Feb 15, 2012

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole


Shredded chicken breast and broccoli cooked with noodles in a light creamy sauce topped with toasted breadcrumbs. A simple dish the whole family will love, even the little ones!


This is an inexpensive dish, you can make this ahead, then top it with the breadcrumbs and put it in the oven 20 minutes before you are ready for dinner.

I have a great tip I've talked about before but if you are new here you will love this!

I buy chicken breast in bulk because it's less expensive. When I get home from the store I separate the chicken placing some in my refrigerator to use right away, I take a portion and place them in freezer bags to freeze for the future and I set two or three chicken breasts aside and throw them in my crock pot. I pour some water over them and 4-6 hours later I have perfect shredded chicken to use in other recipes though out the week such as enchiladas, chicken salad, stuffed peppers, or whatever! A great way to save time in the kitchen and only takes minutes to do.



Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/6th • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 313 • Fat: 9.9 g • Protein: 27.2 g • Carb: 31.2 g • Fiber: 4.4 g • Sugar: 2.6 g
Sodium: 256.7 mg (without salt)


Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Ronzoni Smart taste noodles (or no-yolk)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 12 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 4 oz shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar (Sargento)
  • cooking spray
  • 3 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)

Directions:

Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly undercooked by 2 minutes. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook on medium heat until golden, about 1 minute. Add the broccoli and a little salt, sauté and cover the broccoli for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the broccoli begins to soften. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly spray a 9 x 12 casserole dish with cooking spray.

In a large pot, heat butter over medium-low heat, when melted add the shallot and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.


Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined over medium heat; whisk well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 6-7 minutes). Remove from heat and add reduced fat sharp cheddar and 1 tablespoon of the parmesan cheese; mix well until the cheese melts.


Add the shredded chicken, noodles and broccoli to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated.


Pour into a casserole dish and top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray on top and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. Place the casserole under the broiler a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp and golden (careful not to burn).

220 comments :

  1. This looks amazing, I will totally be trying this next week :D

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  2. I'm definitely going to try this but I think you're wasting a huge flavor opportnity by only using water in your crock pot for shredded chicken! Oh the flavors you could have! :D

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    1. I often add a boullion or use chicken broth. But water works fine if I plan on seasoning it after.

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    2. This is a great recipe. All your recipes are great. I love the fact that youo use seasoning in these light receipes....makes it all worth it. Thanks for all your hard work with these receipes.

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    3. I just made this a day ago and once again, Gina, DELISH!! I used the chicken broth generated by the water in which I cooked the chicken in the crock pot, instead of canned broth. It was really flavorful and I had no fat to skim, even after refrigerating the broth overnight before I assembled the casserole

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    4. when you cook the chicken in the crockpot, add a stalk of celery, a carrot, an onion, and a few bay leaves- adds depth to the broth and makes it super yummy! (of course you take them out and throw them away after you're done)

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    5. You could always use rotisserie chicken. Yum!

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  3. Oh my, this looks absolutely delicious!!!

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  4. that looks so delish . yet another one to add to my ever growing list of recipes to make!

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  5. Gina - are we to use shallots or red onion? The pic looks like onions.
    Thanks - Gina B.

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    1. Gina B... what I understand is that a shallot is a cross between an onion and garlic. It looks like a small onion but has great taste. Lisa

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    2. That is correct, it's a shallot- cross between an onion and garlic.

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    3. Gina B. A lot of people mistakenly call green onions "shallots" so I think this is where the confusion is. A shallot resembles garlic in that it has "cloves", but it has a mild onion flavor. They are usually near the pearl or boiling onions in your grocery store. They don't always have a red/purple tinge to them, like the ones shown, but can have. Depends on where and when they are grown, I believe. They are great to use when you want a more subtle onion flavor, as are leeks.

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    4. green onions are sometimes called Scallions....

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  6. This looks yummy. I've been craving a casserole type dish that is diet friendly. I think I'm going to try this this weekend, and I'm going to use asparagus because I don't like broccoli! :)

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  7. I'm going to try this...but anytime I've tried making chicken in the crockpot for the same reason, it has no taste! I'll have to try again because yours look delish!

