This cheesy mozzarella chicken bake is simple to make and only uses a handful of ingredients. Tender chicken, mozza, parmesan, and marinara sauce make one awesome combo!
Who doesn't love melty cheese? This cheesy chicken bake is warm and inviting. Total comfort food!
How to make this mozzarella chicken bake (overview):
- Season the chicken with salt & pepper and garlic powder;
- Brown the chicken (or don't if you want to save time - just add an extra 10 minutes or so onto the baking time)... in a skillet over medium-high heat, sear both sides of the chicken for about 5 minutes/side;
- Transfer chicken to a baking dish and add the marinara sauce and then top the chicken with the cheeses;
- Bake for 15-20 minutes and then broil to get the cheese nice and brown and bubbly;
- Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then serve and enjoy!
(Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below)
Recipe notes & tips:
- Want to make this recipe even easier? Skip the searing part (I like it because it yields more flavorful chicken, but the recipe also works without that step). Just place the raw chicken breasts in the baking dish, season them as indicated, and continue the recipe from step 4. I'd then cook the chicken for at least 30 minutes (or when a meat thermometer indicates it's 165F in the thickest part).
- Timing on this recipe will vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts, so I highly recommend using an instant read meat thermometer so you don't under or overcook the chicken.
- If you have a large oven-safe skillet, feel free to use it instead of transferring the chicken to the baking dish.
- If you find the chicken is sticking to the pan during the searing step, cook it a bit longer so it releases naturally. Ensuring the pan is very hot prior to adding the chicken will help prevent the chicken from sticking.
- I used an organic marinara sauce from my local grocery store. Feel free to use your favorite jarred brand or even homemade marinara. Keep in mind that the better quality the marinara sauce, the better this recipe will taste since it has very few ingredients.
- Depending on what you have on hand, feel free to switch up the cheeses if needed. You can skip the parm if you need to, and this recipe would be delicious with any cheese that melts easily. Try cheddar or even a Tex-Mex blend if you want a little heat.
What to serve with mozzarella chicken:
Try garlic bread or serve it over pasta!
More comforting chicken recipes you'll love:
- Creamy Garlic Chicken
- Ranch Chicken and Rice Casserole
- Spinach Artichoke Chicken
- Skillet Salsa Chicken
- Mozzarella Mushroom White Wine Chicken
I hope you will love this baked mozzarella chicken recipe! Questions? Made this dish? Leave me a comment below 🙂
Cheesy Mozzarella Chicken Bake
- 4 large chicken breasts boneless skinless
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1.5 cups marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 375F and move the rack to the middle position.
- Season both sides of each piece of chicken with the garlic powder and salt & pepper.
- Add the oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, sear the chicken for 5 minutes/side. Add the chicken to a greased baking dish (I used a 9x13) once both sides are seared.
- Pour the marinara sauce over the chicken and use a spoon to spread it evenly over and around the chicken.
- Sprinkle the parmesan over the chicken breasts, and then do the same with the mozzarella.
- Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. If your chicken breasts are on the smaller side, I suggest doing 15 minutes.
- Broil the chicken for 3-5 minutes or so until the cheese is lightly browned (watch it closely). Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes prior to serving (this will ensure it's juicy). Chicken is done when an instant read meat thermometer shows 165F in the deepest part. Its temperature will continue to rise while resting.
- You can skip the step where you sear the chicken if you wish. Just place the raw chicken breasts in the baking dish, season them, and continue the recipe from step 4. I'd then cook the chicken for at least 30 minutes (or when a meat thermometer indicates it's 165F in the thickest part).
- Timing on this recipe largely depends on the size of the chicken breasts, so I highly recommend using an instant read meat thermometer so you don't under or overcook the chicken.
- If you have a large oven-safe skillet, feel free to use it and skip the baking dish.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.