Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

I love Ziti, and found this on the web to add a chicken twist to the mix!! Feel free to add more cheese -- I know I do :) Easy to tweak -- try adding veggies, or even using different pasta if your family doesn't like the tube pasta. (FYI -- this recipe does call for layering, but one of the best things I have found with Ziti recipes is that you can mix everything together and throw in the pan, and that works even better sometimes!).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat. Add chicken and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned, or about 5-6 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. Add onion and garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring as needed, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning and pepper; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring as needed, until the mixture is thickened slightly, 8 - 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook ziti according to package directions. Drain and mix with ricotta cheese.
  6. Pour half of tomato mix into a 13x9" baking pan, layer with ziti mixture, chicken and remaining tomato mixture. Sprinkle with the cheeses.
  7. Bake until hot and bubbling and cheese is melted, 15 - 20 minutes.
  8. Suggestion -- if short on time, precooked chicken strips can be used and work just fine!


Most Helpful

I had leftovers - 2 cups spaghetti sauce, about 1 1/2 cups ziti, 1/3 cup ricotta - so using this recipe as an inspiration I put together a delicious dinner for two. Browned two large chicken breasts cut into strips. Added about 1/4 each chopped onion and green pepper to the sauce, and added 1/3 cup cottage cheese to the ricotta. Assembled in layers in 6 x 10 casserole using about 2/3 of the sauce on top figuring it would seep thru chicken and pasta. Baked 15 minutes, topped with provolone and Parmesan and baked another 5 minutes or so until melted.

mrsoul51 January 10, 2017

I made almost as written. The only difference was that I used a whole pound of chicken. My husband would scream, "where's the meat", if I did not add more. The next time I make this I'll put it in the next smaller baking dish. I think my 10x8 would work better. Also I'll add the cheese the last 5 minutes of baking time. Made for ZWT7- Italy

Charlotte J June 02, 2011

I was in a hurry and didn't take time to layer the ingredients. I just combined everything together in a bowl and them put it in a casserole dish to bake. The whole family loved this recipe and said I definitely need to make it again soon. The flavor was really good and I love that the recipe came together so quickly. Made for Count Dracula and his Hot Bites, ZWT 7.

Dreamgoddess May 28, 2011

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