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Macaroni and Cheese With Chicken

Updated on November 13, 2015

Ingredients

  • 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

Yum!

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!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves six

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    GiftedGrandma 6 years ago from USA

    I love mac & cheese but the sodium count is way to high for me :o( really have to watch salt intake in my life.

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

    Sounds good!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Who would have thought Lorlie6? Good stuff. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

    With chicken!! What a concept-I congratulate you on your creative bent, PaulaK!

    Gonna give this one a try.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Brian, NEVER EATEN MACARONI?? It is time. Enjoy.

    Cajunrooster, like you we have tried all kinds of combos, but this was different for us too. The jalapenos were not hot, but added a great flavor. Breakfastpop, I hear you. Fun times with the grandkids!

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    I love to make mac n cheese for my grandchildren because I get to steal spoonfuls for me!

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    John David LeCoq 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

    Hey PaulaK. I am going to try this. We eat mac and cheese all the time; all kinds, all brands. I think this will be a welcome change for the way we normally prepare it. Thanks.

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    Brian Slater 7 years ago from Nottingham Uk

    PaulaK i have never eaten macaroni, but i have had plenty of cheese- i might just try this.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    So true Quill. Good to hear from you!

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    "Quill" 7 years ago

    You can add anything to M & C, I was thinking one should write a book but nearly anything goes....

    Blessings and Hugs