Mac & Cheese
Mac & Cheese

Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese

CARNATION® MILKS
Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese
Level
Easy
Prep 
15 min
Cook 
20 min
Servings
Makes 4 servings

KEY INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups elbow or small shell macaroni
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups (16 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 breaded chicken tenders or strips, cooked
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional garnishes: chopped scallions, honey, diced pickles

MAKE IT

Step 1

Cook the pasta according to manufacturer’s instructions. Drain and set aside.

Step 2

In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Once butter is melted, whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne.

Step 3

Stir in evaporated milk and continue to whisk and cook until mixture is thickened, approximately 2-3 minutes.

Step 4

Turn heat to low and stir in cheese with a spatula or wooden spoon. Remove pan from heat, and add pasta. Stir to coat with the cheese mixture, and set aside.

Step 5

Chop cooked chicken into almond sized pieces. Set aside.

Step 6

In a medium bowl, combine oil, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons cayenne, honey, paprika, chili powder, 1/3 teaspoon salt, and garlic powder. Stir to combine thoroughly, then add the chicken pieces and toss to coat them.

Step 7

Divide pasta into 4 serving dishes and top with hot chicken pieces. Garnish each with optional garnishes.

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