This chicken Alfredo bake is penne pasta tossed with cooked chicken and a creamy sauce, then topped with cheese and baked to perfection. A comfort food classic that’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

My family enjoys a good hearty pasta dish such as chicken parmesan pasta, seafood pasta, and this ultra creamy and decadent chicken alfredo. No one can resist all that gooey melted cheese!

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A spoon serving up a portion of chicken Alfredo bake.

Fettuccine Alfredo is a a classic dish for good reason – everyone adores that combination of tender noodles in a creamy sauce! This chicken Alfredo bake is a hearty dinner option that is sure to impress your family and friends.

How do you make chicken alfredo bake?

This recipe starts with a homemade cream sauce, which can be made in minutes with a little butter, flour, milk, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, and heavy cream. I typically make my sauce while I’m waiting for the pasta to cook. After the pasta and sauce are ready, they’re tossed together with cooked cubed chicken, then everything goes into a baking dish. The finishing touch is a generous amount of shredded cheese. Bake your pasta dish until the cheese is melted and browned, then add a sprinkling of parsley and enjoy!

Chicken, pasta and creamy sauce in a bowl.

Tips for chicken alfredo bake

  • You can use any kind of cooked chicken. This recipe works great with roasted chicken, shredded chicken made in the slow cooker, or even with a store bought rotisserie chicken.
  • Feel free to use your favorite short pasta such as rigatoni, fusilli or farfalle.
  • This recipe works best with freshly grated cheese. Pre-shredded cheese is often coated with anti-caking agents and will not melt as smoothly as if you grate the cheese yourself.
  • The Alfredo sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance. If you’re short on time, you can also use a high quality refrigerated Alfredo pasta sauce from the grocery store.

Penne tossed with Alfredo sauce in a baking dish.

Chicken alfredo variations

This chicken Alfredo bake is a real crowd pleaser as-is, but you can also add other flavors to suit your taste.

  • Shrimp: Try adding 3/4 cup cooked shrimp, or you can replace all of the chicken with shrimp for a seafood version of this dish.
  • Vegetables: You can add vegetables like spinach, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, or fresh diced tomatoes.
  • Cheese: For a different flavor, try using some pecorino romano or asiago cheese instead of the parmesan.
  • Meat: The salty and savory flavors of bacon and prosciutto are excellent in this Alfredo bake.
  • Herbs: You can use other herbs instead of parsley such as chives, thyme or fresh basil.
  • Stuffed Pasta: Try using cheese ravioli or tortellini instead of penne for an extra dose of cheesy flavor.

Creamy pasta in a baking dish topped with shredded cheese.

Can you make baked pasta in advance?

This pasta bake can be made in advance and refrigerated. It will be good up to three days in the refrigerator. To reheat it simply cover the pasta in aluminum foil and bake it at 350 degrees F until the pasta reaches 165 degrees F. It will take about 45 minutes to reheat it in the oven.

Chicken Alfredo bake with penne pasta in a creamy sauce, topped with melted cheese.

This chicken Alfredo bake takes a classic dish and turns it into a cheesy masterpiece that is sure to delight. There is nothing like delicious, creamy Alfredo covered in bubbly cheese straight out of the oven!

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5 from 273 votes

Chicken Alfredo Bake

AuthorSara Welch
A spoon serving up a portion of chicken Alfredo bake.
This chicken Alfredo bake is penne pasta tossed with cooked chicken and a creamy sauce, then topped with cheese and baked to perfection. A comfort food classic that's perfect for feeding a crowd!
Time
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces penne pasta cooked in salted water according to package directions
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided use
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the milk and cream, then simmer, whisking constantly, until sauce has just thickened. 
  • Add the parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella to the milk mixture, along with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir until cheese has melted.
  • Place the pasta and chicken in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the top, and toss to coat evenly.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan, and top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until pasta is bubbly and cheese has just started to brown.
  • Sprinkle parsley over the top, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 644kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 569mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1385IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 465mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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  1. Hello! I have a family event coming up and I was wondering do you think I could prep this and then freeze it. I was planning to thaw it the day before and then cook the day of the event. What are your thoughts? I was afraid the sauce might separate, I never have good results reheating alfredo.
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    1. I agree that the sauce might separate, I don’t think this recipe is a good candidate for the freezer!

    2. 5 stars
      I used this delicious recipie and added 4oz cream cheese to the sauce. This helped stabilize the sauce so I could make it a freezer meal and it worked great. I experienced no separation and everyone LOVED it!

  2. 5 stars
    I used 4 cups of chicken and made it as described in the recipe.
    I don’t see the point of the provolone cheese and sour cream. I would leave them out next time and just add more parmesan and mozzarella on top.
    The recipe is absolutely delicious!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is great! I baked chicken breasts (marinated in homemade Italian dressing) then cubed them in this dish. I recommend tasting the Alfredo sauce before mixing with other ingredients to adjust seasonings as needed. I added a little more salt and pepper, as well garlic powder for a stronger garlic taste. I doubled this recipe and served at a dinner party with salad and garlic bread – everybody raved! Thanks!

  4. Very bland. I will stick to my original Alfredo recipe that has way more flavor. But I’m sure this won’t be posted cause you will review it and not publish 🙄 because it’s negative 🙄.

  5. 5 stars
    Followed recipe exactly besides adding more garlic and a bit of granulated garlic. It’s amazing but super heavy to eat as a stand alone meal. Would be great as a smaller portion with a salad or omitting chicken and serving it one the side (ina gardens Parmesan chicken would be amazing with this) or a steak would be really good too. Also keep in mind this isn’t jarred anlfredo and it starts to separate so I suggest serving it right away. Awesome recipe will be keeping and sharing!

  6. I make this for my boyfriend once a week because he loves it so much. I just use shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking it myself since it’s quick

  7. 5 stars
    Even my picky 6yo liked this – he even requested that I cook it again.

    I used about 1 cup of chopped up local garlic parsley cheese in place of some of the mozzarella (the leftover cheese was the whole reason I was searching for a dish like this) and I made the sauce in my Thermomix – I used 1/2 cup less milk as I’ve found TM sauces need less liquid. I did par-boil the pasta to make it quicker, and it only needed about 6 minutes to finish off in the air fryer.
    I served it with Caesar salad and it was an absolute winner all round

  8. 5 stars
    This was DELISH! So glad I tried it. Easy and yummy! Will be adding this to the rotation of my family’s favorites. Thank you for sharing!

  9. If you used a stuffed pasta, would you cook it first according to package directions or place it in the mix raw? Thank you.

    1. 5 stars
      Oooh, never tried cinnamon, but do always add a pinch of nutmeg to any dish that is milky. Nutmeg is a classic French ingredient in bechamel and other dairy-based sauces.

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe multiple times for friends and family and they love it! My family always looks forward to chicken Alfredo and my kids request it at least once a week. I often use rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to speed up the process or leftover cooked chicken. Super easy to make and tastes so yummy!

  11. If I want to prepare it in advance do I bake it, cool it, the refrigerate? Or combine ingredients and then put it in fridge?

  12. 5 stars
    I adore this recipe and have made it at least a couple dozen times, both as directed and with modifications! I want to share my favorite way, as I think others would enjoy it as well! I sub half the milk for chicken broth, half the mozzarella for cheddar, and I add finely chopped sautéed carrots and steamed broccoli. The carrots really add to the flavor and this makes it a whole meal in one dish, with a bit less dairy.:)

    1. I’m not sure how it would hold up in the crock pot because there’s so much dairy which can separate in the crock pot!