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Chicken Pasta Bake

March 11, 2019 (Last Updated: October 19, 2020)

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Cheesy Baked Pasta with Chicken is a delicious baked pasta that will satisfy your entire family. This baked pasta is comfort food at it’s finest. It is filled with chunks of chicken, penne pasta, chopped tomatoes all wrapped up in a creamy cheese sauce. Make this ahead of time and pop in the oven before dinner. 

Chicken Pasta Bake in a casserole dish

I love baked pasta dishes and this Chicken Pasta Bake  is delicious!

Pasta is comfort food and this creamy chicken pasta is no exception. All that cheesy goodness along with chunks of chicken is just pure deliciousness. This dish is a hit with my family. 

I love serving a delicious hearty meal that’s easy to prepare. If you have any leftovers, they are equally delicious reheated the next day! 

What is a pasta bake?

A pasta bake is pasta mixed with sauce and placed into a casserole dish and baked. There are thousands of versions of bakes. The best part is these bakes can be assembled ahead of time and then baked when it’s dinner time.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, you can make it ahead of time. Assemble the casserole, but instead of putting it in the oven, cover casserole and place in the refrigerator until ready to bake. May need to increase baking time by 15 minutes. 

Chicken Pasta Bake on a small plate

Can this dish be frozen?

Yes! I usually divide this recipe into two casserole dishes. I use one for dinner and freeze one for later. Two meals and I only had to prep once! To use a frozen bake, I pull it out of the freezer in the morning and bake in the evening. 

The pasta will still be slightly frozen and you will need to increase the baking time by 30- 45 minutes. 

Ingredients needed for Chicken Pasta Bake.

Can I use a different shape of pasta?

You bet! Many times I use whatever I have on hand. Some options include macaroni, ziti, fusilli and fettuccini.  Almost any type of past is fine, although dainty pasta like angel hair will not hold up to the baking and sauce. 

I’ve made baked pastas in the past. One of our favorites is Creamy Chicken Penne Pasta. I was actually planning on making that pasta bake when I realized I didn’t have any oven roasted tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes.

Since pasta bakes are so versatile, I changed it up a bit. I used a can of drained chopped tomatoes and added a few different herbs.

If you’re looking for more pasta dishes, check out this Sausage Pepper Pasta! It’s filled with Italian sausage, peppers and onions!

Baked chicken pasta in a casserole dish ready to go into the oven.

What should I serve with this pasta dish?

I often serve Caesar salad or an Italian salad  and Garlic Bread Sticks . For dessert serve Raspberry Brownies.

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Dried pasta spilling out of a box. This pasta will be used to make a pasta bake.

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Casserole with pasta, chicken, tomatoes and topped with fresh parsley.


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A glass casserole dish filled with a baked pasta.

Chicken Pasta Bake

Creamy pasta with chunks of chicken
4.98 from 39 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Rest Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 16 people
Calories 249 kcal



  • 1 pound penne pasta


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 4 cups Cooked chicken (chopped)
  • 1 can Diced tomatoes (28 oz can)


  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley (chopped (optional))



  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cool water and set aside.


  • In a sauce pan over medium heat combine oil and flour. Stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • Whisk in flour and continue heating over medium heat stirring for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in milk. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring often. When milk begins to simmer, it will begin to thicken. Do not boil.
  • Once milk is thickened, add salt, pepper, Italian seasonings and red pepper flakes.
  • Turn heat to low and whisk in Monterey Jack cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Add tomatoes and chicken. Fold in carefully.
  • Place cooked pasta in a large bowl.  Pour cheese mixture over pasta and stir carefully so all pasta is coated with sauce. 
  • Spray two 9 x 11 inch casserole dishes with a non stick spray. Divide pasta mixture evenly into both dishes.
  • Top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Bake uncovered in a preheated 400 degree oven for 40 minutes until hot and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Add chopped parsley before serving (optional)

To Freeze

  • Allow casserole to fully cool. Wrap in foil and place in freezer. To use, remove from freezer and allow to partially thaw for at least 6 hours.  Bake as directed increasing cook time by 30 - 45 minutes. 



Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 10gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 270IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 226mgIron: 0.9mg
Keyword baked pasta recipes, chicken pasta bake, pasta bake
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  • Reply
    Lara M
    January 19, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE this recipe!!! It’s so easy & I always have these ingredients. Now that I know it’s a fave, I’ll start tweaking it to my insane taste.

    • Reply
      January 19, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks, Lara! I love adding a few different things here and there to recipes to fit my families likes and to mix things up a bit. Have fun! 🙂

  • Reply
    January 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious the whole family loved it! Super easy to make…I tweaked it a bit and added spinach and mushrooms as well

    • Reply
      January 10, 2021 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Sterling,
      Thank you! I loved how you added spinach and mushrooms – great idea!
      Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    May 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing your recipe. My family loved it!

    • Reply
      May 26, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathleen Fekete
    May 14, 2020 at 11:43 am

    5 stars
    During this covid 19 pandemic, I am always looking for prepare once, eat twice meals. This is an excellent casserole dish. I did have to substitute chicken broth for the milk because of allergies to dairy products. But, it was excellent . I froze half and we will have the other half for dinner tonight. Thankyou for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 15, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it. Making one to eat and one to freeze is such a good idea.
      Stay safe,

  • Reply
    Cary Burke
    January 20, 2020 at 10:16 am

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Next time I will add a bit more salt, as well as some lemon, fresh basil, and a pinch more pepper flake to liven it up!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      January 20, 2020 at 10:28 am

      Thank you! I appreciate your feedback 🙂

  • Reply
    September 22, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing Recipe!! The best pasta dish with leftover baked chicken!! I used the fresh tomatoes instead of the canned diced one and it worked great! Thank you so much!! Delicious!!! ❤️❤️

    • Reply
      September 22, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Loretta,
      Thanks so much for leaving a comment! Using fresh tomatoes this time of year, just makes sense. My tomato plants are loaded and I’m trying to use them in everything possible.
      Kathy 🙂

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