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Chicken Broccoli and Tortellini ~ the One-dish Way

“I do not like broccoli.  So --- no more broccoli!"

That’s probably something most kids have always wanted to yell from the rooftops.

Credit:  Lee Lorenz-New Yorker

Trivia time ~~~ Who said:

“I do not like broccoli.  And, I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it.  And I’m -------- of the ------ ------, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”

He wanted to never, ever see a sprig of broccoli on his plate if he was on the plane, in his house, or anywhere else in the land! Therefore, he proclaimed a “broccoli ban.”

I bet if his mom had made this tasty one-dish entrée, he would’ve been a broccoli lover!

This is a hearty stove-top dish filled with lots of good flavors. The broccoli and tomatoes make the dish colorful, and nutritious also.  Combine them with chicken, tortellini and seasonings, and you’ll have a good meal, that only needs a salad alongside it.

It’s a comforting dish that takes little time to prepare ~ something we cooks appreciate about any night!

Chicken with Broccoli and Tortellini


1 pound fresh cheese tortellini
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups broccoli florets
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
½ - ¾ cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried basil
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain, set aside, and cover to keep warm.
Heat oil in a skillet, add chicken and garlic, sauté until chicken is nearly cooked through.
Add broccoli and cook until crisp-tender.
Add all of remaining ingredients and cook for 2-3 minutes until heated through, adding more chicken broth if needed.
Serve with Parmesan sprinkled over top.
4 servings

Bon appetit!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes! 


  1. Definitely a great recipe - I DO LOVE broccoli!

  2. Pam, I love broccoli, my wife can take it or preferably leave it. She does love pasta, so this dish should fit the bill re: making us both happy...and perhaps a little healthier! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. I saw the chicken + broccoli and then I read "little time to prepare", so I knew I was going to bookmark this recipe, Pam! Thanks!

  4. Hi PAm,
    What a fantastic combination of flavours and beautiful looking dish you brought us!!

  5. Bernideen, thanks! I do too!

    RebekahRose, great! And thanks for the visit!

    Dave, then you'd both go for this, I hope.

    Judy, it's easy, quick and good!

    Lia, thanks! The broccoli is great with the chicken and pasta. Have a good week!

  6. Hi Pam,
    My kids love brocolli! Lucky me! Haha! They love most veggies, and they would certainly approve this plate of pasta. Another one of their favourite is, pasta!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Looks really good Pam and I actually like (not love) broccoli.

  8. Broccoli was actually the only veggie my mom could get us to eat as kids! Love the sound of this pasta!!

  9. I hated broccoli as a kid.. and even now, if it's cooked, it has to be cooked right before I'll eat it.
    And.. I think it was one of the presidents that made that comment.. wasn't it? Was it Bush Sr??

  10. Not sure who that kid was that didn't like his broccoli....but he sure was missing out on a great taste.
    love me some broccoli.....

  11. Love broccoli....this will make a good addition to my broccoli recipes!

  12. It was Dan quale and he might just change his mind after this recipe. Sounds fantastic!!!

  13. Broccoli is one of the vegetables my husband will eat. He will love the easy to make dish and so will I!

  14. I remember that comment and the uproar that followed. :)

    I love one dish meals and this looks perfect.


  15. kitchen flavours, oh, you're lucky! One of mine likes it, the other one, not.

    Larry, Bill's exact sentiment also.

    Joanne, that's amazing! You all certainly knew what was good back then!

    Jenn, that's good, at least you eat it! You're right it was President George H.W. Bush---the senior!!!

    Shug, I love it too. Have a good day!

    laurie, I hope you try this dish and like it as much as I do!

    Leslie, I don't know if Dan Quale likes broccoli or not, but it was President Bush---the older one---who didn't want to see broccoli on his plate. I agree with you, this recipe might change anyone's mind!

    Linda, woo hoo! This one might be a winner for him then.

    Glenda, yes. A ton of broccoli was shipped to Washington, DC and given to homeless shelters, etc. It was the older Pres Bush who said it.

  16. Love meals like this... one pan :)

  17. Karen, they're the best sometimes!

  18. I thought it was the younger Bush who said that! Anyways I LOVE broccoli! Who could resist this? So flavorful with tortellini!

  19. YUM! As a broccoli lover, this is amazing. Darling blog!

    Follow back if you can :)

  20. I love broccoli but there is no way my husband will touch it, not even in this delicious looking dish!

  21. I'm glad I saw this, I almost missed it! Yum!! It looks and sounds divine and I'll be making it soon.

  22. This looks like a great weeknight meal! We love broccoli in our house!


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