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September 26, 2008

Dinner Divas: Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Filed under: Chicken, Dinner Divas, Main Dish, Vegetables — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 11:10 am

This is my second recipe this month from Dinner Divas. This recipe comes from Rachel Ray, who personally annoys me as well as my husband. He makes fun of the way she talks with her hands all the times. I really have not had good luck with her recipes. A few years ago I made another one of her recipes that was similar to Mac n Cheese and I had the same problem that I had with this recipe. It came out super duper soupy! When I make Mac’n’Cheese I bake mine, so I think that could be part of the problem. I also found this recipe to be on the super spicy side. I like spice but I think that it over powered the other ingredients. I have heard a lot of people say that they find RR’s recipes to be blah. This one wasn’t blah but super spicy. I also don’t recommend using the full amount of whole milk that it calls for. I think that I will be sticking to my traditional Macaroni and Cheese. It was fun to try a new recipe though! I didn’t make any changes to the recipe. Enjoy!

Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

source: Rachel Ray


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 pound macaroni elbows or cavatapi corkscrew shaped pasta twists
  • 2 1/2 cups raw broccoli florets, available packaged in produce department
  • 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
  • 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard


Place a pot of water on to boil for macaroni.

Heat a medium pan over medium to medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and chicken and season with salt and pepper. Saute a couple of minutes then add onion and cook another 5 to 7 minutes until onions are tender and chicken is cooked through. Turn off heat and reserve.

To boiling pasta water, add pasta and salt to season the cooking water. Cook 5 minutes, then add broccoli and cook 3 minutes more or until pasta is cooked to al dente and florets are just tender.

While pasta cooks, heat a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Add butter and melt, then add flour, cayenne and paprika and whisk together over heat until roux bubbles then cook a 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.

Drain macaroni or pasta and broccoli florets. Add back to pot and add chicken to the pasta and broccoli.

Add cheese to milk sauce and stir to melt it in, about a minute or so. Stir in mustard and season sauce with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli and cooked pasta and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings, transfer to a large serving platter and serve.


1 Comment »

  1. Sometimes even recipes from celebrities can’t beat the tried and true ones your family loves! Sorry that RR’s recipe wasn’t a winner!

    Comment by Joelen — September 26, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

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