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Chicken Nugget Casserole combines two kid-favorite meals into one! With pasta and red sauce on the bottom and a layer of chicken nuggets on top, it’s sure to be a hit!

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This post is sponsored by CHEF’S CRAFT® Gourmet, but all opinions and text are my own!

Raise your hand if you’ve got a picky eater?! I’ll be honest, my girls are pretty good eaters most the time, but they have their days (don’t we all?!). Well, here’s what I love about this meal: it’s easy on the cook (hooray!), combines two kid favorites (spaghetti and chicken nuggets) and most of all, it’s simply delicious!

CHEF’S CRAFT® chicken makes getting nutritious protein into recipes so stinkin’ simple. I love that I can grab some of their gluten-free breaded chicken breast chunk nuggets out of the freezer and be well on my way to a good meal in a jiff! Their grilled chicken chunk bites and sous vide flame grilled chicken breast fillets are perfect for adding to my favorite chicken dishes. I can’t wait to share a couple recipes I’ve got up my sleeve for you in the next few weeks!

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Chicken Nugget Casserole ingredients

Chicken Nugget Casserole Ingredients

  • Chicken Nuggets – I love the CHEF’S CRAFT® breaded chicken breast chunks. Why? Because they’ve got great flavor, good chicken (not all chicken nuggets are created equal!) and a crispy breading.
  • Pasta – My girls love Cellentani pasta because it looks like “pretty curls.” However, any similar-sized pasta will work, such as bowtie, penne, ziti, rotini, etc.
  • Marinara Sauce – Any 24 oz jar you’ve got will work great. Original marinara, tomato basil, veggie, etc.
  • Parmesan Cheese – I used the grated parmesan but shredded would work great, too!
  • Mozzarella Cheese – I always like to grate my fresh as it melts sooo beautifully, but if you’ve got bagged shredded cheese on hand, go for it!

VIDEO: How to Make Chicken Nugget Casserole

What can I do with lots of Chicken Nuggets?

Do you ever look into your freezer and see like three partially-used bags of nuggets in there? Maybe it’s just me, but either way, this casserole is a great way to use up extra chicken nuggets without just having chicken nuggets and ketchup!

overhead view of chicken nugget casserole

Other Kid-Friendly Meals

One Dish Ground Beef Casserole – With few ingredients and very few dishes, it’s a win-win for everyone. Even the pickiest eaters seem to love this one!

Homemade Beefaroni – This easy Homemade Beefaroni is a hearty and delicious take on the childhood classic. Made in just one pan (no boiling noodles separately!), it comes together quickly and satisfies appetites of all ages!

One Pot Spaghetti – This recipe turns the classic into a weeknight favorite, thanks to fewer dishes, less time and more flavor!!

chicken nugget casserole on a white plate

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Chicken Nugget Casserole

Chicken Nugget Casserole

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Chicken Nugget Casserole combines two kid-favorite meals into one! With pasta and red sauce on the bottom and a layer of chicken nuggets on top, it's sure to be a hit!


  • 8 oz dry cellentani pasta or other similar size pasta (bowtie, penne, rotini, etc)
  • One 24 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 16 CHEF’S CRAFT® Gourmet Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks


  • Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a square pan (8×8" or 9×9") with cooking spray.
  • Cook the pasta to al dente, according to package instructions; drain and pour into a large bowl.
  • To the pasta, add the jar of marinara sauce and 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese; stir until combined and pour into prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the pasta.
  • Arrange the chicken nuggets over the cheese and sprinkle with remaining parmesan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until the chicken nuggets are golden brown and the outer edges of the casserole are bubbly.


Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1299mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 413IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 4mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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