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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!

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

 

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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.

16 In food/ Recipes

Easy Pasta Primavera

Easy Pasta Primavera giant white bowl with tricolor pasta, vegetables and cheese on table

Who else love pasta? I crave pasta all year round and this Easy Pasta Primavera is light and packed with crisp vegetables so it’s perfect for spring and summer. I have a secret ingredient that makes this recipe super quick and easy to whip together. Scroll down to see what I use and for my Easy Pasta Primavera recipe.

Easy Pasta Primavera

Pasta primavera traditionally is pasta with a creamy sauce and crisp vegetables. I love this recipe because it’s a great way to use up all of those veggies that are in your fridge. You can also throw in some chicken or shrimp for some protein too!

My pasta primavera is super easy because I cheat! I use a wheel of Boursin Cheese to make that cream sauce and it’s packed full of flavor!

Here’s my recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box pasta
  • Sliced fresh veggies – I used zucchini, squash, carrots, asparagus, red onion, peppers
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • Boursin cheese (I used the garlic and herb)
  • Salt/pepper
  • Freshly grated parmesan

Directions:

1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the pasta and cook until al dente.

2.) While the water boils and the pasta cooks, sautee the veggies in some olive oil and fresh garlic until tender.

pan of garden fresh veggies, sauteeing, zucchini, squash, asparagus, onions, carrots. Easy Pasta Primavera

3.) When the pasta is al dente, reserve some of the pasta water and set aside in a small pot, then drain the rest of the pasta.

4.) In a small saucepot, heat up the reserved pasta water and add a wheel of Boursin cheese, stirring until melted.

Boursin cheese garlic and herb pot with melted cheese for Easy Pasta Primavera melted boursin cheese

5.) Pour the veggies and drained pasta into the now empty pasta pot. Top with the melted boursin cheese, combining well. Season with salt, pepper and top with some fresh parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

 

Easy Pasta Primavera

 

3 In food/ Recipes

Easy crock pot walking tacos

Easy crock pot walking tacos - bowl with ground turkey, topped with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and sour cream, taco bowl

These crock pot walking tacos are an easy weeknight dinner for the family or a crowd! Serve them for Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesday!

One of my son’s favorite lunches to get at school is Walking Tacos. If you haven’t heard of them, it’s basically all of the taco fixings served on top of Frito’s or Doritos. We do Taco Tuesday every week in our house and I decided to do the walking tacos but in a crock pot for our family of 4. Scroll down for my recipe and be sure to pin for future!

Easy Crock Pot Walking Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Frito’s corn chips (you can also use Doritos)
  • 1 package of ground turkey or beef
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 yellow pepper diced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 tbsp of garlic minced
  • 1 can of Rotel tomatoes and diced chilies
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • guacamole (optional)

Easy crockpot walking tacos

Directions:

1.) Start by spraying the bottom of the slow cooker with nonstick spray or olive oil.

2.) Pour the fritos on the bottom of the crockpot.

3.) Add the meat, onions, peppers, garlic, Rotel, and taco seasoning.

Easy crock pot walking tacos

4.) Stir well and cook on low for 1-2 hours.

easy crock pot walking tacos

5.) When ready to serve scoop in a bowl and top with shredded lettuce, sour cream, cheese and guac.

6.) If you wish, top with more fritos for some extra crunch.

Note – putting the fritos in the crock pot will cause them to get a little soft. If you don’t like the texture, add all ingredients except the fritos into the crock pot. Then when getting ready to serve, layer your bowl with a layer of chips first, then add the taco fixings from the crock pot!

Enjoy!!!

Serve with my spicy pineapple ranch water or one of these margaritas 🙂

 

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Easy crock pot walking tacos - bowl with ground turkey, topped with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and sour cream, taco bowl

Easy crock pot walking tacos

These crock pot walking tacos are a favorite weeknight meal for Taco Tuesday or Cinco De Mayo. Fill a crockpot with fritos, taco meat and seasonings, then top with all your favorite toppings and enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag Frito's corn chips or Doritos
  • 1 package ground turkey or beef
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 yellow pepper diced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and diced chilles
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • guacamole

Instructions
 

  • Start by spraying the bottom of the slow cooker with nonstick spray or olive oil.
  • Pour the fritos on the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Add the meat, onions, peppers, garlic, Rotel, and taco seasoning.
  • Stir well and cook on low for 1-2 hours.
  • When ready to serve scoop in a bowl and top with shredded lettuce, sour cream, cheese and guac.
  • If you wish, top with more fritos for some extra crunch.
Keyword crock pot, dinner, easy meals, family dinners, tacos

 

2 In food/ Recipes

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Crockpot chicken cacciatore

If you’re looking for an easy, warm comfort meal, this is it! I hadn’t made this crockpot chicken cacciatore in a long time and I just made it for dinner the other night and I thought, “Why is this not on the rotation?” Chicken in a delicious rich sauce of tomatoes and peppers is packed with flavor and the perfect dinner the whole family will love! Scroll down for my recipe.

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients:

  • oilve oil
  • 1 pack of boneless chicken thighs (I chose skinless as well but you do you)
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 packet of Italian seasoning
  • fresh Basil, chopped

Directions:

1.) Drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of the crockpot.

2.) Add the chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3.) Add the garlic, tomatoes, peppers, onions and pack of Italian dressing seasoning.

4.) Stir combining all ingredients so that it coats the chicken.

5.) Allow to cook on high for 4 hours.

6.) When ready to serve, top with some chopped fresh basil.

This is great served over pasta or with some bread to sop up all the juice. If you’re trying to watch your carbs I love it over cauilflower rice, spaghetti squash or over green beans.

crockpot chicken cacciatore

 

crockpot chicken cacciatore

Crockpot chicken cacciatore

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