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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Recipe Wednesday: Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

Last weekend was a super cold one in D.C., so I thought it was best to make some insanely yummy comfort food before watching football.  I was searching Pinterest for some new things to try, and I came across this recipe by Gimme Some Oven, that I used as a guide. 

This recipe was insanely easy to put together, I made the chicken while the pasta was boiling, & it took all of 10 minutes to whip up the Alfredo sauce.  The end result was amazing, a nice & cheesy crisp on top after baking, and super cheesey and alfredo-y on the inside. 

Ingredients
+ Box of Ziti 
+ 2 chicken breasts 
+ Salt / pepper / garlic powder / onion powder / chili powder 
+ 3 cups low fat milk 
+ 2 cups chicken stock 
+ Olive oil 
+ Shredded mozzarella cheese (pick up a light package to save some cals!)
+ Minced garlic
+ Mushrooms & green onions 
+ 5 tablespoons of flour 
+ Parmesan cheese

If you don't have the Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute, YOU NEED IT.
I started by setting the oven to 350, getting the pasta water boiling, and pan cooking my chicken breasts.  I used two, coated them in the spices above and cooked them through.  It took about 12 minutes total.  I made sure to add enough olive oil to prevent the chicken from drying out.

 

After the chicken was cooked I placed it in a bowl and used the same pan to sautee the mushrooms and green onions.  I added some more olive oil to the pan, and added in a ton of minced garlic.  Once I had a nice garlic smell I added in the veggies.  I didn't cook them for too long, since I knew they'd cook a bit more once I put the ziti in the oven to bake.


When the veggies were done I put them in the same bowl as the chicken, and made the Alfredo sauce.  I added in the low-fat milk and chicken stock.  Once that warmed up on a medium heat I added in some salt, pepper, garlic, & onion powder, and whisked in the flour.  Keep whisking until you notice the sauce start to thicken, and then add in as much Parm as you please.  It took maybe about 6 minutes for the sauce to thicken up.


By the time the sauce was done the ziti was cooked and drained.  I put the ziti, chicken, and veggies into my super cute brand new pink serving dish, and then poured the Alfredo sauce on top.  I made sure to coat everything and just stirred it all up a few times.  Now comes the exciting part, I put a entire bag of shredded mozzarella cheese on top.  I always buy the part-skim kind so it doesn't seem so bad calorie wise, don't know if that's 100% accurate or not, but whatever. 

 


I baked the ziti for about 15 minutes, until the cheese was melted and the sides looked a tad crispy.  The finished product was AMAZING. Like, seriously, the best ever.  Rob & I didn't eat much of it Saturday night (we're big cocktail hour appetizer folk), so we saved it for Sunday.  

The face of a pup who just wants some Baked Ziti in his life.
 

On Sunday I had a bunch of friends over for late afternoon mimosas & football.  I drizzled the ziti with olive oil & popped it in the oven for about 15 minutes.  It was gone within 10 minutes, so I'm thinking everyone enjoyed it!  

What everyones Sunday's should look like, obviously.
This recipe was super easy, and a great winter meal.  Comfort food at its finest, but with some lighter ingredients!

XO.
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