Stovetop Chicken Mac & Cheese with Broccoli

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I’m trying to reduce the amount of pre-packaged food that I prepare for my family.  One thing we’ve (yes, including me) always liked is boxed macaroni and cheese.  Off to find an alternative recipe that would pack more of a punch nutrition wise and be a complete meal, I came up with this recipe.  It’s easy and makes a ton.

Stovetop Chicken Mac & Cheese with Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups of fat-free milk
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 4 oz (1/2 a block) of reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 6 oz uncooked pasta

Directions:

  1. Prepare the chicken anyway you like.  You’ll need to cook and shred it for later.  My preferred method is to put the chicken in the slow cooker, cover it with water or chicken broth and cook on high for 3-4 hours.  It falls apart and is tender.
  2. Cook the broccoli and cut in bite size pieces.  I use a steamer which is super easy.  All I do is fill the base with water and set the timer for 15 minutes.  You could also heat some frozen broccoli up in the microwave or saute it in a pan with a little bit of non-stick spray.
  3. Cook the macaroni according to package directions.  While that is cooking, prepare the sauce.
  4. Bring the milk and flour to a boil in a large pan, stirring constantly (important step or it will burn).  Reduce heat and add the cheeses, onion powder and garlic salt.  Cook until all the cheese is melted, stirring constantly.  Make sure it looks cheesy enough, if it doesn’t, grab another handful of cheddar and throw it in.  You can never have enough cheese.  Stir in the pasta, chicken and broccoli.  Salt and pepper to taste.
I’ve never been good at taking pictures of each step during the cooking process.  For one, I’m usually herding dogs, chasing a toddler or checking emails when I should be focusing on my meal.  If you think pictures of each step would be helpful, let me know and I’ll try to do better.  I’ll quit trying to herd the dogs.   Here’s one shot that shows all the good stuff before it gets mixed together.

You COULD make some breadcrumbs and sprinkle them on top and bake this for 5-10 minutes but then it wouldn’t be stovetop chicken mac and cheese.  But I guess it really isn’t just stovetop mac and cheese since I’m using a slow cooker for my chicken and a steamer for my broccoli.  Shh, don’t tell!

 

What are your favorite weeknight meals?  

 

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Comments

  1. Well. I’m officially hungry now!

    • I know how you feel. Why I decide to write up these recipe posts late at night I’ll never figure out. That’s why you don’t see as many sweets on my site, I’d definitely be bing eating…lol!

  2. This sounds really yummy and I think my oldest might even eat it without complaint, which everything is a complaint unless it is pizza or from a take out menu

  3. This looks delicious!

  4. This looks great! Mac and Cheese and chicken are two of my sons fav things and add in brocolli for me and I’m set! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow that looks SO good! I think my kids would eat it and i love that there is some protein and veggies. GREAT photos! Pin it! : )

  6. Sounds yummy to me! I wish I could get my oldest son to eat brocolli though. He won’t even look at it lol.

    • That’s about the only vegetable I can get my daughter to eat. Well, that and green beans. She scoffs at carrots and peas and acts insulted when I try to feed them to her. :)

  7. Brocolli was my fav as a kid! I liked it with cheese and butter. My son used to eat everything when he was little but as he got older (he’s 5) that changed. I think the only veggie he really likes now is corn. And somethings he will eat raw with ranch. At least he still loves fruit!!

  8. matt victoria says:

    Hi, it looks really good, but can you put the nutritional value and serving size please? I am trying to figure out the calorie count, but don’t have a serving size to do so.

    It looks really delicious.

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