Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Bake

A simple and delicious casserole version of a dish every family loves! Give this Chicken Alfredo Bake a try for your next dinner! Pasta, chicken, lots of cheese, and yummy seasonings make this recipe a hit!

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Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Who doesn’t love Pasta?! I’ve shared our love before and admit that we make at least one pasta dish a week. Our favorites include Spaghetti, Fettucine Alfredo, Penne Pasta – you name it! Today’s recipe is also a new favorite – Chicken Alfredo Bake. We love it for so many reasons, but just like the other pastas listed, we love them because:

  1. They are always delicious – usually butter and lots of cheese are involved (which means you can’t go wrong).
  2. The WHOLE family loves it.

Yes, it’s true – my Β kids are getting pickier and pickier (insert sad face here), so I really enjoy making recipes that I know everyone loves. And everyone LOVES pasta!! That’s why I share so many pasta recipes on the site. They are all different and have different ingredients and sauces, so we love the variety, and I love changing each dish up a bit since we have it so often. I’m sure you know what that’s all about. πŸ˜‰

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We LOVE Chicken Alfredo and knew a casserole version would be just as good. Of course, everyone loved it, and with lots of cheese, chicken and delicious spices, I have a feeling you will too. πŸ˜‰

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How to make Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Casserole:

Always try to marinate your chicken by throwing it in a bag of Italian dressing and let sit overnight or even a few hours! It makes the chicken tender and full of flavor.Β Slice your marinated chicken in half so they are thinner pieces so they cook through evenly, then rub them in a mixture of seasonings before cooking them in a skillet with oil.

To make the sauce,Β melt the butter in another large skillet. Add garlic and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Using a wire whisk, mix in flour and stir until bubbly. Mix in half & half and milk, then stir to combine. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes. With your whisk, mix in 1Β½ cup of cheese. Cook an additional 5 minutes until sauce starts to thicken and then remove sauce from heat.

Cut your cooked chicken into bite size pieces and add to a large bowl. Add the pasta to your bowl and then the sauce. Mix everything to combine. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non stick spray. Add the pasta mixture to the pan and sprinkle with an additional 1Β½ cup of cheese, then bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

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There are quite a few steps to this recipe, but they are so easy! If you’ve made pasta dishes like this before, then it’s all pretty standard. You can even change it up by adding some of your favorite veggies or making a non-meat version and leaving out the chicken. πŸ˜‰

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Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Casserole recipe

4.8 from 10 votes

A delicious and simple casserole version of the dish every family loves - Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Casserole! Pasta, chicken, lots of cheese, and yummy seasonings make this pasta casserole a hit!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 995 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. pkg penne pasta
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts marinated in Italian dressing if desired
  • vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 TB flour
  • 3 c half and half
  • 3 c milk
  • 3 c Kraft Italian Five Cheese Blend divided
  • Italian Seasoning, garnish

Instructions

  1. If time allows, always try to marinate your chicken. Throw them in a bag of Italian dressing and let sit overnight or even a few hours will help your chicken to be tender and full of flavor.

  2. Cook pasta as directed. Drain and set aside.

  3. While pasta is cooking, heat 1 - 2 TB of oil in a skillet on medium heat.

  4. Slice your marinated chicken in half so they are thinner pieces. This will help them cook through evenly.

  5. In a bowl mix salt, pepper, thyme and poultry seasoning and rub it on all sides of your chicken breasts. Add chicken to hot oil and cook on both sides until done (about 15-20 minutes). Remove to a plate to let cool.

  6. While chicken is cooling, preheat your oven to 350 and start on your sauce. In a separate large skillet melt the butter; add garlic and cook for 1 - 2 minutes.

  7. Using a wire whisk, mix in flour and stir until bubbly. Mix in half & half and milk, stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

  8. With your whisk, mix in 1Β½ cup of cheese. Cook an additional 5 minutes until sauce starts to thicken. Remove sauce from heat.

