Monday, January 9, 2012

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Sorry for the small hiatus in posts. I've been feeling a bit under the weather lately-first a sore throat, then a migraine, and now some nasty allergies kicked up by the Santa Ana winds. Okay, on to the food.

I originally threw this simple dinner together one night with ingredients I had on hand. It was incredibly easy and extremely tasty. The second time I made it, I tried to cut the calories by using the heart healthy version of cream of chicken soup and it was just as good.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake
Serves: 3-4
Time: Preparation: 5-10 mins Bake time: 35-40 mins


- 1 can cream of chicken soup (heart health Campbell's if preferred)
- 3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese + extra for sprinkling on top
- 3/4 C. chicken, cut into small pieces
- 1 C. frozen broccoli
- 1 1/2 C. cooked pasta
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. pepper or to taste
- Water, if needed


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: in a large baking dish, combine all ingredients together minus some cheese for sprinkling on top. Mix thoroughly, making sure all ingredients are moist, add a little water if mix is too dry. Top with remaining cheese.

Step 3: bake for 35-40 minutes or until topping is brown and chicken is cooked through.


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  1. What changes would I need to make in the recipe or the cooking time if I use fresh broccoli and cooked chicken?

  2. The ingredients will stay the same. The cook time would be less and will largely depend on the temperature of your ingredients. If you are using frozen cooked chicken for example, then you might need to bake it for a full 35 minutes. If you're using room temperature or warm ingredients, then the cook time would probably be around 20-30 minutes.

    You'll know it's hot throughout when you see it bubbling and the cheese on top is starting to brown. Since you're using already cooked chicken, you don't need to worry about it cooking all the way through but just that the dish is nice and hot throughout.

    I hope that was helpful and thank you for the comment!!