Baked macaroni cheese with chicken

Baked macaroni cheese with chicken


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About this recipe: Adding chicken to this family favourite transforms it into a satisfying meal. Keep it healthy by serving with a green salad.

Maggie Pannell

Serves: 4 

  • 300g macaroni
  • 200g chicken breast fillet
  • 200ml single cream
  • 250ml semi-skimmed milk
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 100g mature Cheddar, grated
  • 25g Parmesan, grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (gas 6). Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Tip in the macaroni, and cook for 3 minutes less than it says on the packet instructions.
  2. Cook the chicken breast in a non-stick frying pan over a low heat for 10 minutes, turning once. Season, then remove from the pan.
  3. Pour the cream into the frying pan and bring to the boil, scraping the bottom with a wooden spatula to incorporate any browned bits. Add the milk, nutmeg and salt and pepper to season and heat gently. Cut the chicken into small dice.
  4. Drain the macaroni, tip back into the pan, and add the diced chicken, grated Cheddar and the creamy milk mixture. Mix well.
  5. Pour into a lightly buttered 1.5 litre ovenproof dish or four 375ml individual dishes. Sprinkle over the Parmesan and bake a large dish for 30 minutes, or individual dishes for 20 minutes, until golden brown.


*Cooked, leftover roast chicken or cooked ham would be ideal for this dish. Also add 150g mushrooms, thinly sliced and sautéed, if wished. *For extra flavour, rub the bottom and sides of the baking dish with half a clove of garlic before adding the macaroni.

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Reviews (9)


Used different ingredients. I make a similar macaroni recipe, but add fried bacon and a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard. My dad used to make it for me as a child, and now I make it for my son!! We all love it. - 15 Feb 2010


GREAT receipe! So many different things can be added to suit individual tastes. I used gammon instead of chicken and threw in some chopped onion. Topped with breadcrumbs and the parmesan....FANTASTIC!!! And SO EASY!!! - 20 Sep 2012


Used different ingredients. I didnt have cream so I substituted with sour cream only I did not have as much as I thought I did in house so ended up only using 50 ml and increasing the milk to make up. I added onion to the frying chicken half way thru and as I like garlic, two cloved of finely chopped garlic towards end of cooking time. I put thick slices of tomato on the top just to brighten it up more than anything. I love mac and cheese but sometimes it looks colourless. - 07 Jun 2010

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