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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Skillet

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli skillet is an easy dinner made with simple pantry ingredients. It’s perfect for busy weeknights!

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Skillet - quick and easy for busy weeknights.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Skillet

I love a good cheesy and creamy pasta dish every now and then and this Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Skillet was very yummy!  (Bonus: this recipe is semi-light calorie-wise.)

I rarely cook with Velveeta, because in this house, Velveeta is for queso and never lasts long enough to be used in dinner recipes. After unloading the groceries on my last shopping trip, I hid the Velveeta in the laundry room fridge and the hubby never found it. 

This cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is perfect for busy weeknights!

I used pre-cooked chicken and prepared the sauce while the pasta was boiling, so the meal came together in about 25 or so minutes. (I also left the broccoli florets  in large pieces so they could be easily removed by a certain someone that doesn’t like broccoli- thank goodness he likes green beans and salad…)


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chicken and broccoli skillet

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Skillet

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  • 3 cups of your favorite pasta shape
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp of flour
  • 1 1/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of half n half
  • 4 ounces of Velveeta (this is about 1/2 of a small package- I used light)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional- but gives the dish a nice little kick)
  • plenty of salt and pepper (To taste- let’s face it, broccoli and pasta just taste better with lots of salt n pepper!)
  • 2 1/2 cup of pre-cooked cubed chicken breasts
  • 2 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to directions, adding broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter.  Combine flour and broth until smooth, add half n half.  Bring to a boil and cook and stir for 1 minute until thickened.
  3. Add Velveeta and spices, stir until Velveeta is melted.
  4. Add pasta, broccoli, and chicken to sauce, combine until everything is coated and heated through.
  5. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.  Let stand until cheese is melted.

Serve and enjoy!


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  1. hey you craftymom,

    I hate to be a debbie-downer but no where on the ingredients list does it say how much chicken to use in the recipe…

    I saw your comment that you used pre-cooked chicken you had on hand, but do you happen to remember how much was in the package? Or can I just throw any old amount in that I please?

    Would love a reply back, but i understand if you have other things to go do. (Great blog btw)

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      2 to 2 and a 1/2 cups is the recommended amount.

  2. Mfrenchieee says:

    How many servings does this recipe make?! 🙂

    1. 4 to 6 depending on how big your servings are.

  3. Kelly Miller says:

    I don't use velveeta a lot either, it's really expensive compared to real cheese around here! But I may just have to make an exception for this one, looks delicious! Pinned. 🙂 -Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom

  4. Julie redheadcandecorate.com says:

    drooling! yum yum!

  5. Charlene@APinchofJoy says:

    Sounds delicious and healthy! thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!
    A Pinch of Joy/

  6. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jamie,
    Your Chicken Broccoli Pasta Skillet will be a great meal for us. Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. amy harrison says:

    looks great! I'm thinking edamame would be a great vegetarian substitute for the chicken. will let you know if I try it!

    1. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom says:

      Firm tofu might be good too.

  8. Krista Rollins says:

    Yumm!!! This looks delicious. I love a good cheesy broccoli dish… and bonus that you used bowtie pasta. 🙂 It looks super easy and simple. Thanks for a great recipe. 🙂 Following you on facebook and google+ now. 🙂

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

  9. Hi, Im Kelly! says:

    pinned it! This looks like something I would totally make

  10. Shannon Hawk says:

    Oh how I love broccoli! It's my favorite and I am always looking for new recipes to use broccoli in! This looks like a delicious, simple weeknight dinner! I am putting it on my menu for next week! Thanks for sharing:)

  11. That looks yummy!!
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your knit top tutorial on my round tuit post this week!
    Round Tuit 150
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Mmm, chicken and cheese and broccoli. I've never actually used velveeta

  13. Selene @ Restoration Beauty says:

    This looks so good and like something my family would love! We are big fans of cheese and broccoli! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  14. Thank you for posting this recipe. It looks so good! And I like you would have to leave the broccoli out, as my hubby won't eat it. But the kids and I will.