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Authentic Italian chicken Baked Ziti

Chicken Baked Ziti, Photo by Anne G, Flickr commons

It’s not necessary to have a party or celebration to cook something special for your family. Though everyone is really busy these days, it is worth having something that you will enjoy eating. For instance, Italian food: I picture a scrumptious cheesy, creamy meal that will leave a lingering smile on the faces of many. The best part about Italian meals is that if you modify these dishes a little to your own tastethey only keep getting better. That is why we all just love Italian cooking.

Baked ziti is a sort of modified Italian American casserole that is ‘Oh so easy to make!’Ziti is a tube-shaped pasta, also sometimes called penne. If you are looking for the thrill and sizzle of a chicken flavoured dish, why don’t you try this recipe? Feel the tasty tender chicken with every bite and enjoy the juicy sauce of this delicious meal. There are thousands of baked ziti recipes and this chicken recipe is a welcome change to the regular beef recipes: it and is the most delicious of them all for me. I’ll show you how to make a delicious chicken baked ziti.

How to Make Baked Ziti with Chicken

Ingredients

• Half a pound of ziti
• Two tablespoons of olive oil
• 2 chicken breasts – chopped into cubes
• A small zucchini
• One onion
• One red bell pepper – chopped
• 2 or three tomatoes diced
• Pinch of crushed red pepper
• 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
• Three sprigs of basil (fresh)
• Half a cup of white wine
• One fourth pound of shredded fontina cheese
• One fourth of a pound of provolone cheese
• One fourth of a pound of shredded asiago cheese
• One teaspoon of salt
• Half a teaspoon of pepper

Here are all of the directions you need to prepare this very delicious dish.

Method

Boil the ziti separately in a bowl with a pinch of salt and some olive oil. ” cooked until al dente”.

Drain the excess water.

Take another bowl and mix the ziti with olive oil coating it well.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet.

cook the chicken breasts in this oil and season it with salt and pepper, till the chicken turns a little brown.

Remove the chicken from the skillet.

Cook the onions, zucchini and bell peppers in the skillet until tender.
Add the tomatoes, garlic and the pinch of crushed red pepper to the vegetables and cook for a little more time.

Take the vegetables out and put in a bowl.
De glaze the skillet with the wine and allow the wine to reduce to half its quantity.

Coat a baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray.

Add the chicken, vegetables, wine, basil, fontina, provolone and asiago cheeses, and the ziti to the baking dish.

Season this again with salt and pepper.

Cover the dish and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes.

Remove the cover and bake for a further 15 minutes.

This dish serves six people.

The ingredients to some people may seem a bit too much, but you can very easily modify the dish and reduce the types of cheese and also the vegetables to make an easy-baked ziti.

This is a delicious recipe that your family and guests are sure to enjoy. Feel free to print a copy for yourself and share it with your friends on Facebook.

Source: Article By Bunny Davis

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