley, mozzarella cheese, pasta, mango, brown sugar, zucchini, mint.

Lovely ingredients! I'm drawn to the combination of chicken, cheese, and pasta. True enough! Giada has a recipe called Italian Baked Chicken and Pasta with these three mystery ingredients: chicken, mozzarella cheese, pasta.

Recipe adapted from Giada's Italian Baked Chicken and Pasta.

(Serves 4)

1 cup small pasta (I used short tube pasta)
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1/2 cup cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish

How to:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Butter an 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish (I used a glass baking dish). 
2. Fill up a medium pot with salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 5-6 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.
3. Heat up oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add chicken breast cubes and cook for 3 minutes. Add onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken breast cubes are cooked through. Add mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes until mushrooms look soft.
4. Remove from heat and put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add mozzarella, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Place the mixture into the buttered baking dish.
5. In a small bowl, mix together breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Sprinkle over the top of the chicken and pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Before baking.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Mystery Box Madness: July 2015!


Previous Mystery Box Madness recipes:

June 2015: Chili con Carne with Lettuce and Cheese (Jacques Pépin)

May 2015: Mediterranean Salad (adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)

April 2015: Tarragon, Chicken & Ham Pasties (Donna Hay)

March 2015: Boeuf Bourguignon (Mark Bittman)

February 2015: Round and Round Pasta (Giada De Laurentiis)

January 2015: Blueberry Buttermilk Cake (Tessa Kiros)

December 2014: Curried Lentil Soup with Potatoes (Mark Bittman) 

November 2014: Date, Apricot, Chia Seeds Tea Bread (adapted from Diana Henry)


  1. This look great. Everything in one. Pasta and chicken.

  2. Hi Joyce,
    I know this pasta is yummy-licious!

  3. All the deliciousness of chicken, pasta and cheeses coming together in one dish. Who wouldn't want to dig into it when it comes out of the kitchen?

  4. I like the idea of mushrooms in it - very nice!

  5. You can always trust Giada to come up with a delicious cheese and pasta dish, bonus that this had chicken in it too.

  6. This looks so amazing. I love cheesy pastas

  7. Giada and pasta are always a good choice. My choice as well, in fact I think it is the same dish. Yours looks so good. Nice job on the Mystery Box

  8. Such a comforting delicious pasta meal!