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Chicken and Broccoli Cream Sauce

Chicken, Pasta & Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

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

  • Cut the florets off of the broccoli stalk and cut the stalk into small pieces.  Set aside.
  • In a medium size pan, add water and salt.  Bring to a boil and add bow tie pasta.  After 4 minutes, add the broccoli. 
  • 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:

  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. 
  • To the pan, add the chicken, granulated garlic, pepper, onion powder, dried parsley and salt. Stir the chicken, spice and herbs together. 
  • Continue cooking the chicken until it is thoroughly cooked and starts to brown (5 to 7 minutes in total).

For the Creamy Cheese Sauce:

  • To the pan with the chicken, add butter, milk (at room temperature), hot sauce, and the cooked pasta and broccoli. Stir all ingredients together. 
  • 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).
  • Serve hot warm out of the pan and garnish with diced red bell peppers.

Notes

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.