Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese


I don't think that I've ever met anyone who didn't love macaroni and cheese.  In my house it is definately a hit.  I wanted to see if there was a way that I could take a classic and make it even better. I ran across this recipe from family circle for Chicken Parm Mac that I couldn't wait to try.


Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese
makes 8 servings
prep: 25 mins
cook time 17 mins

Rotini noodles
3 T butter
1 t minced garlic
3 T all purpose flour
2 C 2% milk
1 pkg italian cheese blend
1/2 C shredded parmesan
1 can diced tomatoes
1 C marinara
3/4 C seasoned breadcrumbs
4  chicken breast
1 egg


Preheat oven to 425

Cut chicken breasts into bite sizw peices.  Whisk together 1/2 cup of milk and the egg.  Dip chicken into mixture then into breadcrumbs.  Place coated breadcrumbs on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes.  Turn them once.  Remove and set aside.

While chicken is in the oven boil pasta as per directions on the box.  Drain.

Set oven to boil.  Melt butter, add garlic and let cook for a minute.  Add milk, whisk well.  Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes.  Remove and whisk in 1 1/4 cups of the italian blend cheese and 1/4 cup of the parmeasan cheese. 

Mix cheese sauce and tomatoes with pasta.  Add chicken.  Put in a boiler safe dish.  Put marinara and the rest of cheese on top.  Put in broiler for 3 mins.  Cheese will be lightly browned.