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Chick 'n Veggie Mac 'n Cheese

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Chick 'n Veggie Mac 'n Cheese

Take two boxes of Mac and Cheese, add some colorful veggies, and you've got this rich, delishy dinner on your table in minutes!

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 6

EZ Chick 'n Veggie Mac 'n Cheese  

As prepared by Cheeky Kitchen

This mac and cheese made a New Year's resolution to "friend" colorful veggies and lean chicken. Give it a try!


Tis the season of comfort food, but as fate would have it, it's also the preshy time of the year when we try to get our faces skinny and start eating right. Thankfully, this EZ Chick 'n Veggie Mac 'n Cheese recipe has both bases covered!

This veggie-packed mac and cheese has a leetle bit of pasta, a lot of chicken, and oodles of veggies to make your New Year’s extra schmexy this year. Let's get cookin', shall we?

 

Ingredients for veggie and chicken mac and cheese.

La la laaaaa! Any ingredient roundup this easy is a roundup we want in our life. Grab, snag, and prepare to fab!

 

Saute butter, flour and onion.

So you're going to startsie cooking the pasta from a box of Betty Crocker Mac and Cheese, and while that's happening on one burner, you're gonna heat up a skillet with butter on the other burner. Add purple onions to this skillet, because theys pretty.

 

Add cheese from the cheese sauce packet.

Now, it's time to make us a roux. Basically, to make a good roux, we need butter and flour turned into a paste. Only we're gonna get extra snazzy this time and go butter, flour, and that packet of cheese sauce from your box of mac and cheese. Why? Because we're awesome like that. We'll also need some milk. Because we're awesome like that, too.

 

Add cheddar cheese and whisk until smooth.

This is when it gets all happy up in 'ere, because hey yo. More cheese. Yep. More. Cheese.

 

Add frozen veggies.

Add those veggies! Add those veggies! (If only adding veggies was this worthy of cheering. Whatevs, we'll take what we can get.) Toss in some chopped chicken, too. Why? Because we're awesome like that.

 

Add chicken and stir until hot.

Now you're gonna grab that pasta that's been all cooked up and tenderized.

 

Veggie and chicken mac and cheese ready to serve.

Once the macaroni is stirred into the sauce, you're gonna need some bowls!

 

Chick 'n Veggie Mac 'n Cheese recipe.

Why? Because…oh heck…you know why…

 

Mac 'n cheese with veggies and chicken.

We're just awesome like that.


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Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares fun family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!
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Chick 'n Veggie Mac 'n Cheese

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese
1/4
cup purple onion, chopped
4
tablespoons butter
1 1/2
tablespoons flour
1
cup milk
3/4
cup sharp cheddar, shredded
1
package (7.5 ounce) rotisserie-seasoned cooked chicken breast, chopped
1
box (7 ounce) Green Giant Antioxidant Blend Veggies
1
tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

  • 1 Start cooking the Betty Crocker Mac and Cheese pasta, according to package directions. In a large saucepan, cook the onion and butter over medium-high heat, until the onions are softened (about one minute).
  • 2 Whisk the flour into the butter mixture to form a paste. Add the cheese sauce packet from the mac and cheese, then quickly whisk in the milk and cheddar cheese. Turn the heat down to medium-low and whisk until smooth.
  • 3 Add the chicken. With the back of a knife, break the frozen Green Giant veggies into small pieces, then open the package and add to the cheese sauce. Heat over medium heat until veggies are hot.
  • 4 Toss cooked, drained pasta into the cheese sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
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