Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Trumpet Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Trumpet Pasta
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Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Trumpet Pasta
Cristina De Guzman

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Trumpet Pasta

As we all know, broccoli is a very nutritious vegetable. It is a very good source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, and folic acid... And it belongs to the cabbage family, known as cruciferous vegetables, which have anti-cancer properties. With all the health benefits that broccoli has to offer, I am truly glad that it is one of the few green vegetables that my daughters love. At least I wouldn't have to force them to eat it.

This pasta dish that I'm sharing with you today is one of their favorite broccoli dishes. I frequently use either macaroni or penne for this recipe if I don't have trumpet pasta.

The delicious combination of broccoli, cheese, and chicken always makes this dish a big hit on our table... But the fun shape of trumpet pasta makes it even more appealing. Let me tell you, though, that whatever type of pasta you use, this recipe will surely bring delight to everyone. If you want your kids to start eating broccoli, you should try this!

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4
Servings
956
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups cubed boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 Teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 box of trumpet pasta, or other pasta such as penne
  • 2 Cups broccoli florets
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup cubed Velveeta cheese
  • 1 1/8 Cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground dried basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried parsley flakes, plus more for garnish

Directions

Place the chicken in a small bowl and season with 1 tablespoon of the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta until al dente according to package directions. Add the broccoli florets in the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside. Wipe the pan dry.

In the same saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and stir-fry chicken until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Add the milk and remaining garlic powder. Bring to just below a boil while stirring. Add the Velveeta and 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Continue stirring until the cheese is melted.

Add the ground basil and parsley flakes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the pasta and broccoli. Toss until well covered with sauce, transfer to a serving dish, top with the remaining Parmesan cheese, and garnish with parsley flakes.

Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
55%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
15g
74%
Cholesterol
142mg
47%
Protein
63g
100%
Carbs
94g
31%
Vitamin A
243µg
27%
Vitamin B12
1µg
21%
Vitamin B6
1mg
62%
Vitamin C
33mg
55%
Vitamin D
2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
3mg
13%
Vitamin K
11µg
14%
Calcium
723mg
72%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
71µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
71µg
18%
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
134mg
34%
Monounsaturated
14g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
13mg
66%
Phosphorus
916mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
942mg
27%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.7mg
41%
Sodium
989mg
41%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
20%
Trans
0.3g
N/A
Zinc
5mg
32%