Creamy Chicken Alfredo Bake Recipe

Transforming the classic comfort of Chicken Alfredo into a hearty, oven-baked dish, the Creamy Chicken Alfredo Bake recipe merges the tender, savory essence of chicken with the rich, velvety smoothness of Alfredo sauce, all under a golden, bubbling layer of mozzarella cheese. This dish elevates a traditional pasta offering into a gratifying, all-in-one meal that’s both easy to prepare and irresistibly delicious. Having made this recipe for a family dinner, I found it to be a perfect balance of flavors and textures, pleasing to both adults and children alike. The convenience of using canned Alfredo sauce, coupled with the simplicity of the preparation process, made this dish an instant favorite for busy weeknights, yet it’s elegant enough to serve at a casual dinner party.


  • 1.5 lbs chicken tenders, diced and seasoned
  • 2 cans of Alfredo sauce (or homemade, if preferred)
  • 1 1/2 cups penne noodles
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Boil Penne Noodles: Cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Cook Chicken: In a skillet, cook the seasoned diced chicken tenders until fully cooked.
  4. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, mix the cooked chicken, penne noodles, and Alfredo sauce.
  5. Assemble in Baking Dish: Transfer the mixture to a baking dish, spreading evenly.
  6. Add Cheese: Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the top.
  7. Bake: Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and edges are golden.
  8. Rest and Serve: Let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve with garlic bread or a fresh salad.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: 6
  • Calories per serving: Approximately 500 calories

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Additional Tips

  1. Seasoning the Chicken: For best results, season the chicken with salt, pepper, and Italian herbs before cooking.
  2. Alfredo Sauce: While canned sauce offers convenience, a homemade Alfredo sauce can elevate the dish with a richer flavor.
  3. Cheese Variations: Experiment with different types of cheese such as Parmesan or Asiago for added depth.
  4. Baking Dish: Use a 9×13 inch baking dish for optimal space and even baking.
  5. Broil for Crispiness: For a crispier cheese top, broil the bake for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I use chicken breasts instead of tenders?
    Yes, chicken breasts can be used; just ensure they’re diced and fully cooked.
  2. Is it possible to make this dish ahead of time?
    Yes, assemble the bake ahead of time and refrigerate. Bake just before serving.
  3. Can I freeze the Chicken Alfredo Bake?
    Yes, this dish freezes well. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
  4. How can I make this dish healthier?
    Use whole wheat penne, low-fat Alfredo sauce, and reduce the amount of cheese.
  5. Can I add vegetables to this bake?
    Absolutely, adding vegetables like spinach or broccoli can make the dish more nutritious.
  6. How should leftovers be stored?
    Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  7. Can I use a different type of pasta?
    Yes, any pasta shape works well, though penne holds the sauce nicely.
  8. What sides go well with this dish?
    Garlic bread, a green salad, or steamed vegetables complement this bake perfectly.
  9. How do I know when the bake is done?
    When the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the edges start to brown, it’s ready.
  10. Can I make this dish gluten-free?
    Yes, use gluten-free pasta and ensure the Alfredo sauce is gluten-free.