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Chicken, Bacon and Blue Cheese Mac & Cheese

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kristin

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 8 ounces large elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 3 tablespoon blue cheese divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Combine melted butter with breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and cook in a medium size skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  • While bacon is cooking, cut chicken into 1 inch pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Wipe some of the bacon grease out of the skillet and cook chicken pieces in a single layer until no longer pink, turning once. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Cut chicken into smaller, bite-sized pieces if desired.
  • In a medium sized pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook until the mixture is fragrant and is beginning to lightly brown. Turn heat to medium-low, whisk in milk and cream and simmer until thickened; about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses (except blue cheese) until smooth. Add cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until
  • completely coated. Stir in bacon (reserve a tablespoon or so for topping), half of the blue cheese and the chicken pieces.
  • Spray a baking dish (I used 11"x7") with cooking spray. Pour macaroni and cheese mixture into the dish. Top with reserved bacon pieces, blue cheese, and breadcrumb mixture.
  • Bake in the 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.