Amazing Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

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Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese on a plate with fork and casserole in back.   It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

I don’t know about you, but this has become the year of workout clothes for me.  It’s been 6 months since I’ve gotten dressed up.  So, in the spirit of getting-out-my-running-shorts-that-I-don’t-actually-go-running-in and getting all dressed up, here is my dressed up chicken!  It’s an amazing and easy dinner that you can prep ahead!  Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese is creamy, tangy, sweet, savory and simply delicious!  Chicken is simply roasted, then topped with a heavenly mixture of fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic, basil, parmesan, and goat cheese! 

Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese on a plate with fork. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Decadent, but Healthy!

While this recipe may look and taste decadent, it is actually pretty good for you!  You get calcium from the cheese, protein from the chicken, vitamins from the tomatoes.  We also have delicious and healthy artichokes in this recipe. They provide Fiber AND protein and are packed with nutrients, Vitamins C and K, Magnesium, Potassium, and Iron just to name a few!

The truth is, this is a go-to combo for me.  So, if you love love love tomatoes, artichokes, garlic, basil, and goat cheese too, here are a couple more recipes for you!  There’s my Best Bruschetta Topping Platter, the time I turned it into a healthy ‘pizza’ with my Quinoa Crust Tart with Tomatoes & Artichokes, or my Skillet Artichoke Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes.

Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese on a plate with fork. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

The only thing you need is a casserole dish approximately 5-6 inch by 9-10 inch.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHICKEN ARTICHOKE BAKE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Remove the seeds from the tomatoes, dice and add to the bowl. Rough chop the artichoke hearts and add them to the tomatoes.  Finely slice or chiffonade the basil and add it to the tomatoes and artichokes. Then mince the garlic and add that to the bowl. Using a fork, add crumbles of goat cheese. Add the salt and pepper and mix!Cut artichoke hearts for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Cut artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

goat cheese, cut artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Ingredients in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Ingredients in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

For the chicken, cut into 4 pieces, equal in size. Add to a baking dish, drizzle with a tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cut raw chicken for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Can I replace the goat cheese?

Yes, of course!  Goat cheese can be polarizing, though I absolutely love the creamy texture and tangy, salty flavor.  If you are not a goat cheese fan, you can replace it with chunks of mozzarella, firm ricotta, or even feta. 

What kind of Artichoke Hearts?

For this recipe, I really like canned or jarred artichoke hearts in water, not oil.  You can use frozen as well, but will need to thaw them before adding them to the recipe and draining any excess water.  I would not use fresh whole artichokes, as it takes FOREVER to clean them and you need to buy so many to get the same amount of hearts you can get already prepped.  

COOK YOUR CHICKEN ARTICHOKE BAKE 

Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Then add the topping and bake another 10 minutes. 

Topping added on top of chicken for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Can I freeze this?

You can freeze leftovers after it is cooked, but this recipe will not likely have much in the way of leftovers unless you double it.  I also would not freeze the topping until it’s cooked.  The reason is that fresh tomatoes 95% water, so when they thaw, they will turn to mush if they are frozen raw.  When you cook them, the tomato juices cook into the cheesy filling so it freezes and reheats better.

What to serve on the side?

This is pretty hearty all on it’s own.  However, you could add something green with broccoli or roasted asparagus.  Or you could add a grain with pasta, rice, or quinoa.  Creamy Parmesan Polenta would also be delicious with this!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese on a plate with fork. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Amazing Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

This Amazing Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese is a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!  Chicken is simply roasted, then topped with a heavenly mixture of fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic, basil, parmesan, and goat cheese!  #chickendinners #familydinnerideas #chickenrecipes #chickenbake #artichokechicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword artichoke, Baked chicken, chicken, easy dinner, goat cheese, tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 271 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Raw Chicken breasts skinless, boneless
  • 4 Plum Tomatoes (or 3 vine)
  • 14 oz Artichoke Hearts in water (1 can)
  • 10 leaves Fresh Basil (1 small bunch)
  • 1 clove Garlic (1 tsp minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 oz Soft Goat Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Remove the 'cheeks' of the tomatoes and scrape out the seeds. Then dice the tomatoes and add to the bowl. Rough chop the artichoke hearts and add them to the tomatoes. Finely slice (or chiffonade) the basil and add it to the tomatoes and artichokes.

    Cut artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!
  2. Then mince the garlic and add that to the bowl. Using a fork, add crumbles of goat cheese. Add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and mix!

