Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

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10 min


20 min


6 servings

Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Photo: Roberto Caruso

How do make a whole family happy? Give your kid’s favourite comfort meal a vitamin and protein boost with greens and rotisserie chicken.


  • 454 g small pasta shells
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets , and peeled, diced stems
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 ½ cups milk , warmed
  • 2 ½ cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups diced leftover roast or rotisserie chicken
  • dash black pepper


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Add broccoli to water for last 2 min of cooking. Drain pasta and broccoli; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté for 2 min or until onion is softened. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 min. Stir in mustard. Add milk to pan in a slow, steady stream while stirring constantly. Bring sauce to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally until thickened. Remove pan from heat and add both cheeses, a little at a time, stirring well until fully combined. Add chicken; season with pepper to taste.
  • Add reserved pasta and broccoli to pan; stir until well coated with sauce. Serve immediately.

Photo by Roberto Caruso. Small silk rugs from Baba Souk, Ostheimer wooden chickens from Nest