Healthy Dump Chicken Bake
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Recipe courtesy of Casey Elsass for Food Network Kitchen

Healthy Dump Chicken Bake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
When trying to get dinner on the table, everyone dreams of effortlessly pulling together something that’s both healthy and ready at warp-speed. Well, you can stop searching, the answer is right here. This delicious chicken bake--a mixture of breast meat with tons of vegetables--can be assembled directly in the baking dish (no additional bowls or equipment required). From there, just slide it into the oven and bake until the chicken is juicy and the pasta and veggies are perfectly tender. There’s a sprinkle of cheese because healthy doesn’t mean boring, but feel free to leave it out.



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss together the chicken, tomatoes, ditalini, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, olive oil, onion powder, bell peppers, onion, zucchini and 2 teaspoons each salt and pepper in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish until evenly combined.
  3. Pour the chicken broth over everything and cover tightly with foil. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the pasta is al dente, about 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the mozzarella and return to the oven until the cheese is melted and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes.

Cook’s Note

To make ahead, toss everything but the ditalini and broth in the baking dish until evenly combined, then cover and refrigerate the mixture for up to 8 hours. Before baking, stir in the ditalini and broth and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before proceeding.