Million Dollar Chicken Alfredo Bake

MEGA CREAMY CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKE IS ABOUT TO BECOME A NEW FAMILY FAVORITE!

This Chicken Alfredo Bake is your favorite chicken Alfredo recipe in creamy casserole form.  Hearty pasta gets tossed with luscious Alfredo sauce and juicy chicken then layered with a hidden layer of provolone cheese and sour cream that melts when baked for a ridiculous amount of velvety creamy, cheesy gooey goodness! This chicken Alfredo pasta is easy to customize with extra veggies or different proteins and can be assembled ahead of time – but one thing stays constant – this Chicken Alfredo Bake is always a cheesy, comforting, home run!

pulling a spoon of cheesy Alfredo bake from a blue casserole dish

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Million Dollar CHICKEN ALFREDO PASTA

We are in full “June gloom” here in Carlsbad/San Diego.  It was sprinkling last night as I was driving home which had me craving comforting, carby pasta.  So, although, it’s summer, I think we need to indulge just a little bit longer with this sensational Chicken Alfredo Bake- because pasta is always a good idea and THIS million dollar pasta is one for the recipe binder.

This Chicken Alfredo Bake joins my Classic LasagnaOne Pot Chili Mac, Cheesy Tortellini Al Forno and Cheesy Taco Pasta Bake as a richly satisfying and decadently delicious pasta BUT its hidden layer of decadence elevates it to the Million Dollar Club.  Both my Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese and my Million Dollar Baked Penne  feature a cheesy middle layer of sour cream and provolone.  I know it might sound odd, but this combination is sensational – and readers agree.

So, when I was making this chicken Alfredo recipe, I knew this sublime layer would elevate it the BEST Chicken Alfredo Bake with a dreamy, creamy center surrounded by Alfredo slathered noodles  – queue face plant.

As the pasta bakes, the provolone melts, adding a depth of unbelievable CHEESINESS; as the sour cream melts, it adds a tantalizing layer of CREAMINESS.  This creaminess blends into each forkful – so you don’t taste distinguishable cream cheese or provolone – just distinguishable million dollar YUM.

This Chicken Alfredo Bake is also relatively quick to prepare – you make the Alfredo Sauce while the pasta boils, stir in your shortcut rotisserie chicken and pasta – then assemble. Now just sit back and wait for bubbly gooey Parmesan, mozzarella, Alfredo perfection. It’s a long wait.

side view of Chicken Alfredo Pasta with from scratch chicken Alfredo sauce

CHICKEN ALFREDO PASTA INGREDIENTS:

This Chicken Alfredo recipe require mostly pantry friendly ingredients.  You will need:

FOR THE PASTA

  • recommended pasta:  My favorite pasta shape for baked pasta casseroles is cellentani. It is also known as cavatappi, amori, spirali, or tortiglione and should be sold at most grocery stores.  It is type of hollow macaroni with scored ridges.  Both the hollowness and the ridges area ideal to capture creamy sauces – and I just love the texture of the shape.
  • different pasta shapes:  That being said, feel free to use short pasta such as ziti, penne, fusilli, etc. 
  • pastas types: You can use classic pasta, whole-wheat pasta, gluten free pasta.
showing ingredients for Chicken Alfredo Bake with pasts in pot

FOR THE CHICKEN

  • shredded, cooked chicken: I have tried both cooked diced chicken and shredded rotisserie chicken in this Chicken Alfredo Bake, and I prefer the rotisserie chicken.  You can definitely still make with your own cooked, chopped chicken too.  I’ve included instructions below.
  • frozen chicken:  if you know you are going to make this chicken Alfredo recipe sometime in the future, then grab a rotisserie chicken next time you’re at Costco, divide and freeze it in 2 cup portions.  Now, all you have to do is pull out a bag when you’re ready to make this recipe!
  • Cook your own chicken:  if you want to cook your own chicken for this Chicken Alfredo Bake instead of using rotisserie chicken, it is super easy, here’s how:
    • Chop 1 pound chicken into bite size pieces. 
    • While the chicken is still on the cutting board, dab with a paper towel then toss with ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ¼ teaspoon paprika.
    • Melt one tablespoon butter (may sub olive oil) over medium heat.
    • Increase heat to medium high and add chicken in a single layer and sear for one minute without moving chicken then continue to cook and stir chicken just until cooked through. Remove to a plate.
showing how to make chicken alfredo bake by shredding chicken

FOR THE CHICKEN ALFREDO SAUCE

This Chicken Alfredo Sauce is mega creamy but not as naughty as traditional Alfredo made with just butter and heavy cream.  Instead, it begins with a roux to thicken, along with chicken broth and half and half.  

