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Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Bake

  • Author: Allison
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


This Mediterranean chicken pasta bake is a simple, flavourful, and healthy weeknight meal that the entire family will love. Packed with chicken, whole grain pasta, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, marinara sauce, and two types of cheese, this pasta bake is sure to become a staple.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs (680 grams) boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more for seasoning as needed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound whole grain pasta, such as fusilli or rotini
  • 750 mL marinara sauce 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the chicken: Warm 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the chicken and season with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until cooked through. Transfer onto a plate and set aside.
  2. Warm the remaining tablespoon of oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, oregano, basil, and hot red pepper flakes. Return the chicken to the pot and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and add to the pot with the chicken mixture.
  4. Add the marinara sauce and mix to combine.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil.
  6. Scoop the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake for 25 minutes.


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: healthy chicken pasta bake recipe