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Chicken Fajita Macaroni and Cheese

Chicken Fajita Macaroni and Cheese
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 10

This Tex-Mex twist on macaroni and cheese is packed full of fajita flavor and plenty of cheese. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

3 1/2
cups uncooked penne pasta (12 oz)
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
1
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
1
cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1
cup thinly sliced poblano chiles
1
cup thinly sliced red onion
1
package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix chicken
2/3
cup water
1 3/4
cups milk
3/4
cup heavy whipping cream
3
tablespoons butter
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
3
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups shredded pepper Jack cheese (6 oz)
1 1/2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
1
cup crushed tortilla chips
2
tablespoons sliced green onions

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink in center. Stir in bell pepper, chiles and onion; cook about 2 minutes longer or until onions just start to soften. Add taco seasoning mix and water. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened. Transfer to bowl, and reserve.
  • 3
    In 4-cup glass measuring cup, mix milk and whipping cream. Return Dutch oven to medium heat; melt butter in Dutch oven. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently. With whisk, stir in flour and salt until smooth. Cook and stir until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  • 4
    Gradually stir in milk mixture. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; reduce heat to medium. Stir in cheeses. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta and reserved chicken mixture. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  • 5
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly. Sprinkle crushed tortilla chips and green onions on top.

Expert Tips

  • Any combination of bell peppers can be used to suit your crowd.
  • For perfect baked pasta texture, cook penne just to al dente as directed on package.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
530
Calories from Fat
250
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
42%
Saturated Fat
14g
72%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
100mg
33%
Sodium
720mg
30%
Potassium
330mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
43g
14%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
5g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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