  • butter:  use unsalted butter so we can control the level of salt. You may also substitute half of the butter with olive oil for a lighter sauce. 
  • garlic cloves:  is essential to infuse the chicken Alfredo pasta with garlicky goodness – use more or less depending on your garlic love.
  • all-purpose flour:  thickens the sauce beautifully.  You may substitute with gluten free flour.
  • low sodium chicken broth: is more flavorful than just milk or heavy cream. You can also substitute vegetable broth.  Make sure you use low sodium broth so your Chicken Alfredo Sauce isn’t too salty.
  • half and half:  is sold next to the heavy cream and milk and is equal parts milk and cream.   I often don’t have half and half on hand but I usually stock heavy cream, so I will make my own half and half.  To make your own half and half for this chicken Alfredo pasta, you would need 1 ½ cup milk and 1 ½ cups heavy cream. 
  • seasonings:  in addition to garlic, this Alfredo Sauce is seasoned with chicken bouillon, red pepper flakes, dried basil, dried parsley, dried thyme, onion powder, salt and pepper.  You can add more or less of any of the seasonings to suite your tastes.
  • Parmesan cheese:  is a key ingredient to any Alfredo Sauce.  For best results and the BEST Chicken Alfredo recipe, use ONLY freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  You don’t want to use the powdered or pre-shredded cheese.  Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is much more flavorful and melts much better.

FOR THE FILLING

  • provolone cheese:  you will need 6-8 slices.  You just need enough provolone to cover the 9×13 in a single layer. Typically 8 slices medium provolone or 6 large slices as pictured from Costco. Gouda slices would also be delicious.
  • sour cream: you can use less fat or full fat.  Full fat melt better.

FOR THE TOPPING

  • mozzarella cheese:  use freshly grated mozzarella for its superior melting abilities and taste.  You can use part-skim or full-fat.
  • parsley:  chopped fresh parsley is optional but it adds fresh flavor and makes a beautiful presentation.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKE

Now let’s get to the main event.  Here’s how to make Chicken Alfredo Bake:

  • Cook pasta.  Begin by cooking your pasta just until al dente according to package directions.  Al dente means the pasta will still have a little bite. 
  • Make Alfredo Sauce.  While your pasta is cooking, make the easy, creamy, cheesy, flavorful from-scratch Alfredo Sauce that takes just minutes to come together. To make Alfredo Sauce, cook flour and garlic, stir in half and half, chicken broth, seasonings and simmer until thickened.  Finally, stir in Parmesan until melted – and try not to slurp the whole thing.
showing how to make Chicken Alfredo Bake by melting Parmesan in Alfredo Sauce
  • Assemble.  Stir in cooked chicken and pasta until evenly coated.
showing how to make Chicken Alfredo Bake by stirring chicken and pasta into sauce until well combined
  • Pasta Layer 1.   Now the fun part!  Pour half of the pasta into prepared 9×13 baking dish and spread in an even layer.
showing how to make Chicken Alfredo Bake by layering half of the pasta into a 9x13 pan
  • Filling.  Layer pasta evenly with provolone cheese followed by an even layer of sour cream.
  • Pasta Layer 2:  Pour remaining pasta over sour cream and spread into an even layer and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
showing how to make Chicken Alfredo Bake by Sprinkling pasta with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake:  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and inside provolone is melted.
  • Serve.  Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve while it’s warm and cozy!
a spoonful of cheesy Chicken Alfredo recipe

TIPS for Chicken Alfredo Recipe

  • Don’t overcook pasta!   The pasta is going to continue cooking in the oven so it’s important to not overcook it initially. I recommend testing your pasta about 2 or 3 minutes before the box recommends – pasta should be al dente– meaning it should still be a little firm in the center/ have a “bite” to it.  
  • Stop pasta from cooking.  Strain and rinse your pasta with cold water to prevent it from continuing to cook. 
  • Prevent pasta from clumping.  If you’re not using the cooked pasta right away, toss it with a little olive oil.  This will prevent it from sticking together.
  • Cook flour for two minutes.  Two minutes can seem like a long time but don’t cut it short – you want to make sure to cook out the raw flour taste. 
  • Thin sauce if needed.  Alfredo Sauce can become too thick if its simmered at too high of heat or for too long.  But don’t worry, it’s SO easy to fix!  Simply stir in a little milk or chicken broth until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Saucy pasta. Once the pasta and chicken are combined with the Alfredo sauce, it will seem saucy – this is a GOOD thing because it means no dry Chicken Alfredo Bake! Some of the sauce will be absorbed by the pasta as it bakes.

CHICKEN ALFREDO PASTA VARIATIONS:

This Chicken Alfredo Pasta is delicious in its classic cheesiness or you can use the recipe as a base to customize it.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Swap protein.  I know this is CHICKEN Alfredo Bake, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into turkey, beef, ham or sausage Alfredo Bake!   Crispy, salty bacon also pairs beautifully with Alfredo – with or without chicken.
  • Skip the protein.  You can instantly turn this easy pasta casserole into a side dish by omitting the protein.
  • Substitute cheeses.  You can substitute the provolone with any other favorite melting cheese:  mozzarella, Asiago, Gouda, smoked cheddar, Monterrey, etc. – the possibilities are endless!
  • Add veggies.  Broccoli and Alfredo pair particularly nicely together like in my Shrimp Broccoli Alfredo.  Other possible veggie additions include petite peas, bell peppers, zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, etc.  You will want to steam, roast or boil the veggies before adding to the pasta.  An easy method is to add them to the boiling pasta the last couple minutes of cooking like I do with asparagus in my BLT Pasta Salad.
  • Add panko topping.  There are two ways to add panko:  1) sprinkle panko over the top of your casserole and spray lightly with cooking spray; bake according to directions then broil; 2) for the CRUNCHIEST panko topping, I recommend toasting it in a skillet first – life changing.  To do this, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet. Add 3/4 cup panko and stir and cook unto panko becomes golden brown. Evenly sprinkle over Chicken Alfredo pasta and bake according to directions.
  • Make casserole gluten-free.  To make this chicken Alfredo recipe gluten free, use your favorite gluten free pasta and gluten free flour.
best Chicken Alfredo Bake in a blue casserole dish with Chicken Alfredo Sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKE?

We love this Chicken Alfredo Bake with a big salad and Garlic Parmesan Butter Breadsticks.  It is also delicious with any of the following:

CAN I MAKE CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKE IN ADVANCE?

Yes! You can make and assemble the Chicken Alfredo Bake a day in advance and refrigerate (without baking) or make the sauce ahead and/or pasta ahead of time. Here’s a breakdown of your options:

1. Assemble and refrigerate: 

  • Take care that your noodles are cooked al dente and are rinsed in cold water so they don’t keep cooking.
  • Take care the Alfredo Sauce isn’t too thick as it will thicken more sitting in the refrigerator.
  • Assemble Chicken Alfredo Bake according to directions up until baking.
  • Tightly cover with foil and refrigerate.
  • Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Bake according to directions or until completely warmed through.

2. Make Alfredo sauce in advance:

  • You can make the Alfredo sauce up to 3 days in advance.
  • Refrigerate it in an airtight container.
  • Gently heat in a large skillet before using, adding additional milk as needed to thin to desired consistency.

3. Make pasta in advance:

  • You can cook the pasta al dente up to 5 days ahead of time.
  • Rinse pasta with cool water.
  • Toss with a drizzle of oil to prevent it from sticking together. 
  • Transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and squeeze out excess air.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
scooping up easy Chicken Alfredo recipe

CAN I FREEZE Chicken Alfredo recipe?

