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Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Simple, nutritious, delicious—this Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake has it all! It should be called ALLfredo...

This is a casserole dish filled with chicken alfredo pasta bake. There is yellow penne pasta topped with shredded parmesan and red pepper flakes with spinach mixed in.

Chicken alfredo pasta bake

This healthier chicken alfredo pasta bake is the BEST. It’s creamy, easy to make, and totally delicious. It’s more nutritious than standard pasta bakes, with 39 g of protein and less than 400 calories per serving.

On top of that, it’s quick and easy to make. This will be your new favorite dinner recipe!

Why chicken aldredo?

Let’s be real, chicken alfredo is SO good. In an effort to create a lightened up version of chicken alfredo, I present to you this healthy chicken alfredo pasta bake!

It's got all the delicious flavors of regular chicken alfredo but is family-friendly, nutritious, and ready in 30 minutes.

This is a casserole dish filled with chicken alfredo pasta bake. There is yellow penne pasta topped with shredded parmesan and red pepper flakes with spinach mixed in.

What ingredients do I need?

  • Chicken - Adding shredded chicken into the pasta will give off total chicken alfredo vibes (let’s be real, we love those vibes). Plus it will add quite a bit of protein! There are a few options for how to get shredded chicken. You can buy a cooked rotisserie chicken and shred it, cook chicken breasts and shred them, or use canned shredded chicken. Each of these options will work great!
  • Banza penne pasta - The recipe calls for 8 oz (one box) of Banza pasta. Really you can use any kind of protein or regular pasta that you want!
  • Alfredo sauce - The alfredo sauce is KEY for this recipe. You can use any kind of alfredo sauce you like best to create a creamy, cheesy pasta bake.
  • Parmesan - Adding some shredded parmesan to melt as the pasta cooks will create an extra cheesy pasta bake (which we want!)
  • Spinach - We will mix in some spinach for some leafy greens! You could leave this out and the recipe would still turn out great.
  • Red pepper flakes - Sprinkling red pepper flakes on the top of the casserole is totally optional, but will really add the perfect extra kick!

Can I make substitutions to the recipe?

  • Chicken – I use canned chicken because it’s it’s easier, quicker, and cheaper. However, if you have some leftover chicken breast you can shred yourself or want to use a rotisserie chicken, you can totally use those options instead!
  • Cheese – Adding more cheese will make this better. I like to add alfredo and parmesan, but you can use only one of them or another favorite to make this cheesier.
  • Pasta - This recipe can be made with any kind of pasta.
  • Spinach - If spinach isn't your thing, you can opt out.
This is a casserole dish filled with chicken alfredo pasta bake. There is yellow penne pasta topped with shredded parmesan and red pepper flakes with spinach mixed in. There is a fork with a bite of the casserole.

What equipment do I need for the recipe?

The only equipment you’ll need for this recipe is an oven and a casserole dish. A 9 x 13 dish will work great!

What is the process?

This pasta bake is so quick and easy! Here’s how to make it:

  • Prepare the chicken (with salt and pepper) and pasta.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, shredded chicken, ½ the parmesan, and alfredo sauce. Stir until chicken and pasta are coated. Toss in spinach to mix.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into the casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly across the top of the pasta.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • After cooking, top with red pepper flakes.
  • Enjoy!
This is a casserole dish filled with chicken alfredo pasta bake. There is yellow penne pasta topped with shredded parmesan and red pepper flakes with spinach mixed in. There is a small white plate with a scoop of the casserole.

How do I store it?

This buffalo chicken pasta bake is so tasty right when it comes out of the oven! If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container. Keep it in the fridge and use between 4-5 days.

Can I reheat it?

You can reheat this pasta bake in the microwave or oven.

  • For the microwave: Cook 2-3 minutes.
  • For the oven: Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

I like to add some extra cheese when I’m reheating this dish.

This is a casserole dish filled with chicken alfredo pasta bake. There is yellow penne pasta topped with shredded parmesan and red pepper flakes with spinach mixed in.

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5 from 27 votes

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Simple, nutritious, delicious—this Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake has it all! It should be called ALLfredo...
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken alfredo, pasta bake
Servings: 6
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • casserole dish
  • oven
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs chicken cooked & shredded
  • 8 oz Banza penne pasta, cooked or other protein pasta
  • 1 cup alfredo sauce
  • ¾ cup parmesan shredded
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Optional: red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Prepare the chicken (with salt and pepper) and pasta. (Cook both!)
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, shredded chicken, ½ the parmesan, and alfredo sauce. Stir until chicken and pasta are coated. Toss in spinach to mix.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into the casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly across the top of the pasta.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • After cooking, top with red pepper flakes.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Note: If making with chickpea pasta, save about ½-1 cup of pasta water and add it into the mixture before making. 

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.8g | Protein: 38.7g | Fat: 14.5g

Recipe Rating




Brandi

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

So with your calorie total, wouldnt that change, based on what alfredo sauce I use? Sorry, we calorie count, and your recipes seem amazing as I have been stuck with low calorie dinners. So I just want to make sure that when you give a number for the calories, I adjust where needed.

Jordan Smith

Monday 15th of August 2022

Hi Brandi, yes, it will change depending on the sauce you use! I used a standard alfredo sauce for this recipe so it'll likely be close if you choose a generic sauce. But if you want the calories to be exact, you'll likely need to create another entry in whatever meal tracking app you use, with the specific ingredients for this recipe.

Jasmyn

Sunday 19th of June 2022

I love this meal. So tasty and those macros!!

Bailey German

Saturday 18th of June 2022

This recipe is a new favorite of mine!it’s one of the easiest things I’ve made and tastes so good. Makes great leftovers too.

Catherine

Saturday 18th of June 2022

I love Jordo's pasta bakes, and they are perfect for meal prep as they make great leftovers. I add even more spinach than the recipe calls for because I love it!

Jordan Smith

Saturday 18th of June 2022

I love adding extra greens with this recipe, too! And sometimes I serve over a bed of fresh greens. Enjoy!

Kendra

Friday 17th of June 2022

I never get tired of this recipe. I love how much protein I get in each serving!