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Chicken Penne Casserole with Corn and Zucchini
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A creamy, healthy and delicious creamy chicken pasta casserole made with fresh zucchini and corn. A quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken casserole, Chicken Pasta Casserole, creamy chicken casserole
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 328 kcal
Author: The Seasoned Mom
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta cooked and drained (can substitute with regular penne pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour can substitute with all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme minced (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 9 ounces about 1 ½ cups cooked, diced chicken
  • 1 zucchini diced into very small pieces
  • Kernels from 2 ears of fresh corn about 1 ½ cups, or you can substitute with frozen corn kernels
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Spray a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add flour and stir to cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in broth, milk, salt and thyme and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Allow sauce to cook until it thickens, whisking regularly so that the sauce is smooth (about 5-10 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat, stir in cooked pasta, ½ cup of mozzarella, chicken, zucchini, and corn.
  4. Transfer chicken mixture to prepared dish. Top with remaining mozzarella and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  5. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly and heated through (about 20-25 minutes).
Recipe Notes
  • Always preheat the oven before baking the casserole for best results
  • Use high-quality chicken (free range is always best and makes a huge difference in flavor).
  • Fresh thyme will give a stronger flavor but you can use dried if you don't have it. See my recommendations below.
  • Whole wheat pasta is lower in calories and higher in fiber and nutrients than white pasta so if you want to make easy healthy meals it's a good alternative to white pasta.
  • Frozen corn can be used instead of fresh but when fresh corn is in season it's worth buying.
  • Use low-fat milk instead of full fat or cream. This will reduce fat and calories and is an easy way to make weeknight meals lighter.
  • No zucchini? Spinach or broccoli would be great substitutes. Try to stick with green veggies with a lot of nutrients
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Penne Casserole with Corn and Zucchini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 843mg37%
Potassium 314mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 12.4mg15%
Calcium 199mg20%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.