Baked Chicken Alfredo

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This recipe is quick and easy and any novice cook can do it. It was made for the little ones who always wanted to order out at Pizza Hut® or Olive Garden®. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese if desired. This recipe can also be eaten without being baked but the kids love that it resembles baked casseroles found in restaurants.

close up view of Baked Chicken Alfredo in an aluminum baking dish
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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
58 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 8 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 2 cups milk

  • 6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 2 chicken breasts, patted dry

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic; saute until golden, about 30 seconds. Stir in cream cheese until smooth. Add milk; stir until there are no lumps. Lower heat to medium. Add 3/4 of the Parmesan cheese, parsley, Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Season chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and garlic powder on both sides. Cook chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 6 minutes per side. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch cubes.

  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Butter bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Cover bottom with a layer of pasta. Place half of the chicken cubes on top. Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the chicken. Repeat layering pasta, chicken, and sauce. Sprinkle top with remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until sauce is bubbly, about 15 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and bake until cheese is golden, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
25g Fat
37g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 659mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 283mg 22%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 258mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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