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Blackened Chicken Mac and Cheese

This Chicken Mac and Cheese just happens to have a killer blackened chicken that kicks it up a notch, giving you something meaty and spicy to smear about and sop up extra cheese sauce with.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 2271kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lbs bacon cut into 1/4″ cubes
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/3 cup blackening seasoning
  • 1 lbs chicken sliced thin and trimmed if needed
  • 1 lbs pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • scallions sliced thin

Instructions

  • Cook bacon in skillet until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined place to drain.
  • Heat griddle or skillet over high heat until smoking. (I recommend a flat cast iron griddle and an outdoor grill. Things are about to get smokey). 
  • Arrange melted butter in a bowl next to a dish with the blackening spice. 
  • Coat the chicken in butter, then cover in the spice. 
  • When the griddle surface is smoking, turn on a fan for ventilation and add the chicken. 
  • Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, turning as needed until all sides are blackened and chicken is cooked through. Remove from griddle and cover while preparing the macaroni.
  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to directions on box; Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. 
  • Cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the cream and milk. Add the cheese and stir until melted through.
  • Toss cheese sauce over pasta. Add the frozen peas and bacon.
  • Place heaping portions of macaroni and cheese on plate, top with chicken and scallions.

Nutrition

Calories: 2271kcal | Carbohydrates: 187g | Protein: 91g | Fat: 127g | Saturated Fat: 66g | Cholesterol: 386mg | Sodium: 1427mg | Potassium: 1148mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3250IU | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | Calcium: 994mg | Iron: 5.8mg