Yes!  You can freeze Chicken Alfredo Bake that is baked or unbaked. You can make just to freeze or eat half and freeze the leftovers or portion it into two 8×8 casserole dishes and eat one now and freeze the other. You could even portion it out into individual portions once bake and just microwave to reheat.

So, how well does Chicken Alfredo Bake freeze?  It freezes pretty well because the base is a roux and not just heavy cream. That being said, the cheese can become a little grainy, but still delicious.  So, expect delicious – just not fresh out of the oven perfection.  For best results, I recommend freezing unbaked pasta casserole (pasta is less mushy), but both methods will work.

For best results, I recommend freezing unbaked Chicken Alfredo Bake because the pasta only bakes ones instead of twice which means more al dente pasta. 

  • Take care to cook pasta al dente.
  • Assemble Chicken Alfredo Bake according to recipe directions in a freezer safe dish.
  • Wrap casserole dish all the way with 2 layers of plastic wrap.
  • Cover the plastic wrap with one layer of aluminum foil.
  • Label Chicken Alfredo Bake.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKE

  • Take care to cook pasta al dente.
  • Bake according to directions in a freezer safe dish.
  • Let cool on the counter for one hour.
  • Cover casserole with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill completely before freezing (this will prevent an unpleasant texture).
  • Cover casserole tightly with a second layer of plastic wrap all the way around the dish followed one layer of aluminum foil.
  • Label Chicken Alfredo Bake.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.

HOW TO COOK CHICKEN ALFREDO PASTA FROM FROZEN

  • Do NOT defrost Chicken Alfredo Bake before baking – this will result in the best texture (vs mushy).
  • Remove plastic wrap from casserole and cover tightly with foil.
  • Bake covered at 350 degrees F for one hour.
  • Uncover and bake an addition 10-15 minutes or until hot in the center.

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Chicken Alfredo Bake

This Chicken Alfredo Bake is your favorite chicken Alfredo recipe in creamy casserole form. Hearty pasta gets tossed with luscious Alfredo sauce and juicy chicken then layered with a hidden layer of provolone cheese and sour cream that melts when baked for a ridiculous amount of velvety creamy, cheesy gooey goodness! This chicken Alfredo pasta is easy to customize with extra veggies or different proteins and can be assembled ahead of time – but one thing stays constant – this Chicken Alfredo Bake is always a cheesy, comforting, home run!
Servings: 8 -12 servings
Total Time: 1 hr
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound cellentani pasta (may sub ziti, penne or fusilli,)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter may sub half olive oil
  • 6-8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 tsp EACH onion powder, dried parsley, dried basil, salt
  • 1/2 tsp EACH dried thyme, pepper, chicken bouillon, red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups shredded Rotisserie chicken (see notes)
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6-8 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Cook pasta just until al dente according to package directions – don’t overcook! Strain and rinse with cold water.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, make Alfredo Sauce. Melt 5 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat then whisk in flour and garlic. Cook, while stirring for 2 minutes. Turn heat to low then gradually whisk in half and half, chicken broth and all spices/seasonings.
  • Bring to a boil, whisking constantly then reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking occasionally until thickened (but not overly thick), 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in Parmesan cheese until melted. Stir in chicken and pasta and toss until evenly coated (it will seem like a lot of extra sauce which is a good thing).
  • Pour half of the pasta into prepared baking dish and spread in an even layer. Layer pasta evenly with provolone cheese followed by an even layer of sour cream. Pour remaining pasta over sour cream and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and inside provolone is melted. Let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

How to Cook Your own chicken:

  • Chop 1 pound chicken into bite size pieces.
  • While the chicken is still on the cutting board, dab with a paper towel then toss with ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ¼ teaspoon paprika.
  • Melt one tablespoon butter (may sub olive oil) over medium heat.
  • Increase heat to medium high and add chicken in a single layer and sear for one minute without moving chicken then continue to cook and stir chicken just until cooked through. Remove to a plate.
 

