Chicken Ziti Bake

Total Time
40mins
Prep
20 mins
Cook
20 mins

I love Ziti, and found this on the web to add a chicken twist to the mix!! Feel free to add more cheese -- I know I do :) Easy to tweak -- try adding veggies, or even using different pasta if your family doesn't like the tube pasta. (FYI -- this recipe does call for layering, but one of the best things I have found with Ziti recipes is that you can mix everything together and throw in the pan, and that works even better sometimes!).

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat. Add chicken and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned, or about 5-6 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. Add onion and garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring as needed, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning and pepper; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring as needed, until the mixture is thickened slightly, 8 - 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook ziti according to package directions. Drain and mix with ricotta cheese.
  6. Pour half of tomato mix into a 13x9" baking pan, layer with ziti mixture, chicken and remaining tomato mixture. Sprinkle with the cheeses.
  7. Bake until hot and bubbling and cheese is melted, 15 - 20 minutes.
  8. Suggestion -- if short on time, precooked chicken strips can be used and work just fine!