Cheesy Chicken and Broccolini Bake

It’s called a bake, but let’s be honest, this recipe is a gourmet macaroni and cheese. With fresh broccolini and chicken, the servings are filling and full of cheesy goodness. One of my favorite parts is the breadcrumb topping. It serves as a nice compliment to the smooth dish. For my family, there were no leftovers when I made this (and no empty stomachs)! I hope you enjoy it as well.

Ingredients (makes 4-6 servings): IMG_5217

  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 C low-fat milk
  • 1 Lb cooked and shredded, boneless chicken breast meat
  • 1 t dijon mustard
  • 8 Oz reduced fat cream cheese
  • 12 Oz large elbow macaroni
  • 8 Oz medium cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 C fresh breadcrumbsIMG_5246

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook noodles in a large pot of salted water for 3 minutes.
  3. Add Broccolini and cook an additional 2 minutes. Drain the noodles and broccolini, reserving 1 C of water.
  4. In a large saucepan, bring milk to simmer.
  5. Add mustard and cream cheese and lightly whisk. Add fresh ground pepper to taste.
  6. Add noodles & broccolini, reserved water, cheese.
  7. Toss well and place in a large baking dish.IMG_5230
  8. In a separate bowl, toss breadcrumbs with olive oil and sprinkle over casserole.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil and increase heat to broil for 4 minutes. IMG_5233

Enjoy!

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