Easy Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta
A grown-up version of a childhood favorite. Cheesy noodles with chunks of chicken and broccoli make this a dish everyone will love.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
- 8 oz dry pasta bowties, shells, or rotini
- 3 cups broccoli chopped into florets
- 2 chicken breasts cooked and diced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp mustard powder optional
- 1/8 tsp paprika optional
- dash cayenne pepper optional
- 2 cups cheddar cheese freshly shredded
Cook pasta according to directions in a large pot. Add broccoli during the last 2-3 minutes of cook time. Drain pasta and broccoli and set aside. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and chicken broth. Add garlic powder, pepper, salt, and optional mustard powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
Continue to cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce is bubbly and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
Add in the pasta, broccoli, and cooked diced chicken and stir to combine. Add a dash of milk as needed if sauce becomes too thick. Serve immediately.