Crack Chicken Baked Ziti [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 5 reviews

Crack Chicken Baked Ziti is a comforting casserole dish featuring the famous ranch-bacon-cheese combo! This is an easy pasta recipe perfect to feed a crowd!

If you like pasta, then, try this recipe! You can easily serve it along with our other favorites like the Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Loin, Grilled Steak, and Oven Baked Fish Sticks!

Photo of a plate with crack chicken baked ziti.

Baked Ziti Recipe

Crack Chicken Baked Ziti is easy to prepare and will only require less than an hour of your time. At home, not only adults like this dish, but my kid also adores it! So, if you are planning your menu, put this on your list!

It will surely be a hit on your weekend lunches or dinners with the fam. Mainly made with pasta, it is filling, and the chicken provides the necessary protein to complement all those carbs.

It has the famous combination of the ranch, cheddar, and bacon that we always love in our dishes. So, it is tried and tested already. You will never go wrong with this easy recipe!

Image of crack chicken baked ziti with cheese and bacon.

What is Baked Ziti?

It is a kind of dish that is pre-cooked and assembled first before cooking in the oven. It is assembled by layering pasta, cheese, and sauce.

The ziti, the type of pasta used in this dish, is tubular. And the hollow space inside gets filled with the sauce which makes this dish creamy overall.

What is Crack Chicken?

It is a poultry dish that is flavored with ranch and cheese and added with crispy bacon. This combination of flavors is addicting hence the name of the dish.

Photo of crack chicken baked ziti casserole.

How do you make Crack Chicken Baked Ziti

  • Prep the oven: Preheat to 375 degrees.
  • Cook the pasta: Simply follow the package instructions. Then, set aside.
  • Brown the meat: In a skillet, put some oil and stir in the chicken cubes. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Remove from heat when the meat turns brown and no longer raw in the middle.
  • Prepare the sauce: Use the same skillet to make the roux. Melt some butter and whisk some flour until thick. Add in the milk slowly while whisking continuously. Stir in the ranch mix, garlic, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Remove from heat when fully combined.
  • Assemble: In a bowl, combine everything – pasta, meat, and sauce. Distribute into a single layer in a 13×9 baking dish. On top, sprinkle bacon and cheese.
  • Bake: Cook in the oven until the cheese melts and the mixture heated through. This will take about 20 to 30 minutes. Then, serve!

Image of crack chicken baked ziti with bacon.

Can you make Crack Chicken Baked Ziti in advance?

Yes! You can prepare everything the night before but assemble and bake on the day you are ready to serve.

This also makes for a good freezer meal. Hence, you can freeze it first. To reheat, simply bake again.

How to freeze baked ziti casserole:

Remember that before storing it, allow it to cool completely first. To freeze, cover it first with layers of foil and store in the freezer for 3 months.

How to thaw:

Simply transfer the frozen pasta dish from the freezer to the refrigerator to thaw. If you forget this step before reheating, do not fret. You can directly bake it frozen, but it will take longer.

How to store

  • Refrigerate: Allow the dish to cool down completely, then, transfer in an airtight container. Refrigerate for a day or two.
  • Freeze: You can freeze it for about 3 months.
  • Reheat: Simply bake again at the same temperature it was cooked initially. You may want to add more of the cheesy mixture because it tends to dry out more. Why? Storing it causes the pasta to absorb the sauce. Hence, it helps if you keep some of the sauce if you plan on storing it.

Photo of crack chicken baked ziti.

Recipe Tips:

  • In baking it, you can cover it with foil to prevent the top from getting burned prematurely. Then, uncover for the last 10 minutes and broil further. This is just an option if you like the top to crisp up.
  • You can substitute Greek yogurt to the cream cheese.
  • Other cheese options are mozzarella and pepper jack.

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5 from 5 reviews

Crack Chicken Baked Ziti

Crack Chicken Baked Ziti is a comforting casserole dish featuring the famous ranch-bacon-cheese combo! This is an easy pasta recipe perfect to feed a crowd!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

Bacon:

Chicken:

Cheesy Mixture:

Toppings:

Instructions

Cook Chicken:

Cheesy Mixture:

Combine:

Bake:

Nutrition information

Calories: 579 Carbohydrates: 28 Protein: 33 Fat: 37 Saturated Fat: 14 Cholesterol: 100 Sodium: 770 Potassium: 404 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 845 Calcium: 398 Iron: 1
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melissa chapman

That chicken baked ziti looks amazing and I love the name. I am sure this will be a recipe used by so many and liked by families.

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GiGi Eats

I MEANNNN do I wanna get addicted to this crack?? lol MAYYBEEEE! hahaha!

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Amber Myers

I am so excited to try this! I just love ziti and adding crack chicken will be perfect. Yum!

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Tasheena

Baked ziti is one of my favorite meals to make. I’ve never thought to add chicken to it.

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Jen

This. Looks. Amazing. I need this in my stomach immediately lol. Gonna see if we have the stuff to make this!

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Beth

This looks so good! I've had traditional ziti before, but never with chicken and bacon. It seems like it will be a family favorite.

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Bruce DeMustchine

I've never been much of a pasta lover but these images caught my taste buds! Ha! I'll be making this one for sure! Thanks :)

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solrazo.com

I love pasta but not yet familiar with the cracked chicken baked ziti. By the looks of it, I can say this is pretty much delicious. Sure will try your recipe in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

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You will love it, its so so so good!

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monica y

that looks so good and comforting and delicious, I need to make this soon

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Monica

Ranch, bacon, chicken and ziti? Yum! Sign me up!

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Sarah Bailey

Oh my goodness this looks like it would be right up my street! How good does it look! I would love to just take a forkful now!

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Liz

Yum, I love baked ziti! This looks delicious.

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