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Skillet Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli

Skillet Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli

It’s getting cooler and darker outside – which by the way, does anyone else dislike the weird phenomenon of daylight saving time? My body is still confused about it even after 24 years.

It’s causing me to get up at 6:15am, bake coconut citrus bars and go to the grocery store all before 9am. Of course this all happened while Ryan was enjoying his extra hour of sleep.

How did you spend your extra hour? Trying to convince your kids to go back to bed when they woke up at 5am? I’m sure that will be us in several years.

Skillet Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli

With the seasonal changes a lot of families, mine included, want something hot, tasty, and easy for dinner.

Let’s see if this skillet ziti dish with chicken, broccoli, and homemade roasted red peppers meets those requirements –

Hot: I mean have you ever cooked something in a skillet that was cold?!

Tasty: Chicken, broccoli, roasted red peppers, and parmesan cheese, yum.

Easy: Ready in about 30 minutes if you make the roasted red peppers ahead of time or buy jarred ones from the store.

Skillet Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli

But if you have the time, I would suggest taking the adventure to make your own roasted red peppers. It really is easy and a whole lot cheaper than those jarred ones. I used 2 peppers for this 1 dish, but I easily could have enjoyed 3, 4, 5, .. I love red peppers.

But in seriousness, you probably don’t want to use more than 3.

Every time I make homemade roasted red peppers, I use Ina Garten’s tutorial, she’s great and makes the process simple. Check it out by clicking here.

Skillet Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli

Skillet Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli

Yield: 4 servings
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips (about 1.5 chicken breasts)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 2 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 & 1/2 cups uncooked ziti (or similar pasta)
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup julienned roasted red peppers (homemade or jarred)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  2. In a large skillet, saute chicken in 1 tablespoon butter until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet, saute onion in remaining butter (1 tbsp) until tender.
  4. Add the garlic, pepper flakes, oregano and remaining salt; cook 1 minute longer.
  5. Stir in broth and milk; bring to a boil.
  6. Add the pasta; cook for 7-8 minutes or until it's tender, adding the broccoli and red peppers during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  7. Return chicken to skillet; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese.


Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Skillet Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli

Somehow I forgot to mention that this is a 1 dish meal, and that is a beautiful thing.

Can I get an amen for that?!

So, will this dish be a crowd pleaser in your house?

Skillet Ziti with Chicken and Broccoli

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  1. This looks great and healthy! Your day sounds just like mine, We can be very productive when we get up that early! Would love for you to come back over and share at my link party http://mommyondemand.com/create-bake-4/

  2. My son would LOVE this! I think I might need to add this to next week’s menu!

  3. I’ve always loved Ziti and just about any vegetable or stir-fry type meal. Quick easy and delicious! just popping over from the Whimsey Wednesdays Link Party. I have pinned, liked and tweeted, and g+-ed. I would love it if you would drop by my site at http://www.kneadedcreations.com for a short visit! I will look forward to seeing you there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

  4. Love the recipe, Beth ! Broccoli and peppers are some of my favorite veggies :-) Pinned for later !

  5. This sounds so delicious – and I love that it is all cooked in 1 pan! Good food, easy clean up… awesome!
    Thanks for sharing this…
    God Bless!
    ~ Wendy

  6. This looks so good, I love anything with big pieces of broccoli in it! Just wondering does the chicken broth and milk make a sauce or does most of it cook away?

    • Hi Ashley! It doesn’t make a sauce like it would in alfredo, but it gives the dish flavor. Hope that helps!

  7. G’day! A healthy dish indeed, true!
    Great photo..could go for some of this right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Joanne’s Foodie Friends Friday – Let’s Eat Healthy Party

  8. What a yummy dish, I love that you can do it all in one skillet. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for linking this great dinner dish at our Marvelous Monday party – pinned!

  10. Hi Beth, I’m a fan of one dish meals. Soooo Easy! This looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing it on Foodie Friends Friday this week.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  11. I love skillet pastas, cleaning only one dish is the best! Pinning, and thanks for sharing at my link party!

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  13. This looks so amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

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