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This one pot chicken and broccoli pasta is quick, easy, and you will love the creamy garlic sauce! Ready in 30 minutes.

For more chicken and broccoli goodness, try my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Bake next.

one-pot chicken broccoli pasta on a plate with grated parmesan

I’m pleased with this creamy chicken and broccoli pasta! I think that it’ll appeal to quite a lot of people. Chicken and broccoli are perennial favorites, and one pot meals are so convenient.

This chicken and broccoli recipe isn’t fancy, but it’s one of those stick-to-your-ribs kinda meals. Perfect for Canadian February days. I won’t say this pasta is super healthy, but I did replace heavy cream with half-and-half, so it is definitely lighter than it could be.

Love broccoli? Try my Easy Creamy Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta, my Simple Sausage and Broccoli Pasta, this Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe, or my Healthy Broccoli Salad.

a pot with chicken broccoli pasta

How do you make one pot pasta?

Start by sautéing the chicken. You then add garlic, the liquid ingredients, and the pasta. The starch in the pasta will release and thicken the sauce as it cooks. Stir it occasionally, and pretty soon you’ll see it transform!

I like to wait until towards the end to add more delicate ingredients that tend to overcook (broccoli in this case).

earthenware plate with chicken broccoli pasta

I’ll admit I’m not always chicken’s #1 fan, but even I couldn’t resist sneaking a few bites of this chicken pasta recipe before it made it to a plate.

I like making one pot pasta recipes every now and then because 1) fewer dishes and 2) the magical way the starch in the pasta thickens up the sauce. When you get the liquid ratios correct, magic happens. 🙂

plate of chicken broccoli pasta with grated parmesan beside a cloth napkin and parsley sprigs for garnish

I added some red pepper flakes for a pop of spice and color, but feel free to leave those out if you’d prefer. I was actually considering grating a little bit of lemon zest on at the end, but I totally forgot.

Typical me, I come up with all these ideas and then forget to do them once I’m actually in the kitchen. Anyway, that’s an option if you’re interested. 😉

Other one pot pasta recipes you may like:

close-up of pot with chicken broccoli pasta and a wooden cooking spoon

Hope you try this one pot broccoli and chicken pasta!

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.

This one pot chicken and broccoli pasta is quick, easy, and you will love the creamy garlic sauce! Ready in 30 minutes.
4.75 from 16 votes

One Pot Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

This one pot chicken and broccoli pasta is quick, easy, and you will love the creamy garlic sauce! 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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. 

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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73 Comments

  1. I never comment on recipes but had to with this one. It was sooo good, everyone loved it! One of those Mondays where I really didn’t know what to cook but my daughter was starving after work and I had all the ingredients on hand to make this, and it was quick and easy! Definitely a keeper, thank you!

  2. 4 stars
    I made this for the first rime tonight! I read through the comments and also added extra Italian seasoning and cream cheese. It turned out delicious!

  3. 3 stars
    It was a little on the basic side for my hubby and I, but our little guys gobbled this down. I added about 3 tablespoons of creamcheese for a thicker sauce, but it still needed more help for my taste.
    I will tweak and add a few more things next time, thank you for sharing. 🙂