Baked Chicken Casserole with Basil and Roasted Peppers

Make this easy baked chicken breast casserole recipe in under 45 minutes! Fresh basil, roasted red peppers, orange juice and lemon make this recipe a keeper. Jump to the Baked Chicken Casserole Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Basil Baked Chicken Casserole Recipe with Roasted Peppers

We always have a jar of roasted red peppers in our pantry. We love how versatile, colorful and flavorful they are. We’ll often add them to salads, sandwiches, snacksdips and even casserole recipes. One of those jars was the inspiration for this easy baked chicken recipe. The bright red color of the peppers make the casserole jump of the table.

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How to Make This Chicken Casserole with Roasted Red Peppers and Basil

This casserole is very simple to make and jumps off the table.

How to Make Chicken with Roasted Red Peppers and Basil

Along with the peppers, we add fresh basil, orange juice, lemon juice, and garlic. The casserole comes together in minutes and is perfect served with a side of rice, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower to soak up all the extra (and flavorful) cooking liquid.

Line up the chicken and basil

To make it, line up sliced chicken breast, jarred roasted red peppers and fresh basil leaves. Then pour in a mixture of orange and lemon juice. The juice keeps the chicken incredibly moist and makes such a delicious cooking liquid.

Then bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. See how there is still lots of liquid? That’s why we always serve with something that will soak it up — that liquid is pure gold!

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Recipe updated, originally posted October 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Baked Chicken Casserole with Basil and Roasted Peppers

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This simple baked chicken recipe is perfect for busy nights. When you serve it think about serving with rice or mashed potatoes (vegetables work, too). The chicken is cooked in lots of cooking liquid made from orange juice, lemon juice and garlic, so when you serve the chicken you can spoon lots of that same cooking liquid over the chicken and any side dish. It’s delicious.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

You Will Need

1 1/2-pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers

1/2 cup (120 ml) orange juice

1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1 bunch fresh basil

2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • Prepare Casserole
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Slice each chicken breast on an angle into 1-inch slices and season with salt and pepper.

    Open jar of roasted red peppers, drain, and then cut the peppers into smaller chunks. (Try to make them the same size as the basil leaves).

    Scatter garlic in the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish. Pour half of the orange juice and half of the lemon juice mixture over garlic. Starting in one corner of the baking dish, alternate chicken slices with pieces of roasted red pepper and basil leaves then pour the remaining orange and lemon juice over chicken. Cut butter into small squares then scatter over chicken.

    • To Finish
    • Bake the chicken until the chicken is thoroughly cooked (if you have a thermometer, when inserted into the chicken, it should read 165 degrees F); 20 to 30 minutes. Serve chicken over mashed potatoes, rice or vegetables. There will be lots of extra cooking liquid to spoon over the chicken.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • One 12-ounce jar of roasted red peppers usually contain 1 very large or 2 medium peppers.

Recipe updated, originally posted June 2016. Since posting this in 2016, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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31 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Joanne December 3, 2013, 12:40 pm

    A dry white wine or lighter red (like Pinot Noir) would be nice.

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  • paula December 2, 2013, 1:34 pm

    can i use other peppers too or just red?

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    • Joanne December 3, 2013, 12:29 pm

      Any roasted bell pepper will work well.

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      • bonnie November 4, 2014, 4:11 pm

        Can I do balsamic vinegar with the lemon instead of Orange juice?

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        • Joanne January 8, 2015, 2:04 pm

          That could be really tasty. We suggest tasting the lemon and balsamic together before adding to the chicken to see if it seems too acidic. You might want to compensate with a little honey/sugar/maple syrup.

          Reply
  • Karin August 20, 2013, 5:38 pm

    This was way too sour! I added extra garlic to the bottom of the baking dish and marinated the chicken with the juices during cooking so the basil didn’t get crispy. I like the idea of layering the roasted peppers and basil, but next time will not add 1/4 cup lemon juice. I was just too much for my taste.

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    • Joanne August 21, 2013, 1:35 pm

      Hi Karin — Next time, try a little lemon zest and not juice. That should tone down the sourness of the lemon.

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  • Cynthia August 12, 2013, 12:41 pm

    This looks delicious. I would really like to try this out. Would it still taste good w/out the orange juice? I’m on a sugar detox and Orange juice has too much sugar. Thank You!

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    • Joanne August 12, 2013, 3:17 pm

      Yes, leave it out completely or add a little fresh lemon juice — about half a lemon should do it.

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      • Lisa February 13, 2014, 11:07 pm

        Orange and lemon zest would also work nicely to add the citrus flavor without the sugar.

        I made this recipe as written and loved it. 🙂

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  • Hina August 5, 2013, 3:45 am

    I dont have roasted pepper in my country. Do you have a substitute in mind?

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    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 12:57 pm

      You can roast your own peppers — to do this, turn your oven broiler to high then place regular bell peppers underneath it (it is helpful to place them onto a baking sheet to catch any juices). Roast the peppers for 3 to 5 minutes on all sides or until the skin has blistered and darkened. Then, transfer the peppers to a plastic bag or bowl that can be covered. Leave the peppers for 10 to 15 minutes. In this time, they will steam and then cool. From there, you can easily pull the skin away from the pepper flesh. Remove the seeds and you have homemade roasted peppers. We show you how to do this in our Roasted Pepper Hummus recipe.

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  • Michele July 30, 2013, 5:08 pm

    What do you think about using 1-2T olive oil drizzled over the top instead of butter?

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    • Joanne July 31, 2013, 12:04 pm

      That would be fine 🙂

      Reply
  • cassie July 16, 2013, 5:56 pm

    I love this recipe so much. I’ve made it a few times and my family always devours it. Thanks!

    Reply
  • Mari January 31, 2013, 7:35 pm

    This recipe is incredible, thank you so much for posting it! The flavors blended together in pure perfection. We had it over egg noodles with a side of broccoli. I’m definitely adding this to my repertoire.

    Reply
  • Siri Flesjø October 24, 2012, 6:03 am

    I tried this recipe the other day, after finding it at tastespotting.com. I thought it was a really great recipe! Brilliant in both being easy, quick to prepare and full of yummy flavors. Thank you!

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    • Joanne October 24, 2012, 9:50 am

      So glad you liked it!

      Reply
  • Bev @ Bev Cooks October 15, 2012, 5:53 pm

    Help me.

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