Are you ready for a dish that combines the creaminess of mac and cheese with the bold flavors of chipotle and the protein punch of shredded chicken? Look no further! This Chipotle Chicken Mac & Cheese is your answer. With a remarkable 50 grams of protein per serving, it's a satisfying and delicious way to fuel your day. Let's get started on this incredible recipe!
- 8 oz box protein elbow pasta (225g)
- 3 tbsp light butter (45g)
- 3 tbsp flour (25g)
- 2 cups skim milk (480ml)
- 4 chipotle peppers in adobo (60g)
- 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese (45g)
- 1-1/2 cups fat-free cheddar cheese (170g)
- 1 cup low-fat mozzarella (115g)
- 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder
- 16 oz cooked shredded chicken breast (455g)
Cook the Protein Pasta: Begin by cooking the box of protein elbow pasta according to the directions on the packaging. Cook until al dente, then drain and set aside.
Prepare the Cheese Sauce: In a large saucepan, add the light butter and flour. Whisk them together over medium heat until they form a smooth paste. Then, add the skim milk, whipped cream cheese, fat-free cheddar cheese, low-fat mozzarella, and the chipotle peppers in adobo (if you like it spicy). Stir continuously until the cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy.
Season the Sauce: To your cheese sauce, add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder. Adjust the seasonings to your taste, especially when it comes to the level of spiciness from the chipotle peppers.
- Combine with Chicken and Pasta: Stir in the cooked and shredded chicken breast, ensuring it's evenly coated with the cheese sauce. Once the chicken is mixed in, add the cooked pasta and give everything one final thorough mix. Your Chipotle Chicken Mac & Cheese is now ready!
Macros per Serving: Each serving of this Chipotle Chicken Mac & Cheese contains approximately 450 calories, 11 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates, and an impressive 50 grams of protein.