Chicken and Broccoli Bake

Satisfy your cravings for comfort food with this creamy, cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or a slow weekend meal, it’s a family-friendly dish that’s quick, easy and loaded with flavour. This recipe comes together almost completely in one pan if you have an oven-safe skillet, so you won’t have a pile of dishes after dinner. Additionally, any leftovers keep well in the fridge or freezer and reheat beautifully. You can even store the assembled dish in the freezer, ready for a busy day when you just don’t have time to start a meal from scratch. With tender chicken thighs, broccoli, and a rich, cheesy sauce, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone at the table!

Can you make Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake ahead of time?

Follow the Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake recipe through step 7. Cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight, then bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and golden.

Is Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake suitable for leftovers?

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight to reheat. Reheats exceptionally well and stays super creamy.

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Chicken and Broccoli Bake

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

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  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

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  • 500 g (1 lb) farfalle or shell pasta
  • 2 cups (150 g) broccoli or broccolini, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, freshly minced
  • 2 spring onions/scallions, finely sliced
  • 500 g (1 lb) chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 4 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 4 tbsp plain/all-purpose flour (or you can use gluten-free flour)
  • 4 cups (960 ml) milk
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 2 tsp chicken stock powder
  • ½ cup (60 g) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ cup (60 g) mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • ¼ cup (30 g) panko breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F (180°C fan).
  2. Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions, less 2 minutes. 2 minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the broccoli (or broccolini if using) to the same pot (see note 1). Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet on medium heat, add the garlic and spring onions. Cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add the chicken, paprika, salt, pepper and thyme sprigs. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is browned all over.
  4. Add the butter. Once melted, mix in the flour to form a paste.
  5. Pour in two cups of the milk, incorporate it completely into the chicken and then add the remaining milk, the water and the chicken stock powder.
  6. Cook, stirring for 5-6 minutes OR until the sauce has thickened. Depending on the skillet you are using, it may take up to 15 minutes. The sauce should be able to coat the back of your wooden spoon. Stir through the Parmesan cheese and remove the thyme sprigs.
  7. Stir through the cooked pasta and broccoli/broccolini. Top with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs. Spray with olive oil spray.
  8. Transfer to an oven-safe dish if needed. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and bubbly. If the top is still not golden after this time, set the oven to grill/broil, and grill the top for 3-5 minutes (stay nice and close by to avoid the top burning, because this process will happen quickly).

Notes

Note 1 – I used farfalle (bowtie) pasta, which has a 10-minute total cooking time on the packet instructions. I cooked the pasta for 6 minutes, added the broccoli to the same pot and cooked the pasta and broccolini an additional 2 minutes (8 minutes total) before draining, which is 2 minutes LESS than the packet instructions. This is important, as the pasta will continue to cook as it bakes.

MAKE AHEAD

Follow the recipe through step 7. Cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight, then bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and golden.

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight to reheat. Reheats exceptionally well and stays super creamy.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: Italian