CHICKEN ALFREDO RECIPE VARIATIONS:

This Chicken Alfredo Pasta is delicious in its classic cheesiness or you can use the recipe as a base to customize it.  Here are a few ideas:
  • Swap protein.  I know this is CHICKEN Alfredo Bake, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into turkey, beef, ham or sausage Alfredo Bake!   Crispy, salty bacon also pairs beautifully with Alfredo – with or without chicken.
  • Skip the protein.  You can instantly turn this easy pasta casserole into a side dish by omitting the protein.
  • Substitute cheeses.  You can substitute the provolone with any other favorite melting cheese:  mozzarella, Asiago, Gouda, smoked cheddar, Monterrey, etc. - the possibilities are endless!
  • Add veggies.  Broccoli and Alfredo pair particularly nicely together like in my Shrimp Broccoli Alfredo.  Other possible veggie additions include petite peas, bell peppers, zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, etc.  You will want to steam, roast or boil the veggies before adding to the pasta.  An easy method is to add them to the boiling pasta the last couple minutes of cooking like I do with asparagus in my BLT Pasta Salad.
  • Add panko topping.  There are two ways to add panko:  1) sprinkle panko over the top of your casserole and spray lightly with cooking spray; bake according to directions then broil; 2) for the CRUNCHIEST panko topping, I recommend toasting it in a skillet first – life changing.  To do this, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet. Add 3/4 cup panko and stir and cook unto panko becomes golden brown. Evenly sprinkle over Chicken Alfredo pasta and bake according to directions.
  • Make casserole gluten-free.  To make this chicken Alfredo recipe gluten free, use your favorite gluten free pasta and gluten free flour.
 

PREP AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

You can make and assemble the Chicken Alfredo Bake a day in advance and refrigerate (without baking) or make the sauce ahead and/or pasta ahead of time. Here's a breakdown of your options:

1. Assemble and refrigerate: 

  • Take care that your noodles are cooked al dente and are rinsed in cold water so they don’t keep cooking.
  • Take care the Alfredo Sauce isn't too thick as it will thicken more sitting in the refrigerator.
  • Assemble Chicken Alfredo Bake according to directions up until baking.
  • Tightly cover with foil and refrigerate.
  • Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Bake according to directions or until completely warmed through.

2. Make Alfredo sauce in advance:

  • You can make the Alfredo sauce up to 3 days in advance.
  • Refrigerate it in an airtight container.
  • Gently heat in a large skillet before using, adding additional milk as needed to thin to desired consistency.

3. Make pasta in advance:

  • You can cook the pasta al dente up to 5 days ahead of time.
  • Rinse pasta with cool water.
  • Toss with a drizzle of oil to prevent it from sticking together. 
  • Transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and squeeze out excess air.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

CAN I FREEZE Chicken Alfredo Bake?

Yes!  You can freeze Chicken Alfredo Bake that is baked or unbaked. You can make just to freeze or eat half and freeze the leftovers or portion it into two 8x8 casserole dishes and eat one now and freeze the other. You could even portion it out into individual portions once bake and just microwave to reheat.
So, how well does Chicken Alfredo Bake freeze?  It freezes pretty well because the base is a roux and not just heavy cream. That being said, the cheese can become a little grainy, but still delicious.  So, expect delicious – just not fresh out of the oven perfection.  For best results, I recommend freezing unbaked pasta casserole (pasta is less mushy), but both methods will work.

HOW TO FREEZE UNCOOKED CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKE (recommended)

For best results, I recommend freezing unbaked Chicken Alfredo Bake because the pasta only bakes ones instead of twice which means more al dente pasta. 
  • Take care to cook pasta al dente.
  • Assemble Chicken Alfredo Bake according to recipe directions in a freezer safe dish.
  • Wrap casserole dish all the way with 2 layers of plastic wrap.
  • Cover the plastic wrap with one layer of aluminum foil.
  • Label Chicken Alfredo Bake.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKE

  • Take care to cook pasta al dente.
  • Bake according to directions in a freezer safe dish.
  • Let cool on the counter for one hour.
  • Cover casserole with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill completely before freezing (this will prevent an unpleasant texture).
  • Cover casserole tightly with a second layer of plastic wrap all the way around the dish followed one layer of aluminum foil.
  • Label Chicken Alfredo Bake.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.

