Easy Baked Mac n’ Cheese with Roasted Chicken

Mac_n_Cheese_13Mac n’ Cheese is a classic dish that every family has their own version of. In my house, the recipe is straightforward and delicious with the creamiest, easiest homemade cheese sauce and a golden brown crumb crust. It is perfect as a side dish but when I want a quick dinner I add roasted chicken to the Mac n’ Cheese to make it even heartier. Use your farmer owned ingredients to whip up this delicious meal in a snap!

Easy Baked Mac n’ Cheese with Roasted Chcken
Serves 8

3 chicken breasts, roasted and cubed
1 pound of elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of flour
2 cups of milk
2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of dry mustard

1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons of butter, melted
Parsley, for garnish

Preheat your oven to 350° F.

Place the chicken breasts on a sheet tray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the preheated oven and roast until the internal temperature is 160° F. Set the chicken aside to cool and then dice into cubes.

Mac_n_Cheese_1Cook the pasta based on box instructions. Drain and set aside.

Mac_n_Cheese_2To make the sauce, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepot.

Mac_n_Cheese_3Whisk in the flour. Cook while constantly whisking until the flour and butter mixture is bubbling and a pale gold color. This will take about 3 minutes.


Mac_n_Cheese_5Whisk in the milk. Stir to make sure all the milk is incorporated into the flour.

Mac_n_Cheese_6Cook the mixture, whisking occasionally, until the sauce has thickened. To test, dip a spoon in the sauce and draw a line across the back of the spoon with your finger. If the line stays solid, the mixture is thick enough.

Mac_n_Cheese_7Stir in the cheese and whisk until the cheese is fully incorporated.

Mac_n_Cheese_8Add the salt and mustard and taste for seasoning.

Mac_n_Cheese_10Place the macaroni in a bowl and toss with the chicken. Add the cheese sauce and toss to combine.

Mac_n_Cheese_11Pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 11 baking dish.

To make the topping, mix the breadcrumbs and the melted butter.

Mac_n_Cheese_12Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top of the mac n’ cheese and place into the 350° F oven. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until the mac n’ cheese is bubbly and the topping is golden brown.

Mac_n_Cheese_13Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.




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