Sunday, May 17, 2020

CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKED ZITI



CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKED ZITI





Tender chicken and pasta in a creamy, ultra-creamy homemade Alfredo sauce make this Alfredo chicken in the Ziti oven an incredibly easy and filling week meal.

Ingredients:

CHICKEN BAKED ZITI:
  • 1 batch alfredo sauce (see below)
  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti (or any pasta shape)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (about 2 small chicken breasts)
  • toppings: lots of freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, finely-chopped fresh basil or parsley

ALFREDO SAUCE:
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese


Instructions:

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 mozzarella. Layer the remaining half of the pasta evenly on top. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella.
  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.

 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. Enjoy your dinner!