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No one says that good food that nourishes the body has to be hard to make. Take this Baked Chicken Broccoli Pasta for instance. It’s delicious, filling, and it’s only 5 ingredients.
This recipe is super versatile as you’ll see below when I list a few different ways to switch it up and make a whole new meal! There’s no reason to be bored from eating the same thing over and over.
Why You’ll Love This 5 Ingredient Baked Chicken Broccoli Pasta Casserole
- It’s a volume meal. The ingredients stretch so you can feed many with just a few items.
- It has the protein, vegetable, and starch that you want in a meal, all in one easy-to-make recipe.
- This recipe can be switched up so easily and it won’t seem like you’re eating the same thing night after night.
- Cooked Chicken Breast – There are tons of choices here. If you have leftover chicken breast from another meal, go ahead and use that. Rotisserie chicken works fantastically well, as do seasoned chicken breast strips. In a pinch, you can even use canned, or cooked ground chicken!
- Pasta – Use your very favorite kind. I used rotini because I like how the swirls catch the sauce and cheese!
- Garlic and Herb Sauce – There are a number of dressings out there that are premade and ready to go. You can use either a sauce (for pasta) or even a dressing for a lighter flavor. I used the dressing for this recipe. If you’d like to make your own sauce ahead of time, this recipe from Little Broken is for a creamy garlic sauce that would work just fine.
- Broccoli Florets – Fresh or frozen is fine. (See below for specific instructions if using frozen.)
- Mozzarella – I used Mozza because that’s what I had on hand, but feel free to use any awesome melting cheese that you really like.
EAZY TIP: Using only mozzarella is great, but if you want to kick up the flava’ , try adding two or three cheeses that melt really well. Just be sure to keep them close to the same amounts that are called for in the recipe.
- Salt & Pepper
- Garlic Powder
Eazy Tip: Remember, salt, pepper, garlic, oil, sugar, and water don’t factor into the ingredient count because most people have those pantry items in their kitchen.
How to Make This Broccoli Pasta Bake
- You’ll want to start by preheating the oven to 350 and spraying your baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Drain and place the pasta and broccoli back into the pot. Add the chicken, sauce, 1 cup of cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Put it all into the baking dish, cover with the remaining cheese, and bake!
Look for the printable recipe card at the bottom of this page for detailed instructions, tips, and tricks for this chicken pasta casserole.
EAZY TIP: If the broccoli you’re using is frozen, add the frozen broccoli one minute earlier, so at the 6-minute mark before the pasta is finished cooking.
Can I Use Dark Meat Chicken Instead Of White Meat?
Absolutely. In fact, sometimes the dark meat has even more flavor than the white meat on poultry, so if you have cooked dark meat to use, I’d say go for it.
Substitutes and Variations for this Chicken Pasta Dinner
While this easy recipe is delicious just how it’s written, never forget there are always ways to modify a recipe, change the flavors, or add more volume, just like my recipe for this 3 Ingredient Tuscan Chicken. Versatility is the key.
Here are a few ways you can make this recipe your own.
- Spice it up! – Hot chili flakes can add that extra kick to this chicken recipe if you like things hot and spicy. Add as much as you’d like, but remember that a little goes a long way.
- Extra Vegetables– Stretching the meal even further can be done by adding some frozen trifecta veggies like corn/carrots/peas or even mushrooms. The extra nutrition is a huge benefit and you’ll feed another person or two, depending on the appetite. Remember, protein doesn’t always have to be the star of the show!
- Sausage – Try mixing it up the protein a bit. Instead of chicken, try browned crumbled sausage. That will add extra flavor to the dish as well.
- Sauted Onions – Saute some onions while cooking the pasta and add them all together when you return the pasta back to the pot.
- Add beans – Adding some cooked (canned) white beans will increase the fiber and nutrition of the broccoli casserole, as well as lend a little creaminess when combined with the dressing!
Do I Need to Serve a Side Dish with this Chicken Bake?
You certainly don’t have to. This easy chicken and broccoli bake is a well-rounded meal, having protein, starch, and vegetable all in one dish.
But I get it if you want to have leftovers for the next day or you have a large family to serve, then I’d look at steaming some corn on the cob, or roasting some whole glazed carrots.
Store any leftovers in a container with a tight-fitting lid. This chicken bake will be great in the fridge for up to 5 days.
You could also freeze leftovers in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months.
When reheating, you can reheat it in the microwave for a few minutes from frozen or put it in the fridge to thaw overnight, then reheat it.
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- 2 cups chicken breast, cooked & diced
- 1 lb pasta of your choice, rotini used here
- 28 oz bottle Garlic & Herb sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shreds
- 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a 9x13 dish with nonstick spray.
- Cook pasta per package directions adding broccoli to the pot in the last five
minutes of cooking, drain and place back in the pot.
- Stir in chicken, garlic herb sauce, 1 cup of cheese, garlic powder, and salt &
pepper until well combined.
- Spoon the mixture evenly into the baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until heated through
and cheese is melted.
Serve and enjoy!
If you find the dressing/sauce is garlicky enough, omit the extra garlic powder in the recipe.
Be sure to read the body of the post for extra ingredient ideas to stretch this recipe further if you wish.
Serving Size1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 566Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 70mgSodium 460mgCarbohydrates 79gFiber 7gSugar 4gProtein 38g
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands used, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.