Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese

It doesn’t get much more comforting than this.  Recipe serves 6.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 3 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the oven broiler to high.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting fat and salt.
  • Add the broccoli to the pasta in the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  • Drain.
  • While the pasta cooks, place the bacon in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons of drippings in the pan.
  • Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Add the chicken to the pan with the drippings; cook 4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with garlic and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Sprinkle with turmeric; cook and stir for 30 seconds.
  • In a bowl, combine 3/4 teaspoon salt, milk, broth and flour.
  • Add the mixture to the pan, bring to a boil and stir frequently.
  • Cook 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add the pasta and broccoli mixture and 1/2 cup of cheese.  Toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon.
  • Broil for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts and begins to brown.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

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