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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

This flavorful, creamy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is a cinch to make, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Combining a creamy, tangy cheese sauce with grilled chicken and fresh Broccoli over Rotini Pasta, it’s going to be your next go-to meal in the dinner rotation.

What’s not to love about a good Homemade Creamy Cheese Sauce over Rotini Pasta? How can you go wrong adding a grilled chicken and fresh broccoli to the mix? You just can’t in my book. Unless you hate broccoli, and in that case, you have stumbled on the wrong recipe today.

 

This flavorful creamy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is a cinch to make, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Combining a rich tangy cheese sauce with grilled chicken and fresh Broccoli over Rotini Pasta it's going to be your next go-to meal in the dinner rotation.Have you ever noticed how frustrating making dinner can sometimes be? Don’t get me wrong I love to cook. I also love trying out new recipes. The only hitch? My other half is one of those people that like something one minute and hate it the next. That can be frustrating when making dinner daily. Can you relate?

One day he will rant and rave about how delicious dinner is, and the next time you make it again a month later, it’s meh at best. I call it Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dinner Syndrom. I know maybe I am a little extra with that description, aren’t I? Sorry, but it’s 100% factual. LOL!

 

 

 

This flavorful creamy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is a cinch to make, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Combining a rich tangy cheese sauce with grilled chicken and fresh Broccoli over Rotini Pasta it's going to be your next go-to meal in the dinner rotation.The other day I was having one of those dreaded I have no idea what to make for dinner. I am so tired of beef, beef, beef all the time. Which, by the way,  is his favorite meat to eat constantly. I am not a huge beef eater. I like it, but once a week is more than enough for me.

I’m a chicken girl, I love chicken, fried, grilled, baked, broiled, so on and so forth. He can take it or leave it most times. So after eating beef two days in a row, I could not imagine it again for dinner. I wanted to eat chicken. However, whatever I made had to satisfy both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s fancy. This was going to be hard to pull off.

 

 

 

 

This flavorful creamy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is a cinch to make, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Combining a rich tangy cheese sauce with grilled chicken and fresh Broccoli over Rotini Pasta it's going to be your next go-to meal in the dinner rotation.I decided whatever I make for dinner, it must be SUPER creamy, cheesy, and not skimp on flavor. As luck had it, I had two large grilled chicken breasts, several types of cheeses in the refrigerator, and a few crowns of broccoli that needed to be used up soon. I had an idea!

He loves cheese; I mean, he loves it. He seems to love all dairy with a passion, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, and milk. You get the picture — a true dairy lover. So I decided to make him and me both happy with this recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta.

 

 

 

This flavorful creamy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is a cinch to make, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Combining a rich tangy cheese sauce with grilled chicken and fresh Broccoli over Rotini Pasta it's going to be your next go-to meal in the dinner rotation.Update: Guess who loved this recipe so much he went back for seconds and wanted it again? The husband approved x2. I have to agree with him, it was delicious, and I consider it a go-to meal when I don’t want to be in the kitchen. I feel like I got the Cook of the Year Award after him having requested a second plate! Yay me!

 

 

 

Pro Tips on the ingredients:

  1. If you can use All-Natural Chicken, no added hormones, no antibiotics ever.
  2. Use organic lightly steamed frozen or fresh Broccoli if possible.
  3. Organic dairy products are a great healthy option if available and affordable.
  4. Real unsalted butter is a must for making the proper cheese sauce texture.

 

 

 

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 pound cooked Rotini or corkscrew-shaped pasta, al dente
  • One teaspoon salt, for water
  • Two-6-ounce Grilled chicken breasts, seasoned pre-cooked
  • Two tablespoons unsalted butter
  • One small onion, chopped
  • Three-Four cups raw broccoli florets
  • Three tablespoons butter
  • Three tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Two cups whole milk, warmed
  • One cup Half and Half cream, warmed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth + more if needed
  • Two cups freshly shredded yellow Cheddar
  • Two cups freshly shredded Colby-Jack Cheese
  • One tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, topping

 

 

 

 

 

