Chicken Broccoli Ziti

This chicken broccoli ziti is a delicious weeknight dinner. Ready in 30 minutes and packed full of delicious white wine and Parmesan sauce flavor. You’ll love how easy it is to throw together this crowd-pleasing meal. 

Here I am posting 2 pasta recipes in 1 month! This almost never happens as I almost never make pasta – I know. Growing up I didn’t eat a lot of pasta so therefore I almost never think to actually make pasta. Since I live in New York most native New Yorkers find that last sentence maddening. Don’t worry folks, I’m working on it. I love how pasta makes dinner so easy. I can throw a bunch of stuff together and then boom – dinner! That’s why when Liz from The Lemon Bowl asked me to review her new e-book Food From Our Ancestors: The Ultimate Italian Sunday Dinner I was all “OH HECK YES!” 

I figured I could learn a few new Italian favorites plus brush up on my pasta game. Which, as you can tell by the picture, I most definitely did!  

What I love most about this e-book is the ease of the recipes. It has 12 delicious choices to make for weekday or weekend suppers. It’s comfort food, Italian style. The e-book talks about family and the bonds you make together in the kitchen and it seriously just sings to me. Much like Liz, as a kid I always wanted to be in the kitchen to see what was going on. I wanted to help with the cooking as much as I wanted to just be in on the adult conversation.

Plus, you guys, the book is only $3.99. There are zero excuses to not buy this book RIGHT NOW!

Oh and this chicken broccoli ziti you see in this post – from the book! It’s one of those dishes that are super simple to throw together but packs a ton of flavor. Chicken breast cooked with lots of garlic and then tossed in a light summer sauce made from chicken stock and white wine. To top it all off cheese (my favorite!), broccoli and pasta are all thrown in to complete the dish. When Art walked in the door was standing over the post just eating it with a fork. Sure, I could have used a bowl but where is the fun in that?

Oh, and feel free to use whatever pasta shape you like but I sorta dig using ziti. I feel like it’s totally underrated and deserves a little pasta love.

{Looking for more pasta recipes? Try my 20-minute kalamata olive tomato and caper pasta, pesto chicken Caprese pasta, one pot cheddar cajun pork pasta, creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini, linguine alle vongole or my Italian sausage kale pasta.}

Chicken Broccoli Ziti

This chicken broccoli ziti is a delicious weeknight dinner. Ready in 30 minutes and packed full of delicious white wine and Parmesan sauce flavor. You'll love how easy it is to throw together this crowd-pleasing meal.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1-1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 6 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and add garlic. Saute until
fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper then add to the pan. Saute until golden brown,
about 5 minutes.

Add white wine to deglaze using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits
from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid reduces by
half.

Stir in chicken broth then continue simmering for 5 minutes. Check sauce for seasoning
and add salt and pepper to taste.

Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil and add pasta. Cook according to package
instructions, adding the broccoli florets to the pot two minutes before the end of the
cooking time.

Drain the broccoli and pasta but do not rinse off the cooking liquid. Add cooked
broccoli and pasta to the pan with chicken in white wine sauce.

Add shredded mozzarella and toss until it begins to melt. Place in a large shallow
bowl and garnish with Parmesan cheese to serve.