Friday, January 8, 2016

Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

We loved Baked Ziti in our house. It is one of those meals that nobody fights over eating and everyone seems happy when I put it on the table. It got me wanting to subtly change the recipe and see what my family thought. I introduce the Chicken Parmesan version of baked ziti. It is full of flavor and best of all has the baked ziti flavor we love with the added flavors of chicken and extra Parmesan cheese.

You will need: 

  • 16 Oz Penne or Ziti Pasta
  • Two chicken breast 
  • 1 jar of Ragu sauce
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon basil

 Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the water and return back to the pot. Cook the chicken through and then shred it fine. I boiled the chicken in my recipe because it is so fast. Add the salt, pepper and basil to the chicken. Stir thoroughly.
 Dump the chicken and the sauce on top of the pasta and stir together until the pasta is coated. I use Ragu Six Cheese sauce because I love that it adds to the cheesiness of the dish.
 Add half of the pasta to the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese on top. Add the other half of the pasta and then sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top of that layer.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until heated through. Add the Parmesan cheese and allow to melt before serving. 

This Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti is definitely a easy crowd pleaser. The only thing that makes this dish even better is a load of stuffed garlic cheese bread. Seriously, I could eat the entire loaf. It is so yummy and very easy to make. 
 I cannot rave enough about this bread. Seriously thinking about it makes me want to head to the store for the ingredients. It is delicious and cheesy.

You will need: 

  • 1 loaf Italian Bread (You want a bread with a firmer crust)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced (If you love garlic, do both cloves, if you want the taste to be a little lighter use one.)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese

Melt the butter and then mix in all of the spices. Cut the bread on a diagonal one way and then repeat the other way. Make sure to not cut the bread all the way through.
 Open up each diagonal and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of butter mixture and a little bit of cheese into each crevasse. Wrap the entire loaf of bread in tinfoil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes.  I dare you to not eat the entire loaf yourself. ;)
One of the reasons I love using Ragu sauce in my recipes is they use farm grown ingredients and no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. I can feel good about what I am giving my family. I also love the story of Assunta, the founder, she was a single mom with high standards and a great idea. I love supporting her legacy by making this recipe and others. 

What would you serve with the Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti?

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TheWhateverMom said...

This looks soooo good! You post the best recipes!!!!

ana de jesus said...

It is great to create a meal that all the family can agree with. It is good that it is cost effective too.

Scraps said...

Growing up, whenever Mom made spaghetti she'd always serve it with green beans. I alternate between green beans or a side salad these days. This recipe sounds wonderfully decadent and that bread, mmmmm!

Laci Carlson said...

holy amazing you did sooooo good on this I am so trying this ASAP !!! Laci @

Jessica Knott said...

Love love love baked ziti. Totally made something like this last year and it was a hit. Our family loves easy pasta dishes and I love to make them! This looks delish!

Ana Cristina Marino said...

This looks delicious!!

OurFamilyWorld said...

That looks so delicious. I am actually thinking of a pasta dish for dinner tonight. Thanks for the idea.

jillconyers said...

I have a baked ziti recipe that is my family's favorite. I bet they would love it with chicken.

Claire Cly said...

Oh wow! The stuffed garlic bread looks and sounds so yummy! I'm definitely going to make these - real comfort food x

Ochalina Blog said...

The combination of the ingredients is superb! I love pasta, this look so yummy!

Krista said...

BOTH look great but I think I'd eat the entire loaf of garlic bread myself. YUMMMMM

Emily Glover said...

Ok seriously this looks like a delicious meal!! I can't wait to try it out!

NatePD said...

made my mouth water! Pasta and garlic bread? My fave things!

Kids Are A Trip said...

This looks delicious and easy. Would be a perfect weeknight meal. Can never go wrong with pasta in our house!

Lucy Valdez said...

What a great comfort meal...I'm a vegetarian so all I have to do is eliminate the chicken and I'm good to go!

Ashleigh Walls said...

That looks so good! My family would love that for a weekend dinner.

Erin Shebish said...

Oh wow!! This looks absolutely increible. I would love to have this right now!

Karissa Ancell said...

What a great dinner idea. My family loves Chicken Parmesan.

nicole said...

That looks amazing and my weakness is bread. YUM

Kelly Baum said...

This post made me SO hungry! Baked pasta is one of my favorite dishes, and just like you said, it's even better with yummy bread!

Kid Minds said...

I am so happy my kids finally eat garlic because I like to add it to everything. I wonder how it will all come out with gluten free pasta and bread.

Made In a Day said...

I've been making ziti a lot lately. I may have to add Chicken! That bread looks great too! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!