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You Won’t Believe How Easy This Cheesy Marinara Chicken Bake Is!

You Won’t Believe How Easy This Cheesy Marinara Chicken Bake Is!

This easy oven-baked chicken recipe only takes a couple of minutes to prep, and then you bake it in the oven. It is simple to prepare and big in flavor.

The best part is that you only need 3 ingredients for this chicken dinner. Cooking at home doesn’t have to be overcomplicated.

The only ingredients that you need are:

  • chicken breast
  • marinara sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
A white plate dish filled with a chicken dish. The chicken is covered in a red sauce and melted mozzarella cheese.

What to serve with this recipe

This recipe is so easy that you spend more time trying to figure out what side dishes to have than prepping the meal itself. Don’t worry, though, because we are here to help. Since the chicken needs to bake for 25 minutes, my suggestion is to cook your sides on the stovetop, air fryer, or microwave.

Here are a few ideas:

Tips to make the best baked chicken

Dry the chicken. I was really surprised to learn how much of a difference it makes to pat chicken breast dry. I had no idea for the first decades of my cooking career.

Drying the chicken helps because excess moisture causes it to steam instead of bake. Drying the chicken before cooking will also help it turn out crispy on the outside, but even more importantly, it will help it be juicy on the inside.

Fully preheat the oven. I am always in such a hurry to get my food in the oven, but I have realized how important it is to let the oven get hot. My tip to you is once the oven reaches the desired temperature, allow it to sit at that temperature for an additional 10 minutes before you start cooking.

Allow the chicken to rest. When you remove the dish from the oven, don’t serve it immediately. Allow the chicken breast 3 to 5 minutes to rest before serving. 

First, you don’t want to burn your mouth. Second, you want to allow the juices a few minutes to redistribute. That way, the chicken will be juicy and perfect.

A white plate with a boneless, skinless chicken breast topped with melted mozzarella cheese and a red sauce.

Can you store the leftovers?

Yes, you can store the leftovers and reheat them. The key is to allow the food to come to room temperature. Then place the leftovers in a sealed container and place it in the fridge. The leftovers should last up to 3 days.

This recipe is not only straightforward but also versatile. You can add herbs, spices, or vegetables to suit your taste and make it your own!

Baked Chicken with Marinara and Mozzarella

Baked Chicken with Marinara and Mozzarella

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This simple and delicious baked chicken recipe features juicy chicken breasts topped with rich marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. It's perfect for a weeknight dinner, easy to prepare, and packed with flavor.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 oz marinara sauce
  • 2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels to ensure proper browning.
  3. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish.
  4. Top each chicken breast evenly with marinara sauce, then sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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