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Chicken Alfredo Bake

Chicken Alfredo Bake is an easy 30 minutes meal! Tender chicken paired with penne pasta in a creamy garlic parmesan alfredo sauce. All topped with mozzarella cheese and baked until golden brown.

chicken alfredo bake in a blue baking dish garnished with parsley

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Chicken Alfredo Bake Recipe

If you are on the lookout for a quick and delicious meal you are in the right place! This easy, cheesy pasta bake is perfect for weeknight dinners and weekend special occasions.

Alfredo sauce is one of my favorite pasta sauces! It is so creamy and flavorful. This pasta bake is made with a creamy garlic parmesan alfredo sauce.

What is Chicken Alfredo Bake?

Chicken alfredo bake is an easy 30 minute recipe. It is a pasta bake made with penne pasta (or your favorite pasta), chicken and a garlic alfredo sauce. The pasta is covered with mozzarella cheese and baked until golden brown.

This recipe is versatile and customizable as you can use your favorite pasta, add in veggies or add bacon! This is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies to your diet. I love alfredo paired with broccoli and cauliflower and they are both great optional add-ins for this recipe.

What to Serve with Chicken Alfredo Bake

chicken alfredo bake in a blue baking dish garnished with parsley

What is in Chicken Alfredo Bake?

bowls with milk, cream cheese, penne, chicken breast, parmesan cheese, garlic, spices, butter and mozzarella. The ingredients to make chicken alfredo bake
  • Penne – I love penne because the sauce gets in the grooves of the pasta as well as the center. Penne is a great pasta for a bake because it holds its shape well and does not get soggy when baked or reheated. You can also use any pasta you prefer, for example macaroni, scoobi-doo, bow ties, etc.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – this dish is prepared stove top in a frying pan or skillet and then transferred to an oven safe baking dish to be baked. Shredded mozzarella cheese is baked on top of the pasta to create a crispy cheesy top layer.
  • Chicken Breast – I recommend using boneless skinless chicken breast for this recipe. The chicken is cut into cubes, seasoned with the below spices and pan fried. Chicken breast is lean, high protein and stays moist in this pasta bake. If you prefer, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead.
    • Oregano
    • Basil
    • Garlic Powder
    • Onion Powder
    • Salt, Pepper
  • Homemade Alfredo Sauce – store bought alfredo sauce can be used for this recipe but I recommend making it from scratch as it is so easy and delicious.
    • Milk – the base of the sauce
    • Cream Cheese – instead of using heaving cream for the sauce I like to use cream cheese. It adds an extra creamy texture and cheesy falvor.
    • Parmesan Cheese – adds a rich flavour
    • Garlic – fresh minced garlic and garlic powder compliment each other in this sauce and provide a prefect garlic flavour
    • Garlic Powder
    • Italian Seasoning
    • Butter
    • Salt, Pepper
  • Garnish – fresh basil and parsley (optional)
chicken alfredo bake in a blue baking dish garnished with parsley

How to Make Chicken Alfredo Bake

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steps for making chicken alfredo bake

1 Cube the chicken into bite sized pieces and add to a large bowl. Add the oregano, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Mix until the chicken is evenly coated.

2 In a large skillet or frying pan melt the butter and olive oil on medium high heat.

3 Add the seasoned chicken and sauté until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.

4 While the chicken is cooking, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.

5 When the chicken is cooked remove from the pan and set aside. Optional: wipe the pan clean with a paper towel.

6 Prepare the alfredo sauce in the same pan. On medium heat add the butter, milk and cream cheese. Stir or whisk until evenly melted.

7 Once melted, add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to stir/whisk until smooth.

8 Add the grated Parmesan cheese. Bring to a light simmer and continue to cook for about 5-8 minutes or until it starts to thicken.

steps for making chicken alfredo bake

9 Return the chicken to the pan and add in the cooked pasta. Stir gently to combine.

10 Pour into a 9” x 13” baking dish. Sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350°F until cheese melts, about 5-10 mins.

11 Top with parmesan cheese, basil and parsley. Serve and enjoy!

chicken alfredo bake in a blue baking dish garnished with parsley

Tips for the Best Chicken Alfredo Bake

  • Alfredo Sauce – I recommend homemade Alfredo sauce as you can control exactly what goes into the sauce and it is so easy to make. You can also use store bought alfredo sauce for this recipe if you prefer.
  • Extra Veggies – A pasta bake is a great way to sneak some extra veggies into a meal! Sneak in some veggies by tossing in your favorite frozen vegetables. Thaw and drain the veggies and then add them into the pasta with the cooked chicken and sauce. They will cook perfectly when the dish is baking. If using fresh vegetables blanch them for a few minutes to soften and precook them. Broccoli is my personal favorite paired with chicken and alfredo!
  • Bacon – chicken, bacon and alfredo go so well together! You can add cooked bacon into this pasta bake when you are stirring together the chicken, pasta and sauce. Or you can add crumbled cooked bacon to the top layer with the mozzarella cheese!
chicken alfredo bake in a blue baking dish garnished with parsley

FAQs Chicken Alfredo Bake

How to reheat Chicken Alfredo Bake?

Reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Add a splash of milk or water if pasta becomes too dry as it will absorb the Alfredo sauce while its stored.

How to store Chicken Alfredo Bake?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days (be sure to check the best before date of each ingredient used and adjust accordingly).

Can I make Chicken Alfredo Bake ahead?

Yes! You can follow the recipe as normal up until the baking step. When ready to serve, place the baking try in the oven and bake until the cheese has melted.

Can I freeze Chicken Alfredo Bake?

I would not suggest freezing as the dairy will lose texture and split when reheating or cooking.

Vegetarian Chicken Alfredo Bake

You can make this recipe vegetarian by using a plant-based meat substitute.

Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo Bake

For a gluten free recipe use a gluten free pasta and follow the recipe as usual.

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chicken alfredo bake in a blue baking dish garnished with parsley

Chicken Alfredo Bake

Chicken Alfredo Bake is an easy 30 minutes meal! Tender chicken paired with penne pasta in a creamy garlic parmesan alfredo sauce. All topped with mozzarella cheese and baked until golden brown.
4.87 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 770 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken (or 1 Rotisserie Chicken Shredded)

Alfredo Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese, 1 brick
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning, or 1/4 tsp each dried oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Pasta Bake

  • 1 lb penne pasta, or pasta of choice
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Garnish (Optional)

  • Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Basil, Fresh Parsley, optional

Instructions
 

  • Cube the chicken into bite sized pieces and add to a large bowl. Add the oregano, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Mix until the chicken is evenly coated.
  • In a large skillet or frying pan melt the butter and olive oil on medium high heat.
  • Add the seasoned chicken and sauté until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.
  • When the chicken is cooked remove from the pan and set aside. Optional: wipe the pan clean with a paper towel.
  • Prepare the alfredo sauce in the same pan. On medium heat add the butter, milk and cream cheese. Stir or whisk until evenly melted.
  • Once melted, add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to stir/whisk until smooth.
  • Add the grated Parmesan cheese. Bring to a light simmer and continue to cook for about 5-8 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and add in the cooked pasta. Stir gently to combine.
  • Pour into a 9” x 13” baking dish. Sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350°F until cheese melts, about 5-10 mins.
  • Top with parmesan cheese, basil and parsley. Serve and enjoy!

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NUTRITION

Calories: 770kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 40gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 1830mgPotassium: 628mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1393IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 631mgIron: 2mg
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Chris

Monday 22nd of May 2023

Absolutely delicious!! I added broccoli and basically followed the recipe to a T. it’s a keeper!