Cheesy Chicken & Veggie Mac

Total Time
1hr
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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Dish directly onto your plate and enjoy!
  4. HOW I COOK MY CHICKEN:
  5. Depending on how much chicken I have to cook, I use a 2:1 ratio of water to chicken broth.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Take chicken out and let cool until you can handle it.
  9. Shred or cube the chicken.
  10. Add to the dish it was intended for!
  11. 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.
Most Helpful

5 5

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.

5 5

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.