Baked Chicken Parmesan with Whole Wheat Shells

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Dietary: Clean Eating, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Tree-Nut Free, Whole Grain

This quick, easy dish tastes every bit as good as traditional Chicken Parmesan, but is better for you because it contains Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Medium Shells. It's a great way to introduce your family to whole grain pasta.

Prep: 15 min
Total Time: 40 min
Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chicken broth, plus more if necessary
  • 1 12 oz box Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Medium Shells
  • 1 cup Parmesan, grated, divided
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, slivered (optional)


  • In a large skillet, sauté onion, garlic, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper and salt in olive oil over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until onion is tender. 
  • Use an immersion blender to coarsely chop tomatoes (directly in can if desired) or put tomatoes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse about 10 times. Add tomatoes, water and chicken broth to skillet, stirring to combine.
  • Pour pasta into sauce and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Cover skillet and cook pasta for 9 minutes, reducing the heat so the sauce is only simmering. Stir pasta a few times as it cooks to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the skillet. When the pasta is finished cooking, remove cover and stir in ¾ cup of Parmesan and chicken. Add more chicken broth to the mixture if it seems dry.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan over the top of the chicken mixture and transfer skillet to a 375°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melted and lightly browned on top. A baking dish can be used if the skillet isn’t oven-proof.
  • Serve pasta immediately, garnishing each serving with slivered fresh basil if desired.