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
- 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! 🙂