Chicken Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Throughout college my go to recipe for a fancy dinner in with Justin was Chicken Broccoli and Rice, which consisted of dumping two bags of Cheddar Broccoli Rice packets, two slices of Kraft American cheese, a tablespoon of butter, and a can of shredded chicken into a large pot and letting it simmer for fifteen minutes.  No wonder I gained the freshman fifteen.  As much as it makes my skin crawl typing those ingredients, those dinners hold a special place in my heart and although extremely unhealthy were undeniably delicious.  When I saw this Chicken Broccoli Noodle Casserole recipe from Skinnytaste, I knew it would give us the same amazing tasty flavor with way less prepackaged, processed fat and it absolutely did not disappoint.  If you haven’t checked out Skinnytaste.com yet, you definitely should head over to try Gina’s personalized healthy recipes that are always delicious.  I’ve already tried three of her recipes (seen here and here) and they were not only healthy and tasty without sacrificing any flavor but satisfied Justin as well.  Check them out too if you are on Weight Watchers as she gives point values for servings and other nutritional information.

Prep Time     20-30 Minutes
Bake Time    20-25 Minutes
Makes           6 Servings

Nutritional Information from Skinny Taste:

Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/6th • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts 
Calories: 313 • Fat: 9.9 g • Protein: 27.2 g • Carb: 31.2 g • Fiber: 4.4 g 

Ingredients:

6 oz Ronzoni Smart Taste Noodles
2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
12 oz fresh broccoli florets, chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 medium shallot, minced
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups fat-free chicken broth
1 cup milk
12 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
4 oz shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar
cooking spray
3 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 375.  Lightly spray a 9×12 casserole dish with cooking spray.  Cook noodles in salted water until al dente; set aside.

2.  In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil and cook garlic about 1 minute until golden.  Add the broccoli and a pinch of salt, cover and saute for about 3 minutes.  Set aside.

3.  In a large pot over medium-low heat, melt butter.  Add the minced shallot and cook about 2-3 minutes until soft.  Add the flour and a pinch of salt; stir well and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

4.  Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined over medium heat for about 30 seconds.  Add milk and bring to a boil.  Simmer on medium heat for approximately 6-7 minutes stirring occasionally until sauce thickens.  Remove from heat and add cheddar and 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese; mix well until cheese melts.

5.  Add the shredded chicken, noodles, and broccoli to the sauce and mix well.  Pour into a casserole dish and top with the remaining Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.  Spray a light layer of cooking spray on top and bake 20-25 minutes.

**Recipe Source:  Skinny Taste**

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9 thoughts on “Chicken Broccoli Noodle Casserole

  1. This sounds great! I want to make as a relief dinner for friend. Any thoughts on quality after freezing and reheating instructions? I’m thinking that covered at 350 for half hour then uncovered for 15? Thanks so much!!!

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    • Hi Melissa – to be completely honest, I have no idea. I definitely think that what you proposed sounds like it would work out well. If you try it please let me know so I can update the post. Sorry, that I can’t be more of a help.

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  3. I really am loving how simple yet delicious this sounds and looks. It is amazing the way things work their way into our hearts. I for one am a huge fan of adding butter to things..it makes them so creamy. I really want to try this and see if I can make that amazing sauce. Pinning and sharing! Inspiration in Progress {every Thursday} I would love for you to stop by and add your post or any other favorite post to the link up! I hope to see you tomorrow….have a great day!

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