Cheesy Mozzarella Chicken Bake


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)


Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 375°F (190°C) to ensure it’s ready for baking.

Prepare Baking Dish: Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of your baking dish to prevent the chicken from sticking.

Season Chicken: Combine Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Rub this mixture onto both sides of the chicken breasts to infuse them with flavor.

Sear Chicken: Heat olive oil in a large, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken breasts on each side until they’re golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side, to lock in the juices.

Assemble: Place the seared chicken in the prepared baking dish. Cover the chicken with the remaining marinara sauce, ensuring each breast is well-coated.

Add Cheese: Generously top each chicken breast with shredded mozzarella and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese for that golden cheesy crust.

Bake: Place the dish in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the cheese is bubbly and golden.

Rest and Serve: Allow the dish to rest for a few minutes after baking. This helps the chicken retain its juices and the cheese to set slightly.

Garnish and Enjoy: Add a garnish of fresh basil leaves for a burst of color and an extra layer of flavor before serving.

This Cheesy Mozzarella Chicken Bake is more than just a meal; it’s a celebration of flavor, a comfort on the table, and a dish that brings people together. Serve it with your choice of sides for a complete, satisfying experience that pays homage to the rich traditions of Italian-American cooking. Enjoy the process of creating this dish and the many smiles it brings to your dinner table.

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