Mac n’ Cheese with Chicken Recipe

What’s better than creamy, hearty mac and cheese?  We’ll tell you: mac and cheese with added chicken to make it a dinner recipe! Instead of serving this delightful dish as a side dish, go ahead and follow this recipe to make it for dinner for your family.

Mac n’ Cheese with Chicken Recipe

How To Make Mac n’ Cheese with Chicken

Delight in our Mac n' Cheese with Chicken recipe oozing in flavor and cheesy goodness. The thick roux helps create a creamy sauce with the cheddar cheese as the cayenne pepper adds a nice heat to the dish. The juicy and moist chicken breasts balance out the dish, and it all comes together as it bakes in the oven to make a tasty mac and cheese!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins


  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Prepare pasta according to directions but undercook the pasta by about 3 minutes. Drain and keep warm.

  3. In a large dutch oven, melt the butter and mix in flour until it forms a smooth sauce. Cook for two minutes.

  4. Slowly add in the milk and continue to whisk for about 5 minutes or until it gets thicker.

  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the garlic powder and cayenne pepper, half of the cheese, chicken, and pasta.

  6. Spoon the mixture into a 2 quart baking dish and top with the other half of the cheese.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the broiler on high and broil the top for 5 to 7 minutes until it becomes golden-brown.

  8. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

  9. Enjoy your Mac n' Cheese with Chicken oozing in cheesy delicious goodness!

Recipe Notes

  • The pasta should be somewhat raw
  • While baking, watch closely and be careful not to burn. It will keep cooking once it's outside of the oven so the moment it turns golden brown, remove it.


  • Sugar: 16g
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  • Calcium: 1117mg
  • Calories: 1248kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 105g
  • Cholesterol: 191mg
  • Fat: 61g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Potassium: 1000mg
  • Protein: 68g
  • Saturated Fat: 32g
  • Sodium: 1036mg
  • Vitamin A: 2407IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
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