Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

August 25, 2014 by Ali

This Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti recipe is simple to make, affordable, delicious, and picky-eater friendly!

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This recipe goes out to all of you rad parents with kiddos heading back to school this week. You asked for quick and easy recipes in our recent reader survey here. And let me tell you, this one’s a keeper. If you were a child of the 80′s like me, you can even pop it in your Trapper Keeper to hold onto for busy school nights ahead.

Ohhh yeah.

Seeing all of the cute first-day-of-school kids pop on Facebook with new backpacks and lunch boxes has totally made me a nostalgic for those annual load-up-the-shopping-cart, try-to-convince-Mom-to-buy-us-new-everything, back-to-school supply shopping trips!

I mean, in elementary school I had to get that 64-pack of Crayola crayons (with vivid tangerine, holla!), Mr. Sketch scented markets, and cool eraser tops and neon grippers for my #2 pencils. In middle school, it was Lisa Frank everything (oh yes, especially the unicorn stickers), a super-cool Trapper Keeper, and mechanical pencils. And in high school, you’d better believe we drove all over town until I found The Exact Color of Jansport backpack that I wanted, that would hold all of those Mead’s 5-Star notebooks, my fancy graphing calculator, and every color of gelly roll pin imaginable.

All non-negotiables, clearly. :)

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Well for any of you who just broke the bank buying all of your kids’ non-negotiables, or for any of you adults like me who still regularly splurge a little too much on non-essential (but way too cute) office supplies, the good news is that this meal — yes I’m bringing us back to this Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti — also falls in the “affordable” category. Mine clocked it at under $15 for 6 servings. So if you use your cool Casio solar-powered calculator to do the math, I’d call this meal a Very Good Deal.

I kept this base recipe pretty straight-forward so that it would also pass the picky-eater test. But if you happen to have fresh veggies on hand, I’d highly recommend sauteing them up to add in too.

Here’s how to make it!

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Begin by cooking up a batch of pasta. I used traditional ziti, but you can use any shape and any type (whole wheat, gluten-free, etc.) of pasta.

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While your pasta is cooking, cook up your alfredo sauce. This is the “lighter” alfredo sauce that I used in my Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo recipe. It’s my fav!

Once the sauce and pasta are done, toss them until combined.

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Also add in some shredded chicken if you’d like, and toss to combine. You can use any kind, but I generally either:

1) season two chicken breasts with salt and pepper and saute over medium-high heat in olive oil until cooked through
2) use a rotisserie chicken (to save a step)

When your chicken alfredo ziti mixture is ready, add half of it to a baking pan. Then sprinkle on some mozzarella cheese. Then layer with the final half of the pasta, and sprinkle with more cheese. Bake uncovered until the cheese is good and melty.

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Then pull it out and top with a bit of fresh parsley if you want some color (totally optional though).

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Then dive in!

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Seriously, whether you’re 13 or 31, I’m pretty positive this meal will totally hit the spot.

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I give it an A+. ;)


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Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 6-8 servings


    Chicken Baked Ziti Ingredients:
  • 12 ounces ziti (or any pasta shape)
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (about 2 small chicken breasts)
  • 1 batch alfredo sauce (see below)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I used 2% low fat)
  • (optional toppings: additional shredded Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley)
  • Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup low-fat milk (I used 1%)
  • 3/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


To Make The Chicken Baked Ziti:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cook the pasta al dente in a large stockpot of well-salted boiling according to package instructions. Drain. Return pasta to the stockpot and add chicken and alfredo sauce. Gently toss to combine until the pasta is evenly coated.

Pour half of the pasta into a greased 11x7-inch or 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of cheese. Layer the remaining half of the pasta evenly on top. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden. Remove and serve immediately, sprinkled with additional toppings if desired.

To Make The Alfredo Sauce:

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute one minute, stirring occasionally, until fragrant. Sprinkle with flour, and stir to combine. Saute for an additional minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally.

Slowly add chicken broth, whisking to combine until smooth. Whisk in milk, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let cook for an additional minute until thickened, then stir in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until the cheese melted. Remove from heat and set aside.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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52 thoughts on “Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

  1. Have you ever made this recipe without he chicken? I am looking for a good side dish pasta to go with a roast pork tenderloin I am making.

    - Elena

  2. This was super delish and so easy! Thank you for a quick dinner recipe!

    - Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents

  3. Do you think I can make this ahead and then freeze to use at a later time?

    - Rusty H

  4. Made today with leftover rotisserie chicken my husband and I loved it.

    - Nancy

  5. Thank you! I was just wondering what to do with the chicken I’d defrosted (clearly I don’t have this whole “menu planning” thing down) and this popped up in my feed! Can’t wait to try it out! :)

    - Christyne

  6. Ali…thank you thank you thank you! I currently have this amazing bake in the oven and my kitchen smells amazing. I love how you introduce your recipes with Ali tales, your sense of humor makes your blog even more delicious. Thanks for the step by step instructions too, I am so domestically challenged and even I can follow along and make culinary miracles. Love love love the casserole series, you are the BEST!

    - T Harper

  7. Made this today and it is very good!

    - Gina H.

