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This simple baked ricotta chicken recipe is an ultra comforting, cheesy meal after a busy day! Your oven does all the work in this easy chicken dinner with minimal prep.

Got some ricotta to use up? Try my Easy Skillet Lasagna or Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells next.

closeup of baked ricotta chicken with basil

Why you’ll love it

If you’re one of those people that enjoys recipes with a lot of sauce, I think you’ll find a new favorite in this easy ricotta chicken bake. We’re sauce people over here at S&L, and there’s more than enough for a generous amount to drizzle over potatoes, rice, or veggies.

Mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan make this baked chicken recipe extra special. It’s pretty much guaranteed to be a hit for busy families that happen to have a finicky eater. I mean, who can resist tender chicken with three kinds of cheese and marinara sauce? Comfort food bliss!

What you’ll need

  • Chicken – we’re slicing chicken breasts in half lengthwise so it cooks faster, more evenly, and doesn’t overcook. The cutlets are seasoned with salt & pepper to bring out the flavors.
  • Ricotta – whole milk ricotta gives the creamiest result
  • Parmesan – our second delicious cheese. Definitely grate your own.
  • Garlic – we’re pretty generous, but garlic is measured with your heart
  • Italian seasoning – it’s a tantalizing blend of aromatic herbs that has a burst of flavor. Conveniently, it comes all in one jar!
  • Marinara sauce – use your favorite brand. I like Mezzetta or Rao’s.
  • Mozzarella – since it’s such a good melting cheese, it’s ideal to top off this chicken bake
ingredients for baked ricotta chicken in measuring cups

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How to make baked ricotta chicken

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

mixing ricotta in a bowl and adding marinara sauce to a casserole dish

Cut the chicken in half to make the four smaller cutlets, and generously season with salt & pepper. In a bowl, add the ricotta, parm, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Mix together. Meanwhile, evenly spread half the marinara in a baking dish.

adding ricotta and marinara sauce to chicken in a baking dish

Add the chicken to the baking dish, and spread the ricotta mixture over top each piece. Spoon the remainder of the marinara sauce over the chicken. Cover tightly with foil, and then bake for 20 minutes.

ricotta chicken bake in a casserole dish before and after cooking

Remove the foil, top with the mozzarella, and bake uncovered until the chicken is cooked through. Broil for a minute or two if you want. Let it rest for a few minutes, and garnish with fresh basil if desired.

Helpful tips

  • I would definitely recommend using whole milk ricotta if possible. It’s way creamier and not grainy/crumbly like other varieties can be.
  • As chicken breasts can vary a lot in size, to ensure chicken isn’t overcooked or undercooked, use a meat thermometer.
  • Grate your own parmesan for best meltability and flavor. It makes a big difference!

Substitutions and variations

  • Try adding a cup or two of chopped spinach to the ricotta mixture to get your greens in.
  • If you want a little heat, add some crushed red pepper flakes on top of the marinara sauce or into the ricotta mixture.
  • This baked chicken recipe is meant to be fast, but if you’re in the mood for making my Homemade Marinara Sauce, go for it!

What to serve with this chicken bake

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftovers of this chicken bake for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
  • Reheat slowly over a low heat in a saucepan for best results so it doesn’t dry out.
  • I don’t recommend freezing cheesy and creamy recipes like this one.
a plate with baked ricotta chicken, green beans, and penne

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closeup of baked ricotta chicken with basil
4.88 from 41 votes

Baked Ricotta Chicken

This simple baked ricotta chicken recipe is an ultra comforting, cheesy meal after a busy day! Your oven does all the work in this easy chicken dinner with minimal prep.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese whole milk preferred
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Fresh basil optional, for serving

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • Cut the chicken in half lengthwise to make four thinner cutlets, then season the chicken with salt & pepper.
  • To a medium bowl, add the ricotta, parmesan, garlic, and Italian seasoning, and mix together.
  • Pour half of the marinara sauce into a 9×13 casserole dish, and then spread it out evenly.
  • Arrange the chicken side-by-side in the casserole dish, and spread the ricotta mixture on top of each piece of chicken.
  • Spoon the rest of the marinara sauce over each piece of chicken.
  • Tightly cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Take the casserole dish out of the oven, and remove the foil. Sprinkle the mozzarella on top of the chicken, and return it to the oven, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (165F).
  • If desired, broil for a couple of minutes to brown the cheese (watch it doesn't burn).
  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes prior to serving. Season with extra salt & pepper if needed, and top with fresh basil if using.

