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Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Pasta Bake

The creamiest cheesy broccoli chicken pasta bake is a health(ier) easy weeknight dinner recipe the entire family will love and it’s fantastic to meal prep!

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

This is comfort food at it’s best – less guilt with all the flavor. Instead of using heavy cream and lots of butter, we use chicken stock and evaporated milk and just a little half and half. 

Such a crowd pleaser, this broccoli chicken pasta bake is loved by kids and adults alike but requires such little effort to throw together. Add this one to your 30 minute meal recipe list. We usually make this on Sunday or Monday and have the leftovers for work lunches. 

The broccoli is smothered in the light cream sauce, so it’s a great way to get the fam to eat more broccoli in the most delicious way possible. 

What’s your favorite pasta recipe? Some of my most popular recipes on my blog include Chicken Scampi Stuffed Shells, Chicken Tetrazzini, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese,and my Blackened Chicken Alfredo.

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

Why You’ll Love Broccoli Chicken Pasta Bake

  • It’s all in the light creamy cheese sauce! It has just the right amount of sharp cheddar cheese with a hint of mustard, onions and garlic.
  • Crisp broccoli that’s disguised right in while still being nutritious. 
  • Perfectly cooked pasta that doesn’t get mushy or overcooked. 
  • This is a great family dinner, perfect for getting the kids to eat broccoli.

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

Key Ingredients

You may have most of these Broccoli Chicken Pasta Bake ingredients already in your kitchen! This is a pretty simple recipe that doesn’t require a ton of ingredients.

Pasta – whichever is your favorite, we love Rotini, Fusilli or Cavatappi 

Chicken – diced cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken can be used

Broccoli – one large broccoli crown, broken into small florets. 

Aromatics – garlic and onion 

Chicken stock – this has more flavor that broth, so I always recommend stock.

Evaporated milk – just one can is perfect

Half and Half – just 1/2 – 2/3 cup is used for a little richness. 

Dijon Mustard – two teaspoons of dijon, just enough for a hint. 

Cheese – sharp cheddar and colby jack 

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

How to Make Broccoli Chicken Pasta Bake

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Saute the chicken – in a large skillet, add in a little olive oil and saute the chicken over medium heat until cooked through, flipping just once. Set aside chicken in a bowl tented with foil. Fill a large pot with salted water, bring to a boil and cook noodles to al dente. 

Step 2: In the same pan, add a few tablespoons more of olive oil (or butter if you prefer). Add in thinly sliced onions and saute until they begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant. Then sprinkle over the flour, stirring, and cook for one minute.

Pour in the chicken stock mixing well until there are no clumps. Add in evaporated milk, half and half, dijon, and salt and pepper. Coninue cooking until it reaches a simmer. 

Step 3: Add in 1 cup of the grated cheese, stirring until melted. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. In a 9×13 casserole dish, add in the cooked pasta, broccoli florets, and chicken. Toss until evenly combined. Then pour over the sauce, tossing well until everything is coated in the sauce.

Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, then remove the casserole dish, add the remaining cheese evenly over the top of the casserole and continue cooking for 10 minutes (or until cheese has melted). 

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

Tools I Love: 

Staub Red Casserole Dish 9×13

 

Rotary Cheese Grater

Clip on Pot Strainer

Caraway Non-Toxic Pan

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

Looking for More Pasta Recipes?

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Blackened Chicken Alfredo
blackened cajun chicken alfredo

Chicken Scampi Stuffed Shells
chicken scampi

Chicken Tetrazzini
Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Broccoli chicken pasta bake

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Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Pasta Bake

The creamiest cheesy broccoli chicken pasta bake is a health(ier) easy weeknight dinner recipe the entire family will love and it's fantastic to meal prep! This is comfort food at it's best - less guilt with all the flavor. Instead of using heavy cream and lots of butter, we use chicken stock and evaporated milk and just a little half and half. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Meal Prep
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Mallory Austin

Ingredients

  • 5-6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. Rotini or Fusilli pasta or any you prefer
  • 1 lb. chicken, diced and seasoned to your liking rotisserie can also be used
  • 1 large crown broccoli, broken into small florets
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1-12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup half and half start with 1/2 cup, adding more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste about 1/2 teaspoon each
  • 2 cups grated cheese, divided sharp cheddar and colby jack

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, add 2-3 tablespoons olive oil and saute the chicken over medium heat until cooked through, flipping just once. Set aside chicken in a bowl tented with foil.
  • In the same pan, add a few tablespoons more of olive oil (or butter if you prefer). Add in thinly sliced onions and saute until they begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant. Then sprinkle over the flour, stirring, and cook for one minute.
  • Meanwhile, fill a large pot with salted water, bring to a boil and cook noodles to al dente.
  • In the pan with onions, pour in the chicken stock mixing well until there are no clumps. Add in evaporated milk, half and half, dijon, and salt and pepper. Coninue cooking until it reaches a simmer.
  • Add in 1 cup of the grated cheese, stirring until melted. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. In a 9x13 casserole dish, add in the cooked pasta, broccoli florets, and chicken. Toss until evenly combined. Then pour over the sauce, tossing well until everything is coated.
  • Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, then remove the casserole dish, add the remaining cheese evenly over the top of the casserole and continue cooking for 10 minutes (or until cheese has melted).

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Broccoli chicken pasta bake

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