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Creamy Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

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Our Creamy Chicken Penne Pasta Bake is good and cheesy, too, with Neufchatel, mozzarella and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
20 min
35 min
4 servings, 1-1/2 cups each

What You Need

cups  multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
small  bunch broccoli, cut into florets (about 3 cups)
lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
tsp.  dried basil leaves
Tbsp.  flour
cup  fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
oz.  (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
Tbsp.  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make It

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding broccoli to the boiling water for the last 3 min.

MEANWHILE, heat large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Add chicken and basil; cook 3 min. or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Add flour; cook and stir 1 min. Add broth; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat 3 min. or until sauce thickens and chicken is done. Add Neufchatel; cook and stir 1 min. or until melted.

DRAIN pasta and broccoli; return to saucepan. Add chicken mixture; mix lightly. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 8-inch square baking dish.

BAKE 15 min. or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and the Parmesan. Bake 3 min. or until cheese is melted.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Safely Handle Raw Chicken
Always wash hands, preparation surfaces and utensils in hot, soapy water before and after contact with raw chicken. Dry hands and surfaces with a clean towel or paper towels. Take special care in washing worn cutting boards as there may be hard-to-clean grooves or cracks that can collect bacteria.
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