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Baked Chicken and Rosemary Pasta

Fresh rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and chicken combine to create a classic Italian flavour trio in this savoury pasta bake. This recipe will generously feed a family of four, and any leftovers you may have will taste even better the next day.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup onions, diced
½ lb mushrooms, sliced
3 cups Marinara pasta sauce
¼ cup half-and-half cream
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp hot red chile pepper flakes
½ cup parsley, fresh, minced
1 tbsp rosemary, fresh, minced
1 pkg whole wheat fusilli pasta
1 cup mozzarella cheese, part skim, 16.5% MF
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
15 Kalamata olives, pitted

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Cut the chicken breast cross-wise into smaller bite-size pieces.

  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions, garlic, and chicken, stirring occasionally until cooked through and nicely browned.

  3. Add the mushrooms, pasta sauce, and the cream to the pot.

  4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, so that the sauce thickens slightly.

  5. Stir balsamic vinegar, pitted chopped olives, cayenne pepper, minced parsley, and rosemary into the sauce.

  6. Cook until heated through – about 5 minutes.

  7. Cook the whole wheat pasta in unsalted boiling water until al dente, following packaged directions. Cook the pasta less than you normally would, as it will be cooked further in the oven.

  8. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce.

  9. Spray a 3 L (3.2 quart) oblong baking dish with non-fat cooking spray.

  10. Spread the pasta and sauce evenly in the dish.

  11. Top the pasta with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and additional minced fresh parsley.

  12. Bake until the cheese is golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Helpful Tip

Use kitchen staples to create this delicious warm baked pasta. Choose a good quality prepared pasta sauce and boneless, skinless chicken strips. For a complete meal serve with a green salad and low-fat vinaigrette.

Nutrition Info

Per 385 g serving Amount
Protein35 g
Fat12 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate61 g
Fibre7 g
Sugar8 g
Cholesterol60 mg
Sodium390 mg
Per 385 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A15
Vitamin C25
Vitamin B638
Vitamin B1227