Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Total Time: 45 mins | Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
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3/4 c bread crumbs (store-bought or make your own)
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 bunch broccoli (about 1 ½ lb), stalks cut off, florets trimmed into 1-inch pieces
12 oz penne pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
6 medium garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
1 tsp dried thyme
¼ c all-purpose flour
2 c low-sodium chicken broth
1 c heavy cream
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3), trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
3 oz smoked mozzarella, shredded
8-oz jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped into pieces
Step 1: Add the butter and bread crumbs in a small mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed.
Step 2: Apply cooking spray in a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Step 3: Prepare the oven and preheat to 200 degrees C or 400 degrees F.
Step 4: Place a large pot with salted water on the stove and turn the heat to high.
Step 5: When the water is boiling, add the broccoli and cook for about 1 minute.
Step 6: Remove the broccoli right away and set it aside.
Step 7: Add the pasta and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until al dente.
Step 8: Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
Step 9: Clean the pot with paper towels, then add 1 tablespoon of oil and allow it to become hot.
Step 10: Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes or until brown.
Step 11: Add the garlic and thyme. Sauté for about 30 seconds or until aromatic.
Step 12: Add the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute or until golden brown.
Step 13: Add the cream and broth. Whisk until well mixed.
Step 14: Simmer the mixture for a few minutes while whisking.
Step 15: Add the chicken and cook for 6 minutes.
Step 16: Add the smoked mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes. Stir until well mixed.
Step 17: Put the broccoli and the cooked pasta back to the skillet. Toss until well mixed.
Step 18: Move everything into the greased baking dish and top it with bread crumbs.
Step 19: Place it inside the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until done.
Step 20: Serve and enjoy!
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