Mac and Cheese with Chicken

Mac and Cheese with Chicken

 

Mac And Cheese With Chicken
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4 servings
  • Serving size: 2 cups
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Copyright Toby Amidor, The Best Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook, Robert Rose, 2020. Photo courtesy of Gail Watson Photography.
Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni, preferably whole wheat
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2%), at room temperature
  • 1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used reduced fat), divided
  • 1 cup chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs, preferably whole wheat
Instructions
  1. Coat an 8-inch square glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Bring a 3-quart saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the elbow macaroni, stir to combine, and boil gently until the pasta is al dente, 7 minutes. Drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 tbsp of the butter. Using a whisk, slowly add the flour and stir to prevent lumps. Add the mustard, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne and cook for 1 minute, whisking occasionally. Add one-third of the milk while whisking. Continue adding one-third more milk while whisking, and then the remaining milk and whisk until smooth. Continue cooking for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1¼ cups of the cheddar cheese and stir until combined and the mixture is smooth. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Gently fold in the macaroni and chicken until combined.
  4. Gently pour the macaroni and cheese mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  5. To make the bread crumbs, melt the remaining butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the panko bread crumbs and toss to coat, toasting the bread crumbs until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over the macaroni dish, and then sprinkle evenly with the bread crumbs.

 

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