Mac and Cheddar Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 430.6
  • Total Fat: 22.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 63.7 mg
  • Sodium: 781.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Protein: 25.6 g

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Number of Servings: 8


    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
    1 pound chicken breast tenders, chopped
    Salt and pepper
    1 pound macaroni elbows or cavatapi corkscrew shaped pasta twists
    2 1/2 cups raw broccoli florets, available packaged in produce department
    3 tablespoons butter
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon paprika
    3 cups whole milk
    1 cup chicken stock
    3 cups yellow sharp Cheddar
    1 tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard
    Place a pot of water on to boil for macaroni


Place a pot of water on to boil for macaroni.
Heat a medium pan over medium to medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and chicken and season with salt and pepper. Saute a couple of minutes until chicken is cooked through. Turn off heat and reserve.
To boiling pasta water, add pasta and salt to season the cooking water. Cook 5 minutes, then add broccoli and cook 3 minutes more or until pasta is cooked to al dente and florets are just tender.
While pasta cooks, heat a medium sauce pot 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 stock and raise heat a little to bring sauce to a quick boil. Simmer sauce to thicken about 5 minutes.
Drain macaroni or pasta and broccoli florets. Add back to pot and add chicken to the pasta and broccoli.
Add cheese to milk sauce and stir to melt it in, about a minute or so. Stir in mustard and season sauce with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli and cooked pasta and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings, transfer to a large serving platter and serve.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user HSROBBINS.

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  • Incredible!
    Excellent..... - 11/7/19

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  • Incredible!
    I make this all the time, but transfer to a casserole dish, sprinkle some parmesaen on top and throw it under the broiler for about 15 minutes to brown the top, mmmmm! So good! - 11/15/10

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  • Incredible!
    My family and I LOVE this recipe! It is a Rachael Ray creation! - 4/19/09

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