Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
This is from Kraft Foods for the most part -- I have altered it quite a bit -- the original called for boxed mac-n-cheese and while both DH love the boxed dinner stuff, we love homemade more so assuming I have time, I make it this way and sometimes when I am busy I sub the Kraft dinner instead. I usually use broccoli and cauliflower for my veggies since that is what we like. Sometimes I use peas and we like that just as much! Also, the cayenne is not that much for us we like spicy -- if you don't cut it down or leave it out! :) Also, at the bottom of the directions, I will put my method for cooking chicken for recipes like this -- easy and good! Cook time for chicken is not included in prep time.
- 1⁄2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
- 2 1⁄2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 1 (10 ounce) bag frozen vegetables
- 1 cup milk
- 16 ounces processed cheese, cubed (velveeta)
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- In a large pot, cook elbow noodles according to the package directions, and add frozen veggies during the last 5 minutes of cooking. When done cooking, drain noodle and veggie mixture.
- Return noodles and veggies to pot, add chicken and, over medium heat, stir in cheese, milk, butter and spices until creamy and everything is warmed through.
- Dish directly onto your plate and enjoy!
- HOW I COOK MY CHICKEN:
- Depending on how much chicken I have to cook, I use a 2:1 ratio of water to chicken broth.
- I add spices to the water/chicken broth depending on what dish. For example, I use cumin and cayenne for Mexican, and I use Italian seasoning, fresh ground black pepper and a bit of olive oil for Italian dishes. For this dish I just use the chicken broth, a bit of salt and small splash of worsteshire sauce.
- Bring the water/broth/spices mix to a rolling boil. Add chicken breast to pot, bring back to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Turn heat down and simmer for ten minutes. Then take off heat completely and let sit in hot water for 15-20 minutes.
- Take chicken out and let cool until you can handle it.
- Shred or cube the chicken.
- Add to the dish it was intended for!
- NOTE: I should probably note, this works very well for medium sized BONELESS SKINLESS breasts -- if using large or bone in pieces, it will probably take longer. Just check frequently.
This was yummy! DS 14 would give it 10 stars if that were possible! I used a vegetable combo of green beans, carrots, and peas. We enjoyed the kick from the cayenne. I wish I had access to 2% velveeta. I am going to try this again with a homemade lower fat velveeta. This will be a great recipe for my son to learn to make. We easily got 6 servings out of this. Thanks so much for sharing.
This was great. I made as stated using 2% velveta and whole wheat pasta. I topped mine with crushed croutons and baked in the oven @ 350 for 15 mins. So good and easy. Thanks for posting.