Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese
I saw this recipe in Cooking Light - and because I am not a fan of ranch dressing, it didn’t hit me as something I really longed to make. I can’t say this was my favorite recipe – but if you are looking for a different kind of Mac-n-Cheese – and you DO love ranch dressing – this is the ideal recipe for you.
Yield: 1 Recipe Ready in 45 minutes
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|8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni|
|1 slice applewood-smoked bacon|
|8 ounces skinless; boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces|
|1 tablespoon butter|
|1 tablespoon all-purpose flour|
|1 1/2 cups fat-free milk|
|1/3 cup condensed 45% reduced-sodium 98% fat-free cre; undiluted|
|3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded six-cheese Italian blend|
|1/2 teaspoon onion powder|
|1/2 teaspoon garlic powder|
|1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill|
|1/2 teaspoon salt|
|1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded colby-Jack cheese|
Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese Preparation
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Finely chop bacon; set aside. Increase heat to medium-high. Add chicken to drippings in pan; sauté 6 minutes or until done.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; sprinkle flour evenly into pan. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Combine milk and soup, stirring with a whisk; gradually add milk mixture to saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until sauce cools to 155°. Add Italian cheese blend, onion powder, garlic powder, dill, and salt, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in pasta and chicken.
Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with reserved bacon and Colby-Jack cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
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