Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Shells

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Shells

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 707kcal
Author: Mariam


  • 8 oz medium pasta shells
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded


  • In a large pot, cook pasta according to the instructions on the package. In the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli. When fork tender, drain pasta and broccoli. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine salt, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. Add chicken pieces to the rub tossing to coat.
  • Add olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Brown chicken on all sides, approximately 4 to 5 minutes total. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter. Once melted, add flour and cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  • Whisk in milk, chicken broth and remainder of ingredients: garlic powder, black pepper, salt and cheddar cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until bubbling and thick, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add in the pasta, broccoli and chicken. Stir to combine and cook for another 5 minutes. remove from heat and serve.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 707kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.1g | Protein: 48.6g | Fat: 36.4g | Saturated Fat: 19.7g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 104mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 4.6g
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