Cheesy Mozzarella Chicken Bake

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 c. marinara sauce
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Step 1: Prepare the oven. Adjust the rack in the center and preheat it to 375 degrees F.

Step 2: In the meantime, season all sides of the chicken with garlic powder and salt & pepper.

Step 3: In a skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the hot oil and sear for about 5 minutes on each side. To the prepared baking dish, transfer the chicken when done. Over the chicken, pour the marinara sauce and evenly spread it around, and sprinkle with Parmesan followed by the mozzarella. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes, uncovered. If using smaller chicken breasts, bake for about 15 minutes. Set the oven to broil for about 3 to 4 minutes or until the cheese has lightly browned.

Step 4: Remove from the oven when done and allow the chicken to rest for about 5 minutes before serving. Note that the chicken is done once the internal temperature of the thickest part reaches 165 degrees F.