  8. I have had no problem substituting unsweetened almond milk for recipes that call for dairy. I also use Gluten free flour blend when I make your homemade cream of soup recipe. It is my favorite cream of soup now.
    I also wanted to tell you my secret for chicken, I put several packages of chicken breasts in the slow cooker with salt and pepper for several hours on low. I shred with a fork, then transfer 2 cups to a freezer safe bag. Defrost as needed for recipes that call for chicken. Delicious and a great time saver.
    I love your blog and have loved everything I have made from your site so far. I pin everything I plan on trying to make…it’s my way of supporting local!

    - Suzie

  9. This looks incredibly delicious! I love everything about it!

    - Amanda

  10. looks delish – any thoughts how to make the alfredo sauce gluten free? thanks!

    - merle

  11. What a comforting meal to come home to after an exciting first day of school!

    - PassTheKnife

  12. Omg I was just talking to Rich about all of the 5 subject mead notebooks I would buy and how I couldn’t wait to get the best colors – lol. Good times!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  13. I’m sitting here visiting blogs on my laptop with Lucy Goose snuggled up to me…she’s pointing at your photos and saying “Teese, Teese!! MMMMM…..” So I think this DEFINITELY needs to go on my meal plan!

    School supplies are not nearly as fun as they used to be. Jon David’s list requires PLAIN FOLDERS and very specific markers/crayons. Snooze.

    - Cookbook Queen

  14. This pasta looks absolutely fantastic!! Wow!

    - Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

  15. Ali, this looks like the perfect dinner for weeknights! I love that you made your own alfredo sauce…Thanks for thinking of those of us with school-aged kids:)

    - Heather @ Shards of Lavender

  16. Yum, yum, yum!! Could totally do with a big plate of this now, looks so delicious!

    - Annie @ Annie's Noms

  17. My kids and I are back to school and teaching this week, so we are very much in need of easy dinners around here! This looks like the perfect cheesy comfort food!

    - Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

  18. This sounds spectacularly delicious. I will hopefully get to try this soon… :-)

    - Susan

  19. This looks and sounds amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    - Kelly

  20. Ali, yum! You nailed it! I don’t have kids going back to school but I cannot wait to make this for myself! :)

    - Bri | Bites of Bri

  21. Just so you know, this post didn’t come up on my Feedly! Your posts always come up first thing in the morning, so I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a bug or anything :)

    And the pasta looks delicious!

    - Jessica L.

  22. totally craving this for dinner now! YUM!

    - Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

  23. AWESOME recipe, Ali! I love your skinny Alfredo sauce version!

    - Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

  24. Kind of an goofy question, but what types of veggies would you recommend for this? Unfortunately, I go strictly by the recipe and have a hard time being creative with things! Thank you for any input!

    - Gail

  25. Haha can still smell those scented markers!

    - Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates)

  26. You used those gel roller pens in every color to pass notes in class, amiright? ;)

    - Rachel

  27. That sauce looks incredible!!! Sometimes I find macaroni cheese a bit dry but this looks just wonderful!

    - Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

  28. This looks so delicious. Can’t wait to give it a try.

    - Mason Canyon

  29. Can I pretend I have kids and make this every single night for dinner? lol! Looks fantastic!

    - Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

  30. Thanks for an amazing recipe. . will definitely be making this one soon. . my kids go back to school next week!

    - Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

  31. I saw the picture and I thought, “Is this for real??” This looks absolutely, indulgently delicious! I can’t wait to try this. Pinning!

    - Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory

  32. This looks great! What size baking dish did you use?

    - Liz

  33. This looks like the kind of thing that my family would go crazy over. And even though my kids aren’t school-age yet, I did a little back-to-school shopping of my own (gotta have some new boots for the fall!), so I need to balance out the splurge with a LOT of economical cooking. :)

    - Christina

  34. Perfect weeknight dinner!

    - Karly

  35. This looks fantastic and so comforting on a cold day Ali!

    - Millie | Add A Little

  36. I’m going to be craving this all day now! Looks amazing!

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  37. Yum!! I love baked ziti, but I’ve never thought to do it with alfredo. I’d love to try this some day!

    - Julie

  38. Perfect family dinner. I think everyone would eat this. I mean, it looks awesome!

    - Tieghan

  39. Lovely dinner idea Ali! The whole family would really enjoy this one :) xo

    - Jenny Flake

  40. Ali, You have officially made my day and made me chuckle at the memory of back-to-school shopping. I already had my arsenal of Lisa Frank supplies in my mind before I even read that you also rocked the Lisa Frank gear. And Trapper Keepers? Greatest things ever! Especially when covered in graffiti made by a White Out pen, and trying so hard not to get in trouble for making the Velcro noise during class. Those were the days. :)
    Anyhow, this ziti looks insanely delicious and I might just have to make it right. this. minute. And dream of the day when I have a reason to buy every school supply in sight.

    - Mandy @ Kitchen Joy

  41. have to try it!

    - anaritagodinho

  42. Lisa Frank all the things! That was me too…in fact, I still have a Lisa Frank journal to write recipes in. It’s ah-may-zing.
    Almost so much so as this recipe. I don’t have kids to send back to school….sooo, more for me! Pinned!

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness