Valley Fresh® Express Cajun Chicken Mac 'N' Cheese

Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked elbow or small shell macaroni

2 tablespoons butter

½ cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1¼ cups regular or evaporated milk

2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

¾ teaspoon dried Cajun seasoning

½ teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika

2 cups (16 ounces) cubed American cheese

1 (10-ounce) can VALLEY FRESH® 100% Natural White & Dark Chicken, drained

Garnish: fresh thyme leaves, if desired

Instructions

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Set aside.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour into pan; cook and stir 2 minutes. Gradually stir in milk, hot pepper sauce, Cajun seasoning, and paprika until sauce thickens. Stirring constantly, mix in cheese; continue to cook until melted and smooth.

Stir in cooked macaroni until well coated with sauce. Add chicken, either stirring it in or serving in large spoonfuls on top. Add garnish, if desired.

Total Time: Under 15 minutes

Preparation Time: Under 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Meal Occasion: Lunch

Nutrition 230 cal., 5g total fat (0g sat. fat), 35mg chol., 700mg sodium, 28g carb., 3g fiber, 5g sugar, 16g protein

Valley Fresh® Express Cajun Chicken Mac 'N' Cheese

Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked elbow or small shell macaroni

2 tablespoons butter

½ cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1¼ cups regular or evaporated milk

2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

¾ teaspoon dried Cajun seasoning

½ teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika

2 cups (16 ounces) cubed American cheese

1 (10-ounce) can VALLEY FRESH® 100% Natural White & Dark Chicken, drained

Garnish: fresh thyme leaves, if desired

Instructions

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Set aside.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour into pan; cook and stir 2 minutes. Gradually stir in milk, hot pepper sauce, Cajun seasoning, and paprika until sauce thickens. Stirring constantly, mix in cheese; continue to cook until melted and smooth.

Stir in cooked macaroni until well coated with sauce. Add chicken, either stirring it in or serving in large spoonfuls on top. Add garnish, if desired.

Serving Size: 4