Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mac & Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

This is one of my favorite recipes. I got this from Rachael Ray. You can't go wrong with macaroni and cheese. It's definitely a kid favorite. It has a little bit of cayenne pepper in it to give it a little heat. But it's not too spicy. My kids love it.
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Mac & Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli
1 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 small onion, chopped
1 lb macaroni or corkscrew shaped pasta
2 1/2 cups broccoli or 1 package frozen broccoli
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
3 cups milk
1 cup chicken broth
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. dijon mustard

Place a pot of water on to boil for macaroni. Saute chicken seasoned with salt and pepper in olive oil for a few minutes. Then add onion and cook until chicken is cooked through. Turn off heat and reserve. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add broccoli to the pot for the last 3 minutes. Drain. Add chicken to pasta. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add butter and melt, then add flour, cayenne and paprika and whisk together over heat until roux bubbles; then cook a minute more. Whisk in milk and chicken broth and raise heat to bring sauce to a boil. Simmer sauce to thicken, about 5 minutes. Add cheese to milk sauce and stir. Stir in mustard. Pour sauce over chicken and pasta mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

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