Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

6 Dec

I found a different variation of this on http://www.skinnytaste.com, however I made a few adjustments, and this was REALLY good. I’m not usually a big “casserole” fan, but I will definitely be making this again- often. My kids LOVED it. I’m thinking about trying it with a couple cans of Tuna next time for a tuna casserole.

Ingredients:
– 3/4 lb of boneless chicken breasts
– 12 oz pasta (elbow macaroni, shells or rotini)
– 1/2 an onion, chopped
– 1 tablespoon butter
– 1/4 cup flour (see my note below)
– 1 cup 1% milk
– 1 Can chicken broth
– 2 heads worth or 1 bag of fresh broccoli florets
– 2 tbsp. shredded parmesan cheese
– 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
– 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

Directions:

1. Dice Chicken, and sauté in a skillet, or boil it, or bake it… just make sure it’s seasoned with salt and pepper, however you choose to cook it.

2. Meanwhile, start boiling the water for your noodles and broccoli. Be sure to add salt to the water for flavor. Cook the noodles and broccoli together In the pot until noodles are al dente and then drain them well.

3. Melt Butter in a heavy skillet. Cook onions in butter for 2-3 minutes, until translucent. Add flour, and mix well. This won’t be enough fat to create a true “roux” so once you get the flour mixed in well, you’ll need to be ready to add the chicken broth pretty soon.

4. When flour is all mixed in, begin slowly adding chicken broth, stirring until smooth along the way. I added in about 1/2 cup increments (about 4 equal portions, stirring until smooth in between each one).

5. Once Chicken broth is all incorporated, it should begin to thicken. Once all lumps are gone, add milk and continue to stir. Once the sauce has thickened, stir in parmesan cheese, then cheddar. Stir until smooth.

6. Mix Chicken, pasta and broccoli, and sauce all together. Once blended, pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly across top and cover with foil. Bake 20 min at 375.

7. Remove foil, and continue cooking 10 min. If crumbs do not brown, feel free to broil for a couple of minutes, until golden brown.

6 Servings= 330 Calories per serving

Note: On the flour, I used a seasoned flour rom the old mill in Gatlinburg. It has some unnamed spices in it to add flavor, and I think this really makes a difference. If I used plain flour, i’d probably add salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder.

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One Response to “Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese”

  1. mommysonadiet December 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    About 8 ww points plus per serving

    Like

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