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Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese – Homemade, lightened-up shells and cheese, tossed with chicken and broccoli florets.

Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese - Homemade, lightened-up shells and cheese, tossed with chicken and broccoli florets.

Shells and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

This very simple, kid-friendly recipe for Shells and Cheese is absolutely delicious and pretty darn easy to make. Everyone loves this homemade “Mac and Cheese”!

HAPPY SUNDAY, FRIENDS!! Are you enjoying the first official weekend of Summer? Hope you’re having a fantastic time!

I’ve been too busy dreaming about going to a nice tropical place, with the ocean as my morning view and salsa dancing as my night cap.
Then I am reminded of my two little ones…

Umm… Ain’t nobody going nowhere, especially not salsa dancing until these two babes can order themselves a draaaank.
For now, looks like laying out on the back porch will do. Sippy cups in tow and Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese on the go!

I want to honor Summer by adding comfort food to our dinners. YAY for cheese, chicken, more cheese, and pasta!! It can’t always be about a Berry Caprese Salad or Banana Mango Smoothies … or maybe it can?!

Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese | | Homemade, lightened-up shells and cheese, tossed with chicken and broccoli florets. | #pasta #chicken #recipes

So, how do you like my big, silver pan up there? It’s on this blog every other week. I’m kinda tired of it, but, you know, if I add one more pan or pot to this kitchen, I think my kitchen will explode!

I need a celebrity’s house to be able to fit all the stuff that I want to have. The kitchen would have to be the biggest. Then I can go and pimp it out on MTV’s Cribs. Does that show still play? ‘Cause I really wanna show off my fridge and all the stuff I keep in it… Like, shredded Cheddar Cheese, anyone? With a side of chicken??

Homemade Mac and Cheese

Hey! How about we make super simple HOMEMADE mac and cheese? Errrr, shells and cheese?!
I mean, the cheese isn’t quite homemade, but I can do that, too, if you want me to… please don’t make me.

Besides, this is still a waaaaaay better option than that box-stuff. And it tastes really GOOD! 😌 

Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese | | Homemade, lightened-up shells and cheese, tossed with chicken and broccoli florets. | #pasta #chicken #recipes

Please,  just step away from that blue box, as well as away from the Velveeta stuff… you won’t need them. And after you see how easy it is to make your own mac ‘n cheese, shells and cheese, cheesy chicken cheese(!!!!), I hope that you won’t ever have to reach over for the blue box. K? Thanks!



4.41 from 5 votes

Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese

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WW Freestyle: 14
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Homemade, lightened-up shells and cheese, tossed with chicken and broccoli florets.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, American/Southern
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 556


  • 8 ounces medium shells pasta, uncooked
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup low sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste, (or 3 teaspoons minced garlic)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  • Add broccoli florets to the pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In the meantime, prepare the chicken.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, chicken broth, and flour.
  • Add garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder; whisk until well combined.
  • Stir the milk mixture into the pan with the chicken.
  • Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  • Add pasta mixture and cheddar cheese; stir until cheese is melted and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Let stand 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir and Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 590mg25%
Potassium 892mg25%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 62.2mg75%
Calcium 242mg24%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: broccoli, cheese, mac and cheese, pasta recipes

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23 Responses
  1. Kris Marie

    I come back to this delicious recipe whenever we need a good comfort meal! This is it! Just made it! Thank you!

  2. Sabrina

    this was linked from another site featuring healthy pasta dishes, this looks wonderful so had to comment to thank you for this recipe! And will definitely stay away from the velvetta

  3. Maria

    I made this tonight for dinner without the chicken and with whole milk, and it turned out great, so easy to make too!

  4. FoxyGourmet

    Okay Katerina, it’s me again. Clearly I am having a Julia/Julie moment & making a dish a day from your old/archived recipes (plus my name is Julie). And that’s because my husband’s overseas & I get to enter the kitchen without him freaking out (it’s sooooo his domain). This dish was excellent last night; a little bit too excellent as today I’m feeling my pants are a little snug. Anyways, a word for your readers; put the leftovers in a container & into the fridge STRAIGHT AWAY, otherwise you will be tempted to go back for a second bowl. Delicious!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      That is SO awesome, Julie!! Thank you! I LOVE this dish, too! I can’t helping eating it straight from the pan as soon as it’s done. 😀 And that whole husband in the kitchen thing is pretty amazing! GO GIRL!

  5. Jennifer

    This looks soooo good! I love any pasta dish with cheese. And I too need a celebrity kitchen like you see on all those cooking shows. There are so many things I want… your pan looks pretty cool.

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    One of my favorite lazy meals is throwing veggies and chicken into boxed velveeta mac and cheese. For some reason I never make a homemade version of it. Looks great!

  7. Valerie

    Admittedly, I still reach back to the comfort of my college daze & grab the blue box but nothing compares to homemade macaroni and cheese. This looks just lovely!

  8. A_Boleyn

    Wonderful meal to put in front of your family. It’s hard to see that silver pan when it’s so full of creamy, cheesy, chickeny, broccoli goodness. 🙂

    I can relate to ‘pan love’ as I have a Lagostina non-stick saute pan that is just right for everything from soups to the 2 dozen mussels in white wine and diced tomatoes that I made yesterday. I bought it from Costco but Canadian Tire has them on sale for pennies.

  9. Laura Dembowski

    I love this! It’s pretty healthy and easy to make. Love that the protein, vegetable, pasta, and sauce is all in one dish.

  10. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Looks amazing my family would not be able to get enough! BTW I love that silver pan, I need to get me one of those! Have a great weekend!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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