Broccoli Chicken Mac and Cheese

This lightened-up mac and cheese is the best way to sneak in some veggies for those picky eaters! Also freezer-friendly!

Broccoli Chicken Mac and Cheese - This lightened-up mac and cheese is the best way to sneak in some veggies for those picky eaters! Also freezer-friendly!

I did something horrible.

I took a trashy mac and cheese, and made it less trashy. By adding broccoli.

MY OTHER RECIPES


Hey, apparently vegetables are good for you.

You’ll thank me later.

TRUST.

Broccoli Chicken Mac and Cheese - This lightened-up mac and cheese is the best way to sneak in some veggies for those picky eaters! Also freezer-friendly!

Broccoli Chicken Mac and Cheese

This lightened-up mac and cheese is the best way to sneak in some veggies for those picky eaters! Also freezer-friendly!

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces pasta shells
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons all -purpose flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Within the last 2 minutes of cooking time, add broccoli; drain well.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in milk, flour, garlic and Dijon, until smooth and slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Stir in pasta, broccoli, chicken, sun dried tomatoes and cheeses until well combined, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 653.7 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.0g 23%
Saturated Fat 6.1g 31%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 81.7mg 27%
Sodium 561.5mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 77.7g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 8.7g
Protein 50.4g 101%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.