    Ingredients in bowl for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!
  3. For the chicken, cut into 4 pieces, equal in size. Add to a baking dish, drizzle with a tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Cut raw chicken for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Cook!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Then add the topping and bake another 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

    Topping added on top of chicken for Chicken Artichoke Bake with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. It's a creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, mouth watering easy dinner that you can prep ahead!

Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Chili Mac and Cheese on a plate with fork.  This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

This Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe is a no-apologies meal that layers indulgence on top of indulgence and then garnishes with a bit more indulgence.  It has a super creamy and cheesy curly pasta on the bottom that lays a perfect foundation.  Then it’s topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili filled with tomatoes, onions, and carrots for layers of sweet and savory flavors.  Both the mac and cheese and the chili are super easy to make.  They can be made ahead and then reheated, making them great for weeknight dinners. 

This recipe is also a great one to make directly from your freezer and pantry!  The chili can be cooked ahead and frozen to pull out, warm, and add to mac and cheese any time you want!  Click here to get lots more Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

Scooping Chili out of pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Substitutes – Because you don’t have time to worry!

With our crazy schedules and limited time, you sometimes have to make do with whatever you have in the house, so here are your swaps and substitutes!

Chili Subs

  • Ground Beef – you can easily sub with ground turkey or chicken here!  I use 90% lean beef, but you can use any fat content.  You can also ADD chorizo or ground pork.
  • Seasonings – Feel free to use a Chili Spice mix you like, just taste for salt and pepper.  Paprika and Cayenne are optional, but I find they really boost the smokiness and give a bit of heat.  You can also add more of both of these!
  • Veggies – I use mirepoix for this recipe – onion, carrot, and celery – which bring the right amount of sugar and flavor.  You could eliminate the carrot and celery, but the onion is a must as it brings so much flavor!  You can also add in green or red pepper!

Mac and Cheese Subs

  • Pasta – I suggest using a short-cut curly pasta, such as Rotini, Fusilli,  or Riccioli.  These will hold the cheese and chili in every nook and cranny.  You can also use tube-cut pastas, such as Penne, Rigatti, or even elbows.  Frankly, any pasta will taste great, if you don’t have any of these!
  • Cheese – I prefer to shred my own aged cheddar for homemade mac and cheese.  I find that a little goes a long way for deep cheesy flavor and it melts perfectly smooth and creamy!  Any cheddar you have on hand can be used for shredding.  You could also use Fontina, Monterey Jack.  You can also use a pre-shredded cheese.

Here are a couple other comforting family dinners to try:  Shell Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage and Kale  or Easy Cottage Pie with Beef & Chorizo!

Chili Mac and Cheese on a plate with fork. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need 2 pots for this recipe, unless you make the Chili a day or more ahead. For the Chili, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot with lid that can go from the stove to the oven. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven with lid is great. For the pasta, any large pot to boil the water and cook the pasta will work!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHILI MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (Full recipe below!) 

For this recipe, you can either just prep the veggies and seasonings or make the Chili entirely ahead, as it reheats perfectly!  In fact, you can make it months ahead and freeze too!

For the veggies…Dice the onion, carrots, and celery. Remove the skin and mince the garlic cloves. 

Diced onion, celery, and carrots Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Measure out your seasonings and spices, Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Paprika.

Spices for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

If your cheese is not shredded, you can also shred that ahead of time.

At this point, you can either make the chili in advance and store it in the fridge/freezer or you can stop for today and pick up cooking in the next couple days! 

COOK YOUR CHILI! 

Preheat your dutch oven or large pot (with lid) on high. Drizzle in a tsp of Olive Oil and then add the ground beef to the pot, breaking it apart so that it can all cook evenly. Let it brown without touching it for 4-5 minutes. Once you see the pink starting to disappear, you can stir the meat so that it browns and cooks on all sides.

Beef cooking in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

When the meat is fully browned, add the garlic, carrots, onions, and celery. Stir to combine and start to cook the veggies. Cook for 5 minutes.

Veggies and beef in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Next add the Seasonings, broth, diced tomatoes and the tomato paste. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Stir again and then cover and simmer for 20-60 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes. (The longer you cook this, the more the ingredients will meld together and become one amazing chili!)

Diced tomatoes and beef in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Adding tomato paste to chili pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

COOK YOUR MAC AND CHEESE 

For the pasta, I recommend a short curly variety, such as Rotini, Fusilli, or this fun Riccioli.

Boil the pasta until al dente (about 5-10 minutes depending on the pasta). Remove 1 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta. Leave the pasta in the strainer or transfer to a large mixing bowl until the sauce is ready.

In a small pot or in the microwave, warm up the milk (do not boil).

