Leftover chicken and broccoli pasta recipe

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Breathe new life into leftover chicken - whether it's roasted, poached, etc. You can use ready-cooked chicken from the supermarket, as well.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 1 (295g) tin condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 175ml milk
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 2 carrots, sliced thin
  • 100g farfalle pasta
  • 250g leftover chicken, roughly chopped or shredded

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the cream sauce. In a medium saucepan mix together cream of mushroom soup, milk, Parmesan cheese, pepper, broccoli, garlic granules and carrots. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Stir occasionally.
  3. Stir pasta and chicken into cream sauce, and heat through.

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Thanks for the recipe. I had a left over chicken and some broccoli that was getting old. Very good recipe and my family loved it, thanks!-31 May 2013


I sauted minced garlic, chopped onion, and chopped chicken breast in a pan. I boiled frozen veggies separately. I made sauce as stated and then added chicken, pasta, and veggies at the last minute. I put in a little more soup and milk than called for and it turned out great. I highly recommend this dish.-22 Aug 2003


This recipe is good but it's not one I would serve with company. When cooking the soup with the carrots and broccoli, it took too long and I wonder if that is why the sauce was too thick. Once mixed with the pasta, it just didn't seem like there was enough or that something needed to be added (like double the sauce?). I will still try again, and despite these minor flaws, it was good.-09 Mar 2002

Every time I go to Costco- i buy a rotisserie chicken. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Sometime it&rsquos just a short trip for organic full fat milk they have, 2 gallon in a box. Or a trip for toothpaste and toothbrushes, oops, here you can spot a rotisserie chicken in my cart as well. It&rsquos funny how easy it is !

Costco trips are a weekly routine in our house. Great prices, helpful workers and a great selection of meat and seafood (at least at out local Costco they always have lobster tails, crabs, all kind of shrimp lamb, organic chickens and a huge beef section).

Kids love our trips too- they always leave the store with presents and all kind of healthy snacks!


This recipe for Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Pasta will work with any leftover chicken. For the pictures of the chicken you see here, I used my Whole Chicken in the Air Fryer recipe!

Just start with 2-3 cups of diced, cooked chicken, shredded cheese (I used white cheddar) and some cooked pasta. The rest of it is so easy and takes about 20 minutes to throw together.

STEP 1 – Make the sauce

  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic
  • Saute the onion in a sauce pan with some olive oil over medium/high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and saute for another couple of minutes.

  • Add the salt, pepper, broth and milk, stir and bring to a simmer.
  • When the liquid is hot, move half a cup to a bowl and add the corn starch to it. Whisk until there are no lumps, then add that back to the saucepan.
  • Stir to combine and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Whisk occasionally.
  • When the liquid is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, remove it from the heat and whisk in the cheeses.

I found this wonderful Extra Sharp White Cheddar in the Target grocery section of all places!

They had a great selection of special cheeses. I originally was looking for Smoked Gouda, but they didn’t have any. I settled on this, and it was delicious.

Bold and creamy, indeed!

STEP 2 – Put it together

  • Add the cooked pasta to a large mixing bowl
  • To that throw in your diced chicken
  • Add the peas. Leave them frozen! So easy.
  • Then pour in the sauce
  • Mix everything together
  • Add the rest of the cheese and then give it a final mix

At this point you can either let it cool, cover and put in the fridge for later, or you can bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes to melt the cheese and warm everything through.

Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Pasta is completely delicious the next day, so it’s a wonderful make ahead meal!

If your chicken is already two or three days old, you’ll want to eat this day of. However, if you bought or made chicken that day for this recipe, then it can be kept in the fridge for up to 3-4 days before eating.

How long is a rotisserie chicken good for in the fridge? It will be good for 3-4 days because it’s cooked at the store the day you buy it.

If you aren’t eating the chicken off the bone, save the carcass, juices and any skin to make homemade chicken stock! Just place it all in a freezer safe zip top bag and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to use, like in the photo below.



