Home » Recipes » Entrées » Easy Cheesy Mac with Chicken and Broccoli

Easy Cheesy Mac with Chicken and Broccoli

Lightened up “mac & cheese” with chicken and broccoli for a healthy and satisfying weekday supper.

Easy Cheesy Mac with Chicken and Broccoli - a lighter and healthier mac & cheese recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Today I’m joining in with the Weekday Supper bloggers to bring you delicious suppers that are ready in just minutes.

To begin, if you have a oven top broiler that you can place a skillet under, begin preheating it. If you have a tiny “under everything” broiler – you’ll need to preheat your oven to 375 degrees instead. If using the oven, oil a 9×13 or so baking dish.

Start a pot of salted water to cook your pasta. I used a pound of conchiglie, but you can use a pound of whatever macaroni style pasta you like. Cook the pasta according to package directions, making note of a step you will take below before the pasta is done.

DSC_0005_edited-1

Meanwhile, cut two boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 3/4 inch pieces. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.

DSC_0007_edited-1

Heat a tablespoon and a half of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the chicken until it is cooked through.

DSC_0008_edited-1

Add in a teaspoon of minced garlic and cook for just a minute.

DSC_0009

While the chicken is cooking, measure out 1 1/4 cup of milk and a cup of vegetable broth.

DSC_0010_edited-1

Add in 1/4 cup of flour.

DSC_0012_edited-1

Add in 1/8 teaspoon turmeric.

DSC_0013_edited-1

Whisk this together until smooth.

DSC_0014_edited-1

Pour the milk mixture into the skillet. Let this cook, stirring often, until the mixture begins to bubble and thickens a bit.

DSC_0015_edited-1

Turn off the heat and stir in 2 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until it melts in.

DSC_0016_edited-1

When your pasta is just about done cooking, toss in 2 cups of frozen broccoli florets and let them cook with the pasta for the final 2 minutes.

DSC_0019_edited-1

Drain the pasta and broccoli.

DSC_0021_edited-1

Add the pasta and broccoli to the skillet and gently stir it all together. If using your broiler, leave it in the skillet. If using the oven, pour the mixture into the baking dish. Top with 3 ounces of additional shredded cheddar cheese.

DSC_0023_edited-1

Broil for 3-5 minutes or bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Easy Cheesy Mac with Chicken and Broccoli - a lighter and healthier mac & cheese recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Enjoy!

Easy Cheesy Mac with Chicken and Broccoli - a lighter and healthier mac & cheese recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Easy Cheesy Mac with Chicken & Broccoli

Easy Cheesy Mac with Chicken & Broccoli

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lightened up “mac & cheese” with chicken and broccoli for a healthy and satisfying weekday supper.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb macaroni or similar pasta
  • 2 c frozen or fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 1 c vegetable broth
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 5 oz sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. To begin, if you have a oven top broiler that you can place a skillet under, begin preheating it. If you have a tiny “under everything” broiler – you’ll need to preheat your oven to 375 degrees instead. If using the oven, oil a 9×13 or so baking dish.
  2. Start a pot of salted water to cook your pasta. I used a pound of conchiglie, but you can use a pound of whatever macaroni style pasta you like. Cook the pasta according to package directions, making note of a step you will take below before the pasta is done.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the chicken breasts into 3/4 inch pieces. Sprinkle with the salt & pepper. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the chicken until it is cooked through. Add in the minced garlic and cook for just a minute.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, whisk the milk, vegetable broth, flour and turmeric together until smooth. Pour the milk mixture into the skillet. Let this cook, stirring often, until the mixture begins to bubble and thickens a bit.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in 2 ounces of the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until it melts in. When your pasta is just about done cooking, toss in the frozen broccoli florets and let them cook with the pasta for the final 2 minutes.
  6. Drain the pasta and broccoli. Add the pasta and broccoli to the skillet and gently stir it all together. If using your broiler, leave it in the skillet. If using the oven, pour the mixture into the baking dish. Top with the remaining 3 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese. Broil for 3-5 minutes or bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 61mg Sodium: 536mg Carbohydrates: 41g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 27g
Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and estimated by a service called Nutritionix. That is a web-based nutritional calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. If the nutritional information is vital to you please verify it using your favorite trusted source.

4 thoughts on “Easy Cheesy Mac with Chicken and Broccoli”

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.