We trimmed 9 grams of fat and almost 100 calories in this makeover of cheesy chicken-and-broccoli casserole. All the raw ingredients are layered in a skillet, then simmered for a quick weeknight dinner.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2012




Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place noodles in a large skillet. Pour broth over the noodles. Layer chicken, then broccoli over the noodles.

  • Whisk milk, mayonnaise, flour, dry mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour over the broccoli.

  • Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the noodles and chicken are cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

  • When the casserole is done, sprinkle cheese on top and broil until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

446 calories; protein 33.1g; carbohydrates 41.2g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 6.5g; fat 14.9g; saturated fat 6.8g; cholesterol 74.9mg; vitamin a iu 1128.1IU; vitamin c 26.8mg; folate 62.6mcg; calcium 302.8mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 41.1mg; potassium 424.3mg; sodium 662mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 1g.

Reviews (8)

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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
This was so GOOD & EASY!!!!!!!! I first of all want to thank you for creating such a healthy easy and satisfying meal. My children don't like broccoli so I made this with 16 oz. frozen (but thawed.) mixed veggies it was amazing! The next time I make this I am going to use half broccoli for my husband and I and half mixed veggies for the kids. I am so happy with this meal. Love your magazine I am a loyal subscriber! Can't wait to make this again! Pros: You only dirty one pan it is easy to put together not a ton of ingredients. Cons: My husband doesn't like Whole Wheat pasta but said that it was good in this dish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fast easy healthy and only one pot! We made this one night on the spur of the moment so didn't have chicken defrosted. We used salmon (from a packet) instead. I think you could also use tuna making this a wonderful alternative to the standard tuna casserole with canned soup and no vegetables! Additionally it was easy enough that my husband was able to make this one night when I was incapacitated. And it's only one pot too! (Perhaps it was a little bland but no more bland than other versions of this type of casserole. Pros: Quick One-pot Easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy recipe family doesn't like broccoli so I subtitled with peas. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was a great simple recipe that we will now throw into our routine! I substituted cream of chicken for the mayo and added some garlic herb breadcrumbs on top of the cheese before broiling and this added a bit more flavor and warms up nicely for lunch leftovers! Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy creamy yummy I though this was really good and my whole family enjoyed it most importantly my 5yo and 2yo. The noodles and chicken cooked up perfectly for me. The only issue I came across was the sauce and noodles stuck to the center of the pan...tried lowering the simmer and still stuck a bit but it didn't cause any problems with the final product. Some might finds this meal bland and it is a little bit but sometimes that's what I'm in the mood for. Creamy comfort food yum. Pretty healthy too. Would still be good with less cheese if you want to cut fat and calories a little bit. Will make this again. Pros: Super easy and quick on hand ingredients one pot Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Read the reviews and was concerned about pasta sticking so I boiled gluten free frusilli and baked it after blanching the broccoli. Added parmansan cheese. I thought it was bland and was missing something in taste. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Ahhh...this one...not so great...lacked flavour and for some odd reason tasted a bit sweet... OK....I was excited to prepare this dish. It's Tuesday night after a busy day and I was all set to make and enjoy. Sadly this dish didn't deliver....however this won't stop me from continuing to try recipes from a site I really enjoy. Pros: the good thing was that it was simple to prepare Cons: gummy and not very good.... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
So easy! This has become a go-to weeknight meal. The hardest part of the whole recipe is chopping up the chicken breast and it's good for four servings. I use almond milk (I just prefer it) and I double the spices. I use a good quality full-fat cheddar on top since the rest of the dish is fairly low in calories. It's really good with whole wheat egg noodles if you can find them. Pros: quick tasty easy cleanup Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy & Good My family really enjoyed this and I was pleased with how easy it was to throw together for a weeknight meal. We love heavily spiced and seasoned food but sometimes mild creamy comfort food is just what the doctor ordered and this recipe fills that role nicely. I'm wondering if different brands of mayonnaise are the reason why some reviewers are finding this overly bland or strangely. We use Hellmans Light and it was perfect but I can imagine some other brands I've tasted (and certainly Miracle Whip) resulting in a funny taste. Pros: Uses on-hand ingredients very little prep kid-friendly healthy comfort food Read More