HOW TO COOK CHICKEN ALFREDO PASTA FROM FROZEN

  • Do NOT defrost Chicken Alfredo Bake before baking – this will result in the best texture (vs mushy).
  • Remove plastic wrap from casserole and cover tightly with foil.
  • Bake covered at 350 degrees F for one hour.
  • Uncover and bake an addition 10-15 minutes or until hot in the center.

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63 Comments

  1. Sue K says

    How would you make this low carb? I love the recipes but we are doing Keto. I’m am fine using it over zoodles. But the flour in the Alfredo sauce is giving me trouble. Thanks for all your great recipes!

    • Jen says

      Hi Sue, you can substitute the flour with half the amount of cornstarch whisked into the chicken broth – enjoy!

  2. bob Linke says

    would love to make a copy of this recipe WITHOUT having to print ingredients and directions side-by-side – how can I separate the two???

    • Jen says

      Sorry I don’t know how to do this – the only way I can think of is to manually copy and paste into a word doc – sorry!

  3. Connie says

    Jen, I love how you placed the sour cream over the sliced cheese. Brilliant. Cannot wait to buy the ingredients, just rotisserie chicken since I have everything already. May use the sour cream technique in the lasagna recipe. Thanks so much for your great blog, recipes and cooking inspiration.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for your kind words Connie – I’m excited for you to try it! Thanks for following along and making my recipes!

  4. Fanchon says

    Dear Jen–I burst out laughing when I saw your comment about being in Full June Gloom! I am an Oceanside neighbor so can feel your “pain”. LOL Will try recipe tomorrow. Hope to run into you one of these days at Sprouts/ T.J/ Frazier Farms. You are an awesome young woman for what you have overcome and achieved-keep up the great recipes (I have made and loved them all!!) and enticing photos

    • Jen says

      LOL! Hi neighbor! I thought we might avoid it this year but it come on strong these last few weeks! Thank you so much for your kind words – I am grateful to be able to do what I love and for appreciative reader like you!xo

  5. Kristen says

    I made this for dinner last night. My newborn grand daughter and her parents are visiting and I wanted something I could put together earlier in the day so that I could max my cuddle time. It was simple to make and absolutely delicious and loved by all. I enjoy your blog and have made many of your recipes especially you many taco recipes.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Kristen and make my day! I’m so pleased this Chicken Alfredo was a winner – especially so you could get more cuddle time! Congrats on your new granddaughter!

  6. Carol says

    I made this on Sunday…didnt stray much from the recipe..AMAZING!!! So very delicious!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Carol, I’m so pleased you loved it!

  7. Rhonda says

    I made this tonight and it was fabulous. It goes right to the favorites list.

    • Jen says

      YAY! Thank you so much Rhonda, I’m thrilled it’s a new favorite!

  8. Therese says

    Made this cheesy gooey goodness and it’s another winner for family favorites! It was a huge hit with my daycare kids the next day! Finding home cooked meals the kids like can be challenging. Yours always get my kids approval! This is also going into my freezer party list!! 🙂

    • Jen says

      yasssss! Thanks so much Therese! I’m so happy it was a winner with your family and also a winner with the daycare kids!

  9. Emma says

    This is so flavorful and yummy. I wanted to get a bit out of my comfort zone with pasta choices, so I tried it with trottole and it was AMAZING. Next time I’d like to add some veggies to introduce some freshness to cut through the creaminess.

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Emma, I’m so happy you enjoyed it and it sounds delicious with trottole! I’m excited for you to experiment with veggies too – yum!

  10. Mackenzie Jordan says

    Hi! Is it possible to just make it into pasta without baking it? I ask because my grandparents don’t like sour cream or provolone but this seems like the best pasta recipe! Will it come out gross if I just make this a pasta and leave the bake out?

    • Jen says

      Sorry for the delay Mackenzie as I’ve been in Italy for weeks and playing catch up. You can absolutely make this mac and cheese without baking it. It will be a bit saucy but delicious. You can also bake it without the sour cream or provolone but with the yummy panko topping. Enjoy!

