Chicken, Pasta & Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

An incredibly delicious one-skillet meal that will have you coming back for more.

This quick and easy one-skillet meal tastes wonderful and is light but also filling at the same time.

The broccoli actually becomes part of the sauce and after it’s mixed in with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, the taste resembles that of cream of broccoli soup.

I love one-skillet meals because everything is mixed together and you can taste it all in one bite.  And, an added bonus is that there are less dishes to wash which is a good thing.

Bow tie pasta is used in this recipe which adds a light heartiness to the dish.  The pasta is especially delicious when it’s cooked al-dente so that its firm enough to stand up to the chicken when mixed together.

For the chicken, a boneless skinless chicken breast is used.  When it comes to quick and easy dinners, thank goodness for frozen chicken breasts.

They are so handy to have on hand for spur of the moment meals like these…”Nut-Crusted Coconut Chicken with Peanut Sauce“, “Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice“, “Fried Chicken and Bacon Gravy Sliders” and “Easy Chicken with Black Beans“.

I like the frozen skinless chicken breasts that are individually wrapped and come in a big bag.  They’re often available at Costco.

I’ve mistakenly bought bagged frozen chicken breasts in that past that weren’t individually wrapped and found that they stick together which makes it hard pick out just one chicken breast at a time.

So let’s check out the ingredients.

For the Pasta and Broccoli – water, salt, bow tie pasta, and broccoli

For the Chicken – boneless skinless chicken breast, granulated garlic, onion powder, dried parsley, salt and pepper

For the Creamy Cheese Sauce – butter, whole milk, grated Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and hot sauce

Here’s how to make it.

For the Pasta and Broccoli:

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

Set aside for a moment.

In a medium size pot, add water and salt.  Bring the water to a boil.

Add bow tie pasta.

Cook the pasta while stirring occasionally for 4 minutes and then add the broccoli.

Cook until the pasta is al dente according to package instructions.  Then strain both the pasta and broccoli and set aside.

TIP – Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it.  When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed.  The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.  Also, the starch will help thicken the creamy cheese sauce when it’s mixed in with the dish.

For the Chicken:

Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and set aside for just a moment.

Set the milk for this recipe on the kitchen counter for 3 minutes before using it so that it will be at room temperature when used in the steps below.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat.

Add olive oil.

Next, add the pieces of chicken…

…the granulated garlic…

…ground pepper…

…onion powder…

…dried parsley…

…and salt.

Stir the chicken, spices and herbs together.

Continue cooking until the chicken is thoroughly cooked starts to brown (5 – 7 minutes).

Then add the milk,

butter, and hot sauce.

Add the cooked pasta and broccoli.

Stir all of the ingredients together.

Next add the Parmesan cheese,

…and mozzarella cheese.

Stir together and let simmer until the milk reduces (about 3 minutes).

Serve warm right out of the pan…

…and garnish with diced red bell peppers.

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Chicken, Pasta & Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

An incredible delicious one-skillet meal that will have you coming back for more.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli, Chicken, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Pasta and Broccoli:

  • 2 cups dry bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 dashes salt

For the Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Creamy Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 cups whole milk set the milk for this recipe on the counter for 3 minutes so that it is at room temperature before use
  • 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

Instructions

For the Pasta and Broccoli:

  1. Cut the florets off of the broccoli stalk and cut the stalk into small pieces.  Set aside.

  2. In a medium size pan, add water and salt.  Bring to a boil and add bow tie pasta.  After 4 minutes, add the broccoli. 

  3. Cook until the pasta is al dente according to the package directions.  Strain the pasta and broccoli (don't rinse) and set aside.  

For the Chicken:

  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. 

  2. To the pan, add the chicken, granulated garlic, pepper, onion powder, dried parsley and salt. Stir the chicken, spice and herbs together. 

  3. Continue cooking the chicken until it is thoroughly cooked and starts to brown (5 to 7 minutes in total).

For the Creamy Cheese Sauce:

  1. To the pan with the chicken, add butter, milk (at room temperature), hot sauce, and the cooked pasta and broccoli. Stir all ingredients together. 

  2. A the Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.  Stir together and let simmer until the milk reduces just enough for the sauce to thicken (about 4 minutes).

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

Recipe Notes

TIP

  1. Don't rinse the pasta after cooking it.  When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed.  The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it's important to keep the starch on the pasta.  Also, the starch will help thicken the creamy cheese sauce when it's mixed in with the dish.