This Cheesy Chicken Pasta dish is just fabulous for a quick and simple meal that is bound to please all the family.
Full of flavour and served all out of the one pot. I love it's easy catering style.
Cheesy Chicken Pasta Recipe.
This easy chicken recipe for me is the epitome of a working family life. I can make this quickly and easily for a family meal. It serves everyone's likes and I don't have to faff.
Chicken pasta recipes are perhaps my favourite of all for mid week meals as invariably it is a one pot serving if not quite a one pot cooking. You can also reheat the leftovers for round two later in the week or alone in the dark for a clandestine cheesy fix in your dressing gown.
The Cheese sauce is made from a simple roux. A sauce that in reality is EASY to make. As long as you whisk like a wotsit for thirty seconds or so, it is fail safe. It does look terribly lumpy at first but those lumps will go.
I like to use the elbow pasta that is a bit like macaroni. It is stouter and not as floppy as the usual Fusilli that's in my cupboard. It is more a match for the cheese sauce.
The Broccoli is cut into small bite size pieces and cooked along with the pasta for the last couple of minutes of cooking time.
- I fry the chicken and onion in a very large frying pan that I use to serve everything from.
- I then set aside whilst I put the pasta on to boil and make the cheese sauce.
- Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Tip the broccoli into the boiling pasta water a few minutes before the pasta is ready.
- When the pasta and broccoli is cooked I drain and tip straight onto the chicken. Before adding the cheese sauce and mixing gently through.
- Once the butter and flour have melded together over a gentle heat ( it looks like greasy sand). I tip in 250 mls of milk and then chicken stock, or in American language, 1 cup of each.
- Whisk like the aforementioned wotsit and all will be smooth.
- Tip in your cheese and stir until melted and seriously delicious.
- Pour over the pasta etc in the frying pan and gently mix the sauce all through.
- Season to taste carefully. I eat a couple of the pasta pieces before I season.
- The cheese sauce can often be almost too salty but when eaten with the pasta it actually needs a little more. Suck it and see....always.
Fill your Family Faces with this five star midweek meal. Nursery food at it's best.
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Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Broccoli
- 500 grams mini chicken fillets you can use chicken breasts
- 300 grams elbow pasta
- 200 grams mature cheddar
- 1 tsp french dijon mustard
- 1 large onion finely chopped or whizzed in the food processor
- 250 mls milk
- 250 mls chicken stock
- 250 grams broccoli pieces already cut into bite size
- 4 tbsps butter
- 7 tbsps flour any white will do
- Put the chicken, onion and broccoli in a very large frying pan or saucepan with some olive oil and fry gently until cooked through. Set aside.
- Bring some salted water to the boil for the pasta and empty it in.
- In another saucepan melt the butter and then add the flour and allow to cook gently for a couple of mins giving it the odd stir. Pour in the milk and chicken stock and whisk continuously until thickened and smooth. About 5 minutes. Add the cheese and let gently bubble away whilst stirring through until all is melted. About five minutes.
- Add the broccoli to the pasta for the last two mins of cooking time. Drain when ready and tip on top of the chicken. Pour the cheese sauce on top of the whole lot and mix wonderfully through.
- Apply to Bereft Face for a Cheesy Grin.
All nutritional information is approximate and intended only as a guide.
I know that bittersweet feeling! I'm just loving your site and thanks for hosting Fiesta Friday for us! I'll be back to explore more!
Thanks Mollie!I'm having a fab time.It's great to find new blogs to follow!
Jacqui Bellefontaine | Recipes Made Easy
Hey look on the bright side one day you could have a grandchild - swiftly hides behind blog. Seriously many of my friends are already which is weird because none of us are old enough (or at least thats how it feels) sadly the years say otherwise but the time has gone in a blink. I think I have a few years grace yet. Thank you for sharing your lovely pasta recipe on #CookBlogShare
Thanks Jacqui!I think I may be very geriatric by the time I get a grandchild ??Just have to keep sniffing everybody else's ???
Your pasta recipe sounds so good–a great way to get some extra veggies in! You're right, too, that kids grow up so fast! Where does the time go?
Thankyou.I love a bit of sneaky veg!
Life Diet Health
Jenny, we're on the same page about the kids - xbox, playstation and football leave no room for Mum anymore... No kisses is the latest phase which we've got around if there's only family present- yay! This pasta dish is one which we would definitely use (the boys had similar last night). Lovely to co-host with you... Hope to see you co-host again soon! ??☺
Thanks Laurena,you have been wonderful!I know it's so horrible isn't it.I end up staring at him while he sleeps just to get my mummy fix.I really thought I would be his world forever!Silly old fool ??? Really look forward to the next time ??
Life Diet Health
Turning the internet off temporarily usually helps!? Wait until they're a bit older and question why they have to come out with you ?Yes... been through the sleeping boy fix too!?
Angie | Fiesta Friday
Lol, Jenny ? Obviously I’m not laughing at you for being emotional, but you told the story in a way that makes me laugh. But I’ve been there. Sometimes I feel I should have had more kids. More is always better ? The husband put a stop at 2, darn these men! Anyway, thanks for cohosting and this pasta dish looks so delish! Pinning!
Thanks so much Angie.Yes Damn men.......x
Angie | Fiesta Friday
Jenny, remember you’ll be cohosting this Friday with Deb @ Pantry Portfolio.
Yes we have gotten together earlier this week and are all good to go!
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