Mom's Baked Chicken and Spinach Pasta


Mom's Baked Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Moms Baked Chicken and Spinach Pasta
Moms Baked Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Mom's Baked Chicken and Spinach Pasta is a wholesome chicken pasta casserole recipe made with whole wheat bowtie pasta, fresh spinach, garlic, olive oil, white wine and mozzarella. It's a healthy dish for any night of the week. Plus, it's a super simple to make. All you need to do to make this chicken casserole recipe is cook chicken with garlic, wine, and a few more ingredients. The chicken is then combined with cooked pasta, topped with plenty of cheese, and baked until golden brown. No one will be able to say no to a hearty serving of Mom's Baked Chicken and Spinach Pasta. It really is one of the best chicken casserole recipes around.

The combination of pasta and chicken makes this a hearty meal that can feed the whole family on a weeknight. Because this chicken casserole recipe is such a crowd-pleaser, it would also be a great dish to share with family or friends at your next potluck or church supper. Mom's Baked Chicken and Spinach Pasta is also easy to customize, so you can make it with whatever ingredients you already have on hand.


Cooking Time25 min


  • 1 pound bowtie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (see NOTE)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white wine or dry white wine
  • 5 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, stems removed
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • NOTE: You could substitute chicken tenders for the diced breasts if you wish.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Place a large stockpot filled with at 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt over high heat. When it comes to a rolling boil, drop in the pasta and cook for the time specified on the package. Drain.

  3. While pasta water heats and pasta cooks, place a 12-inch round x 3-icnch deep non-stick fry pan over medium high heat. Add the oil and cook the chicken, stirring frequently until chicken is nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and salt and stir, continuing to cook 2 to 3 minutes until chicken is cooked and very fragrant.

  4. Stir in the wine over high heat, stirring to lift any browned bits in the bottom of the pan, then add the spinach and continue to cook and stir another 5 minutes until spinach wilts. Off the heat, add the drained pasta to the pan and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake until hot and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.


If you don’t have a large enough skillet, brown the chicken, garlic and salt. Remove chicken to a large bowl using a slotted spoon and add wine and spinach to the pan, stirring until wilted. Combine all, including the pasta, in the large bowl and pour into the bake dish.

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We have an abundance of spinach growing in our garden. It is nearly growing quicker than we can eat it. I hate seeing it going to waste so any dish I can cook than has it in it is always a massive bonus, I will have to give this chicken one a try.

This is a good dish to make when you are in a pinch, but it wasn't nearly the best casserole I have made before. It is perfect for picky eaters and a large crowd. I agee, red pepper flakes added the right amount of extra flavor.

This casserole was just okay. The chicken tasted overcooked and there was really no flavor to the dish at all. It was very bland.

I love spinach, and the texture and flavor of this recipe were really good. The flavor of the chicken cooked with wine and garlic is terrific, a fabulous combination - and everything's better with cheese!

I thought this casserole had the perfect amount of flavor!

I liked the cheese on top. It was a little crispy and tasted good with the baked pasta.

I liked how healthy this casserole tasted! That being said, I think it could have used a bit more flavor. I'd definitely make this again and see how I could improve upon the original recipe!

This casserole was good, but kind of blah. It might be better with another vegetable (in addition to the spinach).

I felt like this casserole needed more flavor. Next time I will use Parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella, and I might use broccoli instead of spinach. I also think it could use even more garlic!

Super tasty! I added some crushed red pepper flakes for an extra kick


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