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Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

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
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked ziti
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 514kcal
Author: Kristin

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast 2 small breasts
  • 16 ounces Ziti or Penne pasta
  • 24 ounce jar of Marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8-10 leaves fresh basil roughly chopped

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 989mg | Potassium: 855mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 3mg