Pasta with broccoli and chicken

Pasta broccoli chicken

Pasta with broccoli and chicken

This delicious, creamy pasta with broccoli and chicken dish is made with a creamy sauce that will trick you into thinking you’re eating lots of calories. In reality, this dish is a filling and easy option for a quick weeknight meal. We combine lean protein, carbs, veggies and low fat dairy products to make an excellent meal that will be popular with the kids as well as the adults. Are you ready to add a new, excellent pasta recipe to your repertoire? Let’s do it!

Which ingredients do you need to make pasta with chicken and broccoli?

  • Chicken breast fillets
  • Broccoli
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Reduced fat creme fraiche (or full fat!)
  • Pasta

Creamy pasta with chicken and broccoli

How to make pasta with broccoli and chicken

Boil pasta in a pot following package instructions. Meanwhile, cook the onion and garlic in a pan. Add diced chicken, and cook until the chicken is halfway done. Add broccoli florets. When the meat and broccoli is almost ready, add the creme fraiche, and season with some oregano, salt and pepper. Heat the sauce and let the ingredients finish cooking through. When the pasta is ready, drain off the water and add the pasta to the sauce. Stir to combine. You want to make sure that the pasta is completely covered in the sauce. Ready to serve!

How to make pasta with broccoli and chickenWhat type of pasta is good for this dish?

When it comes to pasta, you can usually use whichever shape you prefer. I like to mix it up to keep meals more interesting. This time I have used conchiglie, which is a seashell shaped pasta. You can use spaghetti, fusilli, or any other shape that you have available. I use dry pasta in my recipe, but you can also use fresh or homemade pasta. Simply boil it according to the package instructions, and add the pasta to the sauce when it’s done.

Can you have any side dishes with this recipe?

Pasta is a pretty complete meal on its own. If you would like to serve it with a side dish, I think simple salads are a great fit. I love a good Tomato and mozzarella salad or a Tomato and cucumber salad. To make it even easier, serve it with some spinach or rocket with a simple Lemon pepper vinaigrette.

Pasta with chicken and broccoli

Tips and substitutions

Chicken – I use chicken breast fillets for this recipe. You can also buy diced chicken breast or chicken thighs, in which case you want to allow for about 300g chicken. I would not recommend bone-in chicken, or chicken with skin for this recipe.

Broccoli – You will get the best results from this recipe by using fresh broccoli. Frozen broccoli and be used, but it will add more water and less flavor to the dish. I like to cut the broccoli into very small florets to make sure that they cook well in a short amount of time. I use 1/2 broccoli, but you can add more if you want.

Creme fraiche – In this, and most other recipes where I use creme fraiche, I always opt for the reduced fat version. It’s much lower in calories, but almost identical in flavor and texture when compared to the regular full fat version, which makes it a great alternative. The fact that I use the reduced fat variety is also why this recipe can be called healthy, and the reason that this creamy pasta dish is less than 400 calories per serving.

Garnish – Top your pasta with broccoli and chicken with your favorite pasta garnish. I have garnished mine with fresh basil leaves, but you can add ground pepper, grated parmesan, or a drizzle of flavored olive oil.

Can you freeze this dish?

This dish can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. It is not recommended to freeze dishes with creme fraiche, as it has a chance of splitting with you defrost and reheat it. If you would like to make this meal ahead and freeze, you can dice the veggies and chicken and freeze them in portion packs. Then you can defrost and cook it later, and simply add the creme fraiche to finish it off.

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Pasta with broccoli and chicken

This delicious 20 minute pasta with broccoli and chicken is made in a creamy creme fraiche sauce. A tasty and healthy meal. Low calorie and kid friendly.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
5 from 4 votes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: International
Keyword: broccoli, chicken, creme fraiche, pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 383kcal
Cost: Medium

Ingredients

  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 chicken breast fillets, diced
  • 1/2 broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 300 ml reduced fat creme fraiche
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 250 g dry pasta of choice
  • 1 tsp olive oil or cooking spray

Instructions

Cook the pasta

  • Boil some water in a pot.
  • Add the pasta, and cook according to package instructions, typically 5-10 minutes, until the pasta is cooked. Try eat one and see if it's the consistency you prefer. When it's done, drain off the water and leave the pasta.

Cook the chicken and veggies

  • While waiting for the pasta to cook, thinly slice red onion and mince the garlic cloves.
  • Heat the oil in a pan, and add the red onion. Sauté for a few minutes until the onion is softened and translucent.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir to prevent burning.
  • Add the diced chicken to the pan, and cook until it's browned on the outside. The exact cook time will vary depending on the size of your chicken chunks, but make sure that the surface of the chicken is fully cooked before moving on to the next step. This takes about 5 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli, and leave to cook for a few minutes until the broccoli is slightly softened and warmed, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the creme fraiche, oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Cook for a few minutes until the sauce is heated through and the chicken is properly cooked. If you're not comfortable with cooking chicken, you can make sure that it's fully cooked by slicing one of the largest pieces down the middle. Chicken is cooked when the middle of the pieces is white.
  • Stir the pasta into the sauce, and make sure to combine thoroughly. Serve!

Notes

Storage

This dish can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. It is not recommended to freeze dishes with creme fraiche, as it has a chance of splitting with you defrost and reheat it. 

Chicken

I use chicken breast fillets for this recipe. You can also buy diced chicken breast or chicken thighs, in which case you want to allow for about 300g chicken. I would not recommend bone-in chicken, or chicken with skin for this recipe. 

Broccoli

You will get the best results from this recipe by using fresh broccoli. Frozen broccoli and be used, but it will add more water and less flavor to the dish. I like to cut the broccoli into very small florets to make sure that they cook well in a short amount of time. I use 1/2 broccoli, but you can add more if you want.

Creme fraiche

In this, and most other recipes where I use creme fraiche, I always opt for the reduced fat version. It's much lower in calories, but almost identical in flavor and texture when compared to the regular full fat version, which makes it a great alternative. The fact that I use the reduced fat variety is also why this recipe can be called healthy, and the reason that this creamy pasta dish is less than 400 calories per serving. 

Garnish

Top your pasta with broccoli and chicken with your favorite pasta garnish. I have garnished mine with fresh basil leaves, but you can add ground pepper, grated parmesan, or a drizzle of flavored olive oil.
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10 Comments
  • Elaine
    Posted at 21:00h, 09 September Reply

    5 stars
    This would be such a great weeknight pasta for me – thank you! The shape is perfect and the combination of ingredients is wonderful. Just need to get some missing bits, and I am good to go! 🙂

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:29h, 10 September Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • susan | the wimpy vegetarian
    Posted at 21:02h, 09 September Reply

    5 stars
    Creme fraiche always takes everything to a new level! What a great idea for a chicken recipe!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:29h, 10 September Reply

      I agree, it’s so tasty and creamy! Thank you 🙂

  • Liz
    Posted at 21:54h, 09 September Reply

    My mom used to make something similar when I was growing up but with a cheese sauce!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:31h, 10 September Reply

      The cheese sauce is probably more common. This is just a healthier version that’s just as creamy!

  • Jamie
    Posted at 22:32h, 09 September Reply

    5 stars
    I love how simple and easy this dish was! We loved the creme fraiche sauce!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:31h, 10 September Reply

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Luci
    Posted at 23:36h, 09 September Reply

    5 stars
    Yum, yum. Love that you used creme fraiche adds a different flavor to the chicken and pasta.

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:32h, 10 September Reply

      It definitely does, it’s got that creaminess that we all love 🙂

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