Taco Chicken Mac & Cheese

When I made my Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese last week for dinner, for some reason my jar of homemade taco seasoning was sitting out on the counter.  I thought to myself, ‘Why haven’t I tried this combo before?’  I know it’s nothing new to pair these two together, so I decided that the next time I made macaroni and cheese for dinner, that’s what I would do.  Well, I love mac & cheese, so I couldn’t wait very long once the idea was in my head!  I came up with this “Taco Chicken Mac & Cheese” recipe for dinner last night. It turned out pretty well!  Nothing new or super exciting, but it made for a nice little variation on the standard ‘macaroni and cheese’ dinner.

Taco Chicken Mac & Cheese

Taco Chicken Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts (local, free-range is ideal – I buy mine from Honored Prairie)
  • 3 cups dried whole wheat noodles
  • 5 T organic butter
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups organic whole milk
  • 1 T of my homemade taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cheese, freshly shredded (any variety-I used sharp cheddar this time)

Boil chicken. (I do this by cutting my chicken into smaller pieces, placing in a saucepan, covering with water, and then bringing to a low boil.  I let the water lightly boil until no pink is remaining in the chicken.)  Remove chicken from water, let cool, and then shred into smaller (bite-size) pieces.

Boil noodles according to box.  While noodles are cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour and keep whisking until the mixture starts to darken.  Whisk in the milk and keep whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. Add the taco seasoning, mix together. Stir in the cheese. Once the cheese melts, add the cooked noodles and chicken.  Serve immediately!

And what did everyone think?  Two of my three kids loved it (and even said so)!  The other boy (my pickier eater) would only take two bites.  I think that kid would survive on fruit alone if I let him…and peanut butter and jam sandwiches…and, I guess, pizza too.  It seems that, lately, he never wants to eat the dinners I make, which is frustrating, but I know he’ll get over it eventually.  When he doesn’t eat much dinner, I know he goes to bed hungry!  I served some corn and apple slices with this dinner and he ate that, but that was all!  You just never know with kids.  Anyway, if 4 out of 5 family members like a new recipe, that’s usually a good sign.  And I’ll take it!  🙂

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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

4 thoughts on “Taco Chicken Mac & Cheese

  1. thanks, we will try this one soon! 3 of my 4 kids eventually came around and are now good eaters. and I think the vast majority of the time it is just a matter of outgrowing the pickiness. unfortunately, my oldest is 12 and still has a very limited diet. I don’t think you can even call this pickiness anymore …. I am thinking it is something like sensory eating disorder?? anyway, we have a dr appt on friday and I definitely plan to bring this topic up!

    1. I hope you like it! It’s pretty basic, but it was nice to have something a little different. Yeah, I’m sure that some kids will always be a little “pickier,” but I suppose as long as he’s growing well, I shouldn’t worry about it. 🙂

  2. had this for dinner tonight. it was great!! thanks for the recipe. and to update about my picky daughter… at her checkup, I talked to the pediatrician about her limited diet and she (the dr) was of NO help. just said we have to give it time. and she handed me an old photocopied packet from 1985 about “healthy eating.” Some of the gems included in the packet were: 1) substitute egg beaters for eggs. 2) instead of butter use margarine 3) good desserts include jello and angel food cake… you know, they are low fat so that must make them great. UGH!!!!

    1. Yay! So glad you liked it! And, WOW, I can’t believe your daughter’s doctor would be handing out such dated ‘healthy eating’ information!! I’m no expert…but even I know that the ‘fake’ food items are WAY worse than the REAL food counterparts. Crazy! You should call in and tell them they need to update their packets that are being handed out. Ick! Plus, if your daughter’s issue is not eating enough, then that’s even more reason for her to get the ‘full fat’ and ‘full calories’ that the real foods contain. Eggs, avocados, air popped popcorn with REAL butter, etc…all better options than egg beaters and margarine!

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