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Chicken mac and cheese bake

10
9
9
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr
Prep
25 min
Cook
35 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Revamp a childhood favourite by adding some broccoli and chicken to create a meal that's even more delicious than you remember.

Ingredients

Pasta

200 g, (macaroni)

Broccoli

170 g, (1 head), cut into florets

Reduced fat oil spread

1 tbs

Brown onion

½ medium, finely chopped

Plain flour

1½ tbs

Skim milk

1½ cup(s), (375ml)

Chicken stock cube

1 individual, crumbled

Reduced-fat 15% cheddar cheese

½ cup(s), grated, (60g), grated

Frozen green peas

cup(s), thawed (80g)

Skinless chicken breast, grilled or barbecued

200 g, chopped

Breadcrumbs

25 g, (1/3 cup)

Oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C or 160°C fan-forced. Lightly spray four 1¾-cup (430ml) capacity ovenproof dishes with oil.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet instructions, or until just tender. Add the broccoli in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the spread in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3–5 minutes or until softened. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk. Add the stock cube and stir over low heat for 5 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.
  4. Combine the pasta, broccoli, peas, chicken and cheese sauce in a large bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide mixture among prepared dishes. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and spray lightly with oil. Bake for 20 minutes or until crisp and golden. Serve.