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This one pot chicken and broccoli pasta recipe is a quick pantry meal, and you will love the creamy garlic sauce! It’s ready in 30 minutes for a lighter comfort food meal.

You may also enjoy this Cheesy Chicken Divan or Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake next.

a bowl of chicken and broccoli pasta

Why you’ll love it

Chicken and broccoli are a classic combo, and they’re great in this one pot pasta. It’s not a fancy recipe, making it great for kids and picky eaters and for any time you’re craving a no-fuss meal fast. We’re talking everyday ingredients and a few simple seasonings!

One pot meals are good for obvious reasons (fewer dishes), but they’re also great because the way the starch from the pasta thickens up the garlic sauce here is kind of magical. That means you get a nice texture while using half-and-half, keeping this pasta a bit lighter.

What you’ll need

  • Chicken – we’re cutting chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces
  • Olive oil – for sautéing
  • Garlic – add even more if you’re a garlic lover
  • Italian seasoning – it’s an all-purpose blend of dried herbs that comes in one jar
  • Red pepper flakes – they add a pop of color and gentle warmth, but you may want to skip it for the little ones
  • Chicken broth – for more savory flavor
  • Half-and-half – for my international readers, this is half milk/half heavy cream
  • Pasta – we’re using fusilli (spiral) pasta
  • Broccoli – for fresh goodness
ingredients for chicken and broccoli pasta in prep bowls

Pro tip

This is designed to be a simple pantry meal with few ingredients, so be sure to add enough salt & pepper to bring out the flavors. If you want to add some pizzazz, season with Tony’s Chachere’s to add a little kick or seasoning salt instead of regular salt.

How to make chicken and broccoli pasta

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing chicken in a soup pot and adding in sauce ingredients and pasta

In a soup pot, sauté the chicken in the oil for a few minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients except for the broccoli, salt & pepper, and parmesan (if using). Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring every so often.

a pot with chicken and broccoli pasta before and after cooking

Add in the broccoli, cover, and reduce the heat. Cook until the broccoli is tender to your liking. Season generously with salt & pepper (or other suggested seasonings in the post). Grate parmesan on top if desired.

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Substitutions and variations

  • If you do want this to be a richer dish, feel free to use heavy cream instead.
  • Grating a little bit of lemon zest on at the end would add a little brightness.
  • For a stronger herb flavor, simply increase the amount of Italian seasoning you’re using or throw in some fresh herbs.
  • As with any one pot pasta, swapping out the variety of pasta might require altering the liquid ratios and cooking time, so keep that in mind.

What to serve with chicken broccoli pasta

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftover chicken broccoli pasta in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Keep in mind the pasta will soak up the sauce, so it’s best eaten sooner rather than later.
  • Reheat over low heat, and add a splash of half-and-half if needed to perk up the sauce.
  • I don’t recommend freezing this one. The texture of both the pasta and sauce will change.
closeup of a pot with broccoli and chicken pasta

If you made this one pot broccoli and chicken pasta, please leave a star rating and review below! I’d love to hear from you. Or tag me on Instagram with your S&L creations!

a bowl of chicken and broccoli pasta
4.74 from 26 votes

One Pot Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

This one pot chicken and broccoli pasta recipe is a quick pantry meal, and you will love the creamy garlic sauce! It's ready in 30 minutes for a lighter comfort food meal.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 chicken breasts cut into bite-size strips/pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 3 cups uncooked fusilli pasta 
  • 2 cups broccoli florets cut small
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving, optional, to taste


  • Add the chicken to a Dutch oven or soup pot along with the olive oil. Give it a good stir and sauté over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, chicken broth, half-and-half, and pasta to the pot. Increase the heat to high and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to medium (or medium-low if it is still bubbling a lot). Let it simmer for 8 minutes, giving it the occasional stir so the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the broccoli to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and cook for 4-5 minutes. 
  • Season the pasta generously with salt & pepper. If the broccoli is still too crisp, cook it for another couple of minutes. Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan. 


  • This is a basic, kid-friendly recipe. If you want to jazz it up a bit, there’s some tips in the blog post, and be sure to add the crushed red pepper flakes.
  • This recipe is accurate as tested on my stove. However, stoves and pots can vary, so if you notice the pasta is not yet cooked and there doesn’t seem to be enough liquid, I suggest using your best judgment and adding a bit more liquid as needed, a half cup at a time until the pasta is cooked. 
  • Some pastas absorb more liquid than others, so I suggest sticking to the type of pasta I recommend in this recipe or you may need to make some adjustments to liquid and/or cooking time.
  • The broccoli is tender-crisp in this recipe. Be sure not to cut the florets too large unless you prefer it to be crisper.
  • Using half-and-half makes the sauce a bit lighter than using heavy cream, but you could sub it for heavy cream if you like.


Calories: 510kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 116mg, Sodium: 552mg, Potassium: 851mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 787IU, Vitamin C: 44mg, Calcium: 176mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on February 19, 2018. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!

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  1. Leslie Anne Pinchin says:

    5 stars
    Generously topped with fresh basil, flat leaf parsley and parmigiana there was nothing bland about this recipe! Loved it! Great way to use up fresh broccoli out of the garden.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much!! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it!