Chicken, Broccoli and Pancetta Pasta Bake

There is something comforting about a pasts bake and this one is yummy. Who doesn’t love chicken and bacon as a combo (unless you don’t eat meat 😂) well I love chicken, bacon and pasta so winner winner chicken dinner for me. I added in the broccoli to cut through the saltiness of the stock and pancetta, it also adds a nice earthy note. I would normally make this with a cheese sauce but I saw a recipe for an Alfredo sauce and did a skinny take on that. I had to add some cheese but I only added it as a topping rather than in the sauce. Result yum yum yum.

Ingredients

For the Bake
  • 100g pasta
  • 1 head broccoli, florets only
  • 2 chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp smoked garlic paste or 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt or sea salt
  • 77g pack of smoked cubed pancetta or bacon (4 slices)
  • 20g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
For the Sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp mixed dry herbs
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • Salt if needed

Directions

  1. Pre heat oven to 200 degrees fan
  2. Cook the pasta to the packet instructions (al dente) in the last 2 minutes add in the broccoli, drain and set aside.
  3. In a bowl add the garlic paste, sweet paprika and onion salt. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat.
  4. Heat a frying pan over a medium high heat. Add the pancetta and cook for a couple of minutes or until they start to brown. Remove with a slotted spoon leaving behind the fat. Set aside.
  5. Add the chicken to the pan with the bacon fat. Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes so it’s browned all over. Drain and set aside.
  6. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and whisk continuously for a minute to cook the flour out. Add the stock and whisk so there isn’t any lumps. As it heats up keep stirring for about 3 minutes until it thickens.
  7. Assemble by adding the pasta, broccoli, pancetta and chicken in an ovenproof dish. Pour over the sauce and give it a mix. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the foil add the cheese and parsley. Bake for a further 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy 😊

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