I'm not sure which we eat more of at our house: Chicken or Mac n Cheese. Almost everyone seems to like one or the other, but, honestly, I get a bit tired of the same old stuff. Don't you? Sometimes? Yep..I knew you did.
Well..here you go then:
Chicken with Mac n Cheese! Oh..lovely. It seems too easy. Toss on on bread crumbs, butter and a bit more cheese. Yep..this is really good and will get you out of your mac n cheese/chicken rut.
1-lb boneless chicken breast
8oz dry pasta of your choice
3 TBSP butter, plus additional 3 TBSP melted butter
3 TBSP flour
6oz pureed squash (I used baby food)
2 cups milk
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese ( or whatever flavor you wish)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
onion powder, to taste preference
ground mustard, to taste preference
garlic powder, to taste preference
salt/pepper, to taste preference
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Cut chicken into bite sizes pieces. Preheat a large skillet, coat with non stick cooking spray or a tablespoon of canola oil. Cook chicken pieces in skillet until they are no longer pink. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
In a large pot, make pasta according to box directions.
In the skillet, add 3 TBSP butter, onion powder, ground mustard & garlic powder. Melt butter, then stir in flour until well combined. Stir in squash. Then, add in milk. Cook mixture until bubbly. Once bubbling, reduce heat and cook for about 5 minutes, letting mixture get thick. Stir in cheese until almost melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked chicken and pasta. Coat well. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and 3 TBSP melted butter. Sprinkle on top of noodle mixture.
Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden.