Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

This Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti recipe is made with a lightened-up alfredo sauce, it’s easy to customize with extra veggies and seasonings, and it is always so comforting and delicious.

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti Recipe

Creamy, cozy, cheesy, carb-y comfort food alert.

This time of year, when everyone seems to be craving warm pasta dinners around the table on chilly winter nights, this chicken alfredo baked ziti recipe always goes viral here on the blog.  And this time of year, when I make a batch for myself, I’m always reminded how unbeatable this Italian casserole will always be.  I mean, creamy alfredo sauce, savory chicken, hearty pasta, two delicious kinds of melty cheese — what’s not to love?!  There’s a reason why this one will always be a classic.

That said, while this recipe already features my lightened-up alfredo sauce recipe, there are all sorts of other ways you can make this comfort food a bit healthier if you’d like.  From subbing in whole wheat pasta (this one is my go-to), to adding in your choice of veggies (we’re quite partial to broccoli in our house), to making it all gluten-free if you’d like (easy to do with a few simple tweaks), options to customize this casserole abound.  And bonus, it can be ready to serve a big crowd in less than 45 minutes.

Who’s ready for a helping?

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

My original photo for this recipe from 2014.

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Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti Ingredients:

To make this Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti recipe, you will need:

  • Pasta: Feel free to use any shape (ziti, penne, fettuccine, etc.) and variety (classic, whole-wheat, gluten-free, etc.) of pasta that you prefer.
  • Shredded, cooked chicken: I either shred a rotisserie chicken, or use leftovers from this baked chicken breasts recipe.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese: Feel free to use part-skim or full-fat.
  • Alfredo sauce: We will use my lightened-up alfredo sauce recipe, made simply with olive oil (or butter), garlic, flour, chicken stock, low-fat milk, Parmesan, salt and pepper.  Also, this recipe is not naturally very saucy.  So if you would like, many of our readers recommend doubling the sauce.
  • Toppings: Freshly-grated Parmesan is a must, in my book.  And feel free to sprinkle on some chopped parsley for extra freshness and flavor.

Also, see below for suggestions on other delicious ingredients you can add in to this easy baked ziti.  (Here’s lookin’ at you, broccoli and Cajun seasoning. )

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How To Make Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti:

Alright, let’s talk about how to make baked ziti!  Simply…

  1. Prepare the alfredo sauce.  To make the alfredo recipe, just sauté some garlic in olive oil (or butter).  Stir in some flour to thicken, add stock and milk and bring to a simmer.  Then stir in the Parmesan, season with salt and pepper, and you’re ready to go!
  2. Cook the pasta (and chicken).  Meanwhile, do some multi-tasking and cook your pasta according to package instructions in a large pot of generously-salted water.  Also, if you are cooking your chicken from scratch (vs. using leftovers or shredding a rotisserie), go ahead and cook it while the pasta and sauce are being prepared.
  3. Layer everything together. Once your pasta, sauce, and chicken are all ready to go, it’s time to combine everything!  In your pasta pot, stir together the pasta, alfredo sauce and chicken until combined.  Then spread half of the pasta mixture out evenly in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.  Sprinkle on half of the mozzarella.  And repeat with the remaining pasta mixture, and remaining half of the mozzarella.
  4. Bake. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake (uncovered) for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and has started to brown a bit on top.
  5. Add toppings.  Remove and sprinkle with lots of freshly-grated Parmesan and finely-chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
  6. Serve.  Then dish it up while it’s still nice and warm, and enjoy!

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti Casserole Recipe

Possible Variations:

There are so many ways to customize this chicken alfredo bake!  For example, feel free to…

  • Add in veggies. Broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, cauliflower, and any number of other veggies would be delicious added to this chicken alfredo recipe.  Just note that they won’t get cooked much during the 20 minutes of baking time.  So if whatever veggies you add require a longer cooking time, feel free to toss them into the boiling water with the pasta for a few minutes or sauté (or roast) them for a few minutes before adding them to the casserole.
  • Add in extra Italian herbs. If you would like an herbier chicken alfredo pasta, feel free to add some dried Italian seasoning or chopped fresh Italian herbs into the alfredo sauce.  (Or, you can also sprinkle some chopped fresh basil on top of the pasta after baking.)
  • Nix the protein.  Not into chicken?  Feel free to use shrimp in this recipe instead.  (Or make it vegetarian and add in some extra veggies instead.)
  • Make it spicy. I really love sprinkling lots of crushed red pepper into (and on top of) this casserole to give it a bit of a kick.
  • Make it cajun. To give this recipe a Cajun twist, feel free to stir 1-2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (to taste) into the alfredo sauce.
  • Make it gluten-free.  Just use your favorite certified gluten-free pasta, and my gluten-free alfredo sauce recipe.