4.84 from 24 votes
This flavorful creamy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is a cinch to make, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Combining a rich tangy cheese sauce with grilled chicken and fresh Broccoli over Rotini Pasta it's going to be your next go-to meal in the dinner rotation.
Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
This flavorful creamy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is a cinch to make, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Combining a rich tangy cheese sauce with grilled chicken and fresh Broccoli over Rotini Pasta it’s going to be your next go-to meal in the dinner rotation.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli, Cheddar Cheese, chicken, pasta
Servings: 6 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Rotini or corkscrew-shaped pasta, al dente
  • 1 teaspoon Salt for boiling water
  • 2-6- ounce Grilled chicken breasts, seasoned and pre-cooked cut in thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 1 small Sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted butter for sauce
  • 3 tablespoon All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Whole milk warmed
  • 1 cup Half and Half cream warmed
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth + more if needed to thin
  • ¼ cup Sour cream
  • 2 cups Freshly shredded Yellow Cheddar
  • 2 cups Freshly Shredded Colby-Jack
  • 1 tablespoon Prepared Dijon mustard
  • 3-4 cups Frozen Broccoli florets, lightly steamed thawed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder optional
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with cold water and put 1 teaspoon of salt in the water, place on high heat, and bring to a full boil. Once the water has come to a boil add pasta. Cook about 8-9 minutes. Drain but do not rinse.

  2. Meanwhile, slice the precooked chicken into strips. If you do not have leftover grilled chicken rotisserie chicken from the market will work perfectly fine too. 

  3. While pasta is still cooking place a metal skillet on medium-low heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, then add the chopped onions. Cook 3 about minutes. Reserve until needed

  4. Place the pasta pot on medium-low heat ( do not add the past back to the pot until needed. ) Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter, add the flour, and stir while cooking for about 3 minutes. Add the onions back in, warm milk, warm Half and Half Cream, sour cream, chicken broth, both kinds of cheese, and prepared Dijon Mustard. Reduce the heat and melt the cheeses constantly stirring the cheese sauce.

  5. Once the cheese sauce is finished add and combine the al dente pasta, chicken, and broccoli into the pasta pot. Reduce to lowest heat setting, and cook for 3-5 minutes on the lowest heat setting.

  6. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve while still hot.

 

 

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This flavorful creamy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta is a cinch to make, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. Combining a rich tangy cheese sauce with grilled chicken and fresh Broccoli over Rotini Pasta it's going to be your next go-to meal in the dinner rotation.

 

 

 

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Rachel Sandoval
    April 24, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    I made this and I ended up adding a little garlic powder and garlic salt and the kids really loved it!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      April 26, 2020 at 9:29 am

      Good morning Rachel! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Reply
    Marlynn Schotland
    April 14, 2020 at 11:44 am

    This looks like such yummy comfort food! And I love including broccoli in pasta as a way of getting in some veggies 🙂

  • Reply
    Beth
    April 14, 2020 at 11:39 am

    This is so easy and bursting with flavor! Even my green hating teenager gobbled it up! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Romina
    April 14, 2020 at 11:34 am

    This is such a comfort dish. Definitely one to save for the future and make again!

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    Erika
    April 14, 2020 at 10:41 am

    This is such a great and comforting meal. It was perfect for the whole family!

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    Farah Abu Maizar
    April 14, 2020 at 10:08 am

    You had me at cheesy and broccoli! This looks so comforting and easy and delicious! My kid loves this!

  • Reply
    Kathi
    November 3, 2019 at 10:17 am

    My family loves broccoli, chicken, and pasta! I Can’t wait to make this for them for dinner soon!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 4, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Hey there Kathi! I hope to hear from you as soon as possible after you make it. I bet you are going to love this pasta recipe! Have a wonderful night.

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    Kristen
    November 3, 2019 at 9:53 am

    This Cheesy Chicken and Brocolli pasta was so good. Everyone loved it when I made it! I will be making it again soon

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 4, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      That’s excellent to hear Kristine! It makes my day to hear that recipes are enjoyed! Thank you so much!!

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