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There is not much that I enjoy more than an easy recipe that only uses one pan to prepare!  I’m excited to share with you this one pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta Recipe.

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If you are anything like my family, we have activities every evening. Having One Pot Stovetop Recipes to cook, allows me to cook dinner quick and easily that everyone loves.

This chicken broccoli pasta dish is one of my kids favorites. It is loaded with flavor and is easy to make. If you love this one pot meal, try this Beef and Macaroni Skillet Dinner Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

This broccoli chicken pasta dish is perfect busy weeknights. We always add a side of garlic bread to complete this easy meal. I love that you can change the ingredients to what you prefer.

This is the perfect comfort food and flavored packed. From start to finish, this recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients

Chicken Broccoli Pasta ingredients - olive oil, chicken breasts, salt and pepper, garlic, chicken broth, heavy cream, pasta, broccoli florets, parmesan cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Chicken Broth
  • Heavy Cream or Whole Milk
  • Uncooked Pasta (like penne, fusilli, or rotini)
  • Broccoli Florets, fresh or frozen
  • Parmesan Cheese

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Chicken – We used chicken breast in this recipe, but you can also use skinless chicken thighs.
  • Pasta – Feel free to use different types of pasta. You can use rigatoni, ziti or any small pasta.
  • White Wine – Instead of using chicken broth you can substitute for white wine.

Step by Step Instructions

Cooking the chicken in the large pot with the seasoning

Step 1 – Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, and add them to the pot. Cook until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.

Cooking the garlic in the large pot

Step 2 – In the same pot, add a bit more oil if needed and sauté the garlic for about 1 minute until fragrant. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat.

Pour the broth, heavy cream in a large pot

Step 3 – Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream, and bring the mixture to a boil.

Stirring in the pasta to the cream mixture

Step 4 – Add the uncooked pasta to the pot, stirring occasionally, and let it cook for about 8 minutes, or until it’s almost done.

Adding in the broccoli to the pasta mixture

Step 5 – Add the broccoli to the pot, cover, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is tender.

Adding the ingredients in a large pot with a wooden spoon

Step 6 – Return the cooked chicken to the pot and stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and well combined. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more broth or cream to reach your desired consistency. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.

  • Step 7 – Serve hot, garnished with red pepper flakes, lemon zest, or chopped fresh herbs like parsley or basil if desired.

Recipe Tips

  • Chicken – When preparing the chicken, we recommend cutting in about the same size pieces. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly.
  • Pasta – There is no need to cook the pasta beforehand. The pasta will cook al dente in the broth in about 8 minutes.
Chicken Broccoli Pasta on a plate

How to Serve

This one pot dish is includes everything you need for a complete meal idea. But I like to add a side of bread to make I get the very last drop. Here are a few of my favorites that I hope you try soon.

Chicken Broccoli Pasta in a large pot

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to Reheat

You can reheat the leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop depending on how much you have left.

Can I Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze this pasta dish. Place in the freezer safe container for up to 2 months.

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Chicken Broccoli Pasta

5 from 3 votes
You'll love this Easy Affordable Chicken Broccoli Pasta Recipe that only uses 1 pot to prepare in under 20 minutes. Try this quick dinner idea today!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 736

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic 
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta  (like penne, fusilli, or rotini)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: red pepper flakes, lemon zest, or fresh herbs for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, and add them to the pot. Cook until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  • In the same pot, add a bit more oil if needed and sauté the garlic for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream, and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Add the uncooked pasta to the pot, stirring occasionally, and let it cook for about 8 minutes, or until it's almost done.
  • Add the broccoli to the pot, cover, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is tender.
  • Return the cooked chicken to the pot and stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and well combined. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more broth or cream to reach your desired consistency.
  • Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve hot, garnished with red pepper flakes, lemon zest, or chopped fresh herbs like parsley or basil if desired.

Recipe Notes

Choose pasta that cooks in about 10 minutes to ensure everything is done at the same time.
If you prefer a lighter version, you can substitute the heavy cream with half-and-half or an extra splash of chicken broth.
For an additional burst of freshness, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of lemon zest before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 736kcal, Carbohydrates 51g, Protein 43g, Fat 40g, Saturated Fat 19g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 13g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 164mg, Sodium 1149mg, Potassium 827mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 1412IU, Vitamin C 43mg, Calcium 309mg, Iron 2mg

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