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Cheddar, Broccoli and Chicken Pasta Skillet

Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Skillet

One skillet Cheddar, Broccoli and Chicken Pasta! The pasta cooks in the same skillet as everything else… one pot, easy, delicious!

What is it about cheese, broccoli, and chicken that seems to draw me in? I was halfway through making this recipe for One Skillet Cheddar, Broccoli and Chicken Pasta when it occurred to me that just a few weeks ago I already shared a recipe for Creamy Four Cheese Baked Pasta Skillet. At first I thought about not sharing the recipe with you, and then I realized I was just being silly. If you are anything like me, there is no such thing as too much cheese… or pasta, no siree!

One skillet suppers are my new best friend, which is why I wanted to share this recipe with you. The entire meal, I mean the whole shebang… is made in one skillet. For someone who despises washing dishes almost as much as cleaning toilets, one skillet suppers are a dream come true. Especially the ones where they really truly are completely made in one skillet. I’ve come across recipes that claim to be, only to find out you still have to make the pasta in a separate pot of boiling water.

With this recipe? Even the pasta cooks in the same skillet as everything else. Win!

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 Meals during the summertime can be a little bit tricky. I wrestle between trying to make something that won’t heat up the entire house and trying to find quick suppers so that I can enjoy my evenings outside taking walks with Ryan and my pups.

What I love about this is that while it does require the stove, it’s only one burner which is surely better than two or three right? And certainly it has to be better than turning on the oven to 450 degrees?

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Aside from the fact that this is a one skillet meal which pretty much rocks my world, I also love the cheese factor. I debated long and hard about which cheese I should toss in here because I had cheddar, parmesan, and monterrey jack stocked in my fridge. 

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In the end I went with cheddar, simply because I love the combination of cheddar and broccoli which is probably why I am a total sucker for homemade Broccoli and Cheddar Soup.

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This serves four but could easily be doubled to serve more than that. I like to serve crusty bread alongside so that I can use it to soak up any cheddar cheese sauce that’s leftover.

Cheddar, Broccoli and Chicken Pasta Skillet

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Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 35mn
Total Time: 40mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large or 3 medium boneless skinless  chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks seasoned with a bit of salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake (omit if you don’t want the spice)
  • 8 ounces pasta of choice (I used Casarecce pasta because it looks cool!)
  • 1 and 2/3 cup chicken stock
  • 2 and 3/4 cups water, divided
  • 8 ounces broccoli florets, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a very large non-stick skillet. Add the chicken chunks and cook until the chicken is browned on both sides, and almost entirely cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan, cover, and set aside.
  2. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Cook the onions for several minutes, until they start to turn translucent. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Sprinkle in oregano and red pepper flake.
  3. To the pan add in 1 and 2/3 cups chicken stock, and 2 cups water. Stir in the pasta and bring to a boil. Cook for 12-15 minutes until most of the pasta liquid is absorbed into the pasta.
  4. Add in the broccoli, 3/4 cups water, and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
  5. Add in the cooked chicken, 1/2 cup heavy cream, cheddar cheese, and increase the heat to medium high. Continue stirring until the cheese melts and the sauce thickens, about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Sauce will thicken as it stands. Add in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or more if needed to taste.

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  1. When do you add the chicken back to the skillet to let it finish cooking?

  2. Elaine Jaworowicz

    I LOVE your one skillet meals! I am going to have to try this, it sounds so good!

  3. Are we using fresh or frozen broccoli ?

  4. Ah! I like you, like broccoli and cheddar and I love one pot pasta dishes. This sounds too good to be true…. but I trust you, so I will be preparing ASAP!! Thank you for sharing this. YUM!! :)

  5. Made this tonight for supper. It was delicious! ! Will be adding this to my menu! Family loved it!

  6. I made this for dinner tonight. It was great!! We added sliced mushrooms for a little something extra. Thanks for recipe!

  7. Rebecca Ann Lunger

    This sounds wonderful. I stay away from the heavy cream when a recipe calls for it and use evaporated milk. The entrees always come out delicious.

  8. Ashley, love this recipe and will try it out on our ladies the next time we have a party. I see by the pictures that you sliver the Broccoli, I just learned that and used it in a Broccoli, it was a total success. I will try this one on the ladies next.

  9. love this site, you have so many easy, quick and tasty recipes!

  10. Could you use rice instead of pasta?

  11. Could you rice instead of pasta?

  12. Lynda Chettleburgh

    Brilliant thanks, also like the sweet and sour chicken which is linked to this recipe.

  13. Jana Hebert Taff Lackey

    this looks good i cant wait to try it thank you

  14. My hubby and I had this for dinner. We both said it was a keeper…. Loved everything about it.

  15. My hubby and I had it for dinner and both agreed it was a keeper !

  16. Never heard of heavy cream before? What is that?

  17. Ahhh thank you! It’s not cook whip is it lol? I think I need to cook more!!

  18. Could you use evap milk instead of Cream?

  19. I made this tonight. I used frozen broccoli and will make sure to use fresh next time. However, it turned out amazing.

  20. Dinner tomorrow night after long day in yard…..quick & easy!

  21. Stephanie Jefferson

    I make this all the time! A household favorite and…. It’s quick!

  22. Abigail Sable Roberts

    I love ways to disguise veggies to get my son to consume them! Thank-you!

  23. Tried it out tonight, was quick and easy. I used shells because thats what was handy. Next time I will use a sharper cheddar though, and a tad more garlic. It was delish though, I will make it again for sure.

  24. I’m looking for a recipe for Shrimp and Grits, do you have anything?

  25. Will try, thank you. I used to buy those pre made ones but it should be easy enough and taste much better to make your own.

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