Chicken pasta with broccoli

Kids love pasta as a meal, making this ideal for the whole family.

Ready in

1 hour 30 mins

Serving size

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sunflower or olive oil
  • 3 chicken breasts on the bone, halved and skin and all fat removed
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) dried mixed herbs
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 green or red pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) cake flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) low-fat milk
  • 200 g broccoli, cut in small pieces
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • lemon juice and black pepper to taste
  • 250 g fusilli or any pasta shape of your choice

Method

  1. Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a pot and fry chicken until golden brown. Reduce the heat and add herbs with water.
  2. Cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes or until cooked. Spoon out and remove bones. Keep liquid aside.
  3. Heat another 1 tsp of the oil in the same pot and fry onions, green pepper and garlic for a few minutes.
  4. Stir in the flour until absorbed. Slowly stir in the cooking liquid until it forms a sauce.
  5. Stir in the milk and simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.
  6. Add the chicken, broccoli, mustard, ½ tsp of the salt and season with lemon juice and pepper.
  7. Simmer until the broccoli is just tender, about 10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add pasta and the other ½ tsp of salt. Cook until tender and drain well. Stir the remaining 1 tsp of oil into the warm pasta.
  9. Stir the sauce into the pasta and serve warm.
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Tips

  1. Use leftover chicken or meat and add in step 6 or use 2 tins of tuna in brine, drained.
  2. Pasta bake: Spoon pasta mixture into an oven dish. Sprinkle with ¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese, and bake at 180 °C until golden brown.

Chicken pasta with broccoli video

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 1st edition

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