Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Shells

This is–hands down–the creamiest mac and cheese I have had in a while! And it’s all HOMEMADE!

Don’t let it intimidate you with the homemade part though…this recipe is so easy!

Perfect to make after a long day of work…or just any time in general! You will not regret it!


  • 8 oz Medium shell pasta
  • 3 CUPS Broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 Chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 CUP All-purpose flour
  • 1 CUP Milk
  • 1 CUP Chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 2 CUPS Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Add broccoli during last 2-3 minutes of cook time. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add flour and cooking, stirring, for 1 minute.
  3. Slowly whisk in milk and chicken broth and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbling and thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and add cheddar cheese. Stir until melted.
  5. Add the drained pasta, broccoli, and chicken and stir to combine. If sauce becomes too thick, add milk as needed to thin.
  6. Enjoy!


Inspired by: Love Grows Wild