Macaroni and Cheese With Chicken
- 2 boxes Mac and Cheese, Your favorite brand
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/4 green pepper, diced
- 1/4 stick butter
- 1/2 cup milk, lowfat is fine
- 1 can mushroom soup, optional (lowfat works)
- 3 chicken breasts, precooked
With just two of us in the house, I am struggling to be creative with my meals. It is so easy to fix a meat with a couple of vegetables for dinner, but that gets boring. This Saturday evening had to be different. Using what I had in the pantry and leftover in the refrigerator, I concocted a new casserole dish. It was extremely easy and quick to make.
I had leftover chicken breasts in the refrigerator and a couple of boxes of wheat macaroni and cheese. Use the Mac and Cheese brand you prefer. Prepare the mac and cheese per the box directions. Grease a medium sized fry pan with your favorite cooking spray. While the water is boiling for the pasta in your favorite deep cooking pot, sautee one half of an onion and one quarter of a green pepper, sliced into small pieces. Dice three medium chicken breasts and add them to the softening vegetables, continuing to simmer the mixture.
After your Mac and Cheese is prepared according to the package, add one quarter stick of butter or margarine and about a half cup of milk for moisture in your recipe. Add the chicken mixture. Mix and simmer until the recipe is well warmed and cooked for serving. Make sure that you don't dry out your dish with too much heat. Add additional milk if needed.
For variation, substitute some of the milk for a small can of mushroom soup for your moisture. Add milk as needed for moisture. If you don't have leftover chicken, use a couple of cans of chicken meat instead of leftover chicken breasts.
Add a side vegetable or dinner salad and you have a tasty meal for the family. We ate our new dish with jalapenos sprinkled on top. For large families, multiply the amount of food by adding additional boxes of macaroni and cheese and increasing the amount of vegetables and chicken that you add to your Pasta! The total cooking time is thirty minutes. This recipe makes great leftovers. Enjoy!