Chicken Broccoli and Ziti Alfredo

gary bannon


I used to just throw this together for a family dinner, always a favorite.
When I started cooking for a living I had to make sure it was consistent so I came up with this. This is the quantity I have used when catering as it makes approximately one half pan.
My daughter has been a server in a few restaurants and when we worked together she always had me make this for her shift meal. She says I make it better than the chef’s she has worked with.

Let me know what you think!

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1 lb
ziti or penne with lines
2 large
heads broccoli florets steamed
8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
shallot minced ( if you don't have shallot use finely minced red onion (i won't tell)
cloves of garlic minced ( or more i like a lot)
1 c
cup chicken stock
2 c
cups half and half (or you can use light or heavy cream but half and half works for me)
1 c
cup grated parmesan cheese (more if freshly grated, or to taste)


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1cook ziti in plenty of salted boiling water until just short of al dente

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2Heat olive oil in large sauté pan.

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3Sauté chicken in olive oil until tender but not quite done.

4Add shallot and sauté until translucent.

5Add garlic and continue cooking until it is fragrant being careful not to burn.

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6Make sure chicken is cooked thru and deglaze pan with about 3/4 of the stock scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan and let reduce for a moment or two.

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7Stir in half and half and bring to a simmer.

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8Stir in parmesan cheese and continue stirring. The mixture should start to thicken.

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9Add ziti to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. The starch in the pasta will continue to thicken the sauce. If it’s too thick add remaining chicken stock. Taste for seasoning, I usually add a little salt and pepper at this point

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10Fold in the broccoli

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11When it is hot and thick enough garnish with some fresh chopped parsley and additional parmesan.

Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian