Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti Recipe

Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti Recipe

Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti Recipe

This Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti recipe is a fresh tasting casserole dish. It’s simply Ziti Macaroni with a chicken parmesan sauce, but it comes out delicious with a fresh taste.

Ingredients:

12 oz. Penne Ziti
2 small cooked chicken breasts, shredded
25 oz. jar tomato-basil pasta sauce
1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the ziti to al dente.
3. Once cooked, drain and mix in a large bowl with chicken and tomato sauce. Gently toss so the pasta is evenly coated.
4. Pour half of the pasta into a greased 11×7″ or 9×13″ baking dish.
5. Sprinkle evenly with 1-cup of mozzarella, 1/2 of the parmesan and 1/2 of the basil.
6. Layer the remainder of the pasta over the top and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and barely turns golden.
8. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and red pepper flakes.

Wine Pairings:

We preface all of our wine pairing suggestions by letting you know that it’s really a matter of personal taste. While we do offer our opinions and why we selected a specific varietal, there is no right or wrong answer when pairing a wine with your dinner.

Sangiovese

This Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti recipe is a bit too heavy for a white wine or even a blush. While the dish contains chicken, the tomato sauce gives it the need for a heavier wine- but not too heavy. The chicken and basil give it a light taste, so a Sangiovese is the perfect accompaniment. The Sangiovese has a nice dry cherry flavor which melds well with this meal. Follow the link to our wine review site to find our favorite Sangiovese wines-LetsHaveWine.com

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