Notes

  • This recipe makes a lot of sauce. It’s great over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes.
  • Ovens and chicken breast sizes vary considerably, so keep in mind timing is just a guideline and it’s always a good idea to use an instant read thermometer.

Nutrition

Calories: 542kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 52g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 170mg, Sodium: 1552mg, Potassium: 947mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1437IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 662mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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62 Comments

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    4 stars
    This was really good. I put a layer of cooked lo-carb ziti on the bottom of the pan and baked it with the chicken.

    1. Natasha says:

      Love that! Thanks, Ellen!

  2. JoJo says:

    5 stars
    This Baked Riccotta Chicken is absolutely delicious and so easy to put together. I served it with pasta and salad. I will be adding this to my recipe book. Thank you so much for sharing it. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy you liked it, JoJo! Thanks for your review!

  3. Michele Buchanan says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Michele! πŸ™‚

  4. AngelaML says:

    5 stars
    Hi Natasha! I made this for the first time this week and was very happy with the results! I usually hesitate about trying cheese-heavy recipes as I have to really limit that. For this one I let the ricotta be the star while using just half of the parm and very slight sprinkling of the mozzarella on top. No one minded! Loved the extra sauce – I used the whole jar as I had more chicken (filled my baking dish in a single layer). Another change was I seasoned the chicken pieces with garlic powder along with the pepper. I never turn down more garlic! Served with pasta and green beans.

    My chicken breasts were rather large so I proactively added 10 mins to the covered with foil baking time. Checked at the end with meat thermometer and they were cooked to temp.

    To reheat the leftover chicken and sauce (and all the melted cheese) I put it back into the baking dish tightly covered in foil in 350F oven for 15 mins. Warmed it nicely but didn’t dry it out. I will definitely be making this one again! πŸ™‚

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy that it worked out, Angela!! πŸ˜€ Appreciate your detailed review as always! XO

  5. Becky says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight. It was delicious. My husband told me twice how much he enjoyed it!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s what I like to hear! πŸ˜€ Thanks, Becky!

  6. Jan Wise says:

    5 stars
    Made this recipe for dinner last night. We loved it!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s awesome!! Thank you for your review, Jan!!

  7. Pearlie says:

    Delicious! I did add spinach and some cayenne pepper for some heat. Served over fettuccine noodles will definitely be making this often. Thank you for an excellent recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      You are very welcome, Pearlie! πŸ˜€

  8. Virginia Homoki says:

    I’m making this wonderfully delicious chicken for the second time – it was requested by my son’s beautiful girlfriend as her Birthday meal.
    It is a fantastic meal not to mention how easy it is to make!

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      That’s wonderful to hear, Virginia!! Happy birthday to your son’s girlfriend. πŸ™‚

  9. Sonia Huerta Cruz says:

    5 stars
    This dish turned out delicious and I’m definitely adding it to my favorites to make again! The only problem I ran into, was that the chicken didn’t cook at all in the first 20 minutes. I had to cook it for an additional 30 minutes covered, then 20 uncovered, and with the rack sitting at halfway in my oven. Not at the top third. I followed the instructions exactly. I live in Colorado, so I don’t know if the altitude had anything to do with it, it’s a common issue. Anyway, great recipe!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! Hmmm that is very odd. I think the altitude may affect it yes, but also I wonder if your oven may be running a bit cooler – that is pretty common too.

    2. Vicki Y says:

      5 stars
      Best recipe ever! My new favorite meal, delicious and so impressive. Makes a beautiful main course.
      I serve it with Angel Hair pasta nests, a simple green salad and warm bread.
      Get ready to share the recipe, everyone will want it!
      Thank you, thank you!

      1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

        You’re welcome, Vicki!! Thank you so much for your kind review! πŸ™‚

    3. Tiffany says:

      I live in FL and visit CO every year and the altitude has a HUGE effect on baking and cooking. It’s so weird to me every time! Some stuff cooks way faster and some takes way longer!