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.

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

Why It’s A Smart Choice

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.

With all four food groups, this is a complete meal all in one bowl! Not only that, this recipe is a good source of iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium, and B vitamins.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.