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Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

This delicious and easy Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti is the perfect meal to feed a crowd and is kid approved too! Make dinner easy with this dish!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: dessert, Dinner, Food, Recipe

Ingredients

  • 16 Oz Mostacccioli or Ziti Barilla Pasta
  • 1 rotisserie chicken cut apart and shredded
  • 1 jar Barilla Marinara pasta sauce
  • 2 cups of Galbani mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • Galbani Ricotta
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions until Al Dente. Typically for this dish, you use Ziti pasta but Mostacccioli is usually what I have around and it works great too! Coat the bottom of a 9×13 pan with a layer of pasta sauce. Add a layer of pasta on top of the sauce.
  • On top of the pasta layer, add a layer of shredded chicken. Then add more sauce to cover the chicken. To simplify this recipe, I always pick up a rotisserie chicken when I am at Walmart to shred, but you could always baked chicken breasts and then shred them.
  • Shred your Galbani Mozzarella cheese that is labeled great for shredding. You want this specific cheese because it has a firmer texture that makes it the perfect cheese for shredding and melting with no no additives like cellulose, potato starch or other anti-clumping agents. Sprinkle half of your mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken, pasta combination.
  • Add the rest of the pasta, another layer of sauce and then a layer of ricotta cheese. I have found the best way to add ricotta is to spoon it over the pasta and then use a spatula to spread it. Use Galbani Ricotta for a smoother traditional Italian taste. It is the #1 Ricotta brand in Italy and America for good reason, using this ricotta will add extra creaminess to your dish.
  • Cover the pasta with the rest of the mozzarella cheese and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until heated through.