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.
- 226.79 g boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/4-inch strips
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 793.78 g can crushed tomatoes
- 2.46 ml pepper
- 4.92 ml italian seasoning
- 473.18 ml ziti pasta or 473.18 ml penne pasta
- 158.51 ml ricotta cheese
- 78.07 ml mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 29.58 ml parmesan cheese, grated
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to 375º F.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring as needed, until the mixture is thickened slightly, 8 - 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook ziti according to package directions. Drain and mix with ricotta cheese.
- Pour half of tomato mix into a 13x9" baking pan, layer with ziti mixture, chicken and remaining tomato mixture. Sprinkle with the cheeses.
- Bake until hot and bubbling and cheese is melted, 15 - 20 minutes.
- Suggestion -- if short on time, precooked chicken strips can be used and work just fine!