mac and cheddar cheese with chicken and broccoli

mac and cheddar cheese with chicken and broccoli

prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 15 minutes
ready in: 30 minutes

makes: 6 servings, 2 ½ cups each


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breast tenders, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. macaroni elbows
  • 2 ½ cups raw broccoli florets
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 cups yellow sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

The nutritional content of recipes is calculated by a registered dietitian. Because ingredients and measurements may vary, the values we give are close approximations.


  1. Place a pot of water on to boil for macaroni. Heat a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add oil and chicken and season with salt and pepper. Sauté a couple of minutes then add onion and cook for about 5 - 7 minutes until onions are tender and chicken is cooked through. Turn off heat and reserve.
  2. To boiling pasta water, add pasta and salt to season the cooking water. Cook for 5 minutes, then add broccoli and cook for 3 minutes more or until pasta is cooked to al dente and florets are just tender.
  3. While pasta cooks, heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add butter and melt, then add flour, cayenne and paprika and whisk together over medium heat until roux bubbles then cook 1 minute more. Whisk in milk and stock and raise heat a little to bring sauce to a quick boil. Simmer sauce to thicken about 5 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta and broccoli florets. Add back to pot and add chicken to the pasta and broccoli florets. Add cheese to milk sauce and stir to melt it in, about a minute. Stir in mustard and season sauce with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken, broccoli and cooked pasta and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings, transfer to a serving platter. Serve.

per serving: 780 calories, 35g fat, 19g saturated fat, 130mg cholesterol, 1010mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 46g protein