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Nicolle’s Chicken Broccoli Ziti – CBZ

Nicolle's Chicken broccoli ziti, cbz - pasta with chicken tenderloins and roasted broccoli with a creamy alfredo sauce

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This is one of our family’s favorite dinners, my chicken broccoli and ziti, or CBZ as we call it. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with an easy, creamy homemade alfredo sauce. This is a great comfort meal for a busy weeknight or if you are looking to take dinner off of a friend’s hands. I’ve made this meal several times for people and it is always well loved.  Sharing my recipe below.

Nicolle's chicken broccoli ziti - cbz. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce

Nicolle’s Chicken Broccoli Ziti- CBZ

Ingredients

  • 1 box pasta
  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1 pack of chicken tenderloins
  • salt/pepper
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt (to taste)
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice to taste

 

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2.) Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

3.) Divide the baking sheet into two halves. On one half of the baking sheet add the broccoli. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss.

4.) On the other half of the baking sheet, add the chicken tenderloins. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic salt and toss until coated evenly.

5.) Bake in the oven until roasted, about 20 minutes.

6.) While the chicken and broccoli is roasting, bring a pot of water to boil.

7.) To the pot, add pasta and cook until al dente then strain and add pasta back to the pot and drizzle with olive oil so that the pasta doesn’t stick.

8.) In a saucepan, melt the butter.

9.) Add the heavy cream to the saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes, until thickened.

10..) Stir in Parmesan cheese and continue to stir until the cheese has melted.

11.) Pour the sauce over the pasta.

12.) Once the chicken and broccoli are roasted, remove from the oven and add to the pot with the pasta, stir until combined.

13.) Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some more freshly grated Parmesan.

Serve and enjoy!

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Nicolle's chicken broccli and ziti, or CBZ. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce.

Nicolle's chicken broccoli ziti - CBZ

Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce. This is an easy weeknight meal and one your whole family will love.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli florets chopped
  • 1 package chicken tenderloins
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • lemon juice freshly squeezed to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Divide the baking sheet into two halves. On one half of the baking sheet add the broccoli. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss.
  • On the other half of the baking sheet, add the chicken tenderloins. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic salt and toss until coated evenly.
  • Bake in the oven until roasted, about 20 minutes.
  • While the chicken and broccoli is roasting, bring a pot of water to boil.
  • To the pot, add pasta and cook until al dente then strain and add pasta back to the pot and drizzle with olive oil so that the pasta doesn’t stick.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Add the heavy cream to the saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes, until thickened.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese and continue to stir until the cheese has melted.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta.
  • Once the chicken and broccoli are roasted, remove from the oven and add to the pot with the pasta, stir until combined.
  • Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some more freshly grated Parmesan.
Keyword dinner, pasta

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The best chicken broccoli and ziti, CBZ. Nicolle's recipe. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli served over pasta with an easy homemade alfredo sauce.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Ann Y.
    January 11, 2024 at 8:01 am

    Nicolle – Thanks so much for sharing this. I sounds delicious and I plan on making it this week. It also sounds like a good dish to give to someone who needs a meal ( neighbor going through a rough time) or take to a pot luck.

    • Reply
      Nicolle
      January 11, 2024 at 1:54 pm

      Hi Ann! Let me know how it comes out! Enjoy!

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    Esme Slabbert
    January 11, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    5 stars
    Love this as I can see that I will use it and maybe add some asparagus spears as well. Pinned it
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      Nicolle
      January 11, 2024 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Esme! This would be delicious with asparagus! Enjoy!

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    Raisie Bay (@RaisieBay)
    January 13, 2024 at 8:36 am

    This is very similar to my sons favourite past meal only we use cauliflower instead of broccoli.

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    Paula Short
    January 14, 2024 at 9:17 am

    This sounds delectable! This is something I’d like to try.
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    Jen
    January 20, 2024 at 10:44 pm

    Yum! This looks amazing. And perfect for all the cold and snowy weather we’ve been having here in the Midwest. I can’t wait to share your recipe in my weekly recap post tomorrow.

    • Reply
      Nicolle
      January 21, 2024 at 8:34 am

      ahhh thank you so much Jennifer!!!! I appreciate you!

  • Reply
    Stephanie BWL
    January 23, 2024 at 7:36 am

    Sounds great – and I love the family nickname for it – I’m sure we have stuff too which we call our ‘own name’ for ! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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