Cheddar Shells with Rotisserie Chicken
We're rounding out the week with a super simple classic - cheesy pasta shells with chicken and broccoli. This recipe was previously featured here.
Smarts: Boiling the pasta and the broccoli together saves time and dishes - just be sure to only add the broccoli at the end of cooking so it doesn't overcook.
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Broccoli - 1 lb, chopped
- Cheese, cheddar - 5 oz, grated
- Rotisserie chicken - 1/2, shredded
- Milk, any type - 1 cup
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Nutmeg (opt) - 1/4 tsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Flour - 2 Tbsp
- Pasta, uncooked shells - 8 oz (sub any small pasta shape)
- Oil, cooking - 2 tsp
- Garlic / Broccoli / Cheese - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Rotisserie chicken - (Skip if chicken was prepped ahead for Tuesday.) Take meat off the bone and shred. Use a knife and fork or your hands. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make sauce base - Mix garlic with milk, mustard, nutmeg, salt, and flour.
- Bring a large stock pot (stock pot should accommodate pasta and broccoli) of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Add broccoli in the last 1 1/2 minutes of cooking.
- When pasta is done, reserve 1 cup / 235 ml (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of pasta water and drain pasta and broccoli.
- Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add oil and then chicken to heated oil. Saute until chicken is heated through, ~1 minute.
- Pour sauce base over chicken. Whisk sauce base and, once it starts to thicken, add in pasta and broccoli.
- If the sauce is too thick, pour in some of your reserved pasta water. Keep on adding the pasta water until you get the consistency you want.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese until melted.
- Season pasta with some salt and pepper. Enjoy!
I actually made this without the broccoli or chicken to be used as a side dish and it was awesome!1 Helpful
Super super easy. Definitely add cayenne and/or red pepper flakes to your sauce base unless you have spice-averse or kids eating this dish. Cooked up beautifully and easily. Perfect for a busy and chilly weeknight.0 Helpful
WOW! Definitely heavier than I am used to, but really yummy. I will save this for a winter day.0 Helpful
Good comfort food, though I felt like it needed one more kick of spice. We added some red pepper flakes and that was a good move.0 Helpful
Pretty tasty and great way to use rotisserie chicken. Kids ate it up. I uses mostly regular cheddar and some smoked cheddar. Broccoli could have used a minute or two more since the water stopped boiling when I put it in the pasta water. Overall easy weeknight meal that the kids liked!0 Helpful
Very simple, very quick. Nice way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken.0 Helpful
It was mostly just okay. I felt like it needed some more acid and seasoning even though we used extra sharp cheddar and plenty of mustard. It was definitely quick and easy for a weeknight though!0 Helpful