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    1. Throw the chicken in crock pot with water like Gina said....for mexican recipes add 1 envelope of taco seasoning....delicious mexican chicken....works out perfect for chicken tacos or chicken enchilados...full of flavor.

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    2. I put 6-8 frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot, mix about 1 cup of diet coke in a bowl with a capful of original Mrs Dash, and about 1/3 cup spicy salsa (yesterday I was out of salsa, so just used diet coke and Mrs Dash)... cook on low 8 hours! yum!

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  8. Thank you for this. I need easy, cheesy comfort food, STAT!

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  9. That looks great. And pretty low-cal!

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  10. A comforting throwback, for sure. I'd love to have this for dinner tonight. :)

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  11. i actually have some leftover chicken and i have brocolli :)

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  12. Looks so good! That is my kind of comfort food.

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  13. This looks delicious! Will give it a try!
    http://WhatsCookingAtCasaStephens.blogspot.com

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  14. I love casserole meals! SIngle lady and great for the work week. However I will be using rotisserie chicken. Can't wait.

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  15. I wondered if you tried this with skim milk and fat free cheddar? If I try it am I sure not to like it?

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    1. I never use fat free cheese, I think it's awful.

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    2. I knew I loved you for a reason! lol
      If cheese won't melt, it doesn't qualify as cheese!

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    3. Jessica - I couldn't agree more. Cheese that doesn't melt is not for me! I always use low fat cheese instead. Really improves the flavor. If I can, I try to cut calories in other areas to make up for the extra calories in the cheese.

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  16. Gina - Can I prepare this the night before I want to have it?

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    1. Hi Staci- Gina stated in the text before the recipe: "This is an inexpensive dish, you can make this ahead, then top it with the breadcrumbs and put it in the oven 20 minutes before you are ready for dinner." So go for it! :)

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    2. Oops...I missed that! Thanks!

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  17. Gina, I am a huge fan / follower of yours. Truly love your recipes and rave about them to friends and have introduced your site to the WW office I belong to. :) When you say you put chicken breasts in the crock pot with "some" water, how much water are you talking about? What about using chicken broth instead of just water? Thank you! Jeanne

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    1. I linked the the recipe above. In the instructions it says you can use water or chicken broth. Sometimes I throw in some veggies and make broth at the same time.

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  18. mom_gray47@yahoo.com2/16/12, 8:40 AM

    I put my chicken breast in the crock pot with broth, salt, pepper, sage or poultry seasoning, and a touch of minced garlic. All of the above add favor to the shedded chicken, then after shedding, divide out into receipe size portions, and put into the freezer. Then I can just pull one portion out, and try this great looking receipe. Will try this weekend. (I also prepare 2 or 3 cassorole meals for me & my husband on the weekend) This saves me time, and money (no wasted food) thur the busy week. And keeps me on track!!

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  19. i wonder if you could make this with spaghetti squash...hmmmmm...

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  20. Looks amazing!!! Great use for left over chicken. You made another master piece!

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  21. This is such a great web site!!!! So many good recipes.

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  22. haven't always been the biggest fan of broccoli, but this got me eating it, tastes great, thanks

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  23. Can I ask how much water do you put in the crockpot with the chicken breasts to make the shredded chicken and do you use boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken breast on the bone? Love your recipes by the way!!!

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    1. Boneless, I cover it completely. You can click the link above to see the recipe.

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  24. Any idea if this would freeze well? I like to have some recipes that I can assemble and put in the freezers, ready to pull out on the days when life is insane. Don't know how the noodles would hold up. Thank you!

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    1. I make a casserole on weekends but portion it out into ramekins and wrap in double layer plastic wrap and freeze. I haven't had a problem with the noodles. Perfect for the crazy nights when comfort food is needed, and the ramekins ensure portion control.

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    2. Not sure how it freezes, if anyone knows please comment.

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    3. when i've frozen recipes w/ egg noodles like you used, they tend to get a little dry and/or broken when they're not fully covered in sauce. presentation might be affected but taste should be okay if you add extra liquid when reheating.

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  25. This looks delicious, Gina! Like a big warm hug on plate. Thanks for sharing this great comfort food recipe!

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  26. This looks delicious I think broccoli maybe one of my favorite veggies!