  9. Cut your cooked chicken into bite size pieces and add to a large bowl. Add the pasta to your bowl and then the sauce. Mix everything to combine.

  10. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non stick spray. Add the pasta mixture to the pan and sprinkle with an additional 1Β½ cup of cheese.

  11. Sprinkle with pepper and bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

 

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    1. The cheese is actually called: Kraft Italian 5 Cheese with Cream Cheese. There isn’t additional cream cheese since it already comes in the cheese package. Does that make sense?

      1. I’m still confused. I tried adding 3lbs cream cheese like you said, but all we had was maple walnut flavor. I put in a bunch of extra apple sauce to counter the sweetness, but it ended up starting a fire in the oven. Are your temperatures in Celsius or Fahrenheit? Thanks for your help lil luna.

        1. The degrees are in Fahrenheit. I’m sorry you’re having trouble. The cheese is a blend with cream cheese in it. If you could find that cheese, it will make the difference, instead of substituting other ingredients that will change the outcome of the recipe. Hope that helps!

  1. this looks delicious!! Is there any reason it couldn’t be made up ahead of time, kept refridgerated and then baked at a later time? Thanks!

  2. It’s called Kraft Italian 5 Cheese Blend with a touch of Philadephia cream cheese. I figured that’s what she meant when I saw it. You can find it at any grocery store near you…

    1. Ruth, Half and Half is a 50/50 blend of milk and cream. You can find it in the milk/dairy section of your grocery store. Hope this helps. πŸ˜€

  3. Hi, we don’t have a lot of these things in south australia, any chance anyone could recommend similar things that i can get here?

  4. Thanks for the great recipe. Looking forward to trying it with a gluten free twist. BTW, You’ve got a couple of typos in your recipe (Chicken Alfredo Casserole), in the ingredient list vegeatble oil should be vegetable oil and in the instructions italain should be Italian.

    1. Would love to know what you do to make it GF. I’d love to add it to the post so others could make it GF too. And thanks for the update on the recipe. Must have been added during one of my late work nights where I was half asleep, lol!!

  5. I have been unable to locate that cheese blend in Massachusetts. I bought some cream cheese to add-any guess how much to add to mimick the shredded cheese blend? I have a six cheese Italian blend. Making it tomorrow. Thank you.

    1. Hmmm, I’d guess about 2 oz of the cream cheese bar. If you try it with this amount could you let me know how it turns out?? I think it just adds a bit of creaminess to it. πŸ˜‰

    2. Caroline I couldn’t find this cheese on any central Mass stores either! I used the kraft 5 cheese that doesn’t have the cream cheese in it. Everyone still liked it. I just added more half and half and milk.
      (*_*)
      Chelle

    1. That was totally confusing. Just updated the recipe, so thanks for the heads up. When you’re cooking your chicken you can cook it in 1-2 TB of vegetable or olive oil and that is the only time you use the oil. πŸ˜‰

    1. You could also use a purchased roasted chicken, taken off the bones and skin and chopped or shredded into bite size pieces. That would eliminate the cooking the chicken step

  6. This recipe was delicious! When I ran by the store to grab the ingredients, they didn’t have that exact cheese blend so I just used a store brand Italian cheese blend. It still turned out great! I also used some diced chicken I had previously made and stored in the freezer, so it reduced my prep time by about 20 minutes. Thanks for sharing, we really enjoyed it.

    1. What temp was your setting on the skillet? When you add the cheese, it should just be on low and only for the 5 min. I haven’t had any issues with it curdling before, so I’m trying to think of what could have made it do that. I’m thinking the setting may have been to high? Let me know!

  7. This was very good! I “cheated” and used the chicken from a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store! Much less prep involved and the seasoning on the chicken was perfect for this recipe. One question…this made a TON of food…can the leftovers be frozen and used at another time for a meal? I am not sure how the pasta would do once it thaws out and gets reheated. Has anyone tried freezing the leftovers? Thanks! Becky

    1. Hey, that’s ok! I use that chicken sometimes, if I’m in a hurry! I haven’t tried freezing it, so I’m not sure how it would be. Hopefully, someone has and they’ll respond. Thanks so much for giving it a try!

