Make cheesy mac the star of dinnertime by adding fresh chicken breast, bacon, and spices.
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Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Fat32 g
Total Carbohydrate45 g
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1 box macaroni and cheese, gourmet style with soft cheese pouch
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon thyme, fresh, chopped
1/2 bag frozen peas
1 tablespoon parsley, fresh, chopped
3 cups white cheddar cheese, grated, divided
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
Heat skillet on medium and add bacon. Cook until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and set aside.
Saute onions in bacon fat until lightly browned.
Meanwhile bring medium pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Pour in macaroni and cook until tender. Drain pasta and reserve to side.
Heat grill on medium. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Grill chicken until cooked through and juices run clear. Chop cooked chicken into 1/2" cubes and reserve to the side.
In a large mixing bowl combine cooked macaroni with provided sauce pouch, bacon, chicken, 2 cups grated white cheddar cheese, thyme, frozen peas, parsley and onions. Mix gently until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Transfer macaroni mixture into casserole dish and top with remaining white cheddar cheese and top with bread crumbs. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until the bread crumbs are golden brown.