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Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake

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This creamy chicken pasta bake is the perfect recipe for dinner. Penne pasta lathered in a white sauce with succulent and juicy chicken pieces loaded with cheesy goodness. A real hearty and homey dish that is guaranteed to fill up the family. Enjoy this cheesy and creamy chicken pasta bake for the ultimate weekday family dinner. Serve straight form the dish with a green salad!
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Enjoy this cheesy chicken pasta bake for the ultimate weekday family dinner. This is guaranteed to become a family favourite. This pasta with chicken recipe is a delicious baked pasta that will satisfy your entire family. This pasta bake is comfort food at its 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. Customise this dish by adding any variety of vegetables of your personal preference then serve straight from the dish with a dressed green salad for the perfect healthy dinner.

Pasta is pretty much a universal favourite and much loved by everyone (almost everyone). My little sister doesn’t like pasta. I know she is a bit bizarre. Although she doesn’t really eat much food. She is on a strict diet of not eating anything for some reason. So, my mum and I have to force her to eat food. Everyone else in my family LOVES pasta, especially my brothers. The good thing about pasta is that even my mum and dad will eat it. This is good for me because it means I don’t have to make separate food for my parents. Out of all of my pasta recipes this chicken pasta bake is my favourite.

 

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This chicken pasta bake does have multiple parts to it, but it is worth the time and effort. You could use a store-bought béchamel sauce if you like to make things easier. However, it isn’t that hard to make yourself. The ingredients are very basic. To make a white sauce you first have you start with a roux. A roux is the name given to a cooked mixture of butter and plain flour. I make a roux for the sauces in my macaroni cheese recipe and fish pie recipe. So, I like to think I am something of an expert in making white sauces.

The reason I started to make my white sauce from scratch is that I recently found out that Dolmio white sauce is not halal. I was REALLY annoyed at that because I had JUST bought like three cans of it, and I had to throw them out. There is not much of a point in finding another brand of white sauce as it is easy to make at home. You could if you wanted to though.

 

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I personally only use bell peppers in this pasta bake. You could use whatever vegetables you like. Use whatever you have on hand. I love the combination of chicken and bell peppers as you can probably tell. A LOT of my recipes often involve this pairing. Bell peppers are awesome. One of the BEST vegetables out there.

You can also adjust the seasoning as you like it. To try to get my sister to eat food I try to add a bit of spice in it, because she likes spicy food. I like to use penne pasta or fusilli pasta for this recipe. Any pasta shapes can be used.

This creamy chicken pasta bake is the best comfort food for your weeknight dinners.

 

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Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake

by Sadia Halimah Aziz
This creamy chicken pasta bake is the perfect recipe for dinner. Penne pasta lathered in a white sauce with succulent and juicy chicken pieces loaded with cheesy goodness. A real hearty and homey dish that is guaranteed to fill up the family. Enjoy this cheesy and creamy chicken pastabake for the ultimate weekday family dinner. Serve straight form the dish with a green salad!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 7 servings
Calories 810

Ingredients
  

Pasta

  • 500 g Penne Pasta
  • 2.5 L Water
  • 1 tsp Salt/Namak

Chicken Filling

  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 800 g Chicken boneless
  • 400 g Canned Tomatoes
  • 2 Onions/Pyaz finely diced
  • 2 Bell Peppers/Shimla Mirch finely diced
  • 6 Garlic Cloves/Lehsan chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt/Namak
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper/Kali Mirch Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil

White Sauce

  • 100 g Butter
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 1 L Milk hot
  • 1 tsp Salt/Namak
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper/Kali Mirch Powder

Layers

  • Cheddar Cheese grated
  • Fresh Mozzarella

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan add the water and salt then stir until the salt is dissolved and bring it to a boil  
  • Add the pasta to the water and cook for 10-12 minutes on a gentle simmer until the pasta is al dente – al dente refers to when the pasta is cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture with a bit of a bite
  • Whilst the pasta is cooking in a large pot heat up the vegetable oil on medium heat until hot
  • Add the finely diced onions, chopped garlic cloves and the salt thencook for 3-4 minutes until the onions are slightly softened – adding the salt with the onions helps to bring the moisture out of the onion to allow them to cook down and brown more evenly without burning the onions
  • Finely dice the bell peppers before adding into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the canned tomatoes then cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the dried basil. paprika, black pepper and dried oregano then cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the chicken and cook for 4-6 minutes until the chicken changes colour – the chicken will not be entirely cooked through at this point
  • Drain the pasta and add the chicken mixture into the pasta and mix until everything is well combined
  • Add the whole milk into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil
  • As the milk is boiling in another pan melt the butter completely on low heat before adding the plain flour and cooking for 3-4 minutes whilst stirring continuously until a thick paste forms – this is called a roux
  • Add the boiled milk gradually to the roux, stirring continuously, and cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat until the sauce has thickened
  • Add the salt and pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • In an ovenproof dish layer add half of the chicken pasta mixture, then top with half of the white sauce and withhalf of the grated cheddar cheese and repeat with the remaining mixture before topping with the fresh mozzarella
  • Bake near the top of a preheated oven at 220°C/425°F/gasmark 7 in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is golden brown
  • Your creamy chicken pasta bake is ready!

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Keyword chicken, comfort food, dinner

Sadia Halimah Aziz

The Aziz Kitchen | Food Blogger

I’m Sadia, the person behind The Aziz Kitchen. A 20-and-some year-old Muslim aspiring doctor and writer who loves to experiment with cooking, baking and all things food. On this blog you will find my favourite, delicious, family-friendly recipes.

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