Cheesy Chicken and Veggie Bake

This might be one of my MOST-FAVORITE one pan bakes ever. And I mean ever. Evereverever.

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Because I mean, that cheese.

Look at that cheese. You’d never guess what kind of cheese it is! How about, HAVARTI.

Didn’t see that coming, did you? That’s how I do. All the surprises.

Cheesy Chicken and Veggie Bake / Bev Cooks

First of all, this recipe takes like, 10 minutes to pull together. You dice chicken, you cut up a bell, you hack into a pepper, and you rip up some broccoli. And it feels really good.

The PIZAZZ (<–why) comes from this tasty little concoction you just whipped together, with dried Italian seasoning, olive oil, garlic and onion powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper. It’s this magical combo that takes plain ol’ chicken and veggies and makes it ORBITALLY RIDIC.

I’m getting a giant squiggly line under both of those words, but I’m so giddy about this I don’t even care.

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You’ll toss the diced chicken in the Italian sauce mix thingy.

And we won’t discuss how many food blog rules I’m breaking right now showing you raw chicken. That’s how I do. All the rule breaking. All the surprises and the rule breaking.

Cheesy Chicken and Veggie Bake / Bev Cooks

Theeen nestle the chicken and veggieroos in a casserole dish and try and get a little bit of that Italian sauce mix thingy on the veggies! Just a little smooch here and there. No bigs.

Cheesy Chicken and Veggie Bake / Bev Cooks

Finally, sprinkle the grated Havarti over the whole dish and bake it, ohhhh – 30 to 40 minutes. (I accidentally typed 230 minutes. Bake it for 230 minutes. That’s how I do. All the mistakes. All the surprises and the rule breaking and the mistakes.)

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It’s so simple but GIANT in flavor. That Havarti, man, with its buttery yet acidic tones just MAKES this meal surprisingly scrumptious. Especially all kissy kissy with that Italian sauce mix thingy. I’m like, salivating just remembering the memories. Which is redundant. Never mind.

Cheesy Chicken and Veggie Bake / Bev Cooks

It’s kid-friendly, it’s weeknight-friendly, it’s waistline-friendly, and it’s tongue-party-town-friendly.

I mentioned that cheese, right? I mean…

Cheesy Chicken and Veggie Bake / Bev Cooks

Havarti! Who knew?

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  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 red onion, cut into semi-thick chunks
  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 Tbs. Italian seasoning
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 (6 oz) block of Emmi Roth original Havarti cheese
  • Parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir until incorporated.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the diced chicken with the Italian sauce.
  4. In a casserole dish (8x11 works!), arrange the chicken and veggies. Using your fingers, nestle everything together, to where the sauce rubs off on some of the veggies. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken and veggies, and bake for 30 - 40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, the veggies are tender and the cheese is browned and bubbly. Garnish with parsley and get that IN YOUR MOUTH ALREADY.
  5. Serves 4-6.

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(This post is definitely in partnership with Roth Cheeses. But all cheese inhalings and ramblings are totally my own. We coo?)

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22 Responses to Cheesy Chicken and Veggie Bake

  1. Kelly September 26, 2017 at 7:55 am #
    I went to my local meat market last weekend and had them make me a bologna sandwich with havarti dill, OMG. It is my all time favorite cheese. Thank you for an easy but stellar weeknight meal!
  2. Jenn September 26, 2017 at 11:35 am #
    This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe :) I'm going to try it tomorrow!!
  3. Elizabeth Uebler September 27, 2017 at 5:04 am #
    First of all this is the first recipe blog post I’ve read of might be even more funny on “screen/paper” than in your insta stories...however I do like that I know what your voice sounds and the funny typed words in my head have your voice!! Looks delicious can’t wait to start 1. Making this 2. Reading your recipes, and 3. Getting more of your recipes in my weekly rotation!! #hateboringfood
    • Bev Weidner September 28, 2017 at 7:35 am #
      Well thank you so much, Elizabeth!
  4. The Sunny Side September 27, 2017 at 10:16 am #
    First off, is that a fish spatula? I use mine for EVERYTHING too! Secondly, we coo.
    • Bev Weidner September 28, 2017 at 7:35 am #
      It's actually just a vintage spoon scoop thingy! But I do have a fish spatula and obsess over it, too. :)
  5. Hope September 28, 2017 at 3:02 pm #
    Any chance you think this would freeze okay? I've got a baby coming and this looks like an awesome make ahead and throw in the freezer dish!
  6. anna* October 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm #
    First time to your site and I'm loving it so far! I'm guessing that almost four hours might be a little bit too long. ;) Looks delicious. I love havarti.
  7. Lila October 10, 2017 at 9:13 pm #
    Bev, Thanks for the recipe. I made it tonight for the fam and it was a big hit:) My husband requested it be put in the rotation.
  8. Hilliary Meisner October 13, 2017 at 11:05 am #
    I made this last night for my husband and I! We loved it! So so good! Thanks for the great recipe :)
  9. Jen Renee November 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm #
    I've made this twice. It's very flavorful with that Italian seasoning and very comforting and satisfying with all that cheese but it's not too heavy. Love this recipe!
    • Bev Weidner November 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm #
      Ohhhh I'm so happy to hear this! Thanks for letting me know. :)
      • Anonymous August 29, 2018 at 6:14 pm #
        Just had to post again about this recipe, because I made it this evening after a day of working, a sick kid, groceries, kid pick ups and drop offs and pick ups again...This is one of my go-to weeknight meals. Almost as easy as ordering pizza and a lot more healthy. Love it!
  10. Ana November 12, 2018 at 9:13 pm #
    Such a simple dish, but what great flavors! Thanks for the recipe! This came together quickly for a weeknight dinner and it's healthy!
  11. ALISHA December 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm #
    How do you reheat this?


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