I used my Zen Chef Pro XXL Air Fryer to make the chicken that ended up in this recipe for Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Pasta. My recipe for Whole Chicken in the Air Fryer comes out exactly like a rotisserie chicken from the store! Only the skin is extra crispy.

What is your favorite way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken? Tell me in the comments! And if you make this Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Pasta with Peas and White Cheddar Sauce, I’d love to hear what you think. Come back to leave a comment and a star rating!

Ingredients you&rsquoll need

  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Veggies &ndash broccoli, onion, mushrooms
  • Chicken Breast
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Cornstarch
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Milk
  • Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • Salt & Pepper

More great casserole recipes

If you love a good casserole as much as we do, be sure to check out these recipes as well. They are all warm, filling and easy to throw together.

Pork chops and cheesy potato casserole make two of our favorites at once and they are even better together. All you need to do is make a vegetable and dinner is done!

No boil baked ziti is all of the flavor of the classic pasta main dish without the prep. You don&rsquot have to boil the noodles or brown the meat, just put it all in the pan and let it bake to perfection.

Cheesy Alfredo stuffed shells are filled with lots of vegetables and topped with three cheeses to make creamy and delicious vegetarian meal.

Or if you love the idea of this casserole, but don&rsquot have any leftover chicken on hand try it as a kielbasa and broccoli casserole. The sausage adds great flavor and is ready to go in a jif.

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

Today has been a whirlwind in my kitchen. I've been cooking all day to make sure I had plenty of easy to grab breakfasts for the busy month ahead (you know, since we're moving) and, at the end of the day, all I wanted to do was get out of the kitchen for a break. But someone had to get dinner on the table (that's me) and I knew it was going to have to be something simple and quick.

Since I hadn't planned anything, I had to see what I had on hand. Looking through my refrigerator I found chicken breasts and broccoli, which compliment each other so well, along with cheddar cheese and a can of cream of chicken soup from the pantry.

And since I love making baked chicken with yogurt, like my easy Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups , I added that to the mix as well as some pasta to make it a little more filling. (Of course, who doesn't love creamy cheesy pasta when you need a little comfort)

Now all I had to do is whip it all together and pour it into a casserole dish.

But wait! You've got to top it with some crumbled Cheez-its, which I used as a substitute for bread crumbs or panko. "Cause what's a casserole without a crunchy top? In fact, we liked this new topping so much that I know I'll be using it in place of bread crumbs a lot more often in the future.

All in all, this spur of the moment cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole was a big hit. It turned out so creamy and delicious that it's now our go-to for busy weeknight dinners.

Chicken Broccoli Pasta

Addie Gundry


Everyday Dinner Ideas: 103 Easy Recipes for Chicken, Pasta, and Other Dishes Everyone Will Love

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Editor's Note: This delicious chicken broccoli pasta recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner for when you want something quick and easy but still indulgent. We love this recipe as a family dinner, because there's something for everyone to love. Even picky eaters won't be dissuaded by the broccoli, because it's perfectly cooked and flavored with plenty of sauce, garlic, and cheese! This easy chicken broccoli pasta is sure to be a hit at your house this week.

Are you a red sauce or white sauce sort of person? Or does it vary depending on your mood? A good cheesy Alfredo is a reliable pasta sauce whenever I’m craving a familiar comfort. The mascarpone cheese helps create a sauce that is slightly sweet and oh-so-gooey.


  • 8 ounces fettuccine
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1 / 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese

Chicken Broccoli Pasta Recipe


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until almost al dente. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is crisp-tender. Drain and return to the pot.

While the pasta is cooking, season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat, add the chicken, and sauté until fully cooked. Add the chicken to the pasta/ broccoli mixture.

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, being careful not to burn it. Whisk in the flour to form a roux. Cook for 30 seconds, then whisk in the milk and cheeses and continue whisking until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the pasta, broccoli, and chicken and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.

How to Make Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Here is a visual guide to making this simple casserole recipe. The printable recipe card below has full measures and directions.

