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King Ranch Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

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King Ranch Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 8

Three-cheese (yes, three!) macaroni gets a Tex-Mex makeover with an infusion of King Ranch flavors (chiles, fire-roasted tomatoes and taco seasoning!) that’s sure to become a family weeknight favorite. MORE+ LESS-

Updated September 20, 2018
Old El Paso
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Old El Paso

Ingredients

2
cups uncooked elbow macaroni (8 oz)
1 1/2
cups milk
2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
1
cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
4
oz Kraft™ Velveeta™ cheese product, cubed (from 8-oz package)
1
package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ chicken taco seasoning mix
2
cups shredded cooked chicken
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
1 1/2
cups corn chips, coarsely crushed
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook macaroni as directed on package; drain.
  • 2
    In 4-quart saucepan, heat milk over medium-high heat until steaming and bubbling around edges. Stir in 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese, the Monterey Jack cheese, Velveeta™ cheese and seasoning mix. Continue to cook over medium-low heat 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth; remove from heat. Add cooked macaroni to cheese sauce, stirring to coat. Stir in chicken, tomatoes and green chiles until well mixed; transfer to baking dish.
  • 3
    Cover and bake 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese on top, and bake 5 to 8 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top with chips and cilantro before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Leftover cooked chicken or deli rotisserie chicken works in this recipe.
  • Store leftovers in covered container in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
Calories from Fat
240
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
41%
Saturated Fat
12g
61%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
1150mg
48%
Potassium
350mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
41g
14%
Dietary Fiber
2g
9%
Sugars
6g
Protein
29g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
50%
50%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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