Chicken chili meets mac & cheese in this warm and hearty dish!
Author:April @ Girl Gone Gourmet
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes
For the Chicken Chili
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup chicken stock
1 (14.5 ounce)can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
For the Macaroni and Cheese
10 ounces gemilli pasta
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup cream
3/4 cup 2% milk
16 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Make the Chili
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and let them cook on both sides until a golden brown crust starts to form, about 5 minutes each side. Remove the chicken from the pan.
In the same pan, cook the onion, bell pepper, and garlic until softened. Add the chicken stock and scrape all of the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, and salt and stir to combine. Place the whole chicken breasts in the pan. Bring the pan to a simmer and let it all cook for about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken, cut it into bite-sized pieces, and return it back to the pot to simmer for another 15 minutes.
Make the Macaroni and Cheese
While the chili is simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
Drain the pasta and return it to the pot over low heat. Add the butter and stir it through the pasta until melted. Add the cream and milk. Stir the in the cheese, in batches, until it’s melted. Once the cheese is melted, keep stirring the pasta until the cheese sauce starts to thicken.
To serve: scoop some macaroni and cheese on to each plate. Top each with some of the chicken chili. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro (optional)