Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

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.  :)

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

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!

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

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.

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

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.

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

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.

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

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

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

Then dive in!

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

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

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

I give it an A+.  ;)


Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti | #italian #recipe

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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.


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

*This isn’t a super-saucy dish, so if you like a lot of sauce, you might want to consider doubling this recipe. If you don’t have the time to make your own sauce, one standard-sized jar should be enough.


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 baking dish (either an oval baking dish, as pictured above, or a 9 x 13-inch baking dish will work). 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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  2. Made your Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti…I opted to double the sauce, because we prefer a creamier pasta….Delicious!👍👍👍.

  3. So easy and well received!!! Add some fresh spinach to my plate with it and dinner was done!

    Rating: 5
  4. We use broccoli instead of pasta–still really good

    Rating: 4
  5. Made extra sauce. Perfect!! The whole gamiky loved i especially my 7 year old grandson. Try it you wont be disappointrd.

  6. This was AMAZING! So yummy and easy

    Rating: 5
  7. l want to know how i can surve one person please.
    thank you.

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  9. I LOVE this recipie….its so simple and so delicious. I make an extra batch of sauce cause i like it saucy. I also add some broccli. YUM! thanks.

    Rating: 5
  10. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
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  12. Typically I don’t like when people type in what they would change about a recipe, but… I wouldn’t change it at all except I added a layer of fresh spinach and artichokes in the middle before topping it with the second half of the pasta mixture. Saved a trip out to a restaurant, saved calories and sodium and not to mention the bill! Wonderful stuff. Making it again right now!

  13. So delish! It too a lot is steps, had to make 3x the amount of sauce to make it juicer! But it was worth it!

    Rating: 5
  14. Can this be made the night before and baked next day?

  15. Wow….what a delicious recipe!! I SOOOO appreciate this Alfredo sauce recipe, especially! It’s less fattening without skimping on amazing flavor. This will become one of our family’s regulars. Thanks again!!

    Rating: 5
  16. Made this tonight but I added sautéed zucchini and stirred in a small bag of baby spinach to try to up the vege content. Loved it. Soo easy and relatively quick for an after work cook.

    Rating: 5
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  18. Love this easy recipe

    Rating: 5
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  20. Yum! I added peas and chopped red pepper for color and to get some veg in. Thanks!

  21. Very good recipe. My son (12yrs old) made it and it was a hit for the family.

    Rating: 5
  22. Very easy, I made the Alfredosauce one and one half batch. Just right…creamy and gooey,

    Rating: 4
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  25. I made this recipe and it was delicious. The only thing I did different was doubling the sauce as suggested. My husband LOVED this dish. Deifintely a keeper.

    Rating: 5
  26. Wow , That is Awesome! This chicken alfredo baked ziti looks delicious.

    Rating: 5
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  30. I made this with a Trader Joe’s Alfredo Sauce and added a bad of frozen peas to it. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
  31. My husband went crazy for this dish!! I now am asked to make it at least once a week!! It is so yummy and cheesy and flavorful! We tried to time saving way and used store bought alfredo once, it was totally different and not as good. I will be making the alfredo sauce using this recipe from now on!

    Rating: 5
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  33. Made this a moment ago; doubled the sauce. Used part Fat Free Half & Half with the skim milk to total 2 cups. Freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano is the only way to go. It is absolutely delicious !!

    Rating: 5