Feeding broccoli to your kid – Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

If you are lucky enough to have a son who loves broccoli this recipe is just the one for you. I got it off the Tasty app, but i made my own version of it and it got gobbled up in minutes.

Aiden is one of those few kids who likes raw or near raw vegetables. Which i of course hate. Aiden loved this dish and is good for kids who don’t quite like spice. I also added some pesto to this…well because i like pesto and it adds a bit of colour and character to the dish.

The actual recipe with step-by-step instructions can be found here

Ingredients (I edited some of them to suit Aiden and me)

for 1 serving

  • salt, to taste
  • Penne pasta
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • Garlic butter
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • red chilly flake, to garnish
  • 1 tbsp of pesto


  1. Bring 1 lt of water in a large pot to a boil over high heat, and salt to taste. Add a little olive oil to it so when you cook pasta in it
  2. Cook pasta for 8 minutes, or until slightly underdone.
  3. Add broccoli to pasta and simmer for 4 minutes with the lid on.
  4. Strain the pasta and broccoli. Run cold water over to prevent the broccoli from over cooking and to retain a bit of crunch.
  5. Heat the olive oil in the pot over medium-high heat, and add the chicken. Season the chicken with season salt and pepper.
  6. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pot and set aside.
  7. Add garlic butter to the pot, and melt it. Once butter is fully melted, add in garlic and stir continuously for 10 seconds.
  8. Add whole milk salt, pepper, pesto and nutmeg. Stir often, and cook until sauce starts to bubble slightly.
  9. Once the sauce is bubbling and begins to cook down, add in Parmesan cheese and stir until the sauce thickens.
  10. Add in the cooked chicken, pasta, and broccoli, and stir until fully combined.
  11. Top with Parmesan cheese or red chili flakes


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Josephine Goveas says:

    If your son liked this dish, I am sure it is very tasty. Looks nice.

    1. Thank you Mummy 🙂

  2. Great way to disguise veggies for the little ones.

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