Enjoy this Paprika Chicken Alfredo Bake recipe for your next casual gathering, delicious served with a salad and hot crunchy bread!

cheesy chicken pasta bake

Friends, are you ready for another delicious chicken recipe to try this week? Then this Paprika Chicken Alfredo Bake is it! We also love this Best Italian Pasta Bake, which is a more tomato-based recipe.

Paprika Chicken Alfredo Bake

I love the option of baking your own chicken, or just using rotisserie, chopped up!

Paprika Chicken Alfredo Bake

This isn’t my first time using smoked paprika, as you may have already tried my Paprika Chicken Thighs recipe, which has been shared over and over for years here on RE! In fact, this recipe is in my FREE ebook! It’s a favorite of many!

chicken pasta bake

Ingredients for Paprika Chicken Alfredo Bake

This recipe goes to show how much I love a good smoked paprika. Also, my Paprika Sweet Potato Chicken Thighs (a different spin) is still very much a staple recipe in our house.

All you need to make this recipe are these simple ingredients:

  • Ziti pasta, I use DeLallo brand (or use your favorite pasta)
  • Cooked chicken breasts
  • Olive oil + garlic
  • Flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Milk (I use low-fat)
  • Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Salt + pepper + smoked paprika
  • Green onions or fresh basil

pouring sauce into pasta

Alfredo Pasta Bake

Chicken Alfredo Bake is a combination of comfort (hello, Alfredo Pasta), and delicious paprika flavors, with your favorite pasta! We used ziti pasta for this recipe, but you can swap out the pasta for what you have in your pantry. I am a very strong believer in good quality pasta and my favorite brand is Delallo!

stirring pasta and paprika sauce in pan

Also, cook the pasta al dente, which means usually about 1 minute less than the package directions recommend. You do not want mushy pasta for this recipe!

adding chicken to paprika pasta

Smoky paprika is one of my favorite seasonings, especially when paired with chicken. It’s even better in a rich, cream sauce!

parmesan cheese on top of pasta bake

Let’s Make Paprika Chicken Pasta

As mentioned above, you can buy a rotisserie bird, or bake chicken breasts.

Bake the chicken: In a baking dish, lay down the dried chicken breasts (rinsed and dried), and drizzle with olive oil. Bake the breasts and then let the chicken rest before slicing. It’s that easy!

Cook the pasta al dente and make the white sauce.

Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss; add the chicken and mix well. Spread the pasta mixture in a prepared (greased) baking pan and top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden.

bite of chicken pasta

Garnish with green onions or chopped fresh basil and serve!

Fly fishing …

I’ve been practicing my fly-fishing cast, as I recently pulled out my old weighters from storage.

woman in fly fishing waders

Ten-two … I’m getting there and ready to get back on the water this next week for some amazing fly fishing on the Fall River, here in central Oregon. So beautiful.

Happy weekend!

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Paprika Chicken Alfredo Bake

A lighter Alfredo sauce mixed with pasta and chicken, with a smoky paprika flare.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces ziti pasta, I use DeLallo brand
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken breasts, thinly sliced or rotisserie (shredded or chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups low-fat milk, I used 1%
  • 1 ½ cups freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Green onions or fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cook the pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain and place back into the the pot.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, stirring frequently, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the flour until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth, milk, salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring gently, until the mixture thickens for another 3 minutes. Add 1 cup Parmesan cheese; mix well.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss; add the chicken and mix well. Spread the pasta mixture in a prepared (greased) baking pan, and top with 1/2 cup more Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden. Garnish with green onions or chopped fresh basil; serve.

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paparika chicken pasta bake

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