5 from 8 votes
Chicken Marinara
Chicken Marinara
Prep Time
18 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
43 mins

Chicken Marinara Bake is an easy, family-favorite dinner featuring chicken breasts baked in a flavorful marinara sauce and topped with melty mozzarella cheese!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Marinara
Servings: 4
Calories: 398 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 4 about 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon TAK House Seasoning (or your favorite poultry spice blend)
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (preferably San Marzano's)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced basil optional
  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh mozzarella medallions, patted dry (or 1 1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and allow to come to temperature. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Have ready a 9x13" casserole dish.

  2. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil. Sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of seasoning, and rub to adhere.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the heated pan, and allow to come to temperature. Add the chicken and sear for 3- 4 minutes, just until golden-brown. Flip the chicken and sear for 2-3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  4. Add the onion and sauté 5-8 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute more.

  5. Add the canned tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper and stir. If using basil, add it to the pan, stir, and remove from the heat.

  6. If desired, for a smoother sauce, puree using an immersion blender or a blender with the feed tube removed and a dish towel covering its place.

  7. Add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the casserole dish and add the chicken breasts. Spoon a generous amount of marinara sauce over each chicken breast and divide the Mozzarella cheese amongst the chicken. 

  8. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25-27 minutes, or until the chicken breasts are cooked through. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Marinara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 144mg48%
Sodium 1427mg62%
Potassium 931mg27%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.