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Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

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(215 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4

This dish can be assembled ready for baking a good few hours ahead - and it's all cooked in one pan

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal665
  • fat27g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.42g
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  • 350g pasta shells or quills



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  • 200g broccoli, cut into very small florets and the stems thinly sliced



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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 350g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced



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  • 175g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
  • 4 tbsp sundried tomato paste
  • 80g pkt soft cheese with garlic and herbs (such as Boursin)
  • 284ml carton single cream

For the topping

  • bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

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  • 85g mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 50g flaked almonds


  1. Heat the oven to 190C/ fan170C/ gas 5. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Throw in 350g pasta shells or quills, stir well and return to the boil.

  2. Cook for 6 minutes, then add 200g broccoli, cut into very small florets and stems thinly sliced, and cook for 5-6 minutes more until the pasta is just cooked. Drain well, then return to the pan.

  3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a wide pan, add 350g thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts and fry until lightly browned.

  4. Tip in 175g quartered chestnut mushrooms and stir fry for 1 minute, then stir in 4 tbsp sundried tomato paste, 80g soft cheese with garlic and herbs and a 284ml carton single cream.

  5. Gently simmer, stirring, until the cheese has melted to thicken the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Pour the sauce over the pasta, stirring gently until coated, then tip into a shallow ovenproof dish (about 1.7 litre capacity) and level the top.

  7. Mix a bunch of finely sliced spring onions, 85g grated mature cheddar, 1 finely chopped garlic clove and 50g flaked almonds for the topping and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.

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16th Apr, 2008
A delicious recipe I used half fat creme fraiche instead of cream for a lighter meal plus a little white wine as well!!
4th Apr, 2008
A tasty midweek meal, which can be varied as you like - e.g use tuna rather than chicken, add tomatoes, ham or other veg; use pine nuts instead of almonds etc etc.
21st Mar, 2008
Delicious! Cooked amount for 4 people although only 2 of us. We ate 3/4 of it because it was so good. I ate some as a cold lunch the following day and it was still very tasty.
28th Feb, 2008
Easy to make, tasty and nutritious. I used half fat creme fraiche instead of cream which worked well. I put a batch in the freezer so will see how dry it is when I re-heat it. May just be a case of adding more Creme fraiche?
9th Feb, 2008
A firm favourite, but very, very filling. So leftovers can be frozen. It defosts & re-heats well
7th Feb, 2008
Really easy and quick. Substituted gluten-free pasta and it worked a treat. Would use a stronger-tasting cheese next time. Also, as stated previously, noticed that all sauce had been absorbed by the pasta upon reheating. Still tasty though.
5th Feb, 2008
Great tasting dish however I made it early to bake later for dinner and it went quite stodgy and had no sauce left. I would definately make it again but just won't reheat it, eat freshly made!! I also swapped the cream for half fat creme friache and it still tasted great.
19th Jan, 2008
Really enjoyed this recipe. I didn't put the broccoli in as my son doesn't like it. instead I served some on the side for the rest of the family. Will be having this again. Passed recipe on to several friends.
16th Jan, 2008
I used the lower fat Boursin and Elmlea single light cream to make this a little healthier! It was delicious and easy to make, we will be having it again.
13th Jan, 2008
My boys (teenagers) and husband loved it - bogeys were never mentioned.


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