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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

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Today I’m sharing a very simple, easy to prepare, dinner recipe that is sure to put a smile on many (if not all) of the faces at your dinner table. Penne pasta and roasted chicken pieces are covered in homemade alfredo sauce and then sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and panko bread crumbs. Pop it into the oven letting the cheese bubble up and the bread crumbs get toasted…and you have fabulous dish on your hands, my friends.

Hope you love it!

PS…the whole thing can be made in 30 minutes or less. :) An important feature, wouldn’t you agree?

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
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Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

***Note: This recipe is best served immediately after it’s prepared.***

1/2 (16 ounce) package penne pasta
4 T butter,
2 C whipping cream
1 C whole milk
2 C parmesan cheese, grated
3 C rotisserie chicken, chopped
1/2 C chicken broth
1/8 t granulated garlic
1/2 t thyme
1/2 t oregano
salt and pepper
1 C mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 C panko crumbs (optional)

 

1. Boil yourself some water, salt it generously and cook half of a 16 ounce package of penne pasta.

2. In a large skillet melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat.

3. Add 2 cups whipping cream and 1 cup whole milk.

Sprinkle in 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese

and stir it in with a nice wisk. Bring the mixture to a simmer, over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. The sauce will start to thicken after several minutes. Turn your oven on to the broil setting.

4. Find yourself a nice rotisserie chicken.

Remove the skin and take out the breast meat. Chop the chicken into medium-sized chunks. Toss the chicken into the sauce. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon thyme and  1/2 teaspoon oregano. Give it all a nice stir, taste it and add salt and pepper to your liking. Let it come to a simmer again and let the sauce cook for about 3-4 more minutes. You want the chicken to get nice and hot and the sauce to thicken just a bit.

5. Spray a 4 quart casserole dish (or a very deep 9×9 pan) with cooking spray. Place your cooked pasta into the dish and pour the sauce over the top.

6. Grate 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle it all over the top of the saucy pasta.

7. If you like your pasta with a crispy top, then sprinkle 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs over the top of the mozzarella cheese.

Like this. :)
8. Turn your oven to broil. When the oven is hot, pop the dish in.  Watch it carefully here, you want to be sure not to let the panko crumbs get burned. When the cheese is bubbly and the crumbs are toasted (should only take about 5 minutes) remove the pan from the oven and serve immediately.

Enjoy!


  1. Sarah says:

    Yum! I know what I’m making for dinner tonight as I just happen to have everything I need for this recipe. My kids will probably groan but I think I’ll add some mushrooms and a bit of spinach to this. Think if I prepare it this morning and put it in the fridge it will keep? You are a talented woman.Thanks for the inspiration and all the wonderful recipes. I check your site almost daily to see what goodies you’re creating. Your blog is a treasure trove!

    1. Jamie says:

      Hey Sarah,
      Wow…spinach and mushrooms sounds divine. I may try that myself, thanks for the idea. :)
      As for making it ahead of time…it doens’t work out very well. The sauce tends to separate and get absorbed by the noodles. This one is best to serve fresh.
      Good luck! Hope you love it!
      ~Jamie

  2. Kim B. says:

    Oh does this look YUMMY!!! LOVE it when I find a recipe that is easy to prepare, yet something my whole family will love :) Thanks Jamie!!

  3. Jennine says:

    This sounds yummy. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Jennine says:

    You could just cook and cut up your own chicken if you want to be ambitious one day though, right?

    1. Jamie says:

      Jennine,
      Yes, you can cook up your own chicken to go with it. Good luck!
      ~Jamie

  5. Tracy says:

    I made this tonight for my family and they loved it! However, I’ve never used whipping cream before, and I couldn’t seem to get my sauce to thicken up enough. I ended up not putting in very much of the broth to keep it from thinning out even more. What did I do wrong?

  6. Lindsay says:

    I made this tonight as well, along with the Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies! Devine!! Thanks for teaching me to cook Jamie!!!

  7. Az smith says:

    Cant wait to try this.

  8. Melissa says:

    Oh the kids love Alfredo, this looks yummy, cheap and easy. I am always needing quick meals.

  9. Bonnie N says:

    Why use the breast when the dark meat is so much more flavorful? I use chicken quarters for any chicken recipe. Breast is too dry and bland. Otherwise, this recipe is just super!!!

  10. Kara says:

    Loved the recipe, I thought the leftovers were just as good as when it was fresh.
    Everything I’ve tried from you has been good!

  11. Alexis says:

    I had the same issue as Tracy the whipping cream never thickened up. I typically use heavy whipping cream for sauces. I will use it next time.

  12. Jennifer says:

    I just made this for dinner and it is really good! It tastes like a cheese pizza. I will definatly make this again. I decided not to use whole milk and used 1%. It was a bit soupy. It may not be a problem when it comes to reheating leftovers.

  13. Mom of 4 says:

    Made this over the weekend and must say it pleased my pickest child! Thank you so much! Loved it and will never buy package alfredo mix again! LOVE your blogs! thanks!!

  14. Gail says:

    The sauce in this recipe does not thicken as easily as it seems in the directions. The sauce was simply too thin and pasta turned into mush when you baked it. So, I added 2 tablespoons of flour to the 1/2 can of chicken broth and made it into a light paste. When adding the broth paste to the sauce it begins to thicken immediatly! Worked out great!!! Also, to save the other 1/2 can of chicken broth, I added it to the water used to boil the pasta. This adds chicken flavor to the pasta even after it has been drained. Loved this recipe!!!

  15. Tonya says:

    Just ate this for dinner and it was AMAZING!! I added a little flour and seasoned salt and didn’t put any cheese on top and it was sooo good! Great recipe! I’m pretty sure every recipe on here is delicious.

  16. Kim Huffman says:

    Jamie,

    What oven degrees do you cook the Chicken Alfredo at for 5 min.??

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for your question. Turn your oven to broil, and then watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. Good luck!
      ~Jamie

  17. Jade says:

    I added some sauteed broccoli, garlic and onion to mine. Mmm!

  18. Tayler says:

    We just had it for super it is yummy and good

  19. JamieLinn says:

    I’ve made this 3 times since you posted it!
    Thanks so much!

  20. Vrushali says:

    Dear Jamie,
    We live in Kuwait and while searching for a good pasta receipe I came across ur receipe and it looked exactly like what I had eaten in one of the restaurants here. Only what I did was, I added broccoli, carrots, spinach and corn cornels to the chicken and did exactly except the panko bread crumbs (have not seen those around here) what you have suggested and gave it a lil bake and it came out to be awesome and just so yummy.
    Thank you so much for sharing this AMAZING!! receipe.
    Regards Vrushali

  21. Suzana says:

    I tried this recipe and the sauce was too thin to be thickened…when I added the cream it just became very thin and couldn’t come together…any ideas why?

    1. tiffany says:

      I’ve always had that issue. best to use heavy cream for sauces in my opinion. it thickens up great and is a great substitute.

  22. Rowena says:

    Hi I’m not a good cook, ok I don’t cook, but I feel this is an easy,quick recipe for me. The only thing is I have a very basic stove which doesn’t have a broil setting that I can see on it. So please tell me at what oven temp do I bake at?

    1. Jessica says:

      My oven temp at broil is 500.

      1. Jamie says:

        Jessica,
        That should work out fine. Just watch it closely. :)
        ~Jamie

  23. Teri says:

    I prepped this last night. Doubled the batch and put in 13×9 aluminum pans to heat up tonight. How long would u suggest I cook to get it baked to serve after it being refrigerated over night?

  24. Erin says:

    Teri, she says above it doesn’t work out well when prepared ahead of time.

    1. Teri says:

      As mentioned above I did prep most of this the night before since I had 40 hungry soccer players to feed and they loved it!!!

  25. Amy Andrews says:

    Do you have any suggestions for making this a “lighter” dish? Looks delicious but am concerned about the heavy cream sauce. Thanks!

  26. Erica says:

    Made this for a church potluck and it went over very well. I got many compliments and requests for the recipe. I did make one alteration–instead of using a rotisserie chicken, I cooked two chicken breasts and cut them into cubes.

  27. Steve says:

    As stated before, the sauce didn’t seem thick in the pan so I added just a little bit of mozzarella, 1/2 c. to the sauce. After broiling the consistency was perfect. My oldest was convince that I’d ordered it from a local Italian eatery. Awesome recipe!!

  28. Sarah says:

    Just looking for a little clarification. The ingredient lists calls for grated parmesan but in the instructions you use shredded. Which works best?

  29. Emily says:

    I am also concerned with the nutrition facts, could you offer suggestions on how to make a lighter sauce without the cream?

  30. Stepfanie says:

    First time on your page, recipe was amazing! Can not wait to browse through and see what else I can find :)

  31. Bonita says:

    Just made this for dinner and added sun dried tomatoes…absolutely fantastic! Will certainly make it again. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. THX that’s a great answer!

  32. Tina says:

    I made this tonight – it was delicious!!! Only change I made was to add eight slices of cooked, crumbled bacon to the sauce when I added the chicken (I love bacon!). But otherwise, I made it as-is. It was full of flavor and really great to eat on a freezing night. :)

  33. Tiara says:

    My boyfriend lovvvvvvvved this

  34. Maria says:

    My sauce did not get thick at all. I don’t know why.

  35. Michaela says:

    This was incredible! Did not thicken up even at med/high temps and it was bubbling a lot. Still tasted amazing. Will add broccoli, onions next time

  36. sariana says:

    I was also wondering why the ingredients listed grated cheese but the cooking instructions states to use shredded cheese. What do i use?

  37. Ronda Trepagnier says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was so yummy. The kids kept going back for more. My sauce didn’t thicken but it was still very good. Next time I will add some frozen broccoli and maybe some onions. You have a great site. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes :) !

  38. Nicki says:

    I made this and my hubby and 2 boys loved it. My husband hates Alfredo sauce, and he had 2 servings. My 3 and 6 year old ate all of theirs. Will make again for sure.

  39. Sharnya says:

    I was a little concerned with my version of the recipe, I wasn’t sure if the dish would taste or cook the way yours did.

    I made a whipping cream substitute made of 2Cups soy milk, 4TBSP of cornstarch and 2TBSP of self rising flour.

    I originally added 1/2TSP of basil as an oregano substitute, since I didn’t have any. Although, I later bought oregano and added 1/2TSP as directed.

    Also, I only used only 1TBSP of a “buttery” substitute.

    These were my only changes and the dish is still great!

    1. Sharnya says:

      Forgot to mention, I only had small penne available.
      Used 2Cups of that.

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