      1. I could not find the cheese blend with the cream cheese together. I saw in a previous comment you said 2 oz of the cream would be the right amount to add, should I add when I mix everything at the end before I bake it?
        Going to make this tonight, can’t wait!

  8. I made this, it looked amazing and smelt great. But it tasted like sour milk, really bad. And no, the half and half and milk were new.

  9. This is a family favorite, it has replaced my pampered chef Alfredo sauce. I cut the liquids in half, I use 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and 1 cup of milk. I like to add chopped broccoli In the mix.

  10. I made this and it was delicious. Super easy and my family gobbled it down. I enjoy this Alfredo sauce and it is so easy to make. This is my go to for chicken Alfredo. 5 ⭐️

    1. I haven’t tried, but I’m sure you could. I know you could add butter to it, as well or heavy cream. I would google substitutes for half & half & see what it suggests. Hope that helps you & hope you like this recipe!

  11. This was super yummy! Other comments were right – this does make a LOT of food. I halved the recipe and my family of 3 will have plenty of leftovers for dinner tomorrow. The sauce was great even though it took time and work – all good sauces take work! And they’re way better than the kind from a jar. Those that said their sauce was sour – I think they boiled the whole time instead of taking it down to a simmer. Serve with a side of green veggies and you’ve got a perfect meal!

  12. You should edit your recipe to mention Hat you need a VERY large skillet to hold all the milks. Mine boiled over and made a mess of my stovetop.

  13. Just discovered something else, I used cold milk and cream and it took so long for them to come to a boil that the mixture burned. Tastes awful and have to throw away.

  14. At step 6, how high of heat do I need to use? After I added the flour to the butter, it clumped up really bad and wasn’t able to unclump after that.

  15. Three cups of half and half AND three cups of milk seem like a lot of liquid… is that a typo??? We were unsure so we cut both in half and it was delicious!!!

  16. Just wanted to say that I LOVE this recipe! I’m still pretty new to cooking, but when I looked up cheesy chicken alfredo, and this one popped up; I knew it was the one I wanted to make.
    I was a little low on half and half and couldn’t find that cheese so I used a four cheese blend, and it still turned out incredible!
    I can’t wait to make it again with the correct amounts needed!
    Even my whole family liked it and went for seconds!

  17. Prepped this last night to bake today- any idea the best way to make from the refrigerator?? I was thinking covered for half hour and then uncovered for an additional 20mins or so??

  18. I have made Chicken Alfredo from scratch for many years. Tilamook cheeses now have 4 sauces. They give you everything but the chicken. Will repost when I have tried the alfredo

  19. Oh my gosh! This dish was amazing! My family absolutely loved it. Then next time I make it though I am going to divide it so we an have some at a later date. I used cheddar cheese as I couldn’t find the Kraft Italian cheese but it still came out delicious.

  20. Would it be okay to use less half and half? I only have 2 cups. Also im wondering why so much when theres already 3 cups of milk? Just seems like a lot

  21. There are 2 different types of Kraft Italian 5 Cheese. One says with Philadelphia Cream Cheese, the other doesn’t. the one you mentioned in the recipe does not say with Philadelphia but down in the comments you say use the one with cream cheese?

  22. Hello, looking forward to trying this out!! I am going to try and make it tonight, refirgerate it and put in crock pot tomorrow. I know from other alfredo sauces, the butter seperates but from the comments about left overs, i am guessing this is not the case here?
    I am salavating just looking at the pictures!! πŸ™‚

  23. I’m taking a meal to a family and this would be perfect! Do you know if it would be freezeable? Sorry if you mentioned this and I missed that part!

  24. your chicken alfredo recipe sounds so good! That’s a go to for my husband and me, however, we’re gone alot and I was hoping you could share how I might be able to do this in my crock pot. The time and any other suggestions. Thank you!

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