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Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Easy casserole of queso and cheddar cheeses, with broccoli and cooked chicken.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 13 x 9, broccoli, cheddar cheese, cooked chicken, queso dip
Yield: 8 people
Calories: 443kcal

Materials

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped to bite size
  • 8 oz. uncooked pasta (like small shells or penne)
  • 1 large head broccoli, chopped into bite size florets
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup Queso dip (found near tortilla chips)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 10 oz. diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Chop cooked chicken and set aside.
  • Cook pasta in large stock pot per directions on box until al dente. One minute before pasta is done, however, add broccoli to pasta water. Drain both and set aside.
  • In saute pan, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for approx. 3 minutes, stir. Add garlic for another 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Sprinkle flour over onions and stir until combined. Add queso, broth, tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to gentle boil. Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese, stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  • Spray bottom of 13 x 9 baking dish. Combine chicken with pasta and broccoli in the baking dish and pour saucy onion mixture evenly over top. Gently stir so that everything is evenly coated.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cup of cheddar cheese over top. Continue baking for 10 minutes uncovered. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 997IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 371mg | Iron: 2mg