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Chicken Pasta Broccoli Bake

This Chicken Pasta Broccoli Bake is a simple and easy one-pot meal that you can throw together in minutes. Chicken alfredo casserole is pure comfort food that the whole family will beg you to make over and over.

a spoonful of chicken broccoli pasta

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When you’re in the mood for a simple “throw together” one-pot meal, feast your eyes on this Chicken Pasta Broccoli Bake. It goes from stovetop to oven in the same pot, which means an easy dinner and fewer dishes.

For this recipe, you’re going to need a deep pot/pan that can be used on a stove and then popped into the oven. I used my 4-quart cast iron dutch oven and it works perfectly. If you have an oven-proof saucepan, use that!

And if you don’t have a cooking dish that fits the bill, you can always cook the pasta on the stovetop and then put everything in a casserole dish. It’s one extra dish to wash, but oh well.

noodles, butter, milk, chicken, and other ingredients for a chicken pasta casserole

Meal Prep Tips For Broccoli Chicken Pasta Casserole

To make this a prep once cook twice kind of meal, you can use onions that you previously chopped and froze. Related: How to Freeze Onions.

You can also use frozen broccoli to save some time chopping. Do not thaw the broccoli before adding it to the pot, and make sure you buy frozen broccoli florets, instead of the bags marked “cuts and pieces”.

You can also cube the cream cheese and shred the parmesan ahead of time and keep it prepped and covered in the fridge for a few days. Doing these things ahead of time will make your hands-on time super fast.

4 photos showing how to make one-pot broccoli casserole

While this is a complete one-pot meal, it’s great to serve some extra veggies alongside. A few suggestions: Kale Chopped Salad, Air Fryer Asparagus, Healthy Green Pea Salad, Frozen Broccoli in the Air Fryer, or Air Fryer Carrots.

Pro Tips/Recipes Notes

  • Stir the milk/butter/pasta mixture constantly for the 6 minutes it is cooking. I used this silicone spatula. This will prevent the milk from scalding the bottom of the pan. I want to make your life and thus dish duty easy as pie!
  • To make this vegetarian, simply leave the chicken out. Frankly, I only add the chicken half of the time that I make this; it can definitely be a delicious meatless meal.
  • If you want to use less milk, you can cook the pasta and homemade alfredo sauce separately. Check the printable recipe card below for details.
  • I have not tested this with gluten-free pasta, but given how finicky gluten-free noodles can be, I would recommend cooking the noodles and sauce separately and then combining it with the rest of the ingredients.

a plateful of chicken casserole

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a spoonful of chicken broccoli pasta
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Chicken Pasta Broccoli Bake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time36 mins
Total Time51 mins
Chicken broccoli pasta casserole is pure comfort food that the whole family will beg you to make over and over.

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups whole milk {you can sub in 2% or 1%}
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2.5 cups dried rotini {fusilli works well too}
  • 1/3 cup white onion {diced}
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 oz cream cheese {cubed}
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 lb chicken breast, uncooked {cut into ~1/2 inch pieces}
  • 3 cups broccoli {cut into small florets}

Garlic Breadcrumb Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Combine panko, 2 tsp garlic powder, and 4 tbsp melted butter in a medium bowl until all the breadcrumbs are coated in butter. Set aside.
  • Combine milk, pasta, salt, and butter in a dutch oven or heavy saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium heat. Note: stir constantly to prevent the milk from scalding on the bottom of the pan.
  • After 3 minutes of cooking, add the onion, and continue to cook the pasta for another 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add the garlic powder, cubed cream cheese, black pepper, and Parmesan. Stir over low heat for 1 minute and then turn the burner off and place a lid on the dutch oven and let it sit for 2 minutes. Stir until the cream cheese is fully incorporated.
  • Add the chicken and broccoli to the pot and stir to incorporate into the pasta.
  • Top evenly with the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, checking at 20 minutes to make sure the breadcrumbs are browning evenly.
  • If you prefer a crispier topping, you can place the pot under a broiler set to low for 1-2 minutes, watching carefully to avoid burning.

Notes

If you want to use less milk, you can parboil the noodles and onion in salted water with olive oil, cooking for 6 minutes. Drain.
Combine 2 cups milk, cream cheese, and salt in a medium saucepan and whisk on medium-low heat until the cream cheese has melted. Add the Parmesan and black pepper and stir until combined. Add the noodles to the pot, and start with step 6 above.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pasta Broccoli Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 347mg15%
Potassium 485mg14%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1011IU20%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 314mg31%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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One comment on “Chicken Pasta Broccoli Bake”

  1. This was so good! Perfect for my cooking skills. Easy to follow steps! It was delicious. I’ll definitely be adding this to my weekly rotation. 5 stars