Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper is a super easy to make dinner option sure to please even the most pickiest eaters. This recipe includes an easy gluten free option and is done in 25 minutes.

Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper in a stainless steel skillet with a white and turquoise checkered kitchen cloth on the left side.

I needed something quick and easy to make the other night and the kids were in the mood for macaroni and cheese.

We already had things with hamburger in it two nights in a row so I decided to change up my One Skillet Cheeseburger Helper with chicken breast and a few tweaks, let me tell you it was devoured in 2.2 seconds.

Always a sign of a good thing! 

If you have a gluten free household this dish is easily made gluten free using gluten free brown rice noodles. I've made different variations of this dish using traditional pasta and gluten free brown rice noodles and no one can tell the difference.

I love how easy and simple this is to make, some nights the less fuss the better.

It takes only a few more minutes then the boxed stuff and is 10 times tastier plus it's a one skillet dish meaning very few dishes!

Here's how to make this delicious Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper:


A stainless steel skillet with olive oil, onion and chicken being browned.

In a large skillet with a lid or a pot add:

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil or Butter
  • 1/2 whole Diced Onion 

Sauté until softened.

Add 2 whole Large Diced Chicken Breast and sauté until chicken is light brown over medium-high heat.

Chicken, Bell Pepper, Pasta, Chicken Stock, and Half and Half in a stainless steel pan.

Add: 
  • 1 whole Diced Bell Pepper
  • 2 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 16 ounces Uncooked Pasta
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Milk or Half and Half.
Mix until well combined.

Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cover. 

Cook for 14 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Cooked Chicken and Pasta with Bell Pepper in a stainless steel pan.

Remove lid if mixture is still really soupy cook with lid off an additional 1-2 minutes until thickened.

Shredded Cheese added to Cooked Chicken and Pasta in a stainless steel pan.

Add 3 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese and stir until melted.

Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper in a stainless steel pan.

Be warned Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper will quickly become a family favorite! 
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Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper

Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper

Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper is a family favorite easy dinner in under 30 minutes from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 25 M

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Butter
  • 1/2 whole Onion, Diced
  • 2 whole Large Chicken Breast, Diced
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper,Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijion Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 16 ounces Rotini, Penne Or Large Macaroni Noodles (Brown Rice Noodles For Gluten Free)
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Milk or Half and Half
  • 3 cups Cheddar Cheese, Grated

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet with a lid or pot add olive or butter. Heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and sauté until softened.
  2. Add chicken and cook until lightly brown.
  3. Add bell pepper, garlic, granulated garlic, salt, tomato paste, dijion mustard, pasta, chicken stock, and milk or half and half. Stir until well combined.
  4. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cover pot.
  5. Cook for 14 minutes. Remove lid and cook until thickened if still runny about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted.

Calories

648.25

Fat (grams)

33.85

Sat. Fat (grams)

15.39

Carbs (grams)

41.53

Fiber (grams)

1.97

Net carbs

39.56

Sugar (grams)

4.73

Protein (grams)

42.62

Sodium (milligrams)

893.28

Cholesterol (grams)

117.60
The nutritional information and metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or metric conversion tool.
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Homemade Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Helper in a stainless steel pan.

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3 comments

  1. I love one pot meals and boy oh boy does this look spectacular! Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  2. One pot meals are the bomb! Especially in the summer when you don't want to spend extra time in the kitchen. Gorgeous job!

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  3. Easy and delicious! What a wonderful recipe! I'll be making it soon!

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