Chicken Broccoli Penne Pasta is one of those meals that reminds me of my childhood. My mom used to make a dish similar to this, and I always looked forward to it. Now that I am a mother of four kids, I am happy to report that three of my four absolutely love this dish too (there’s always got to be one kid that doesn’t agree with the rest!). In fact, three of my kids love this meal so much, they’ve all requested it on their birthdays before!
I originally started making this back in college, after I got a craving for it one night, and called my mom for the recipe. Since then, I have changed the recipe so much that it has morphed into my own, but it still brings me back every time I take a bite! For my recipe, I use half and half rather than regular milk to add more creaminess, but if you need to reduce fat, feel free to use non-fat or low-fat milk instead.
What makes this meal absolutely delicious is the Panko-crusted chicken. While the Panko crusted chicken does add an extra step to the cooking prep, my kids (well, three of the four, that is!) will all assure you that is is well worth it! The Panko gives the chicken a nice crunch to it, and seals in the juices and flavors. Pair that chicken with the creamy, cheesy penne pasta and broccoli, and you’ve got yourself a little bowl of heaven.
Absolutely delicious. Well, three out of the four think so. Not bad, I’ll take it!
Looking for another way to enjoy Panko chicken? Click here to get the recipe for Panko chicken tenders with homemade ranch dressing.