Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

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+.  ;)

Enjoy!!

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Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

Delicious chicken and ziti are tossed with a lighter alfredo sauce and baked up to cheesy perfection.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

To Make The Chicken Baked Ziti:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Melinda — December 10, 2015 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    Was wondering if this could be made ahead of time and put in the fridge and then baked when it’s time? Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 11th, 2015 @ 10:21 am

      Hi Melinda, yes, we’d say you could make this a day before baking. We hope you enjoy!

  2. Nicole — December 14, 2015 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    I have been making this all year now for every new mom. We always do meal trains at church for people in our community group or mothers of preschoolers group and this is always my go-to. I think I’ve made it about 10 times now and works great with ziti, penne and penne rigate(my fave!). Simple and super easy!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 14th, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

      What a sweet thing to do, Nicole! We’re happy to hear it’s a hit! :D

  3. Chloe s — December 28, 2015 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    Tried tonight with some courgette baked in with the pasta and sauce, lovely!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 29th, 2015 @ 10:11 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoyed this Chloe! :)

  4. Brittany — December 30, 2015 @ 5:39 pm (#)

    Very delicious quick and easy meal my family enjoyed it as well! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 30th, 2015 @ 8:36 pm

      Thanks Brittany, we’re glad you and your family enjoyed it!

  5. Gina — January 2, 2016 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous! Will definitely make again, thanks for the awesome recipe! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 4th, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing Gina, we’re happy you enjoyed this!

  6. Megan — January 5, 2016 @ 8:31 am (#)

    Made this last night, both kids and the hubby liked it and went for seconds! Thanks for the recipe, I will be pinning this for the future. We went with whole grain pasta, delicious. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 5th, 2016 @ 4:03 pm

      Thanks Megan, we’re so glad you and your family enjoyed this! :)

  7. Piper E. Joyce — January 8, 2016 @ 7:01 pm (#)

    I made this tonight for my son’s 19th birthday and it was the best! I will never buy jarred Alfredo again!! I gave it my personal tweak, because that’s what cooking is to me, but what an easy and amazing meal. Thank you for sharing this!!! #GIVEMESOMEOVEN

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2016 @ 8:02 pm

      We’re so happy this was a hit Piper, thanks for sharing with us! And happy birthday to your son! :D

  8. Cristy — January 9, 2016 @ 6:39 pm (#)

    Hi, I finally got the chance to make this and everyone loved it. I thought it would be hard to the alfredo sauce and nope it was easy. I didn’t have any parmesan cheese but I just used mozzarella. I actually cooked the chicken breast in the crock pot with a 1/2 c of chicken broth and a little seasoning. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing Cristy, we’re so glad this was a hit with folks! :)

  9. Krystal — January 10, 2016 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    This is a great dish… I used whole wheat pasta to make more healthy. Do you have the calories and serving size? I am tracking with my new fitbit.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

      Thanks Krystal, we’re glad you like it! Unfortunately though, we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  10. Katie Adams — January 12, 2016 @ 12:14 pm (#)

    I made this for dinner the other night and it was so good! Definitely going into my recipe rotation. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2016 @ 1:31 pm

      Thanks Katie, we’re so glad to hear you enjoyed it! :D

  11. Debbie — January 13, 2016 @ 10:15 am (#)

    My fitness pal says calorie count for this is 341 calories per serving (6-8 serving size). 

  12. Ezechielle — January 13, 2016 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    Thank you soo much for the recipe. Made this last night for my boyfriend and some family members and they all loved it. Decided to add some broccoli, red, and  green bell peppers into the mix  and also top it with some bacon and shredded cheese. It was amazing thank you. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 13th, 2016 @ 12:50 pm

      You’re so welcome, we’re happy this was a hit with your family, and we think those veggies you added sound delicious! :)

  13. Sarah — January 14, 2016 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    I made this tonight & it was so good! It was a hit in our family! Thank you so much! It’s very hard to find a lighter recipe & I have never found one till now! My husband said I could def make this again!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2016 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks for sharing Sarah, we’re so happy it was a hit! :D

  14. Nichole — January 19, 2016 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    Can I use cheddar cheese instead of Mozzarella?  I plan to make this tonight but my very picky husband hates Mozzarella…. But I’m worried it might not taste right with Cheddar.   

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 19th, 2016 @ 9:57 pm

      Hi Nichole, yes, we think that should work just fine! We hope you both enjoy! :D

  15. Beth A. — January 22, 2016 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    Love this! We added peas, spinach, and minced sun dried tomatoes and made a bit more sauce to compensate. Soooo good!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

      Thanks Beth, we’re glad to hear that! :)

  16. Tami — January 27, 2016 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    Made this dish last night and it was soooo delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 28th, 2016 @ 7:54 am

      We’re so glad you liked it Tami, thanks for sharing with us! :)

  17. Mar — January 28, 2016 @ 9:30 pm (#)

    Just made this tonight for my large family.  I was asked be in charge a group of people who will be cooking a Saturday meal for 150 college age students who will be on retreat.  This may be the winning recipe.  Easy to make and delicious.  The lighter alfredo sauce is also lighter on the wallet.  Have you ever added vegetables to the casserole? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 29th, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! And yes, sometimes we’ll add broccoli (par-boil it first, so it will be tender enough once baked in the casserole). We bet spinach would also be a yummy addition. :)

  18. Ally — January 30, 2016 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    Is 11/2 a typo?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 1st, 2016 @ 8:51 am

      Hi Ally! Are you referring to the mozzarella cheese? If so, it’s 1 1/2 cups. :)

  19. Laura — February 5, 2016 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    Could you make this to a certain point and then freeze it?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 10:50 am

      Hi Laura! Yes, you can do everything up to where it says to top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Just make sure everything is cooled completely before freezing. Wrap it/seal it tightly. We hope you enjoy!

  20. Kathryn — February 8, 2016 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    Can this be frozen to eat later?
    If so, how long could holder it in the freezer?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 9th, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

      Hi Kathryn! Yes, you can freeze this. We would bake it without the cheese on top. Make sure it’s completely cooled before freezing. Then when you’re ready to bake, sprinkle the cheese on top, cover with foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and then bake for another 10-15 min or until the cheese is completely melted, golden brown, and bubbling. We hope you enjoy! :)

  21. Aaron — February 10, 2016 @ 12:05 am (#)

    Awesome recipe. Gave me an excuse to use my brand new oven. Great addition to an already regular recipe. Great with sautéd mush and onions. Thank you.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 10th, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

      Thanks Aaron! We’re happy you enjoyed it! :)

  22. Lindsey — February 10, 2016 @ 6:47 pm (#)

    Hi gimmesomeoven! I love you’re site! I am making this dish for my Valentine this year and he could not be more excited! He’s been talking about it all week!  It was the first dish I ever made him and remains his favorite! Thank you for a great, easy, and delicous recipe.  I use it over and over!  ♡

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 10th, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

      Hi Lindsey! Thank you, we’re so glad you’re here! :) And that is SO sweet, we hope you and your valentine enjoy this!

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