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Chicken Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

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Chicken Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese is comfort food at its finest. Creamy, cheesy and hearty this is a great weeknight meal that will provide you leftovers for later in the week. Make this vegetarian easily by omitting the chicken and adding more vegetables in its place.  Chicken and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Like I mentioned last week I have been living at my parents house in Tennessee while we are waiting to move into our new house in Cleveland.

My Mom makes a mean casserole…chicken and rice casserole, tuna casserole..they are all so comforting and good. She inspired me to create today’s Chicken and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese.

I am a sucker for a creamy, hearty macaroni and cheese and I like the combination of chicken with broccoli.

Chicken Broccoli Mac and Cheese

With this dish I baked it after combing all of the ingredients to help create a creamy, cheesy dish topped with crispy panko breadcrumbs.  

If you are a vegetarian you can easily omit the chicken in this recipe and in its place add an extra cup or two of cooked vegetables (maybe carrots or green beans).  You could also use canned tuna in the place of the chicken.

There are a few things I love about this:

1) This recipe makes a big batch that will feed your family and provide you with leftovers for the week.

2) It has a lot of cheese in it…you just can’t go wrong with cheese.

3) The chicken, broccoli and small elbow macaroni noodles make this a great finger food meal for your toddlers and babies. Drew loved eating this all week long.

4) There is no condensed soup in this recipe. While I know it is easy to throw a can of condensed soup in a casserole it adds a lot of sodium, calories and sometimes ingredients that aren’t necessary or something I know.

5) You get protein from the chicken, vitamins from the broccoli and calcium from the milk and cheese.

Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

I promise this won’t disappoint. Dig in!

Chicken Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Chicken Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Chicken Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese is comfort food at its finest. Creamy, cheesy and hearty this is a great weeknight meal that will provide you leftovers for later in the week. Make this vegetarian easily by omitting the chicken and adding more vegetables in its place.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. elbow macaroni pasta, cooked (or pasta of your choice)
  • 3 cups broccoli, cooked, chopped
  • 1 lb. chicken, cooked, shredded (you can use rotisserie)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese (divided)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the cooked pasta, cooked broccoli and cooked shredded chicken.
  3. In a large pot heat the butter over medium heat stirring until melted. Add the flour and whisk until thick.
  4. Add the milk and simmer stirring to avoid burning. Add the paprika, dry mustard, garlic powder, 2 cups of sharp cheddar and 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Pour the chicken broccoli mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish.
  7. Top with the remaining 1 cup of parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs.
  8. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the panko begins to brown and the mac and cheese bubbles.

Notes

You can change this dish up by adding tuna instead of chicken or omit the meat and add additional vegetables.
Try whole wheat pasta for a healthier option.

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Andrev

Monday 19th of January 2015

This has all the ingredients that we love for this type of dish and that just about says it all! Great flavours, love the taste of 'heat' absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing.

Julia

Monday 19th of January 2015

Thanks! I hope you like it! It is a comforting and tasty dish.

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Yes! I think once you become a mom you have to master the art of casserole-ing. I have a few in my arsenal so I don't have to come up with a new meal idea every single night that will please Andy. This has been added to my list!

Julia

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

I totally agree. Quick, easy and something you can easily feed the little ones is key.

Julia

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

I've always loved baked macaroni and cheese and love the idea of adding chicken and broccoli! I have a package of GF macaroni that's dying to get used up, so this is the perfect recipe for doing so!

Julia

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Oh that sounds perfect. I hope you like it Julia.

Cynthia/What A Girl Eats

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

This is exactly the kind of comfort food my family loves, cheesy, yummy pasta! Love it!

Julia

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

It is comfort food at its best!

Corey @ Family Fresh Meals

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

I know my family would love this casserole! YUM!

Julia

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

I think they would!

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