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Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole Recipe

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole is one of those recipes that is simple, easy, and tastes great!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Casserole, Chicken, Freezer Meal
Author: Contributor

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces 6 oz Ronzoni Smart taste noodles (or no-yolk)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 ounces fresh broccoli florets chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 12 ounces cooked and shredded chicken breast
  • 4 ounces reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly undercooked by 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook on medium heat until golden, about 1 minute. Add the broccoli and a little salt, saute and cover the broccoli for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the broccoli begins to soften. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13" casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large pot, heat butter over medium-low heat, when melted add the green onions and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined over medium heat; whisk well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 6-7 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and add reduced fat sharp cheddar and 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese; mix well until the cheese melts.Add the shredded chicken, noodles and broccoli to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated.
  • Pour into a casserole dish and top with Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray on top and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. Place the casserole under the broiler a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp and golden (careful not to burn).

Notes

*Freezer Meal Instructions: Before Casserole is cooked, put it into a foil pan. Cover with foil and throw in the Freezer. To cook you can either put the frozen casserole into the fridge 24 hours in advance and cook it for 20 -25 minutes... Or you can can put it straight into the oven frozen for about 40 minutes or until it is cooked all the way through.