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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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  • 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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23rd Jan, 2013
I've been calorie counting and I couldn't believe that this recipe is only 665 calories. I went through and calculated each ingredient based on weight and this recipe is actually 883 calories per serving. A bit too rich for my blood.
9th Jan, 2013
Just had this tonight and was very disappointed. Sauce had no flavour at all yet I used the quantities stated. Like the addition of the broccoli but would use more/stronger cheese next time. Didnt use the almonds as I cant bear nuts but maybe would try with a few crushed up crisps on the top fo some added crunch. Waste of boursin tho, should have had it on toast instead!
10th Nov, 2012
this dish was easy to make and it was very very tasty. i used tomato puree instead of sundried tomato paste, but very yummy 10 out of 10
6th Nov, 2012
Made this for a family dinner. I used low fat creme freshe and light Boursin. I added more as read that it's rather dry and despite adding more it was still too dry for my liking. It was a tasty dish but not sure one i'd make again.
31st Oct, 2012
Yes this was nice, but like others sauce was overpowered by the pasta. I didn't increase the quantities as I was making this for myself. I had to change a few things, I used tomato purée, a plain soft cheese that I had in adding garlic and some herbs to myself, no flaked almonds but bread crumbs for that extra crunch. I also made a huge error and forgot to defrost my chicken but all in all I enjoyed it. If I do this again I will make sure I add chicken and I would considor increasing the sauce as a lot of people suggested. My partner would prefer some meat in it!
4th Aug, 2012
Easy and my husband and daughter really enjoyed it. lots left over so I have frozen the rest. I will make this again.
25th Jun, 2012
Loved it! Even my fussy 5 year old had seconds. I used creme fraiche instead of cream and emmental instead of cheddar. Will do again
20th Jun, 2012
Delicious recipe. Would recommend to cook it immediately, rather than reheat, as the sauce disappears!
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3rd Feb, 2012
This is a family favourite and I use the recipe quite a lot as it is so easy to put together. An excellent way to serve broccoli where kids are involved, they love the combination of the flavours and don't worry about the "green stuff"!!!
1st Feb, 2012
Absolutely love this but then I do love me some chicken. Check out this lime and coriander chicken burger recipe:


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