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Chicken And Broccoli Casserole Recipe

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Chicken And Broccoli Casserole Recipe

This pasta bake with chicken and broccoli casserole is the best dinner recipe to make for the family. The flavor combinations are spectacular and I adore the big pasta noodles. If you’re looking for an easy Casserole that your family will adore and you can eat the leftovers the next day then this is the pasta bake for you. It’s the perfect combination of protein, vegetables, and carbs to keep you satisfied all night long. 

I use big paccheri noodles for my pasta bake with chicken and broccoli casserole! That’s because they’re big and tubular making them perfect for pasta bakes and casseroles. Some of my favorite brands of these type of pasta noodles include: De Cecco Paccheri, Signature Paccheri 16oz – Good & Gather™, Pastificio Gentile Paccheri Pasta di Gragnano, and Paccheri Pasta from Rustichella d’Abruzzo. These brands are available at local grocery stores and chains like Target and Walmart. 

What ingredients do you need for this pasta bake with chicken and broccoli casserole?

INGREDIENTS for the pasta bake:

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  • 16 oz paccheri pasta noodles (large tubular noodles)
  • 3 cups fresh chopped broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

How do you make this pasta bake with chicken and broccoli casserole?

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook pasta in salted water one minute shy of al dente according to package instructions. Last 2 minutes of cooking, stir in broccoli florets. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, toss chicken with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and cook chicken for few minutes until no longer pink on the outside.
  3. Add chicken broth and let it come to a simmer. Once simmering, add cream cheese and stir until melted. It’s okay to have small speckles of cream cheese. It will incorporate when baked. Stir in 3/4 cup mozzarella until melted. The sauce will slightly thicken.
  4. Turn off heat and gently fold in cooked pasta and broccoli. Transfer to a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Top the chicken and broccoli recipe with the remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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Chicken Broccoli Pasta Casserole

you will love this hearty pasta bake with all your favorite ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, casserole, chicken, easy recipe, family recipes, oven baked
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 9 Servings
Calories 420kcal
Author Anyreasonlife
Cost $6

Equipment

  • casserole dish

Ingredients

  • 16 oz paccheri pasta noodles
  • 3 cups freshly chopped broccoli
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lbs chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz ricotta
  • 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

Instructions

  • Boil the noodles for 4 minutes in a large pot of water with a dash of salt and oil.
  • Add the broccoli into the water and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Then drain it and set them aside. 
  • Combine the chicken pieces in a large mixing bowl with all seasonings and toss until thoroughly combined.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium high with some olive oil and sear the chicken pieces for 2 minutes per side.
  • Slowly pour the chicken broth into the skillet as well and bring it to a simmer.
  • Whisk in the cream cheese and ricotta cheese until they melt into the mixture, it’s okay if it’s chunky. 
  • Stir in 1 cup mozzarella cheese until it melts as well.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F- Remove the skillet from the heat and gently combine the pasta and broccoli into the mixture as well. 
  • Pour the entire mixture into your greased baking dish, sprinkle the top with the rest of the mozzarella and the Parmesan.
  • Cover the top with foil and bake it for 15 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, serve!

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