Chicken Baked Mac n Cheese

July 21, 2012
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. 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.

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