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Chicken Italiano

This recipe takes very little time to pop in the oven and becomes a delicious, simple complete meal served with cooked brown rice or pasta. It is ideally made with a large garden zucchini.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hour


2 tsp olive oil
1 ½ lb zucchini, large, sliced
2 red peppers, sliced into rings
8 mushrooms, sliced
2.5 lb bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
2 ½ cups Marinara pasta sauce, low-sodium
¼ cup water
½ tsp basil, dried
½ tsp thyme, dried
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

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 oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare a large baking pan (16 x 12 inches – 40 x 30 cm) by spraying with vegetable oil cooking spray or coating with oil.

  2. Prepare vegetables by slicing zucchini into thick rounds about ½ inch (1.25 cm) thick. Slice mushrooms and red peppers into rings the same thickness as zucchini. Place zucchini rounds over the bottom of the baking pan and top with a red pepper ring.

  3. Set the chicken thighs in the centre of the zucchini and pepper rounds. If you have any peppers left chop and add to casserole. Scatter mushrooms in spaces between chicken thighs.

  4. Pour pasta sauce over chicken and vegetables. Use ¼ cup (60 mL) water to wash out remaining sauce from bottle. Pour over.

  5. Sprinkle dried basil and thyme over casserole. Follow with the shredded parmesan cheese. Bake in preheated oven for one hour, or until chicken is cooked through and the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Helpful Tip

If you want a gluten-free version make sure you use gluten-free pasta and Marinara sauce.

Nutrition Info

Per 500 g serving Amount
Protein44 g
Fat15 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate14 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar9 g
Cholesterol170 mg
Sodium390 mg
Per 500 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A8
Vitamin C180
Vitamin B660
Vitamin B1240