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Easy Cajun Mac and Cheese with Chicken

Cajun Chicken Mac N' Cheese

A very comforting meal that’s an all time favorite for many families across the world. Made with added chicken that’s full of flavor. You are going to love this recipe! 
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 522kcal
Author: Mariam E.

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

  • 2 chicken breasts cubed or julienned
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cajun seasoning

Mac N’ Cheese

  • 12 oz uncooked pasta shells
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp onion powder 
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz  Velveeta cheese or any kind of creamy cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning 
  • 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter for the bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese for the topping

Instructions

  • Marinate the chicken and pan sear them half way through. Set aside. 
  • Prepare the pasta according to package instructions.
  • In a frying pan,melt 2 tbsp of butter then stir in the Panko crumbs and cajun seasoning. Toss around until it’s golden and then remove from heat. Set aside.
  • In a heated skillet, melt the butter and add in the flour. Mix well together.
  • Add the milk, black pepper, onion powder and salt. Bring to boil while mixing constantly until the sauce thickens up.
  • Add the cheese and stir well to obtain a smooth cheesy sauce. 
  • Stir in the cooked pasta until it’s well coated with the cheese.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Add the chicken on top of the mac n cheese. Top with 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and cover with the panko crumbs.
  • Place in a 350 degrees preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove and serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.2g | Protein: 32.4g | Fat: 34.5g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 1275.1mg | Sugar: 10.2g
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