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