Chicken pasta bake

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Chicken pasta bake
Chicken pasta bake
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

This cheesy chicken pasta bake will serve 6 kids and is ready in just 40 mins. It's a great way of getting veg into their diet and you can replace the veg in the recipe with their favourites. The sauce is made from butter, chicken stock, milk and plenty of cheese to give it a creamy finish. This recipe uses chicken breasts but if you want to cut the cost down, use chicken thighs instead. Dust with Parmesan before serving. If you want to make this pasta extra naughty, crush crisps or dried onions on top of the bake before serving for an extra crunch of flavour.


  • 2 x 150g (5 z) cooked skinless chicken breasts
  • 200g (7oz) broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 200g (7oz) short pasta, such as penne or fusilli
  • Knob of unsalted butter
  • 100g (3½oz) mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1-2tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 25g (1oz) plain flour
  • 360ml (12 fl.oz) chicken stock with no added salt
  • 120ml (4 fl.oz) whole milk
  • 60g (2 oz) Gruyère cheese, grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 40g (1½oz) fresh breadcrumbs (1 slice of brown bread)
  • 2tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese

You can use shop-bought chicken stock in this recipe but homemade tastes better, so here's our homemade chicken stock recipe for you.


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7.
  2. Dice the cooked chicken breasts and set aside.
  3. Cook the broccoli in boiling water for 5 mins, then remove the broccoli using a slotted spoon and set aside. Return the water to the boil and cook the pasta for 10-12 mins or according to the directions on the packet. Drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the mushrooms, garlic and herbs and sauté for 4 mins. Add the flour before gradually adding in the chicken stock and milk, then give it a good stir with a whisk. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 mins, until thick, stirring from time to time. Add the Gruyère, a pinch of pepper and stir well. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cooked diced chicken.
  5. Grease a casserole dish and put a layer of pasta on the bottom, roughly half. Put half the broccoli on top, followed by half the chicken mixture, then repeat with a second layer of each. Sprinkle the top with the breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan and bake for 15 mins, until bubbling and golden brown.
This recipe is taken from The Little Dish Favourites Cookbook, published by Hodder & Stoughton, priced £14.99. The book is available from Amazon.

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Delicious! Just made it for my family for dinner, it went down a treat!


What's the best way to reheat this?


Thank you Katy! I made the bake last night and have frozen the leftover portions. It was very tasty! Thanks again.

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Cat - not a stupid question at all! You can freeze it after baking once its cooled down, then defrost and reheat til piping hot once. Enjoy your cooking!


Sorry to sound stupid, I just have another question on freezing? Do you freeze this before or after baking? I wasn't sure what with it having cooked chicken in it - is it ok to re-heat the already cooked chicken, then cool and freeze it, defrost it and then reheat it again? Apologies if this is a silly question, I am new to cooking and still learning! Thanks in advance.

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Roseleanor - glad you enjoyed it! Great tip on the pepper - peas and green beans would also work well - it's a great way to use up any veggies lurking in your fridge.

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi TD - yes you can freeze in individual portions. as MD says above, cook the pasta for a couple of minutes less so it is al dente and it will be firmer upon defrosting. Enjoy!


Really tasty and easy too. Made it for my husband's pack-up and it even tastes good reheated. I added some yellow pepper to it at the same time as the mushroom & garlic.


I froze mine in individual plastic containers and it was still really tasty. I had overcooked the pasta slightly in the original batch though and as pasta seems to go a little bit soft on defrosting, definitely cook it al dente if you know you're going to freeze it.


Can I freeze this in individual portions?


Just made this for my cousin and her two kids. Delicious! They don't like mushrooms so made it without and used Cheddar instead of Gruyere. Used olive oil instead of butter and boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breast. Great recipe.

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