Chicken Ziti Bake

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by iewe

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!).

Top Review by mrsoul51

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  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!

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