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Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken and Peas

December 18, 2019

The Christmas season has arrived and that means pot luck lunch/dinners. This year I made a macaroni/cheese with chicken and green peas. This is an amalgam of several mac/cheese recipes. This should be enough to feed about 8 people.

Ingredients

  1. 4 Tbsp butter
  2. 1 egg, scrambled
  3. 2.5 c. milk
  4. 2 Tbsp flour (I prefer to use Wondra for gravies and sauces. Wondra is a slightly finer grind of flour found in the baking section.
  5. 1 package (16 oz.) elbow macaroni
  6. 2 8 oz. packages of shredded cheese. (This time I used one package of cheddar and one of pepper jack. There are lots of choices here. Pick the cheese that you like.)
  7. 1 small package of frozen peas. (Usually about 8-10 oz.) Allow the peas to thaw before you start.
  8. 8-10 oz. of cooked chicken. Cut to bite sized pieces (I usually can find cooked chicken pieces in our deli section.)
  9. Finally, panko or bread crumbs for the topping.

Directions

  1. Cook the macaroni according to directions on the package. Drain and set aside to cool. (I once had a roommate who neglected this step. Very crunchy.)
  2. In a large pan, melt the butter on low heat. Add the egg, milk and flour. Stir continuously.
  3. Slowly add the cheese while stirring.
  4. Once the cheese has melted, add the peas and chicken.
  5. Keep stirring.
  6. Finally add the cooked noodles. (You did remember to cook the noodles, right?)
  7. Transfer the concoction to an 9”x13” pan. (I use a disposable aluminum pan, if we are carrying it out to a lunch or party.)
  8. Bake in 350 oven for 35-45 minutes.