Here are all the ingredients you will need to make the casserole.

Put the broccoli, chicken, and soup in a mixing bowl.

Then mix together with the milk.

Scoop into a baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.

Top with the French onions and bake for 5 more minutes, for a total of 30 minutes bake time.

Serve straight from casserole over a starch or as is, for a lighter meal.

If this isn’t quite to your taste, you could always toss some chicken in a pot of Cavatelli and Broccoli.

Got Chicken? Make These 13 Chicken Pasta Recipes

Like eating dessert before dinner and double dipping when no one’s watching, some food rules are just a lot more fun when they’re broken. I’m not sure who came up with the one about never pairing chicken with pasta, but I’d be willing to ruffle a few Italians’ feathers for the sake of getting my fix of chicken alfredo, buffalo chicken mac and cheese, and more dishes that literally flip the bird at tradition. It’s time to finally recognize chicken and pasta as the ideal supporting players to a wide array of flavor-filled sauces and other accompaniments. These 13 recipes will convince you that pairing your white meat with your white sauce (and more) ain’t such a crazed idea after all.

1. Creamy Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli

Creamy sauce? Check. Bright green broccoli florets? Check. Savory nubs of chicken sausage? Check. Here is a recipe that hits all the marks for easy weeknight cooking. Get our Creamy Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli recipe.

2. Pasta with Roasted Chicken, Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Parsley

When roasting chicken, hold on to the drippings—they’re loaded with flavor. In this dish, they are tossed with spaghetti, creating a rich, lip-coating dressing. Get our Pasta with Roasted Chicken, Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Parsley recipe.

3. Chicken Alfredo with Zucchini Ribbons

Classic chicken alfredo may be the epitome of cheesy, rib-sticking goodness, but that doesn’t mean that adding a few veggies will break its mojo. Here, ribbons of zucchini help provide a welcome splash of green. Get the recipe here.

4. Spinach Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Pesto is the obvious choice for what to make when you’ve got an excess of leafy herbs or greens on your hands. Leftover roast chicken is one of those ingredients that’s down for pretty much anything. Toss the two together with some pasta, and voila: you’ve got an instantaneous meal made from the extras. Get the recipe here.

5. Farro Pasta with Chicken Scarti and Borlotti Bean

Many chicken and pasta dishes veer toward the familiar and comforting. This one is anything but, venturing fearlessly into bold territory. Here, earthy farro pasta meets a stew-y concoction that features both tender chicken thighs and fortifying livers, for a hearty feast to satisfy your inner adventurer. Get the recipe here.

6. Poached Chicken and Pomegranate Orzo

Chicken and pasta that’s…fruity? Bright and crunchy pomegranate seeds and a tangy-sweet dressing prove that the two can take on unexpected guises in this recipe. Get our Poached Chicken and Pomegranate Orzo recipe.

7. Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Two titans collide in this mega mash up of buffalo chicken and mac and cheese. Game day get-togethers, potlucks with friends, and weekend barbecues will never quite be the same after this one. Get the recipe here.

8. Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese Bites

If you ever wanted to cradle all of the goodness of mac and cheese in your hands, this is your chance. Studded with bits of chopped chicken, these muffin tin bites are a delight to pop. Get our Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese Bites recipe.

9. Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Even chicken can get in on the hearty ragu action. Coated in a thick tomato sauce and woven with penne and a good helping of cheese, this sausage-based dish is baked in the oven for an extra crispy finish. Get the recipe here.

10. Creamy Rigatoni with Chicken and Mushrooms

Built upon a silky and rich white wine cream sauce, this rigatoni recipe is ideal for a date night dinner or classy meal with friends. Get our Creamy Rigatoni with Chicken and Mushrooms recipe.

11. BBQ Chicken and Macaroni Salad

Forget those fuddy-duddy macaroni salads of yore: in this recipe, tangy barbecue sauce and chunky chicken lend macaroni salad a bit of sass and zest. Get the recipe here.

