Chicken Italiano

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hr
Serves: 6

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.


2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil
1 1/2 lb (0.7 kg) zucchini, large, sliced
2 red peppers, sliced into rings
8 mushrooms, sliced
2.5 lb (1 kg) bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
2 1/2 cups (625 mL) Marinara pasta sauce, low-sodium
1/4 cup (60 mL) water
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) basil, dried
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) thyme, dried
1/2 cup (125 mL) Parmesan cheese, grated


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.