Baked Macaroni Cheese With Chicken & Broccoli Recipe

Baked Macaroni Cheese With Chicken & Broccoli Recipe

Baked Macaroni Cheese With Chicken & Broccoli Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1lb/500g skinless chicken breast or thigh fillets, cut into bite size pieces
Mac N Cheese
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 2½ cups milk, low fat
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 cups macaroni / elbow pasta (Note 1)
  • 1 large head of broccoli, broken into florets (or 1½ smaller ones)
  • 1½ – 2 cups grated cheese (cheddar, tasty or gruyere)
Topping
  • ¼ cup panko (or ordinary breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Heat oil in a deep heavy based skillet or dutch oven over high heat. Add chicken and cook until just cooked – it’s fine if it’s still raw inside. Remove chicken into a bowl. (Note 2)
  3. Reduce heat to medium and melt butter. Add garlic and onion and saute for 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Add flour and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Pour in half the milk and whisk it in so the flour butter mixture melts. It should thicken quite quickly – around 30 seconds. Pour the remaining milk in, whisking constantly, then add the water, salt and pepper.
  5. Turn the heat up to medium high and cook, whisking occasionally, for around 3 to 5 minutes until you start seeing steam rising from the white sauce when you whisk it.
  6. Add the macaroni and chicken, stir, then top with broccoli.
  7. Place the lid on and bake for 18 minutes (fan forced) / 20 minutes (convection).
  8. Remove from the oven, switch oven to broiler/grill on high.
  9. Remove lid (Note 3), stir through cheese, then sprinkle over panko and parmesan.
  10. Place pot under the broiler/grill for 5 minutes, or until top is golden.
  11. Remove, then let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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