Make your roux by adding 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour to a preheated pan (heated to medium, not high heat). Whisk the butter and flour together as the butter melts.

Butter and flour in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Once they are fully combined, slowly pour in the milk, whisking the entire time to incorporate it into the roux and prevent lumps from forming.  Bring the sauce up to a simmer so that it starts to thicken.  You can test the sauce by coating the back of a spoon and running your finger through it.  If it leaves a trail, you’re set.

Adding slurry to roux for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

sauce with whisk and spoon for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

When the sauce is thickened, stir in the cheese until you have a smooth cheese sauce.

Adding cheese to sauce for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Whisking cheese sauce for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Either add the pasta to the sauce or pour the sauce over the pasta in a bowl and fold it in to coat each pasta.

Pouring Cheese sauce over pasta for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Mixed Mac and Cheese for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

To serve, simply add a heaping scoop of mac and cheese to each plate, then top with an equally heaping scoop of chili! Sprinkle cheese on top and dig in!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Ladling Chili over Mac and Cheese on a plate. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Beef Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe is a no-apologies meal that layers indulgence on top of indulgence and then garnishes with a bit more indulgence.  It has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili.  Both the mac and cheese and the chili are super easy to make.  They can be made ahead and then reheated, making them great for weeknight dinners.  #macandcheese #chilirecipes #familydinnerideas #easydinners #comfortfood

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, easy dinner, ground beef, Mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chili

  • 1 lb ground lean beef, 90% lean raised without antibiotics
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 28 oz Diced Tomatoes (whole peeled tomatoes in sauce or crushed tomatoes are fine too.)
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth (vegetable stock is fine too)

Mac and Cheese

  • 10 oz Dry Curly Pasta
  • 2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Salted Butter
  • 1.5 cups Milk warmed
  • 4-6 oz Shredded Cheddar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Dice the onion, carrots, and celery. Remove the skin and mince the garlic cloves.

    Diced onion, celery, and carrots Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  2. Measure out your seasonings and spices, Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Paprika.

    Spices for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  3. If your cheese is not shredded, you can also shred that ahead of time.

  4. At this point, you can either make the chili in advance and store it in the fridge/freezer or you can stop for today and pick up cooking in the next couple days!

Cook your Chili

  1. Preheat your dutch oven or large pot (with lid) on high. Drizzle in a tsp of Olive Oil and then add the ground beef to the pot, breaking it apart so that it can all cook evenly. Let it brown without touching it for 4-5 minutes. Once you see the pink starting to disappear, you can stir the meat so that it browns and cooks on all sides.

    Beef cooking in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  2. When the meat is fully browned, add the garlic, carrots, onions, and celery. Stir to combine and start to cook the veggies. Cook for 5 minutes.

    Veggies and beef in pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  3. Next add the Seasonings, broth, diced tomatoes and the tomato paste. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Stir again and then cover and simmer for 20-60 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes. (The longer you cook this, the more the ingredients will meld together and become one amazing chili!)

    Adding tomato paste to chili pot for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Cook your Mac and Cheese

  1. Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Once the pasta water is boiling, add a splash of Olive Oil and a pinch of salt. Add the pasta and stir so that it's all immersed in the water and doesn't stick it itself. Boil the pasta until al dente (about 5-10 minutes depending on the pasta). Remove 1 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta. Leave the pasta in the strainer or transfer to a large mixing bowl until the sauce is ready.

  2. In a small pot or in the microwave, warm up the milk (do not boil).

  3. Make your roux by adding 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour to a preheated pan (heated to medium, not high heat). Whisk the butter and flour together as the butter melts. Once they are fully combined, slowly pour in the milk, whisking the entire time to incorporate it into the roux and prevent lumps from forming.

    Adding slurry to roux for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  4. Bring the sauce up to a simmer so that it starts to thicken.  You can test the sauce by coating the back of a spoon and running your finger through it.  If it leaves a trail, you're set.

    sauce with whisk and spoon for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  5. When the sauce is thickened, stir in the cheese until you have a smooth cheese sauce.

    Adding cheese to sauce for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes
  6. Either add the pasta to the sauce or pour the sauce over the pasta in a bowl and fold it in to coat each pasta

    Pouring Cheese sauce over pasta for Chili Mac and Cheese. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes

Serve!

  1. Simply add a heaping scoop of mac and cheese to each plate, then top with an equally heaping scoop of chili! Sprinkle cheese on top and dig in!

    Ladling Chili over Mac and Cheese on a plate. This Recipe has creamy and cheesy pasta topped with smokey, tangy, savory beef chili! #macandcheese #chilirecipes