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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.
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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