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.

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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.

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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

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.

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

Directions:

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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  2. Hi Ali,

    I am one from the 80’s as well. Love love love your recipe. thanks so much for sharing it. I will be making it tonight for the fam. Loves from Bend, Oregon:) Jenn

  3. I have difficulty printing your recipe for Chicken Alfredo Bake and Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo. Do I need to be a member or something? Your ad pops up over the instructions. I did figure out how to make it and it was very good. The printing issue makes it cumbersome. Hope you can tell me how to get around the printing issue

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  4. Made this dish last night, loved it. Very fast, very easy not a huge mess & a great value. Great dish.

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

  6. 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.

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  8. Brilliant recipe…stroke of genius

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  10. I just made this. I got home from a weekend away and was looking for a quick family-happy recipe. It was great! I used burrata (sinfully delicious) instead of low fat mozzarella, simply because that’s what I had in the house. Thanks for a great recipe!

  11. Made this tonight and was absolutely delicious!!

  12. Making this right now so my hubby and I can take it to work and o…my…yum…the alfredo smells amazing! Thank you for the yummy recipe!

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  14. Just made this tonight. It was a hit! My boys gobbled it up and gave tons of compliments. My oldest asked, “Mom, how long did this take you to make?” since it seemed like one of those meals that take a while to prepare. This is a keeper recipe!

  15. I do a lot of freezer cooking. Can I assemble and then freeze for a later time? Not sure how the alfredo sauce will hold up.

  16. I made this recipe tonight for dinner. The flavors were GREAT. If I decide to make this again I would double the alfredo sauce as it seemed a little dry and hardly covered the pasta to my liking. Other than that, I enjoyed it. (Was not a favorite for my kids) thank you for sharing.

  17. Hi Ali! If you wanted to make this a freezer meal, would you prepare ant freeze or prepare, bake and freeze? Also, if frozen, what temperature would you recommend for baking? Thank you.

  18. I hope this tastes as great as it looks – those pictures are AMAZING!!

  19. Can’t wait to make this for our company this weekend. Do you think this would freeze well? THank you!

  20. Looking for the nutrional information please.

  21. Excellent recipe. I’ll try it with cubed chicken breast.

  22. Excellent leftovers. Great recipe.

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  24. My husband and I look for simple recipes to make together (He is the cook, I am very blessed). This looks simple enough to try on our daughter and 6’8 230 lb son-in-law coming over tonight! Will try a bit more chicken and use different pasta. Will let y’all know how it goes!!

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  27. Made this for dinner “DELICIOUS”!!!  I’ll make it again!!!

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  30. Just reading the intro brought me back! I grew up in the same time as you apparently becuase I can vividly remember my Lisa Frank collection and the necessity of a Jansport backpack! Wow how time flies! On another note-love the recipe! Didn’t change a thing just added the little extra that my hubby likes and it was great! Such an awesome way to spend Sunday watching football and eating good!

  31. Tried this today and it was super yummy! Though I had to tweak it a bit, because I don’t have an oven but nontheless !!!!

  32. I love pasta with red sauce and my partner loves it with white sauce, so I’m always looking for recipes that will make us both happy and the photos of this were irresistible! I have it in the oven right now! It made so much food that it didn’t all fit in my casserole dish, so I put the overflow into a bowl and it’s my lunch :) Followed the recipe closely, added broccoli and a splash of white wine to the sauce. The sauce isn’t quite as flavorful as I’d hoped but probably that’s what makes it so kid- and husband-friendly. Thanks for the fabulous idea and recipe! (Hoping to make your red sauce baked ziti next month!)

  33. I made this last night with some tweaks and thought it was excellent. Based on some of the comments I upped the amount of sauce by 50% Also added 1 cup of the mozzarella to the Alfredo sauce so it would be better distributed, added a package of thawed, quartered frozen artichoke hearts, and some chopped prosciutto I crisped in the olive oil before adding the flour and garlic.

  34. I just love your blog pictures and look. It is clean, simple yet beautiful. 
    I made this tonight but I had a jar of Alfredo (Signore gourmet) and I made my own sauce also to thin out jar and make it enough for a little over a pound of ziti. I added provolone to the middle layer and just mozzarella on top. Also Parmesan .  I was thinking adding green peas or some steamed spinach would have been good too. Never made this before. The family loved it. Not too creamy.  Thank you! 

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  36. I love this recipe. Thank you.

  37. Tried this recipe this week.  It was fabulous!!!  It was even great warmed up for leftovers!

  38. Made this the first time for friends get together.  Kids and adults both loved it!  I would say it’s a bit dry, I was very careful not to overcook, so I will probably increase the alfredo to 1.5 the original recipe.  Making it again tonight for dinner!  Thanks for sharing :)

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  40. This recipe has some serious yummy-ness going on!  Looks and sounds delicious! 

  41. Love, love this recipes! I added red bell peppers and it was a hit; thank you for posting!

  42. Hi, I was just wondering at what temp to you bake it at? I’m making it torrid and I’m so excited, it looks so good. Thank you for the receipe

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  44. This looks wonderful, pretty sure it will be a total hit at my house. Also wanted to mention I LOVE the site design and your photography. I adore all the white space (both on the site) and in your photography. It really makes the food pop!

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  47. I am making this tonight and I want to add spinach. Should I use fresh or frozen?? 

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  49. Your pictures are always so beautiful.  Do you mind of I ask what Camera you’re using? 

  50. I love pasta,its yummyyy i will try that one.