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3 Cheese Chicken Penne with Alfredo Sauce

This recipe for 3 cheese chicken penne with Alfredo sauce is a copy cat version of one of my favorite Applebee recipes. 

It is rich and creamy and very easy to prepare.

We go out to dinner every Sunday night to give me a day off cooking.

We try not to spend too much since we do this weekly and just rotate through our favorite round of Applebee’s Chili’s, Olive Garden and similar restaurants in this price point.

Applebee's copy cat recipe - 3 cheese chicken penne pasta with Alfredo sauce

I try to get a different meal each time so that I can try and duplicate it for my blog. Copy cat recipes are very popular with my readers who love the taste of restaurant food at home.

Some of my attempts are fairly successful and others not so much.  This one turned out well.  The recipe uses Mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan cheeses combined with a  penne pasta in a rich Alfredo sauce.

Making 3 cheese chicken penne pasta

The key to the taste of this recipe is using three different cheeses:  provolone, Parmesan and mozzarella. This gives a creamy finish that is just amazing.provolone, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

The recipe is rounded out with white meat from  your favorite rotisserie chicken, some bruschetta, with chopped tomatoes, and fresh basil and a generous serving of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

You can even use the rotisserie chicken container in some gardening ways later.  Check out my rotisserie chicken mini terrarium for a few ideas.

Since I use a bottled Alfredo sauce, it is fairly quick to do too.

This dish is rich and delicious, and easy to make.  No need for a trip to your local Applebee’s restaurant.  Just make it at home!

Tasting this penne pasta recipe

Every bite of this delicious dish is brimming with Italian flavor. The sauce mixes so well with the mixture of cheese and this coats the penne pasta and gives you a rich, creamy finish.

Fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic tops the dish with a bright fresh burst of home grown flavor.Applebee's copy cat recipe - 3 cheese chicken penne pasta with Alfredo sauceServe with a tossed salad and fresh garlic bread for a taste that can’t be beat.

Would you like a reminder of this recipe for 3 cheese Chicken Penne Pasta?  Just pin this image to one of your Pinterest cooking boards.This recipe for 3 cheese chicken penne pasta is rich and creamy and very easy to make.

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3 Cheese Chicken Penne with Alfredo Sauce

3 cheese chicken penne pasta

This copycat 3 cheese chicken penne with Alfredo sauce is an easy to make copycat recipe from Applebee's restaurant.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 chicken breasts from a rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 4 ounces of uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/2 jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce
  • 1/4 cup of Provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan reggiano cheese, divided
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tbsp of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cook the pasta in salted water until it is al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, make the bruschetta chop the tomatoes, garlic and basil. Combine in a bowl with the olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Combine the pasta with bottled Alfredo sauce from the jar. Heat slightly in a skillet. Add the provolone, mozzarella, and 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese.
  4. Layer the pasta with the rotisserie chicken. Spoon on the freshly made bruschetta, and sprinkle with the remainder of the freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Serve with a side salad and freshly made garlic bread.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 of the recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 860.7Total Fat: 50.6gSaturated Fat: 17.2gUnsaturated Fat: 15.1gCholesterol: 177.3mgSodium: 1308.1mgCarbohydrates: 60.7gFiber: 5.0gSugar: 2.8gProtein: 43.5g

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Sunday 12th of March 2023

Also if you do not have fresh basil how much dried would I use?

Carol Speake

Friday 31st of March 2023

All fresh herbs can be substituted for 1/3 the amount of fresh called for. This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of fresh basil, so one tablespoon of dried would be the substitute.


Sunday 12th of March 2023

Is 4 ozs pasta 1/2 cup? Also I make homemade alfredo sauce so would I use 1 cup?

Carol Speake

Friday 31st of March 2023

I always weigh my pasta since the shape changes how it will fit in a cup, but basically, Two ounces of dry pasta is equal to 1/2 cup dry. This cooks up to about 1 1/2 cup cooked, or a heaped cup.

Most normal suzed jars of pasta sauce hold about 2 cups, so half a jar would be one cup of sauce.

Renee Matthews

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

Can't wait to try this at home! It's one of my favorites!


Wednesday 31st of October 2018

I hop eyou enjoy it Renee! Carol

Esther Martinez

Friday 15th of June 2018

Love this add sauteed onions and and sauteed mushrooms on top of the pasta on your plate fantastic taste

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