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Chicken & broccoli pasta bake

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(199 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



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

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



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    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

    Spring onion

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    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 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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24th Oct, 2013
Mmmm we all loved this, the kids too! I also followed the tip below and added milk before popping in the oven!
20th Aug, 2013
Loved this! It has become a staple in my house and I just roughly half the ingredients. Don't think the topping is needed so I leave that out and just mince a clove of garlic into the pasta before popping in the oven.
3rd Aug, 2013
I love love love this recipe! Ive cooked it quite a few times now and it has turned out delicious each time. Everyone I've made it for has gone on to make it again in their own home. I can't wait to eat it, just about to make it again.
10th May, 2013
Beautiful! Made a veggie version too using quern pieces! Both beautiful!
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25th Apr, 2013
Tried this last night, was looking for something different. We were not disappointed. Really tasty. Would agree with the comments about it drying out so I had 100ml of semi skimmed milk before oven baking. Delicious. Going to have left overs for lunch Yum Yum!
22nd Apr, 2013
Made this for my partner and we both loved it. Used single cream and light boursin to reduce calories. I didn't have any nuts or spring onions and didn't think the breadcrumbs were necessary. This has definitely gone into our recipe binder to be made again. Yummy x
3rd Apr, 2013
Easy to do mid-week.
24th Mar, 2013
Really nice dish, very tasty although does go a little dry so may use a bit more cream or creme fraiche next time. Would recommend.
14th Mar, 2013
This recipe was delicious. I used actual sun-dried tomatoes - just roughly chopped them and added them with the mushroom. very nice.
25th Jan, 2013
Made this tonight and it went down well with the whole family (especially my 10 month old baby!) I used a few subs - didn't have sundried tomato paste, so just used normal tomato puree. Used Philly with chives instead of Boursin. Didn't have any flaked almonds or garlic so sprinkled it with crushed cornflakes, and used finely chopped red onion instead of spring onions. Just thinking it's probably nothing like the original recipe now ha ha! As others said earlier, it does dry up a bit when it cools down so best eaten fresh, but just add a bit of milk when reheating to put some moisture into it and it's fine. Will definitely make it again and freeze the leftovers.


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