Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta

Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta

You will love this Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta! Perfect for a quick weeknight meal that will please everyone at the table.

This is no secret but I will literally eat anything with a cream sauce. Like ANYTHING. I would probably eat a sock if it had cream sauce on it. It’s so easy to make too, and there are a ton of different ways to make a cream sauce. For this Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta, I used a super simple method that doesn’t require any prep work or additional cooking, so anyone can do it.

Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta

The ingredients for this dish are also pretty simple and don’t require a lot of prep work, so this comes together pretty fast. You really just have to make sure the broccoli is cut into small enough pieces.

I also just love the fresh basil and lemon in this dish. If you don’t currently use fresh lemon juice and zest in pasta dishes, you definitely will after this. It adds this amazing tanginess that you just don’t get from bottled lemon juice. I’m a little obsessed with adding lemon zest to like everything I cook now.

Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta

I like to use rigatoni when I make this dish, the large noodles help to grab the sauce and hold everything together really well. You can definitely just use whatever pasta you have on hand though, any type would work just fine. I used regular rigatoni but feel free to use whole wheat if you prefer. I actually use whole wheat pasta normally but this made for prettier pictures 🙂

Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta

You can see from this picture, the sauce is minimal. This keeps the dish pretty light despite using heaving cream and it doesn’t drown out the flavors of the broccoli and the chicken. I didn’t cut my chicken up before adding it back to the sauce but you certainly can. Make this Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta your own!

Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta

 

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Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta
You will love this Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta! Perfect for a quick weeknight meal that will please everyone at the table.
Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta
Instructions
  1. Dice the onion, cut the basil into ribbons and cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets. Combine the cream, milk and parmesan in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper on each side. Heat 2 Tbsp. of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until done all the way through, about 5-6 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. At this point, you can begin cooking the pasta according to package directions.
  3. Add the onion to the pan (you can also add more oil if you need it) and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the broccoli to the pan, along with ¼ cup water (this helps it steam a bit and stay green and crisp). Cook the broccoli until tender.
  4. Add the tomatoes, lemon zest and juice, and basil and cook about 2 more minutes until everything is incorporated and heated through. Turn the heat to low. Add the cream, milk and parmesan mixture and stir until a thick sauce forms. Add the chicken back to the pan (you can cut into strips if you’d like) and coat with the sauce.
  5. Serve over the rigatoni and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you are vegetarian, you can simply leave the chicken out and this dish will be just as delicious!

Creamy Sundried Tomato Broccoli Chicken Pasta

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3 Comments

  1. This looks great! I always have a hard time getting my husband to agree on a pasta with me. I hate red sauces, and he’s not a super fan of cream sauce. But, he loves broccoli, so I think this will work. Thanks!

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