  11. Jessica J says

    Made this the other day! I have it in the refrigerator but wanted to know how long this is good refrigerated or if I should toss already? I didn’t freeze because I knew we’d be munching on it every so often because SO YUM!! But it’s day 3 now and didn’t know if it was still good. Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Hi Jessica, it should be good for about 5 days. I’m so happy you liked it!

  12. Melisa says

    Hi, I just made this .. Delicious!!! I was wondering about the next day, does it reheat well? Recommended method? I know alfredo can become oily.

    • Jen says

      I’m so happy you liked it! It’s best the day of but the leftovers are still super creamy and I didn’t find it oily. I just used the microwave and it worked great.

  13. Lindsay says

    I didn’t care for the provolone/sour cream layers the first time I made this, so last night I just make the Alfredo sauce with cellentani. I put steamed broccoli and chunks of rotisserie chicken on the side so everyone could add in what they wanted. My family said it’s the best Alfredo sauce they have ever had and I agree! This recipe is a keeper! Thanks for coming through once again!

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Lindsey! I’m so pleased you were able to adapt it to your tastes with rave reviews!

  14. Roxana says

    I made the casserole ahead and froze it unbaked. On the day of our family holiday gathering it was so easy to bake it and serve. Everyone loved it….kids and adults alike. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Roxana! I love hearing you were successfully able to freeze this Chicken Alfredo Bake and that it made your holiday easy and delicious! Merry Christmas!

  15. Dana says

    Jen, the kitchen Guru. I love your recipes. I can’t wait to start this dish in a few hours. While I was shopping I got a txt that my wife wanted to use the Alfredo sauce in a jar. OMG! The delemia. I might make it both ways. Or mix together. I will update later.

    • Jen says

      LOL! Please let me know how it turned out. And thanks for the compliment!

    • Delise says

      I hope you made it home-made! The sauce is delicious! And its what flavored the dish. You can pour a jar over pasta any time! Lol. This is so good and easy to make.

  16. Delise says

    This is so delicious! Made this for my kids birthday. Everyone loved it especially the hidden sour cream and provolone cheese layer. Very easy to make and enjoyed by all thank you would you please note how you could substitute the individual spices for a mixed Italian seasoning. How many teaspoons or tablespoons of that would equal the amount in the initial recipe.

    • Jen says

      Thanks Delise, I’m so pleased it was such a hit! I don’t suggest substituting Italian seasoning as it is heavy on oregano which I don’t use in this recipe. You can try using 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning in place of the basil and parsley but you will still want to add the other seasonings.

  17. Stephanie says

    I made this last night ( with a fun spin to it!) because I wanted something I could fix ahead and eat while we were sitting on the couch, glued to the election tv last night. I never ever change your recipes, they’re always perfectly written, but while my kids love anything alfredo, I find it too rich as is. So, I made up your cajun seasoning (from your tri-tip recipe which we LOVE) used it generously to season sauteed chicken, then sautéed a red bell pepper, onion & sliced andouille sausage. Used 3 teaspoons of your cajun seasoning to season your alfredo sauce, along with sliced smoked gouda for the cheese in the middle. It was straight up delicious! The cajun spin was swoon worthy and will be on repeat 🙂

    • Jen says

      I am drooling at your description Stephanie, thanks for sharing! I might have to borrow your idea and share a Cajun chicken casserole – props to you of course! Can’t wait to try it!

      • Stephanie says

        100% inspiration goes to you & your amazing recipes. I will note that I only use 1 t. of cayenne when making the cajun seasoning, even for the tri-tip, to keep the heat down for the kids & I did not use the whole spice recipe for this dish, probably only half, saved the rest for another meal.

        • Jen says

          Thanks for the info Stephanie! I plan on making a version of this very soon!

  18. Denise says

    Hello!! I made a modified version of this wonderful recipe (I rarely follow any recipe specifically) & was so pleased. Thank you for this!!

    Just want to commend you on how well written this recipe is. It is so easy to read, you appear to account for pretty much everything, & provide SO many options for varying tastes, dietary needs, dinner prep alternatives, & even include links to complementary side dishes.

    Well done & wonderful recipe!!
    Blessings, peace, & good health to you & yours.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Denise! I’m so pleased you loved this recipe and found all the info hhelpful!

