chicken mac and cheese with broccoli
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Serves: 6
  • 6 oz pasta uncooked (12 oz cooked, or 3 cups)
  • 4 cups pre-chopped broccoli florets
  • 3 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces of chicken (about 1 medium sized breast), chopped
  • ½ teaspoon table salt plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2¼ cup low fat milk
  • ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon of all purpose flour
  • 5 ounces of low-fat sharp cheddar cheese (about 1¼ cup)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. If using dry pasta, begin by cooking 6 ounces according to package directions
  2. During the last minute of cooking, add broccoli to pasta water and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Drain and set aside pasta and broccoli.
  4. In large saute pan, cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Remove bacon and all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon drippings
  5. Add chicken to the pan (with the reserved 1 teaspoon of bacon drippings), and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes or until no longer pink.
  6. Add garlic, salt, and turmeric to chicken and continue cooking for another 30 seconds.
  7. Whisk flour with milk and add to the saute pan with chicken and cook over medium high heat until thickened.
  8. Remove from heat, and stir in ½ of the cheddar cheese and the black pepper
  9. Add pasta and broccoli to the pan with the cheese sauce and chicken. Stir to combine and season to taste with salt.
  10. Pour the mixture into an oven-safe baking dish and top with bacon and the other half of the cheddar cheese
  11. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes until cheese has melted.
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