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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765 comments on “Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti”

  1. I think I’ll make this,sound good to me.

  2. I can’t wait to try and make this, Looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Hi Haley! Thank you for this delicious recipe. Made it last night & it was absolutely fantastic :) The only thing I added was 1 can of diced tomatoes for a bit of color & texture. There are many different things I may try with this recipe just so we never know what to expect. Job well done. Super easy!!

    • Hi Kathy! We’re so glad you enjoyed it! This is actually Ali’s blog and recipe, I just help out around here. :)

  4. How could this be garnished? Im doing it for sba practical

  5. Is there a way to make this ahead of time and freeze it? What would you suggest?

    • Hi Sarah! We haven’t tried making a freezer meal version of this, but you certainly could! Our only reservation would be the high amount of dairy in the recipe (dishes with lots of dairy aren’t usually ideal for freezing as it can alter the texture and the sauce may break). If you try it though, definitely let us know how it goes!

    • Hey Sarah – I’ve frozen this before and it still reheated well! Definitely not as good as it was fresh, but I was still impressed with how well it held up :)

    • I’ve frozen this dish a couple of times, and it is wonderful. Just don’t bake it ahead of time. Prep, then freeze, thaw and then bake.

  6. This dish was a nice and easy dish and more importantly it was a HUGE hit with my family!

  7. I used only 7 oz of pasta instead of 12 oz and the amount of sauce was perfect according! Loved it!

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  10. How many servings should this make?

  11. My boys (ages 2 and 7), niece and nephew (2,3) LOVED this meal!!!! Keeping this one for sure! Thanks so much!! :)

  12. I have made this recipe before from you and it was amazing! Can it be prepped and stored in the freezer the night before cooking?

    • Thanks, Ashley, we’re glad you enjoyed it! And did you mean to say fridge? If you’re just prepping it the night before you want to bake it, we wouldn’t put it in the freezer. The fridge will be just fine though. :)

  13. I made this tonight and it was awesome! Made up super fast, especially with the rotisserie chicken. Husband isn’t a fan of alfredo but my daughter and I loved it!

    • Thanks for sharing, Teresa — we’re so glad you and your daughter enjoyed it!

  14. Easy & taste good

  15. Did I miss points n how many it serves? It looks fabulous. .I appreciate your recipes!

    • Hi Kelsey! We list the number of servings in the top lefthand corner of the recipe box (just above the recipe title). This makes 6-8 servings. We hope you enjoy! :)

  16. This was great, my family loved it! I really liked the light alfredo sauce. I am printing out for my recipe collection now!!

  17. i would love to try this, a little confused on how much garlic cloves to use,

    • Hi there! The recipe calls for 4 cloves of garlic. We hope you enjoy!

  18. Love these is recipe, a nice change for someone who loves pasta dishes. I’ve made this multiple times now, the only thing I changed is adding more Mozzerlla cheese, I love cheese!! So good.

    Rating: 5
  19. Stupendous!!

    Rating: 5
  20. I wanted something different and this provided the base! Easy, quick and delicious.

    I substituted imitation crab (seasoned with Old Bay) for the chicken, added salad shrimp and pimientos- then baked as directed. When done, I topped with diced tomatoes and sliced avocados and lightly spritzed with lemon juice. Perfect!!

    Thanks for the base recipe – it was delicious!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for your review, Brian! We’re so happy you enjoyed it, and we’re glad you gave this a try with some crab and shrimp — yummy! :)

  21. Love this recipe! Huge hit for everyone I’ve ever made it for!

    Rating: 5
  22. Thanks for the great instructions !! I loved trying this recipe with the girls I nanny. They thought it was so great!! And it was much easier than I expected and took the right amount of time that you said. Thank you

    Rating: 5
    • You’re very welcome, Sam, we’re happy you and the girls enjoyed it!

  23. Made it tonight. Actually had every ingredient on hand and it tasted great! I added fresh mushrooms and will probably add onion next time. Weight Watcher Smart points 9 pts for 7 ounces… about the same as a SmartOne meal!

    Rating: 5
  24. Hello! I am a newlywed, and I made this for my husband and he loved it! I am going to a family reunion in August and I want to make it for the reunion! Since I have never cooked for more than two people, I am having a hard time figuring out the measurements for so many people ( It’s only for 12 people, but I still do not have much experience). Any help would be appreciated!

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Rae! We’re so glad you and your husband liked this! If you wanted to make this to serve 12 people, we would make two batches of this. We hope everyone enjoys!

  25. How much is in each serving, like 1 cup?

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Chelsey! This recipe makes about 6-8 servings. We don’t have the nutritional value available, so the serving size is up to you. We hope you enjoy the recipe though! :)

  26. Hello, does anyone know how well this recipe does as leftovers? I want to make it ahead of time and re-heat individual portions throughout the week (meal prep). Thanks!

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  28. Really enjoyed it will certainly make it again even my 5 year old granddaughter liked it . I will increase the sauce next time like some others had mentioned, but totally my preference. Really enjoyed the lighter sauce

    Rating: 5
  29. I will be trying this tonight… It sounds wonderful

  30. This was so great! My whole family loved it! I don’t usually cook, and when I do it is tolerated at best. I made this with green beans and cornbread and everyone went back for seconds! I was so happy. It gave me a dash of pride to have them actually enjoy it. Thank you for this!

  31. This was a great recipe! I don’t usually cook and when I do it is tolerated at best, but tonight I made this with green beans and cornbread and everyone went back for seconds. Thanks for the ego boost!

    Rating: 5
  32. I made this last night! I decided to double the alfredo sauce recipe. It was a HIT! I fed my Dad, hubby, teenage son and daughter. Everyone has seconds! I’m
    Saving this one and I will make it one of my regulars!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  33. Excellent recipe and the family absolutely loved it! I doubled the alfredo sauce (because we like saucy) and added fresh baby spinach. 24 oz. bag in a colendar and drain pasta over it then added all to the sauce. That way I avoided having to make a side to go with it.

    Rating: 5
  34. This came out delicious

  35. Thank you so much for this recipe! I love anything pasta and this was just AMAZING! I’ll be trying more recipes soon. (:

    Rating: 5
  36. This Chicken Alfredo Bake is amazing! I made it with the suggested Alfredo Sauce recipe – so easy and used rigatoni that I had on hand. Will pass this one on and definitely do it again. Thanks, Leona S.

    Rating: 5
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  41. I made this with the Skinny Alfredo sauce, we like it saucy so I doubled the batch. My family absolutely LOVED IT!! It honestly is restaurant quality. Making it again for the second time.

    Rating: 5
  42. Delicious. .. definately need to double alfredo sauce tho

  43. 4 Kids ranging in age from 2-9 and a very happy husband gobbled this up….and took seconds. They proclaimed me a chef & it was the quietest dinner table ever. We added broccoli and had cooked our chicken in the instant pot earlier. YUM!

    Rating: 5
  44. Amazing! Everyone loved it more than regular Alfredo. Tanks for a great recipe!

  45. I did this dish tonight for y husband n i so tasty n delicious. Mission accomplised to start cooking with Pinterest.

    Rating: 5
  46. My family loved this dish! I did make a few changes to the recipe. First of all, I tried your homemade Alfredo sauce, except I used (gluten-free) quinoa flour. I give that 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐s! I also substituted leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and added broccoli and about a tsp of pesto, which gave it a little more zing! Well done! Thank you!

  47. So yummy. Turned out great.

    Rating: 5
  48. DElicious dish! HOwever it was a little dry. HOw can I add more sauce to the leftovers? Thanks

  49. Great recipe! DElicious but a bit dry, how can I add more sauce to the leftovers?

    Rating: 4
  50. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for a chicken Alfredo recipe that doesn’t include broccoli!