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  27. I just discovered this site and already I am a huge fan! I love Weight Watchers and having a site like this is WONDERFUL! Making this for dinner tonight, can't wait! :)

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  28. What can I use instead of broccoli?

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    1. I made it with asparagus today and it was delicious! I imagine it would be tasty with just about any veggie.

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  29. If anyone is looking for a super fast way to shred chicken breasts: toss the cooked chicken breasts in the bowl of your stand mixer and, using the paddle attachment, turn the stand mixer on low. Turn the stand mixer off when the chicken is your desired level of shredded - it takes about 10 seconds!

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  30. Jennifer L - CT2/16/12, 4:40 PM

    This is in my oven RIGHT NOW! Cannot wait to try it tonight. I bought a cooked rotisserie chicken to save time and shredded that. Love how cheesy & creamy the sauce looked!

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  31. Me too- can't wait to try it- love the WW points are figured out!

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  32. I get the feeling that you don't mind people sharing their versions of your recipes...my changes were due to "cleaning out the fridge". I used 93% fat free ground turkey instead of chicken. I added sliced fresh portobello mushrooms to the sauce while it was thickening (yum!). I deleted the breadcrumbs (personally don't find them worth the points). With my changes my points value went up significantly (9 pts+ per serving) but I guess that was the turkey? Nonetheless, I enjoyed it immensely! Thanks!!

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    1. I did the same with sliced mushrooms! Really good idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic. Made as recipe states, however I used skim milk. It was delicious. Another hit Gina!

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  34. I made a variation of this for dinner. I used cauliflower instead of brocolli and I used skim milk and cream cheese! Amazing hit. I also used your trick on "crock pot" shredded chicken AMAZING>

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  35. kali_gurl05282/17/12, 9:14 AM

    Gina I tried this last night for dinner and it was AMAZING!!! My boyfriend and I almost ate the whole pan. Thank you!!!!!

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  36. We made this last night it was great!

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  37. This looks so sinfully delicious [minus the sin hehe] :P I might have to make individual portions cause I fear that my fiance and I would eat the whole casserole!

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  38. Made this last night with left over skinned rotisserie chicken breast. It was amazing. Will definitely be using this recipe again and again. Love it!!!!

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  39. Will the noodle police haul me away if I use, oh let's say, corkscrew pasta? Or Elbows? ( I'm trying to use up what I have, sitting around, opened.) I just wonder how it will affect the sauce. Guess I'll try and see! ( and report back, of course!)

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  40. Can I use Panko breadcrumbs? Will it up the points any? I can't find whole wheat bread crumbs anywhere. : (

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    1. I just make my own bread crumbs by toasting whatever reduced calorie wheat bread I have in the house before it goes bad. That way, the bread crumbs fit within the Simply Filling Technique, too! Just season them with some italian seasoning.

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  41. Hi! All of your recipes are fabulous! I just put this into the WW tracker, though and got a Points Plus value of 9. Did I do something wrong?

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    1. No, I did! I had the wrong amount of cheese listed but I corrected it and double checked with the calories and I get 8 pts plus. Sorry. (not sure why you get 9?)

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  42. Making this for dinner tomorrow. Looks great! Thanks Gina for another wonderful recipe!

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  43. made this for dinner this evening and it was a hit with everyone at the table. over the past week i have made several of your recipes... quickly becoming my go to recipe site. thanks!

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  44. I made this for dinner tonight, it was great!! I had to make a few changes due to what I had in my pantry. I used plain ramen noodles instead of the noodles called for in recipe. Also, I didn't have shallots on hand, so used onion/garlic instead. In addition, I didn't have any cheddar so I used colbyjack cheese. Even with the revisions, this was great and was a bit hit. Thanks for the recipe!

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  45. I made this last night, wow oh wow it was really good! I found your website about three weeks ago and I have cooked nothing but food from your website..I feel like I owe you something for helping me make such great healthy and good tasting meals for my family. Gina you are the best, thank you so much...

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  46. Any ideas for making this milk-free? Maybe a can of fat free cream of chicken soup or mushroom.

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  47. I could really dive into this casserole!

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  48. I made this tonight but had to substitute the cheeses for what I already had which was a Mexican cheese blend and Italian cheese blend (Sargento). It was good.. but not great. I know that it's only because of my substitutes! This dish needs the rich potent flavors of the sharp cheddar and parmesan or it won't be nearly as flavorful. ..Just a lil tid-bit for all you out there who may be considering subbing. I'll definitely try this again using the suggested ingredients.

    Thanks so much for all of your recipes, Gina! They have truly been a blessing. My husband is on weight watchers and I am health conscious so they suit everyone. I love that you use whole and mostly natural ingredients! You make this novice cook feel like a pro! =)

    Ps...I've got your chocolate chip zucchini bread in the oven right now! Can't wait to try it!

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  49. I made this for dinner last night and it was excellent! The hubs gobbled down two huge platefuls!

    I only made a few changes. I had frozen broccoli/cauliflower, so I threw that in with the boiling noodles and put the garlic in with the sauce mixture. I didn't have any shallots, so I used half a medium onion instead. I also doubled it so that we could eat it for a 2nd meal. A little time consuming, but will definitely make it again!

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  50. Hi Gina. I am making this as I type. How did you come up with 6 points? My e-tools shows 8 and I substituted light butter and whole wheat pastry flour, both of which have fewer points but kept everything else exact. Wait. I didn't have the Smart Ronzoni pasta but Healthy Harvest, which might be the difference...ack, maybe the Ronzoni has fewer points. It looks divine, regardless.

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    1. sorry, I made a mistake, it is 8, you are correct. Amd yes, healthy harvest is icky!

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  51. I made this tonight - HUGE hit! Sooo good. No modifications except I used skim milk as that is all we buy here, but it was totally fine. Thank you!!!

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  52. Wow this is tasty! We had it tonight and it was a huge hit. I have to THANK YOU for all of your recipes, I started Weight Watchers in January and your recipes have certainly helped me with this adventure! I noticed that there are lots of comments about the points, my calculator also came up with a higher number so I have made 8 portions instead of 6, keeping the 6 point count! Thanks again Gina!

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    1. that works! so sorry for the error I hate when I make a mistake!

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  53. You are a miracle worker Gina! My kids hate broccoli but ate this up with gusto and both exclaimed how delicious it was. My 12 year old claims "the skinny taste lady has some great ideas!". Couldn't agree more.

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  54. I have this in the oven right now!! Although, I replaced white flour with whole wheat flour :)

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  55. Just put it in the oven. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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    1. It was a hit. Even my two picky eaters (6 and 2 yrs old) loved it!

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  56. I made this last night and it was delicious. Will definitely make this again!

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  57. I put all these ingredients minus 1 tsp of oil and all the butter, into the weight watchers recipe builder and it says that each serving is supposed to be 9 points. How did you get 6 points?

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    1. I just re-entered everything and got 8 pts plus. Not sure if I missed something before, I apologize and will fix. But not sure why you get 9 and I get 8.

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  58. Ok, so just to be clear I had a mistake in my nutritional info but thanks for letting me know, as always! You are all such great proof readers :) It is now fixed, and I get 8 pts plus.

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  59. I made this tonight for my family and we all loved it! Thank you Gina :)

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  60. I just discovered I am out of flour- will corn starch work???

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  61. This was such a success in my house that I just HAD to make it 2 nights in a row! Gina, you are the bomb :)

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  62. Gina, made this tonight and not only was it easy, it was delish! The whole family gobbled it down. Didn't have to repeatedly remind my 3 yr old to eat her dinner. :). Thanks!

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  63. Kristen Speakman2/21/12, 8:16 PM

    This was delish! Followed your recipe exactly and it was perfect. Thanks for a great dinner! Found your site through Pinterest.

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  64. Made this tonight! I agree with the others it was awesome! Kiddos agreed!

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  65. Wow, this was a HUGE hit with family. My kids want it again tomorrow. So delish, on the top of my recipe list!

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  66. I was craving a casserole so I tried this recipe tonight and it was AMAZING! My 1 year old has been giving me a hard time about eating (especially veggies) and everytime she took a bite she said "Mmmmmm"! This will be put in my "Make Again" pile!

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  67. I made this last night and I'm eating it again for lunch today it's soooo good!! Thank you so much, I can't wait to eat it again :)

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  68. I made this last night, a hit with husband and kids (I chopped the broccoli small so it was less obvious to them!) The sauce is so good! Can't wait for leftovers for lunch.

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  69. Can this recipe be made ahead and frozen???

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  70. I made this tonight.. my daughter... LOVED IT!! I would change one thing.. make it a little more creamier by doubling the sauce.. other then that.. FANTASTIC!! Great flavor!

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  71. I made this today, and I used a lot less garlic than it called for and it was still SUPER strong. Any more and it would have been inedible! But other than that it was amazing. The sauce was so good, and I used whole wheat flour instead of regular flour!

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  72. Very good!!
    I made this last night. I didn't have fresh garlic... forgot to buy it so I used the minced in the jar (2 tsps )and just put the broccoli in right after I got it in the pan. I also didn't have shredded parm, so i used the reduced fat grated. Worked great!!

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  73. Got any other recipes for the shredded chicken? I put mine in crockpot just now and realized my frozen package was just over 4 pounds! Oh, why did I not break it up when I bought it? Anyway, if you have other ideas for the shredded chicken, that would be great!

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  74. Made this last night, but with different noodles (didnt have egg) and I added a little extra cheddar. It turned out fantastic! Will definetly be making this again

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  75. Thought the sauce was a little bland. Will use extra sharp cheese next time and up the garlic.

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  76. another fantastic dish! i used skim milk and it turned out great! I can't wait to eat the leftovers!

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  77. Once again another great dish Gina!!! The WHOLE family loved it. My 9yr is trying to go for thirds (had to tell him to let it digest first) They said this one is going on our menu rotation.

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  78. This was really tasty! Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  79. I'm kind of new to all of this. does 1 -3/4 mean 1 and 3/4 or 1 to 3/4 cup of broth?

    thanks!

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  80. I made this for dinner tonight and the family loved it! I really like that you keep it on the light side! :)

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    1. 1 3/4 just like it states.

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  82. I made this last night. It was good but I think it lacked taste. Have to play with more seasoning I think.

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  83. My toddler liked it, but I agree with the comment above about the lack of flavor. I added a dash of hot sauce to jazz it up a bit.

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  84. Did you mean 16 oz of pasta? 6oz just doesn't seem like enough. I'm making it now though! Smells great! I can't wait to try it.

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    1. 6 oz of uncooked pasta will double in size.

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  85. Hello Gina, the last month I have been cooking your meals and everybody in my family loves it - including kids plus I am loosing weight after having a baby. Your website is fantastic. Do you have a Czech origin or hubby? Your last name sounds Czech =) I am from there. Thanks for all your work!

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  86. I have absolutely never ever posted a comment on a website before. I just couldn't resist any longer. Your food is DELICIOUS!!! I made this casserole for dinner tonight, and it was amazing. So flavorful. ALL of your recipes are very flavorful. My fiance & I love it. The first one I ever cooked was your chicken nuggets. I will never purchase store bought chicken nuggets again. And my absolute favorite recipe has been your Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana. You make cooking healthy so easy, enjoyable, and tasty!! You have so much talent, and I truely appreciate your work into this website. :o) This is my go to website for a delicious, healthy recipe for dinner. Thank you!

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  87. This was SOOO good! I made it for myself and ate it all week! I didn't change anything! I used shredded chicken out of my crockpot :)

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  88. I just wanted to confirm that the old Points value did not change, and it is still 6 regular points?

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  89. I made this tonight and it's absolutely delicious. Last week I made the coconut shrimp and everyone gobbled it up. Thanks for the great recipes, Gina.

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  90. I just made this recipe for dinner tonight. Delicious!

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  91. Your idea for buying the chicken in bulk and preparing some immediately in the slow cooker is GENIUS! So obvious and simple, but I never would have thought of that on my own! Have some in my crock pot right now. Thank you Gina!!!

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  92. I started Weight Watchers yesterday and my meal plan for the entire week consists of recipes from Skinnytaste! I made this for the first time last night, and my husband agreed - this is a definite keeper. It was delicious! The sauce was amazing - and could even be used for other meals.. I'd like to figure out how many points are in just the sauce alone.

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  93. If you made this ahead and refrigerated it, would you adjust the time or cooking temp at all?

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  94. I just made this tonight. It was sooooo delicious!!! I must say I had more then I should have but
    I'll just count it :-) I'm so happy I found this site. It's the best site EVER!!! My boyfriend was getting sick of my bland w.w food and told me if I didn't find some new meals he would stop the "diet" food. He loved this and we are going to do a feature Friday with these recipes :-)

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  95. Just made this for dinner and it was really good! Perfect amount of flavor from the shallot and sharp cheese. I will definitely make it again. I'm a novice in the kitchen so this recipe was a little time consuming for me, and seemed like a lot of work, but it was well worth it. Somehow when I printed the recipe it left out the line that tells you to add the flour so when I was done I realized I never put the flour in. It still turned out really good, just maybe wasn't quite as thick as it should be.

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  96. We tried this last night and it was delish! Next time I'm going to try making it with tofu noodles. That should bring down the points a bit and enable me to eat more.

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  97. Made this tonight and it is sooo yummy. I was bummed I didn't have an onion or shallot but it was still yummy. While waiting for the chicken to finish cooking I couldn't keep my fork out of the skillet with the sauce, noodles and broccoli! Yum!

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  98. I just made this recipe. It is FANTASTIC!! Lots of flavor and easy to make. I used rotisserie chicken breast and Weight Watchers cheddar cheese blend in the recipe. Since I like my broccoli limp, I omitted the saute step with olive oil, garlic and broccoli. Instead, I put the broccoli into the pasta water with the pasta. Then, I used 1T, 2 teas. butter and sauteed the garlic and shallots together, then continued with the recipe. I have made 3 recipes of Gina's and they are all keepers. Thanks, Gina!

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  99. I made this for dinner last night and we loved it! It was a great combination of flavors. I sauted the broccoli a little longer than recommended and I add a tablespoon or two of the chicken broth as well, as the pan seemed a little dry. As a time saver I used a rotisserie chicken breast from the grocery store. Will be making this again!

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  100. I made this tonight for the second time and it's awesome! Great, easy dinner with lots of leftovers!

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  101. I made this for a potluck this weekend... with a few minor adjustments - completely gluten free and spicy grilled chicken instead of shredded. It was delicious and a big hit even with folks who didn't know it was GF! Thanks for another great recipe!

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  102. Just made this & thought it was delicious! Definitely a keeper! I stumbled upon your site a few months ago when Julie (at PBF) referenced a receipe of yours. The only other recipe I have made so far were the 'Chocolate Chip Cloud' cookies. I love those!!! (and have made them several times) :) Keep up the good work!!

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  103. I just found out about SkinnyTaste and what a treat it is!

    This is the first recipe I picked out. I went to the store today and picked up the ingredients I needed.

    I made it when I got home and I'm eating now... with a salad.

    Delicious.

    I'll be trying more recipes soon.

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  104. Fyi- you do not need any water for the chicken in a crock pot. It makes it's own broth. I literally put my chicken in the crockpot with my seasonings & let it cook. It works everytime!

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  105. This was VERY good.....I am hoping to start scoring most of my recipes from this site! Thanks for a yummy dish!

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  106. I hate to say it because I have loved everything I have made on this site, but this dish did not turn out for me.

    I'm on the side of the few commenters who said it lacks flavor. Not sure how that is possible with the garlic, shallots, sharp cheese, etc. I followed the recipe exactly and it was just bland.

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  107. made this last night...took some time, but so worth it! i shredded up a roasted chicken instead (took the skin off of course) and it came out extremely yummy. plus i have leftovers for the next few days!

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  108. I was wondering you can substitute the cheese instead of cheddar use mozzarella.

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  109. I've been on a health kick lately and this site has helped me so much! I made this dish tonight and my family LOVED it! It was a little bland but with a little dash of salt and pepper it was perfect! Thanks so much!

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  110. I've been using your website for months and I thought it was about time I posted! I'm not actually watching my weight or anything, but like Carolyn I've started a bit of a health kick, so I'm constantly looking for recipes that are low in fat and good for you AND taste good - your recipes definitely hit the spot! I made this for my convenience food addicted siblings and they adored it! I made chicken stock whilst making the shredded chicken (first time ever!) and I could really taste the difference - no more cubes! I added more cheese and used frozen mixed veg - delicious!! :-)Thank you!

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  111. Delicious! I followed the recipe to a T.

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  112. I made this over the weekend and it was delicious. I did have to substiute onion for the shallot since my local store didn't have shallots and I had to use mild cheddar instead of sharp since my store also didn't have sharp low fat cheddar. I also cut my chicken up and sauted it in the pan with a little oregano (I also added oregano to the sauce while it was cooking). The only change I'd make would be to cook the garlic with the onion/shallot and to cut the brocoli smaller. A keeper recipe!

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  113. super sorry, but can anyone tell me how much exactly is 1/6 for a serving size? I'm young and dumb and trying to turn an new leaf in college!!

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    1. It's one sixth of the finished dish. Cut the finished dish in half - that will give you two halves. Then cut each of those halves into three parts. You'll have six parts total.

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  114. Wow, I can't help drooling. I just love the Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole
    Well done!
    If you submitted your Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole photos to http://www.foodporn.net , I'll bet they will make you on the home page.
    Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !

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  115. Anybody have any idea of what I could serve as a side dish with this? I always have a hard time figuring that out when you have a main dish that already has protein, starch, and veggies. Help??

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  116. Thank you for posting this! Love casroles as they are so easy for me to make - can't wait to try this out!

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  117. Made this last night with farfalle noodles, and substituted skim milk for the 1%. The sauce was thinner than Gina's, but it was still wonderful. Even with rotisserie chicken, though, prep time was about an hour, probably because I'm a klutz at shredding chicken! I'll make it again, though, because for the two of us, there's plenty for at least one more meal!

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  118. Made this last night. SO good. A little time consuming but easy none the less. The only changes I made: I used unsalted butter, and just added salt later, used unsweetened almond milk and used the Purdue marinated chicken breasts. I also grilled them on the George Forman and shredded them after. Everything about this was amazing, the fiance said 'its the best thing I ever ate'... it probably isn't but it was damn good!

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  119. I didn't have any noodles, so I used rice. We will see how it turns out, it is in the oven now! Smells good!

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  120. I made this the other day. There were no shallots at the grocery store so I used 1/2 a red onion instead. It was a big hit! I loved it! I may take the soup-base recipe (chicken broth, cheese, flour etc) and use it with potatoes or broccoli to make some soup. I had to try it as I was making the recipe and it was so good!

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  121. Can you use frozen broccoli?

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  122. What is 1/16th serving ??

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  123. I just made this and it amaaaaazinnng! om nom nom :D

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  124. I made this yesterday. It was very good but I probably won't put it into my meal rotation. It put me in mind of tuna noodle casserole which I can't stand. My family enjoyed it though.

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  125. I made this a while back and it was AMAZING! Well well worth making again and again. Yummy!

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  126. So delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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  127. Loveee this! I used whole grain pasta and probably a bit more cheese than you, but it was so good. Thanks!!

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  128. I decided to try this last night because I am looking for healthier recipes to get away from our "Taco Tuesday" routine. Husband and I loved it!!!! Used No-Yolks and added a 1/2 tsp black pepper when making the broth/milk/flour sauce just to give it a bit of spice. It was husband approved (and my husband is a Meat and Potatoes guy). I will be making this again!

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  129. Is there a place in this process where you could freeze the casserole? I was thinking of making it for a new mom!

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  130. Jasmine Tapia8/16/12, 9:02 PM

    So it's 8 pts for 1/6th of a cup???

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  131. Just made this and it was great, my son even liked it!

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  132. just made this tonight...delicious! i added sun-dried tomatoes because im obsessed and they really added some great flavor! will definitely make this again!

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  133. i did it and it was amazing!

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  134. just found your website and tried the recipe (all with regular ingredients that i had on hand... ) and yummy for my tummy! thanks so much will be browsing to try out some more. thanks so much!

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  135. I have tried a few of your recipes and they have all come out great! We had this for dinner last night and my husband loved it! Thanks!!

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  136. Is it really 6 oz of noodles, or should it be 16 oz? Thanks!

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  137. Made this tonight and it was delish. I used the Veggie Rotini (zucchini and spinach flavored) and it was so great. My husband ate tons of it...going to double the recipe next time! Has anyone ever frozen this?

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  138. I want to like this recipe - I really do. But unfortunately it is not very family friendly. It takes way too long, involves way too many components, and results in way too many dishes. Who has time for all of that when you have a family to feed?? Also, listing the recipe in paragraph form is a huge no-no. From one chef to another, can you please post your recipies in list (step by step) format? That way I don't have to keep re-reading your paragraphs over and over to catch my place again when I'm in the middle of cooking. Thanks.

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  139. I made this tonight and it was great!! I didn't find it too time consuming at all and it was very yummy--this is going in our rotation :)

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  140. Made this today. While it takes some time, it is totally worth it. Next time, I will split the recipe between 2 casseroles since I don't cook for a large family. I will freeze one (before baking).

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  141. I made this tonight with some changes mainly because of what I had on hand due to Hurricane Sandy. I used leftover chicken from a rotisserie chicken we made on the grill Sunday (before it started raining), reduced fat mozzarella and colby jack cheeses, frozen broccoli and regular egg noodles. Surprisingly I had a shallot and fresh garlic cloves on hand. I didn't have breadcrumbs so I didn't top it. It was delicious, the hubby LOVED it.There's only about 1/4 left, not enough for a full lunch serving, LOL.

    I LOVE your site, it's my first stop when looking for a recipe!!

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  142. Michelle from Michigan11/4/12, 6:52 PM

    I am just learning how to cook (at 33 years old?!) and I find your recipes so easy to follow and I get really excited to find what I am going to try next. THANK YOU for making me want to cook!

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  143. I made this on Saturday and it was so yummy!!! I am definitely going to make it again. Thank you for the recipe.

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  144. I just made it!! It's delicious. Hubby and 3 year old loved it too! A keeper!

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  145. I don't really like minced garlic or shallots so can I just make the make this with garlic powder and onion powder? Or is there any other suggestions? Also, what size casserole dish should I be using and do we cook the chicken on high or low in the crockpot? Sorry for all the questions. I hardly ever cook, with the excetion of 4 other recipies from this site.

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  146. Making this as we speak! Let you know how it goes -

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  147. This is currently in the oven. I am struggling with WW but am getting annoyed because I cannot find lower fat cheddar etc here in Victoria, BC. Same with the reduced fat gorgonzola for one of the salads :(
    M.

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  148. I made this tonight with cubed ham instead of chicken and my kids really liked it! Thanks, Gina!

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  149. Tried it, loved it. super easy. We also substituted whole grain pasta and whole wheat flour for added nutrition benefits :)

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  150. This was fantastic! I doubled the broccoli and used diced grilled chicken in place of shredded, because I didn't have any on hand. It was PERFECT for a cool winter night.

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  151. I've made this twice already, the family loves it. Thank you for all your recipes!

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  152. This is definitely going on the "to try" list, and that is a great tip about the shredded chicken!

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  153. This was fabulous!!! I made it exactly like you said, but we did add Sriracha Sauce with it and it was amazing! We are now addicted to that sauce after having it for the Asian Glazed drumsticks!Thank you for taking the time to post amazing recipes!

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  154. A little confused on the serving size?
    This looks delcious, just want to know how much I can have!

    :)

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  155. Super recipe. Very tasty. Does not freeze well, unfortunately. I live alone, so I like to cook and freeze...so I can have fun doing something else!

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  156. Made this for dinner tonight, it was great!!

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  157. Silly question...how many cups is 12 ounces of chicken? I cant figure out how to measure how much chicken to put in.

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  158. This was awesome. My family loved it, even a one year old and two year old. Thanks for sharing.

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  159. Just made this and it was fantastic! Highly recommend it!

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  160. This recipe is tastefully terrific. Since garlic burns quickly, I added my broccoli to the skillet first and then added the garlic. I also made a vegetarian version...YUM!

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  161. I am a picky eater, as well as the rest of my family and have a hard time finding healthy meals we all like. This one is a HUGE hit my family and we absolutely love it. I am prediabetic so for the past I use Dream Fields, which has only 5 digestible carbs per serving. It tastes great and still low fat and low carb. I have tried other recipes from this website and love them

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  162. This was so yummy! It is now a family favorite, and I bet we will make it monthly if not weekly. Thanks so much for your site- I meal planned this week and 3 of my 4 recipes were yours!

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