Easy Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Cody Kelley Modified: March 21, 2022
Easy Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

How To Make Easy Chicken Mac and Cheese

Shredded chicken adds another layer of deliciousness to this rich mac and cheese recipe. Crispy bread crumbs provide a great contrast in texture.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Chicken Mac and Cheese:

  • 8ozdry macaroni
  • ½sweet onion,chopped
  • 1clovegarlic,minced
  • ¼cupunsalted butter
  • 3tbspall purpose flour
  • 2cupswhole milk,or 2% milk
  • 2cupscheddar cheese,grated
  • 1tspmustard,dried, optional
  • 2cupschicken,shredded and cooked
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ¼tspblack pepper

For Crispy Breadcrumbs:

  • 2tbspunsalted butter
  • ¾cupbreadcrumbs,such as panko

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente, or according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking and keep the pasta from sticking together. Set aside.    

  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add butter. Once the butter is melted, add chopped onions and cook for a few minutes until they turn translucent.

  3. Then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir the flour into the onion and garlic mixture and cook for a minute.

  4. Slowly add the milk while stirring. The flour and onion mixture will thicken as the milk is added. Once all the milk is added, stir in the grated cheese and mustard. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the cheese has melted.

  5. Once the cheese is melted, stir in the chicken and cooked pasta. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

  6. Whenever there are a few spare moments while assembling this pasta (like, while cooking the onions or while waiting for the cheese to melt), cook the breadcrumbs.

  7. Melt the butter in a small skillet over low heat. Stir in the breadcrumbs until well combined. Continue to stir over low heat until the breadcrumbs are browned.

  8. Remove from the heat and let cool. Breadcrumbs can also be toasted ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.

  9. Ladle the cheesy chicken macaroni right out of the pot when it’s super creamy, and top it with crispy breadcrumbs.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 648.50kcal
  • Fat: 37.44g
  • Saturated Fat: 19.62g
  • Trans Fat: 1.03g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.49g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.24g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.79g
  • Fiber: 2.25g
  • Sugar: 7.49g
  • Protein: 29.37g
  • Cholesterol: 118.53mg
  • Sodium: 562.14mg
  • Calcium: 438.22mg
  • Potassium: 385.06mg
  • Iron: 1.95mg
  • Vitamin A: 269.41µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.23mg
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