facebook pinterest twitter instagram

Lemon Broccoli Farfalle with Chicken {and a freezer meal exchange}

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means I earn a small commission on your purchase. Learn more here.

I participated in a freezer meal exchange for the first time last weekend! I was surprised a few weeks ago when a facebook group I belong to put out the call. Since I love to have meals in my freezer, I signed right up! We worked out the logistics, shared recipes we thought we would make, and then got busy cooking. In all, eight crunchy mamas {me included} decided to participate.

blankI found a recipe for Lemon Broccoli Farfalle with Chicken at Lovely Little Snippets and adapted it to fit my needs. I was drawn to this recipe because I had a ton of broccoli in my garden {free}, lots of lemons in my fridge {that I picked up for 10 cents each!}, and cheese that needed to be used up. Even better, noodles {1.19 a box} and chicken {1.68 / lb} were on sale that week so that helped keep my total cost down too. I also wanted to make a light meal, and this definitely fit the bill!

I spent the better part of Friday afternoon prepping the meals {from 2-5:30 ish}. The noodles took the longest because I cooked them one box at a time. Well, I got impatient at the end and cooked the last three boxes together. Everything else I prepped at the same time. When one box of noodles finished, I assembled the casserole in a 9×13 pan and let it cool as I worked on the next box. Then I bagged everything in a gallon ziploc and froze it. Easy peasy!

Last Saturday, we all met up at a lovely farm home , watched the kids play, and chatted. It was such a nice morning with lovely weather and great conversation. And then, we got down to business. We each set out our meals in the kitchen and took one of everyone else’s. I  brought home a freezer full of prepped meals – 8 meals in all! Plus, I miscounted and had enough ingredients for two more freezer meals of my own recipe! I also got rid of a bunch of kale… {not that you can tell because.it.just.won’t.die.} hehe! 😉

You can see the original recipe at Lovely Little Snippets. Here’s how I adapted it to fit my needs – basically I doubled the recipe, changed the way I cooked the chicken, and changed up the cheese. I’d love to hear if you’ve ever done anything similar and what meal you took!


Yield: 8

Lemon Broccoli Farfalle with Chicken {for the freezer}

chicken farfalle for the freezer


  • 1 box farfalle noodles
  • 2 heaping cups cooked, cubed chicken
  • 2 cups cooked, chopped broccoli
  • 4 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 4 TBS olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • shredded cheese {whatever you have on hand}


  1. Cook the chicken. I sauteed mine over medium heat in olive oil and seasoned with dried basil & oregano, salt & pepper {~10 minutes}.
  2. Cube the chicken.
  3. Cook the noodles al dente according to package directions.
  4. Cook & chop the broccoli.
  5. Mix lemon juice and olive oil.
  6. Combine noodles, chicken, broccoli in a 9x13 pan.
  7. Stir in the lemon juice/olive oil combo.
  8. Grate fresh cheese on the top. {I used Asiago, white cheddar, fontina}
  9. Let cool 10-15 minutes, then put everything in a gallon freezer bag. Squeeze out all the air you can.
  10. Freeze.
  11. On Baking Day, thaw.
  12. Place in greased 9x13 pan. Add a bit more cheese if you'd like. Cover with foil.
  13. Bake @ 350 until heated ~ 20 minutes.
  14. Enjoy!

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram tagging @simplifylivelove! I love to see your photos!


SimplifyLiveLove is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


    • blankMichelle says

      I think some noodles freeze fine – especially lasagna noodles. My husband didn’t particularly like the thawed version, but I thought it was ok. I tried to under cook them so they wouldn’t come out too mushy and it sort of worked… 😉

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to Recipe