Chicken Broccoli Cheese Bake Recipe

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Chicken Broccoli Cheese Bake

Stephanie Rudy


My daughters beg me to make this dish! It is a little time consuming to brine, but it really makes a big difference in the taste and texture of the chicken. If you are pressed for time you can brine for one hour. Boneless meat doesn't take as long to brine as on the bone, or large pieces of meat.

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3 Hr
1 Hr


1 1/2 lb
Mini Penne, or any hearty pasta you prefer
1 large
Sweet onion
6 c
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
3 - 4 lb
Chicken breats, boneless, bite size
2 lb
Broccoli, fresh, bite size
2 jar(s)
Three Cheese Alfredo Sauce
1 can(s)
Condensed Cheddar and Broccoli Soup
1/2 c
White Wine
1 Tbsp
Milk and/or Half and Half
Olive Oil
Kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder to taste
For Brine
1/4 c
Kosher salt
1 qt
2 Tbsp
Brown Sugar
Extra seasonings are optional in brine


1For Brine:
In a large bowl or pot add 1 Quart of water, 1/4 cup of kosher salt, and 2 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar, add any seasonings you prefer. Mix well. Add boneless chicken and submerge for only 2 hours. Remove from brine after 2 hours, so the chicken wont be to salty. This really makes a big difference in the chicken, it is much more flavorful and tender.
2After chicken is brined, cut it into bite size pieces. Set aside.
3Cook penne for about 9 minutes til aldente, not mushy.
4Saute onion in olive oil and set aside, then saute chicken with seasonings and set aside.
5Add white wine to the pan and deglaze. Add condensed soup and alfredo sauce to the pan and whisk well.
6Add some milk or half and half to the empty jars and shake them up to get all the sauce out. Put it in the pot.
7Add mayo and more half and half to get the consistency you like. Put chicken and onions back into sauce.
8In a seperate pot saute seasoned cut up broccoli in butter til almost done. Add broccoli to the rest of the mixture. Heat until bubbly in pot.
9Spray a glass casserole dish with cooking spray and add some sauce to bottom of the dish.
10Layer the pan with chicken / sauce mixture and penne. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
11Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until hot all the way through and bubbly on top.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids