Chicken, Zucchini and Cheese Bake

Posted by Beni Cook

This Chicken, Zucchini and cheese Bake is packed with juicy pieces of chicken breast, tender zucchini and capsicum and cooked in a creamy cheese sauce. A perfect weeknight meal and leftovers make for great lunches too!



307 Cal | 13.8g Fats | 11.1g Carbs | 33.6g Protein



• 3 tablespoons butter, divided
• ½ dried thyme, chopped finely
• 4 cloves of crushed garlic
• 900g boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 2 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 1 large red capsicum, chopped
• ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup no-salt-added chicken stock
• 1 cup whole milk
• 30g reduced-fat cream cheese
• 1 ¼ cups shredded, light mozzarella cheese, divided
• ¾ teaspoon ground pepper
• ½ teaspoon salt




1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add thyme, garlic and chicken to the pan; cook, stirring occasionally until chicken is lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a medium bowl. Add zucchini and capsicum to the pan; cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to soften, about 4 minutes. Transfer the zucchini mixture to the bowl with the chicken.
2) Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the pan. Stir in flour; cook, stirring constantly until the flour starts to brown, about 1 minute. Add broth and milk; bring to a boil, whisking often. Remove from heat and add cream cheese and 3/4 cup mozzarella; stir until melted. Stir in salt and pepper. Drain liquid from the chicken and vegetable mixture; stir the chicken and vegetables into the cheese sauce. Transfer to a 20cm x 20cm baking dish. Place the dish on a foil-lined baking sheet; sprinkle the casserole with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
3) Bake until the top is browned and the edges are bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Beni Cook
Beni Cook is the Head Personal Trainer and Founder of Beyond Best. Beni is a health and fitness expert who develops individualised exercise programs that will meet your own short and long-term objectives, while providing information, advice and encouragement that will enable you to lead your healthiest life, every day.

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