12. Slow Cooker Burmese Chicken and Noodles

The chicken and noodle action doesn’t have to stop at the familiar dairy or tomato based sauces. This southeast Asian-inspired recipe introduces coconut, spices, and lime into the mix. Get our Slow Cooker Burmese Chicken and Noodles recipe.

13. Easy Chicken Noodle Soup from a Leftover Roasted Chicken

Lastly, when life hands you chickens, make soup. This rainy day favorite makes use of all of the bits from the leftover roast, giving you a sturdy broth and shreds of meat all in one. Get our Easy Chicken Noodle Soup from a Leftover Roasted Chicken recipe.

20 Leftover Chicken Recipe Ideas

Here are all of the best budget friendly leftover chicken recipes for you. For most of these dishes you only need a small portion of chicken to create a meal to feed a family.

1. Chicken Salad

This leftover chicken salad includes spinach, chopped vegetables and an easy homemade orange dressing which combines together:

  • Juice of 1/2 to 1 Orange
  • Zest of 1/2 to 1 Orange
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt

2. Chicken Stock

A frugal way to make use of a roast chicken is to turn leftover bones into chicken stock or bone broth.

Simply save the carcass and any bones you can, pop it all into a saucepan, cover the bones with water and add in onion, garlic, carrots and plenty of salt. (And pepper or any other seasoning you like, too.)

Bring the saucepan up to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour or up to a few hours, to allow for the bones to fall apart and stock to become rich and flavorful.

Strain out the bones and vegetables and then use the stock as you would regularly in soups, stews and casseroles.

3. Chicken Omelette

Pop a portion of leftover roast chicken into an omelette, along with any vegetables you like and cheese too.

Simply fry up vegetables and then move to a plate when done. Then, whisk 2 to 3 eggs per person and pour into the frying pan.

I like to move the inside of the omelette to the outside and the outside in, to evenly cook the omelette. When set, fill with chicken, vegetables and cheese then carefully fold over.

Flip and cook through on both sides and make sure that the chicken is hot and cooked through, then serve.

4. Creamy Chicken Pasta

This is probably the way that I use leftover roast chicken most often. Cook pasta according to package directions and soften onion and garlic in a frying pan, add in mushrooms or your vegetables of choice.

Cook the vegetables until softened and almost done, then add in the leftover chicken and toss to combine.

Pour over cream to cover and allow to bubble for a few minutes.

Serve the pasta with the creamy chicken sauce, adding in parmesan or any other cheese, if you like.

5. Chicken Risotto

Risotto is actually really easy to make when you’re using leftover chicken.

Bring the kettle up to boil or bring stock up to boil in a saucepan and heat a frying pan to start softening onion and garlic in oil or butter. Once starting to soften, add in mushrooms or your vegetables of choice.

Cook for a few minutes and then sprinkle over rice to cover. Pour over boiled water or stock to just cover the rice and vegetables, allow to bubble and once the liquid has been absorbed, add more.

Keep adding liquid, a little at a time until the rice is cooked to your liking. Once almost done, add in the leftover chicken to heat through. Serve as is or with parmesan or your cheese of choice as a topping.

6. Chicken Stroganoff

To make chicken stroganoff with leftover roast chicken, heat oil or butter in a frying pan and cook onion and garlic until starting to become fragrant.

Then, add chopped mushrooms. I like to include a few different mushroom varieties.

Cook until almost done, sprinkle over plenty of paprika, add the leftover chicken and then pour over your choice from:

Allow to bubble for a few minutes and then serve as is or with rice or pasta.

7. Chicken Soup

Leftover chicken can be mixed into any soup you like for a hearty chicken filled bowl full. (Plus, here’s how to make chicken soup with drumsticks.)

8. Chicken Mayo

Mix leftover chicken with mayonnaise, sour cream or even plain/natural/Greek yogurt for a quick and easy chicken mayo that you can enjoy as a snack or sandwich filling.

9. Chicken Pizza

You can make a pizza base yourself, use a store bought pizza base or even a pita to make a homemade pizza.

