Cheesy Chicken And Broccoli Skillet

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

The idea for this cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet recipe came from a picture I saw in a restaurant window when Lady Lynne and I were on holiday in Hawaii.

We were out enjoying a short stroll along Waikiki beach in Honolulu and had decided to head back to our hotel. We took a short cut down one of the side streets to avoid the throng of people and came across an interesting looking restaurant with a load of food pictures in it’s window.

Now, my mind wasn’t on food at all (for once) it was on how lovely and warm it was and I was just enjoying myself when I was suddenly distracted by all the amazing skillet recipes pictured in the window. Having just received my new skillet for Christmas, one recipe in particular caught my attention.

It was a a sea of bubbling cheese in a skillet with a few bits of green (broccoli) and white (chicken) poking above. I can only imagine that the poor broccoli and chicken were in fact drowning!

Anyway, this dish looked AMAZING. Would I have ordered it and eaten it? You bet! I was only holiday!

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

However as much as I love cheesy chicken and broccoli dishes, unfortunately, with that amount of cheese on the dish and all that saturated fat and those calories that recipe wasn’t something I could see myself having as a quick healthy meal at home.

However, the great thing about cheese is that you only need a very small amount to add tons of flavour to a recipe. Small amounts, although still containing saturated fat are not bad in moderation.

So, I set about creating my unique variation of that recipe I saw, this tasty cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet.

Why You’ll Love This Cheesy Chicken And Broccoli Skillet

One of the main reasons that I think you’ll love this recipe is for it’s simplicity. Then, its also nice and healthy with a lower calorie rating and packed full of healthy protein.

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

It’s an ideal, comforting family meal. Sauté the onion and garlic over a medium heat until softened then add the chicken.

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

Add the corn flour, water and chicken stock to create a base for the cheese sauce.

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

Next the broccoli is added and softened in the sauce, adding even more natural flavours.

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

Remove from heat and stir in 90g of the grated cheese until its fully melted forming the cheese sauce.

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and place under a medium heated grill to melt.

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

Serve! Above, we just added some extra veggies (sweetcorn) and had a little wholegrain rice with our.

We also love how this recipe won’t leave you staring at a depressing mountain of dirty pots and pans after preparing.

This cheesy chicken and broccoli dish combines broccoli florets, a veggie superhero that delivers a host of health benefits with tender lean protein-packed chicken!

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Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!
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Cheesy Chicken And Broccoli Skillet
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 404 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 600 g boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 4 tbsp cold water
  • 250 ml chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 175 g broccoli florets cut into bite sized pieces
  • 130 g cheddar cheese grated
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat the oil and sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat until softened.
  2. Add chicken to the pan and cook the chicken pieces until they are no longer pink.
  3. Mix together the corn flour and cold water.
  4. Add the corn flour and water mixture to the pan and stir for about 30 seconds until combined. Then add the chicken stock to the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Turn down to simmer and cook stirring so the sauce thickens for about 8 - 10 minutes.
  6. Season to taste then add the broccoli to the skillet contents and stir to combine.
  7. Continue to cook, simmering for about 6 minutes until the broccoli is tender.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in 90g of the grated cheese until its fully melted.
  9. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and place under a medium heated grill to melt.
Recipe Notes

Suggested serving with rice. I prefer wholegrain rice as it’s healthier and more filling, but the choice is yours. Nutrition label does not include the rice.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken And Broccoli Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.4g 30%
Saturated Fat 7.9g 40%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.7g
Cholesterol 144.6mg 48%
Sodium 381.6mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 11.1g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Sugars 2.4g
Protein 45.2g 90%
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 73%
Calcium 27%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

Well folks, as I mentioned in the previous post, the Broadmeadows House one that’s Lady Lynne and I safely back from an amazing 84 miles coast to coast walk of Hadrian’s Wall.

Hadrian's Wall Port Carlisle

I’ll have a recap and some video clips in a couple of weeks but suffice to say we had a brilliant time.

That’s one thing Lynne and I really treasure together, our holidays. I don’t know how we’re going to cope without any other holidays, as we save up for our next big trip, when we aim to climb Kilimanjaro next year.

Maybe we’ll be able to budget for a few cheap bunkhouse/hostel trips in the meantime. I know I’ll go stir crazy if we don’t get away at all!

Anyway, next week what have we got planned? Oh yes a brand new coffee mug cake recipe on Tuesday and then tasty budget fish cakes on Thursday, you won’t believe how tasty they are, until you make them!

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you then. 😉 

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Cheesy chicken and broccoli skillet is a delicious one pan easy recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes then add some rice to make it a perfect quick healthy meal!

Comments

  1. You travel so much, it is great that you and Lynne really do savor your holidays. Alex and I do as well–he gets so few of them!
    This skillet is a combo of a rice bake (from Stouffers) that we had a lot when I was a kid and broccoli cheddar soup. If that amount of cheese wouldn’t kill me, I would gladly dive in!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Susie. Our holidays and travel are the only times we get to spend quality time together. Lynne is frequently away on business travelling with her job nowadays (which she loves) and you’ll have read (because I go on and on about it 🙂 ) that I frequently work long and late hours. You and Alex will likely be the same too.

      Ah, that skillet recipe you mention sounds like the one I’ve tried to put together here! 😀

  2. I love how you describe the aftermath in the kitchen as a “depressing mountain of dirty pots and pans.” That is SO true! I love cooking and baking, but looking at a sink full of dirty dishes makes me want to crawl into a hole. Haha! Anyways, I love this concept, Neil. I am a huge fan of all things cheese, and the combination of flavors in this dish sound perfect! It’s funny where our recipe inspiration comes from…in this case from a restaurant window thousands of miles away from your home. But I’m glad you saw that photo as it led to this amazing skillet meal. Yum!! And great pic of you and Lynne there at the bottom, too!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Ah the dirty dishes dilemma David. We both suffer from it! I do try to keep on top of the dishes whilst I’m doing my recipes but it doesn’t always work out that way does it? Especially if you’re constantly measuring and tweaking the ingredients you’re adding through out the recipe making! Thanks for the amazing comments and have yourself a fantastic weekend. I’ve a lot of cooking to catch up on this weekend (from being away last weekend 🙂 ) so I’ve no doubt there will be a lot of dishes!!

  3. Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

    Cheese and moderation? Never heard of it, Neil!:) That’s true. Sometimes it’s the best dessert to me. Give me a choice of a cheese board and ice cream, and I’ll often pick the cheese (Also, I might or might not grab the ice cream later on hah). I love the combo of chicken, broccoli, and cheese – perfect comfort yet not overly heavy meal.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Sounds like you’re very much like Lynne in terms of your dessert tastes there Ben! She’ll pick the cheese instead of ice cream too! 😉

      But I know what you mean when you talk about “cheese and moderation”. It’s hard to resist just diving into the cheese when its just so yummy! I tried to make the cheese sauce here as yummy as possible without too much cheese in it so as to lower the overall calorific content of this recipe. I think it worked.

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment. Hope you’re having that relaxing weekend you had planned! 🙂

  4. THIS is something I would have loved back in the day! Oh man, my mom should have made this so I would eat broccoli!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      There’s just something that makes the pairing of cheese and broccoli so good! That’s a shame your mom missed out back then.

      My mum got me to eat broccoli by telling me they were “mini trees” LOL!

  5. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I finally have plans to go this February! In the meantime, I’ll anticipate it with this skillet!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      You are in for a fantastic time in Hawaii Jeff. Lynne and I loved every minute. The weather, the culture, the people and the food were amazing!

      Enjoy the skillet recipe! 😀

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