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti with Parmesan

Recommended Side Dishes:

To balance out this chicken alfredo baked ziti recipe, I would recommend the following sides:

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Enjoy, everyone!

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Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti Recipe
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Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 0 about 6-8 servings 1x

Description

This Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti recipe is made with a lightened-up alfredo sauce, and is always so comforting and delicious.  See notes above for possible ingredient variations.


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Ingredients

Chicken Baked Ziti Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces uncooked 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 part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • toppings: lots of freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, finely-chopped fresh basil or parsley

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

To Make The Chicken Baked Ziti:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Mist a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  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 the prepared 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 sauce 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.

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  1. Absolutely delicious, and super easy to make. I used leftover chicken breasts from the night before and added broccoli for color. Super yummy- good leftover too!

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  3. First time making this tonight. Very easy and super yummy! I will definitely make this again. I didn’t double the sauce and it still came out great! Thank you!

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  5. This was so delicious and perfect for our ‘cook once eat twice’ family philosophy. Thanks!


  6. I looked through pretty much all of the comments on here and while there are plenty asking about how to do it as a freezer meal I was kind of surprised that no one has asked if there is a method of making this in the Instant Pot! My family loves this meal and it would be nice to be able to do it up in there sometimes. Any suggestions? :)


  7. I have made this several times and my family loves it! I double the sauce and add chopped fresh spinach. Divine! Makes kids and adults very happy.


  8. This pasta is AMAZING. I made it GF for a friend and use brown rice penne and oat flour in the alfredo recipe. I also used “light” cream instead of 2%, but I bet it would be just fine with lower fat milk.

    I also sautéed mushrooms and added (shredded chick too) and it was SO good and hearty.

    I saw some folks asking about the make ahead aspect of this and I made 1.5 days ahead of time and it was totally fine! Will definitely be making again. Delish

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  10. Delicious. I didn’t think it was lacking sauce. Substituted 1/2 of the mozzarella with pepper jack and it was delightful.


  11. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not cook. I could burn water while trying to boil it. It is my resolution to start cooking more for myself. This is the second recipe I’ve made so far this year, and I am so proud of myself for doing it correctly! Thank you for posting! Will definitely double the sauce next time :)


  12. Made this last night and it was delicious ;-). I added broccoli and mushrooms to the mix and my husband loved it!


  13. Made this, added cagun to chicken which was great…loved the recipe..easy and quick…really needed more sauce if you use the whole box of pasta….


  14. This recipe taste so good before even hitting the oven. Can’t wait to eat the entire thing once it comes out of the oven.


  15. This was sublime. Everyone in my house devoured it; even my 14 month old who usually throws most of her food on the floor.

    No subs, though did use slightly more milk to get the sauce to my desired consistency.


  16. This was very easy to make on a weeknight. I doubled the sauce and added frozen peas. Leftovers are delicious!

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  18. This recipe was easy and delicious. I doubled the recipe and brought one casserole to a friends family and they loved it too. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  19. I like the various avenues you presented to pursuing this
    Alfredo Dish—thoughtfully done.

    Will bake tomorrow—

  20. Hey ! Can you use store bought pre made Alfredo sauce ? To save time

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  22. So easy to make, and so yummy! My three year old ate three bowls of this! Definitely going into our rotation.

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  25. I made this Chicken Alfredo recipe for the first time last weekend. I scrapbook 2x a year with a group of ladies at a vacation home near Lake Michigan in Indiana and we take turns with meals. This recipe had everything I liked in it so I tried it. I used a rotisserie chicken and cut up the breast meat to made it easier. This recipe was a hit and easy to make and simple ingredients too. I will make this again.


  26. Holy cow. This is delicious! I have picky eaters and they liked it…I cooked mine in a pan instead of the oven. I followed directions exactly and added chopped onions. The sauce is perfect. Not over powering. Definitely a good dish. Thanks for posting. 😊


  27. Just made this for dinner. I doubled the sauce as well. This got two thumbs up from the entire family. It’s going into our recipe box. Quick and scrumptious!

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  29. This was excellent. Family went back for seconds!😃😃😃

  30. I squeezed a bit of lime and sprinkled some fresh pepper on top before serving. Made all the difference!
    My husband had to sit and savor it after eating!

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  33. I made this last night for dinner and it was amazing! I was craving some comfort food and this hit the spot. I doubled the sauce and it came out perfect. This dish is so rich and creamy. Next time I will add some broccoli or make one of the suggested sides to complement the decadence of this dish.