Broccoli and Pasta with Chicken

Here is a quick and easy one-skillet meal that tastes so delish.

The broccoli actually becomes part of the sauce.  And after it’s mixed in with the parmesan and mozzarella cheese, the taste is kind of like a cream of broccoli soup flavor.

Wait a minute, I don’t think I’ve ever even had cream of broccoli soup, but if I did….this would taste like it.

I love one-skillet meals because everything is mixed together and you can taste it all in one bite.  And, an added bonus….less dishes to wash!

If you’re not a fan of broccoli, an option is to substitute it with peas, or chopped spinach.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Here’s how to make it.

Cut the florets off of the broccoli stalk.  And cut the stalk into small pieces.

Boil water in a medium size pan.

Then add the bow tie pasta (feel free to use another type of pasta instead)….

….and the broccoli.

Cook until the pasta is al dente, then strain and set aside.

Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat.

Add the olive oil.

Next, add the pieces of chicken…

…the garlic powder….

….ground pepper…

….onion powder….

….dried parsley….

……and the salt.

Stir the chicken and spices/herbs together.

Continue cooking the chicken until it starts to brown just a bit (about 4 minutes).

Then add the milk…

….the butter, and the hot sauce.

Add the cooked pasta and broccoli.

Stir all of the ingredients together.

Next add the parmesan cheese…..

…and the mozzarella cheese.

Stir all of the ingredients together and let simmer until the milk cooks down just a bit (about 5 minutes).

Serve hot right out of the pan and garnish with diced red bell peppers.

Enjoy!

You may want seconds….

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Broccoli and Pasta with Chicken

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 cups Bow Tie Pasta (dry)
2 cups Broccoli Florets
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 skinless boneless Chicken Breasts
½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Pepper
½ teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
½ teaspoon Salt
2 cups Milk
2 tablespoons Butter
2 teaspoons Hot Sauce
2 teaspoons grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 tablespoons diced Red Bell Pepper (optional for garnish)

Directions:

Cut the florets off of the broccoli stalk. And cut the stalk into small pieces. Boil water in a medium size pan, and add the pasta and broccoli. Cook until the pasta is al dente, then strain and set aside. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil. Next, add the chicken, garlic powder, pepper, onion powder, dried parsley and salt. Stir the chicken and spices/herbs together. Continue cooking the chicken until it starts to brown just a bit (about 4 minutes).

Then add the milk, butter, hot sauce, and cooked pasta and broccoli. Stir all ingredients together. Next add the parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

Stir all of the ingredients together and let simmer until the milk cooks down just a bit (about 5 minutes). Serve hot right out of the pan and garnish with diced red bell peppers.

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19 Responses to “Broccoli and Pasta with Chicken”

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    Jen — February 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Mmmm! I’ll definitely be trying this out, looks delicious!

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    • CouponClippingCook — February 24th, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

      Hi Jen, thank you. Have a nice weekend!

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    Ann — February 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Wow – I love this! I’m a fan of broccoli, chicken AND pasta and putting them together was perfect!

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    • CouponClippingCook — February 24th, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

      Hi Ann, thank you and have a nice weekend!

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    Memoria — February 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I made this dish yesterday, and it was very yummy and comforting. I used half skim and half whole milk to lower the fat content. I also used orecchiette. Lastly, I used a cornstarch slurry to make the sauce thicker.

    Next time I’m going to try to make it even lower in fat by using brown rice or homemade wheat pasta along with all skim milk plus the cornstarch slurry. Thank you so much for sharing this yummy recipe and the process photos!

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    • CouponClippingCook — February 27th, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

      Love all of the changes you made…they sound delicious and an added bonus is the lower fat content. So glad you liked this recipe and using brown rice is such a good idea. I’m going to try that next. Thank you for letting me know how it turned out. Have a great day!

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    Magic of Spice — February 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love creamy pasta sauces…this looks like pure comfort food :)

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    • CouponClippingCook — February 27th, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

      You’re right, it had that taste of comfort food. Maybe it was the taste of broccoli mixed in with everything else. Have a great day!

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    Katie — February 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I love when I find a recipe that I have all the ingredients for! It’s the little things in life. :)

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    Cookingcutie — February 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I made this for dinner last night and it was really good. I actually doubled the spices on the chicken and added more salt and pepper to the sauce, and it was yummy and great for a cold night. The sauce took a while to reduce down, so I wish I had made more pasta, but I’ll keep that in mind for next time. I skipped the red pepper and didn’t think it would make much difference either way. I’d make this again.

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    • CouponClippingCook — February 28th, 2012 @ 8:47 am

      Your changes to the recipe sound delicious. So good to know you added more salt and pepper too…sometimes I wonder if I like more salt than others may like so sometimes I hold back on the salt a bit. So good to hear the feedback and that you would make this again. Have a great rest of the week!

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    Sarah — February 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I made this today and it was pretty darn good. My boyfriend loves it and he doesn’t even like broccoli! I realized last minute that I didn’t have any more short pasta so I used angel hair- not a substitution I would suggest haha. I think I would have liked it more with bowtie or penne. The only other thing is it seemed to be needing just a little punch in the flavor department… My palate may have just been craving more butter (shocker) :D
    Thank you!!

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    • CouponClippingCook — February 29th, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

      Hi Sarah, thank you for letting me know about how this recipe turned out for you. Another person who commented mentioned that she doubled the spices in the meat which sounded good to me too. Maybe that plus a bit more salt would help for your palate….I totally know what you mean about wanting more butter for this! So did I but I kept trying to hold back as much as possible to hold down the calories….but the more butter the better as far as I’m concerned! Thank you for the feedback!

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    Marjorie — February 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’m so glad I found this recipe on Pinterest. My picky eaters really loved it! They even asked for seconds.

    The only thing I did wrong was put two cups of Mozarrella cheese! But it still tasted good nonetheless :-)

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful, easy to follow recipe!

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    • CouponClippingCook — February 29th, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

      Hi Marjorie, that’s great news! It’s a good dish for sneaking in some broccoli. I think more mozzarella sounds delicious!!! Thank you for letting me know how it turned out!

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    Jennie — March 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This recipe looks delicious and simple. I’m going to add it to my week night menu. thanks!

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    • CouponClippingCook — March 6th, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

      Hi Jennie, thank you and let me know how you like it. Thank you for stopping by!

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    ness — August 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Sad, mine looks like water with added cottage cheese! Where did I go wrong?

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    • Nancy — August 17th, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

      Hi There, it sounds like the sauce didn’t thicken enough. An option may be to let it simmer just a bit longer until the milk cooks down more. The starch from the pasta should also help to thicken it. I’ve had this problem before when using nonfat milk; using regular milk may also help. I hope this works out for you next time. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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