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Cheddar Shells with Rotisserie Chicken
and broccoli

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This week we're bringing back a super simple classic - cheesy pasta shells with chicken and broccoli. This recipe was previously featured in 2020.
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. 

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Cheddar Shells with Rotisserie Chicken and Broccoli:
  • 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, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
  • Pasta, uncooked shells - 8 oz (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Oil, cooking - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Garlic / Broccoli / Cheese - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. 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)

  3. Make sauce base - Mix garlic with milk, mustard, nutmeg, salt, and flour.

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Make

  1. 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.

  2. When pasta is done, reserve 1 cup / 235 ml (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of pasta water and drain pasta and broccoli.

  3. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add oil and then chicken to heated oil. Saute until chicken is heated through, ~1 minute.

  4. Pour sauce base over chicken. Whisk sauce base and, once it starts to thicken, add in pasta and broccoli.

  5. 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.

  6. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese until melted.

  7. Season pasta with some salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (39)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (6)

Most Helpful

Delicious comfort food! We made it with 16oz of pasta, frozen grilled chicken strips and didn’t measure the cheese 😉

By: Mariam
Posted: Aug 10, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

27 reviews

Probably doubled the amount of cheese but we all enjoyed it. Would make it again

By: Tiffany
Posted: Aug 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was good. My fam isn't a huge fan of broccoli and I oversalted it at the end, but it was still tasty!

By: Kate
Posted: Aug 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We didn’t love the Dijon flavor

By: Brittany
Posted: Aug 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I deconstructed and made pasta for my husband and I had quinoa. Roasted broccoli and left diced chicken out of sauce. Added mixed greens and vinaigrette.

By: Alyssa
Posted: Aug 14, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was easy and tasty. The easy is the most important part.

By: Kristin
Posted: Aug 14, 2022
Diet: Original
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This was great. Garlic wasn’t cooked, my kiddo found it a little spicy, so might try cooking in a little oil first before adding to sauce mixture.

By: Alec
Posted: Aug 14, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
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