Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta

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When the family is hungry and there isn't a lot of time left in the day for cooking a hot meal, a skillet supper is just the thing you should turn to. Everything cooks in one dish so cleanup is easy, and skillet suppers can go from stovetop to oven to table. Serve the meal right out of the skillet for casual family-style dining. This chicken broccoli pasta uses egg noodles, but you can use your favorite pasta shape. You can even plan ahead and shred your deli chicken the night before. To put this chicken and broccoli skillet supper together, simply cook bacon, then make a sauce with butter, garlic, chicken broth, cream, and seasonings. After stirring in chicken, broccoli and other ingredients, broil for a crispy finish. We flavored with skillet pasta with Peppadew peppers, which is the brand name of the piquanté pepper, which is small, round, and pickled in a sweet-and-spicy brine. Look for this type in the olive bar in your grocery store's deli section, or use jarred sweet cherry peppers.

Chicken-and-Broccoli Skillet Pasta
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • 6 thick-cut bacon slices, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tsp.)

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 (15-oz.) pkg. frozen broccoli florets, thawed

  • 8 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)

  • 2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about ½ cup)

  • 1 (12-oz.) pkg. wide egg noodles, cooked according to package directions

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (from 1 rotisserie chicken)

  • ½ cup chopped Peppadew or sweet cherry peppers (from a [16-oz.] jar)

  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to broil with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Heat a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium. Add bacon, and cook, stirring often, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet.

  2. Add butter and garlic to hot drippings in skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in chicken broth, cream, salt, and pepper until smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium-high, whisking occasionally. Stir in broccoli. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 7 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses until smooth. Stir in cooked pasta, chicken, peppers, and half the reserved bacon. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Broil in preheated oven until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining bacon.

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