Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Recipe

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Shelly Published: February 4, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Whip up a 30-minute dinner with this chicken and broccoli pasta cooked in a rich creamy sauce made of milk, cheddar, and Parmesan.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 9ozlarge shell pasta,dry (3¼ cups)
  • 1lbboneless skinless chicken breasts,cooked and shredded into small bites-size pieces
  • 12ozbroccoli florets,(4½ cups once diced), diced into small bite-size pieces
  • tbspbutter
  • ¼cupall purpose flour
  • ½tsponion powder
  • ¼tspgarlic powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3cupslow fat milk
  • 6oz2% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese,(1½ cups), shredded
  • 1ozParmesan cheese,(⅓ cup), finely shredded

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta according to directions listed on the package adding broccoli during the last 3 to 4 minutes of boiling.

  2. Drain well. Reserve ¼ cup pasta water to thin pasta sauce if desired.

  3. Meanwhile, in a pot, melt butter over medium heat, then stir in flour. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly for 1 minute.

  4. While whisking vigorously, slowly add in milk, then season with onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Increase heat to medium-high, cook mixture, stirring constantly until it boils and thickens.

  6. Remove from heat, allow to cool for 1 minute, then add in cheddar and parmesan cheese and stir until melted.

  7. Add drained pasta, broccoli, and chicken, then toss to evenly coat. As it sits it will thicken, thin it with a few tbsp pasta water if desired.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 617.14kcal
  • Fat: 23.64g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.81g
  • Trans Fat: 0.64g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.94g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.61g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.47g
  • Fiber: 2.16g
  • Sugar: 9.16g
  • Protein: 45.12g
  • Cholesterol: 127.36mg
  • Sodium: 955.42mg
  • Calcium: 537.13mg
  • Potassium: 917.64mg
  • Iron: 2.18mg
  • Vitamin A: 343.42µg
  • Vitamin C: 63.47mg
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