CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKED ZITI

CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKED ZITI

Recipe by LyndaCourse: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

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:
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Mist a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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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