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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Cheddar, chicken, and broccoli mingle to create a deliciously creamy casserole.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

I love a good casserole recipe–especially one made with loads of gooey cheese and a crunchy topping.

Casseroles may be considered retro, but they’re never going to go out of style in this house. What other dish is going to come together easily, taste amazing, and only leave you with 2 dishes to wash when it’s all over? The answer: Very few.

If you’re looking for an easy, kid-friendly meal that also happens to be healthy, you’ve come to the right place.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

I have a few rules when it comes to making a good casserole:

  1. It has to be easy. This cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole comes together in just under an hour.
  2. Cheese is a must. There’s nothing better than pulling a piping hot casserole out of the oven that’s dripping with gooey cheese. As we all know, cheese screams comfort.
  3. A crunchy topping is always welcome. Cracking through the crunchy top layer to get to the creamy goodness is the best part.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

I used my new favorite snack obsession, Pasta Chips, for the crunchy top layer of this casserole. If you’re not familiar with Pasta Chips, they’re all-natural baked chips made with semolina flour–the same flour they use to make pasta. Clever, eh? They offer four very addictive flavors: Garlic and Olive Oil, Marinara, Alfredo, and Sea Salt. They’re very similar to a cracker, only crunchier!

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

I topped this casserole with the Alfredo Pasta Chips. It pairs perfectly with the cheddar cheese I used to make the sauce. It lends a supreme crunch to the top of this casserole. A crunch that holds up to the creaminess of the dish without getting soggy.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

I was able to make this dish healthier than the average casserole by using low-fat milk, whole wheat pasta, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and tons of fresh broccoli. The dish bakes up hearty, creamy, and filling.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Since kids love cheese, I’m betting they’ll go back for seconds.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Cheddar, chicken, and broccoli mingle to create a deliciously creamy casserole.

Yield: 6 servings

Total Time: 60 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta shells
  • 2 large chicken breasts (about 1 pound), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-fat milk (I used 2%)
  • 4 heaping cups fresh broccoli, cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup crushed Alfredo Pasta Chips

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch-by-13-inch casserole dish.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Liberally season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the hot skillet. Brown the chicken on each side, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a heat-proof dish and set aside.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium and add the butter to skillet. Once the butter is melted, add the chopped onions and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk.
  6. Add the chopped broccoli to the milk mixture. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and thicken, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Stir in the dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the pasta.
  8. Transfer the mixture to your prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese and crushed pasta chip pieces.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly brown. Serve immediately.
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34 Responses to “Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole”

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — March 16, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I’m with you about casseroles needing to be cheesy and have a crunchy topping. Yum!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Cheese is a must. That rule will never be broken. Thanks for visiting, Anita!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — March 16, 2015 at 6:41 am

    oh my gawd, Jennie! love that you topped this casserole with pasta chips!!! we love pasta chips . . great idea and the casserole looks soooooo good!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Aren’t they good, Alice! I’ve become highly addicted to them. I even keep a bag on my nightstand. Thanks for visiting!

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    Laura Dembowski — March 16, 2015 at 7:42 am

    This looks so comforting and super creamy! Great way to use the pasta chips too.

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thanks, Laura!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — March 16, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Cheesy AND crunchy? I am all in! I’ve never had these Pasta Chips, but now I am going to look for them!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Yes, seek them out! They’re ultra crunchy and perfect for snacking. Thanks, Dorothy!

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    Carla — March 16, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Casseroles will never go out of style for me neither! Especially if I have family visiting and don’t have time to spend cooking allll day for them. Cheese, chicken, broccoli, and Pasta Chips in an hour? Sold!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Yes, I love serving casseroles when I have family visiting. All the deliciousness without all the mess. Thanks, Carla!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — March 16, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Casseroles will always have a special place in my heart. Who can resist that comforting cheesy goodness? This looks fantastic and I’m sure the chips add so much wonderful crunch and flavor!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Mine too, Courtney. They remind me of family and everything special that comes with enjoying food together. Thanks for visiting!

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    Julia — March 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Pasta chips, whaaaaa?! I want them all over all of my casseroles and in my face on.the.reg. I love a good cheesy chicken casserole and it’s been far too long since I’ve made one. I just.must.this.right.now.ugh!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 10:09 am

      That’s the spirit! Yeah, the chips are amazing. The marinara and Garlic and Olive oil are my favorite. Thanks!

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    Liz — March 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

    What a marvelous casserole! And those pasta chips are an amazing topping !!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Liz!

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — March 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I think my rules for a great casserole are just the same as yours, although crunchy topping would be absolutely #1 in my book. A good casserole just HAS to have texture. Pasta Chips are the perfect choice for this dish. I bet the marinara flavor would be great here, too. Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      I totally agree, Lori. I’m all about the crunch. Thanks for pinning!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    How creative to use Pasta Chips to top this casserole! This is my kind of dinner, so delicious!

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Lori!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — March 16, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I NEED some of those pasta chips!!! This was such a creative way to use them-yummmmyyyy

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks, Kayle!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — March 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    HOW have I not know about pasta chips. Holy moly. I need those in my life. And this casserole. You totally made this for me, right?

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    • Jennie replied March 16th, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Heck yes, Liz! Come on over. I have extras in the fridge.

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    Ashley — March 16, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I love a good casserole! And I am never one to turn down anything with cheese :) Looks awesome!

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    • Jennie replied March 17th, 2015 at 6:23 am

      Thanks, Ashley!

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    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat — March 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Chicken and broccoli casserole always reminds me of my mom. It is such a classic comfort food!

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    • Jennie replied March 17th, 2015 at 6:23 am

      I couldn’t agree more. Thanks, Shelby.

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    [email protected] — March 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I always forget that casserole exists. haha I LOVE the looks of this one – the Pasta Chip crust is brilliant!

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    • Jennie replied March 18th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you so much, Lauren!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — March 17, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I love a good casserole and the whole under an hour thing is a huge plus. Um and can we talk about leftovers!!! Yesss!

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    • Jennie replied March 18th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      The leftover are where it’s at, which is one of the reasons I love casseroles so dang much. Thanks, Stef!

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    Nicole~Cooking for Keeps — March 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Casseroles will forever and always be the perfect comfort food! Love.

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    • Jennie replied March 18th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Word. Thanks, Nicole.

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