Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Mac Cheese


So Hubby made supper tonight.

Adapted from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 8 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-in pieces
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 c skim milk
  • 1/3 c. condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 c. italian cheese blend
  • 1/3 c. cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 c. smoked gouda
  • 1 T ranch drsg mix
  • 1/2 c. shredded colby-jack cheese

Directions:

1.  Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.

2.  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 for skillet.  Add chicken to drippings in pan; saute 6 min. or until done.

3.  Heat oil 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 whicsk; 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 a little.  Add italian cheese blend, cheddar cheese, smoked gouda, and ranch drsg mix, stirring until cheeses melt.  Stir in pasta and chicken.

4.  Preheat broiler.  Spoon mixture into a casserole dish coated with cooking spray.  Sprinkle evenly with reserved bacon and colby-jack cheese.  Broil for 3 minutes or until cheese melts.

This was really, really good and the kids loved it.  We served it with a side of steamed veggies.

Of course, by the time I got to the veggies the kiddos had already taken all of the cauliflower and so I had to take one off of their plate.

Now off to get some yoga in and then who knows where the night will lead.

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One response to “Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Mac Cheese

  1. kat

    YUMMM! I love mac and cheese + bacon lol. I just did a post on my version of mac and cheese today, please check it out and let me know what you think if you have time. Thanks for sharing! I’m still trying to get the hang of blogging here and I just love how supportive and creative everyone is! If you have time, could you please check out my blog? http://shecooksandheeats.wordpress.com/ I would love some advice and feedback 🙂

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