Chicken Pasta Skillet Recipe
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Chicken Pasta Skillet Recipe

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“I wanted to come up with a healthier mac and cheese dish—something with a little fiber and veggies. My husband doesn’t like health food, but he loved this!” Heather McClintock, Columbus, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic-herb seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups equals 335 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 72 mg cholesterol, 671 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch 1 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cooking; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk flour and broth until smooth. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; stir in broth mixture. Add half-and-half. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1 minute or until thickened. Add process cheese, seasoning blend and salt; stir until smooth.
  3. Add chicken and pasta mixture; heat through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Let stand, covered, 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Pasta Skillet in Healthy Cooking April/May 2011, p55

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"This recipe was good but I did use more cheese than the recipe called for because my family loves cheese. So the cheesier the better!"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"Have fixed this twice now and hubby an I really like it. As other reviewers stated, I cut out a cup of pasta and added an extra cup of broccoli and chicken. Very tasty."

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"Good recipe, but it's way too lacking on chicken & broccoli and way too heavy on the pasta. You should plan for double the chicken and broccoli to make it work right."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"My family really liked this. I thought we'd try it without the cheese on top to save some fat, and everyone thought it was great without it."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I tweaked this a bit and it was a HUGE hit at dinner with my husband and 2 year old. I added an extra cup of broccoli, used 1% milk instead of half and half, used full fat Velveeta, and since I didn't have any garlic-herb seasoning on hand, I used 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp onion powder. I also just scattered the shredded cheese on top so it probably was more like 3/4 cup. Not quite as healthy but DELICIOUS!!!! This will become part of my monthly meal rotation for sure."

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