Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Bake

Main Dishes · Pasta · April 15, 2018

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˜‰

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

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


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Casserole recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 995 Calories from Fat 540
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60g 92%
Saturated Fat 34g 170%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 722mg 30%
Potassium 918mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 53g 106%
Vitamin A 34%
Vitamin C 3.3%
Calcium 69.6%
Iron 10.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    Jen Holtry

    I have a question about the Italian Five Cheese Blend w/cream cheese, where do you get it or what kind of cheeses are they? Love your site, thanks!!
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      You can find it at any grocery store or even Super walmart carries it.


    Looks great. Thanks, can’t wait to try it.

    Heather C

    How much cream cheese?

      Lil' Luna

      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?


        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.

          Lil' Luna

          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!


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      I think it would be fine to make within 24 hours of being eaten, but it may need to cook just a few minutes longer. πŸ˜‰


    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…

    Latoshia Hayes

    I would like to try some of these recipe.


    What’s half and half? Thank u kindly

      Mike Bacon

      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˜€


    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?

    Kelly G

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      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!!


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      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˜‰


      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.


    Recipe looks amazing but can you explain what half and half is for me.. Thanks

    Sally Cudworth

    How many servings?


    When do you use the olive oil? I cooked my chicken in the vegetable oil but wasn’t sure when to use the olive oil?

      Lil' Luna

      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˜‰


    Do leftovers of this taste okay, or is it something you have to eat it immediately?


      The leftovers taste AMAZING!

        Lil' Luna

        Thanks Nicole and I agree!! It’s perfect for lunch the next day!

    Anne Hull

    Sounds more than delish. If anyone has done without frying chicken, please post. I detest the mess of frying, but do on rare occasion.

      Jody Champion

      You could poach it in chicken broth.


      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

        Lil' Luna

        I like to do that, too when I am in a hurry or last minute πŸ™‚

    Paulette Worley

    Looking forward to making this.


    How many servings to this recipe?


    3 cups of half and half plus 3 cups of milk seems like an awful lot of liquid


    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.


    Have you ever made this and frozen it? Did you freeze before or after baking. Thanks!


    Thyme (ground) or (leaves)???


    Laura wheeler

    I made this tonight, and my sauce/cheese curdled. πŸ™

      Lil' Luna

      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!

    Becky Connet

    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

      Lil' Luna

      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!

        Kris Weese

        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!

          Lil' Luna

          You could add it in step 8 with the cheese to the sauce mixture. Hope you like it!! Let me know what you think!

            Kris Weese

            It was amazing, thank you for wonderful recipe!

            Lil' Luna

            Thank you so much for letting me know!!!

      Hattie Tavares

      I made a double batch of this and froze half and it was fine when I defrosted it.


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      I’m sorry that it did. I wonder why? Mine hasn’t smelled like that, so I’m trying to think what it could have been. Thank you though, for giving it a try!!


    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.

      Lil' Luna

      That sounds yum! Thank you for sharing! I’m glad you like it!


    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 ⭐️


    I don’t have half and half at home is it feasible to substitute whole milk for the half and half?

      Lil' Luna

      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!

    Undesirable Number One

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much!! And, I agree that the good stuff takes time! I am so glad you all liked it!


    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.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I’m sorry that happened. As long as you stir it every now & then, your milk mixture shouldn’t burn. Thanks for giving it a try though!


    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.

    Pete Morey

    Always interested in new ideas and ways to create delishous meals.

    Linda Dunkin

    When do u add the Italian Seasoning?

      Kristyn Merkley

      It’s just a garnish, so as soon as it comes out, you could sprinkle some on πŸ™‚


    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.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I would just have it on medium, probably not any higher. Sorry it clumped up! Hope you’ll try it again!

    Susan Mikuletzky

    Is easy and like that you have a photo/ video


    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!!!

      Kristyn Merkley

      No typo πŸ™‚ I am glad it turned out & that you liked it! Thank you for letting me know!

    Caitlyn Dunaway

    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!

    Ashley Pratt

    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??

      Kristyn Merkley

      I would just follow the directions & you may add some time or you can uncover towards the end πŸ™‚ Hope you like it!


    Am I missing something? When do you add the milk?Robin

    Jim Bertucci

    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


    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.


    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


    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?


    Can I just use leftover baked chicken or rotisserie chicken? if so, what quantity?

      Kristyn Merkley

      Of course πŸ™‚ I’d use like 2 cups. You could always add more or less, depending on how much chicken you like. Enjoy!

    Erica B

    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™‚

      Kristyn Merkley

      It’s a good one! Hope you like it! Not really, but we hardly ever have left overs. Enjoy!

    Stephanie, One Caring Mom

    This looks so good. I love anything with alfredo sauce so I know this will be amazing. Thanks for sharing!!


    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!

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