  19. Meagen says

    Ive been making this for over a year now. It has always been a massively huge hit with everyone I’ve made it for and it makes INCREDIBLE leftovers!!! Making it tomorrow night for my sisters family of 6. I can’t wait to introduce them to it!!! The recipe is incredibly perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing!

    • Jen says

      Thank you for your awesome comment Meagen! I love hearing this chicken Alfredo is a family favorite! I hope your sister’s family loves it just as much!

  20. Jeannette says

    I made this and it was amazing, I have no leftovers!
    I will be trying more of your recipes, thank you so much!

    • Jen says

      Welcome to my site Jeannette and thank you for taking the time to comment! I hope this is the first of many new favorite recipes!

  21. Brittany says

    This was very yummy!! Definitely will be making this again. I did not care for the sour cream in this dish, so next time I will be leaving this out. It is only my husband and I and it made a lot, I recommend if you are cooking for 2-3 people I would cut the recipe in half. Thank you for sharing this awesomeness!! 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Brittany, I’m happy to hear it will be on repeat!

  22. Amanda says

    When do you add the sauce? Did I miss that? I saw layer half the pasta, provolone and sour cream and then more pasta; does the sauce go on top?

    • Jen says

      Hi Amanda, it’s in the end of step 4 – you will add the pasta and the chicken to the sauce: … Stir in chicken and pasta and toss until evenly coated (it will seem like a lot of extra sauce which is a good thing).

  23. Jocelyn Silver says

    This was excellent. Followed directions almost exactly. Didn’t use the sour cream because it just didn’t seem right, used Monterey Jack in the middle, because that’s what I had on hand. I also added broccoli to the pasta cooking for the last 2 minutes and added the pasta and broccoli together to the chicken and sauce. This is definitely a keeper and will make again.

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for the awesome review Jocelyn! Your swaps of Monterrey Jack and broccoli sound fantastic!

  24. Tanisha Watkins says

    It is so hard to please my 15-year-old son and without prompting, he said he loved this dish! Certainly adding it to the dinner rotation. It was delicious. Next time, I’ll leave out the sour cream, even though I appreciate why it’s included in the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jen says

      I’m so happy to hear this was a hit, thanks so much Tanisha!

  25. Bethany says

    Oh my goodness, is this delicious!!! I can’t stop eating it. Instead of the individual seasonings I threw in about 2 tbsp of Cajun seasoning; otherwise I followed the directions exactly. Highly recommend!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Bethany, I’m so pleased you loved it so much!

  26. Mandi says

    Do you think a glass Pyrex casserole dish would be safe to put in the oven, frozen? I am concerned that it will shatter.

    • Jen says

      Hi Mandi, I would leave it on the counter for 45 minutes or so before transferring to the oven to be safe.

  27. GW says

    Can I make this with fettuccine pasta?

    • Jen says

      Yes, but serving it becomes a little awkward so I suggest a short pasta.

  28. Mary Lynne Smith says

    I tried this a couple of days ago, and WOW! It is going to be made on a regular basis at my home, and my new go-to for taking meals to friends.

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Mary Lynne, I’m so pleased it’s a new repeat favorite!

  29. kb says

    I really really really wanted this recipe. After waiting a full 3 minutes for it to load, there is no actual recipe. A list of specific ingredients and a list of instructions. Instead, you really think people will dive through this to “find” the ingredients, measurements and a list of recipe steps? I really wanted this recipe. But not listing a recipe in your recipe? What the hell?

    • Jen says

      There is a “jump to recipe” button at the top of every page that skips directly to the recipe card. It is a common practice on food sites.

  30. Lindsey Hughes says

    Hey Jen, we loved this sauce recipe! It’s the best I’ve ever had!! I was wondering if I could use it for regular fettuccine Alfredo sauce? Not sure if I needed to change anything since I wouldn’t be baking, I know you have another straight Alfredo sauce recipe but we loved this sauce so much!!! Thanks for all the wonderful work you do! 🙂

    • Jen says

      Absolutely! You wouldn’t need to change the sauce except you probably don’t need all of it for a full pound when not baking – the baked version is extra saucy. Enjoy!

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