This Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti is a quick and easy meal to whip up on a busy weeknight, and still classy enough for Sunday dinner.Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti
Keyword: baked ziti
1poundchicken breast2 small breasts
16ouncesZiti or Penne pasta
24ouncejar of Marinaraor spaghetti sauce
1 1/2cupsfresh grated Mozzarella cheese
1/2cupfresh grated Parmesan cheese
8-10leavesfresh basilroughly chopped
Spray a large 13-inch rectangle baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions.
Meanwhile, cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook chicken, turning once, until browned and no longer pink inside. Cut chicken into even smaller pieces, if desired. Stir in pasta and sauce.
In the baking dish, spoon half of the pasta mixture, evenly covering the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle half of the cheeses over the pasta, then half of the chopped basil. Spoon the remaining pasta mixture into the dish evenly. Top with remaining Mozzarella cheese (reserve the remaining Parmesan and basil for later).
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheeses are melted and golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle Parmesan and basil on top.