Simply top the pizza base with pizza sauce, leftover chicken, cheese and your toppings of choice then bake in the oven until done to your liking.

10. Chicken Pita

Spread a pita with either avocado, mayo or a creamy dressing, add leftover chicken and vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber or tomato.

Wrap up the pita and then you can slice it in half if you’d like.

11. Chicken Sandwich

Spread bread with mayo, avocado, pesto or dressing and top with lettuce, spinach, tomato and leftover roast chicken.

You could add in feta, cream cheese or another cheese variety.

12. Chicken Frittata

Heat a frying pan and cook onion, garlic, mushrooms, broccoli or any other vegetables you like, until golden.

Move to a baking dish or tin and mix through leftover roast chicken. Whisk 2-3 eggs per person and pour over the chicken and vegetables.

Top with cheese or crumble over feta and place into the oven, which has been preheated to 180C/350F for 20 to 30 minutes.

13. Breakfast Hash

Fry up onion, garlic and any leftover roast potatoes or other vegetables until golden.

Add in the leftover roasted chicken to heat through. Then crack a couple of eggs over the breakfast hash and cook until the eggs are done to your liking.

14. Roast Jacket Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F and line a baking tray with well greased baking paper.

Wash potatoes or sweet potatoes and place onto the prepared baking tray. Slice an X on the top of each potato, sprinkle over salt and drizzle over extra virgin olive oil.

Toss the potatoes until they are completely covered in the oil. Roast for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, toss the potatoes and cook for a further two 20 minute sessions or until golden and cooked through.

You can heat the leftover chicken in a frying pan, along with cream or sour creamy to make a creamy chicken topping for the potato.

Or, you could mix the leftover chicken with sour cream or mayo. Top the roast potatoes with the chicken, along with sour cream and cheese.

15. Chicken Lasagna

You can follow your favorite lasagna recipe, just omit the beef mince and add in leftover roast chicken into the tomato based sauce instead.

16. Chicken Pie

Leftover chicken can be transformed into an indulgent pie. Fry onion, garlic and leek, along with mushrooms in a frying pan. Cook until all of the vegetables have softened and cooked.

Then, add in the leftover chicken and pour over your chosen liquids from stock, cream or sour cream.

Allow to bubble for a few minutes, then move to a baking dish. Cover with puff pastry, crimp the edges with a fork and poke a few holes in the top to allow steam to escape.

Place into an oven which has been preheated to 180C/350F for 30 to 35 minutes.

17. Chicken Stir Fry

Fry up your favorite stir fry vegetables, add in leftover chicken to heat through and serve with noodles and your go to stir fry sauce.

18. Egg Fried Rice

Make basic egg fried rice by cooking onion and garlic in oil in a frying pan or wok until browned.

Add in a portion of cooked rice, leftover chicken and salt, along with more oil and toss to combine. Cook for a couple of minutes to heat through.

You could also add in any fresh of frozen vegetables you like, like carrots, peas or scallions/spring onions to help the dish go further and add in flavor and nutrition.

Whisk a couple of eggs and pour over the chicken. Allow the egg to set briefly and then toss around the pan until the egg is cooked to your liking.

Serve as is or you could mix through soy sauce or your sauce or seasoning of choice.

19. 4 Ingredient Tortellini or Ravioli Bake

In a baking dish, combine together:

  • 1 Package of Tortellini or Ravioli
  • 1 Jar of Pasta Sauce
  • Leftover roast chicken
  • Grated Cheese

Toss until well combined, top with more grated cheese and place into a preheated oven at 180C/350F for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

20. Cheesy Chicken & Vegetable Casserole

Combine leftover roast chicken in a baking dish, together with vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms or your vegetable of choice.

Pour over 1/3 to 1/2 cup each of cream, sour cream and cheese, then toss to combine.

Top with more grated cheese and place into a 180C/350F oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

These leftover chicken recipes ideas are all you need to create all kinds of tasty chicken dishes when you find yourself with leftover roasted chicken.

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